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Merlo on Maple

#336 of 8,487 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Gold Coast
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16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808 (Dearborn)
Train stop at Clark/Division only leaves a nice 4 block walk to Maple. Busses throughout Gold Coast are minutes from restaurant.
+1 312-335-8200
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Description: A meticulous touch went into the building at Merlo on Maple. You may...
A meticulous touch went into the building at Merlo on Maple. You may notice when you walk in that it feels like a home in a time capsule, untouched by the surrounding city. We are extremely lucky to have this beautiful space on Maple. Whether you want a private, memorable evening for two or a merry night filled with wine and laughter with a group of friends or business associates, we are at your service.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 83
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A lovely old house refitted as a lovely 3 floor restaurant

When you enter this "house" there is a room off the hall to the left that serves as a lovely, cosy bar; a nice place to have a drink i you arrive early or if you are lucky enough to get in just to have a drink in the bar - it's a treat. We were taken upstairs to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2014
sue o
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West Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
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Naples, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary at Merlo. They did not know and therefore all of our experience was "normal." for the restaurant. The atmosphere is excellent. Extremely romantic, like being in the living room of home. The service was attentive and very informed. Our meal was excellent. My husband has severe food allergies and they accommodated the needs with... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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78 reviews 78 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

When we entered the charming old building that houses Merlo, I had high hopes for dinner. But my hopes were dashed by the end of the meal. The food was good but not worth the prices. Our waiter was knowledgeable but pushy. We won't be going back to Merlo.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Have been here twice on business dinners. The food is fine, but I don't feel it is worth the effort or cost to get here. Both times, we sat downstairs in a crappy little room with no heat looking up at the street as people walk by--yet the rest of the place was almost empty. For all I know, the... More 

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Wisconsin
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Treated to dinner here for the first time by friends who live in the area. We were initially struck by the quaint building which appears to be an older brownstone. We were seated on the second floor in front of a lovely picture window. The ambiance was absolutely perfect. Low key, comfortable and elegant with absolutely no pretense. The cuisine... More 

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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304 reviews 304 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

It is a pleasure to dine here, where the menu is extensive, and the service is outstanding. The food is well-prepared. We selected the pasta which was magnificent. There are both whole wheat and ancient Egyptian grain pastas available in addition to the traditional types.

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Gilbertsville, Kentucky
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Man, oh man. Where do i start? Merlo on Maple is simply amazing. The owners (and chef) moved to Chicago from Bologna, Italy and started the restaurant based on family recipes. Everything that everybody in our party had was awesome! We were swapping bites all night. Beyond the food, the service was top notch. Our waiter, Sam was the best!... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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388 reviews 388 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

When you enter this "house" there is a room off the hall to the left that serves as a lovely, cosy bar; a nice place to have a drink i you arrive early or if you are lucky enough to get in just to have a drink in the bar - it's a treat. We were taken upstairs to the... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Beautiful restaurant in an old Chicago house turned restaurant. Food was awesome! We eat here often. Mostly in October when they receive October White Truffles from Italy! Northern Italian.

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dublin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is a little gem. Fabulous Italian food like you'd get in a really good European restaurant. Normal portions that you can actually finish and enjoy finishing! Even room for dessert. Eggplant parmigiana was top class. Fish, pasta , interesting salads, amazing deserts all wonderful. Great wines great service great atmosphere. Not cheap but you will be guaranteed a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was a cold and windy night over Halloween when we went to Chicago to see the David Bowie exhibit. We were so thrilled with the great service, wonderful wine, and spectacular food at Merlo on Maple we have it on our list for a return trip next month.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808
    (Dearborn)
  • Public Transportation: Train stop at Clark/Division only leaves a nice 4 block walk to Maple. Busses throughout Gold Coast are minutes from restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighborhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-335-8200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 55
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions

Description

A meticulous touch went into the building at Merlo on Maple. You may notice when you walk in that it feels like a home in a time capsule, untouched by the surrounding city. We are extremely lucky to have this beautiful space on Maple. Whether you want a private, memorable evening for two or a merry night filled with wine and laughter with a group of friends or business associates, we are at your service.
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Gold Coast

Neighborhood Profile
Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.