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Merlo on Maple

16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808 (Gold Coast)
+1 312-335-8200
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Ranked #343 of 8,294 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $55
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Gold Coast
Cross street: Dearborn
Transit: Train stop at Clark/Division only leaves a nice 4 block walk to Maple. Busses throughout Gold Coast are minutes from restaurant.
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.
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English first
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My husband & I had a romantic exquisite dinner at Merlo on Maple last winter. 5 ***** for the atmosphere, personal service & cuisine. Delicious uniquely presented food ... My mouth is watering as I write this months later. For an over the top experience as for Jesse D who knows the menu & wine selections like a Rhodes scholar.... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place is incredible! The food is so good and the menu has so much to choose from that you will keep going back for more. The chef here is a real gem. She follows and creates dishes with a rich history and spectacular flavor. The ingredients are all true to tradition and often with a new flair of her... More

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Chicago
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We made reservations here based on the Trip Advisor reviews and the location. We were seated upstairs next to other diners, even though their were many open tables. The server was a bit too forward, trying to learn about us and what we like. A simple introduction of the specials rather than or meal preferences would have been preferred. The... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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103 reviews 103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We ate at Merlo on Maple on the recommendation of our concierge. This was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. We enjoyed the following: Taglioline paglia e fieno Stinco di agnello con patate arrosto ed asparagi (lamb) Salmone selvaggio del fiume Columbia crosta di zucchine e mandorle (salmon) The restaurant had just received in Ovoli... More

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United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We love our food and seek out restaurants that serve food of the highest quality without paying a premium for the name of a chef above the door, who is never there. I have not, hitherto, been a particular fan of Italian food, finding it too heavy on the tomato sauce. However, as we were visiting Chicago, the home of... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We drove into the city in the early evening, checked in, and asked the concierge for some dinner recommendations, and Merlo on Maple was his Italian suggestion. He promised fine food, built around fresh house-made pasta, and that is what was delivered. The ambiance is appropriate, and the service experience was excellent from start to finish. We decided a salad... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Have eaten here several times and they have not disappointed. The latest visit was a Gilt City 8 course tasting menu. Everything was delicious except for the panacota, but when we expressed our disappointment to the waitress a different dessert was bought out. I have had their panacota before so I knew it wasn't up to their standards. The restaurant... More

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I found myself in this neighborhood after being out for the day and didnt know any restuarants in the area. I decided to just walk in and try it. Since I was solo I was hoping to sit at the bar but I opted for a small table. I normally find that when I dine solo the service is not... More

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I like to go early, and eat at the bar. The bartender David makes you feel like a valued guest in his home. The crispy lasagna noodle bread is to die for! This night we had scallop risotto - so delicious! Limoncello on ice, perfect finish to a perfect meal. Have had a superior meal and a wonderful time every... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were charged for food that we did not order!!!! Not to mention food is horrible. It makes me cringe to even think about this place!!! Please stay AWAY! Chicago has so many restaurants to offer!

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