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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 #354 of 8,267 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $55
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
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My boyfriend and I wanted to try this place after a friend said how much her and her boyfriend enjoyed it. Let me start from our first encounter to our last. Sat down upstairs, (place was relatively empty), next to another couple, and the tables are close together. Could overhear the conversation. Server came over and started to explain about... More

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I'm a NYer and I'm Italian. I know my Italian food. This is one of the most memorable italian meals I've ever had. It was simple to get a reservation on a Saturday night. The space is charming. Dark wood, lots of quiet corners. Had dinner with my husband, best friend and her husband. Every dish was stellar. From the... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a lovely dinner here after a show and were not disappointed. All the pastas are home made and distinctive. The antipasti platter was big enough to share and had a creative presentation and tasty selections. We enjoyed all our entrees, which were a variety of pastas and a risotto. The staff is pleasant and the service impeccable. We... More

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Wyckoff, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Didn't wow me, which is what I expected, but the food was very good, service was good too. I did find our room a bit chilly and did feel like it was a bit overpriced. But, again, food was good.

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Miami, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Merlo is a truly fine restaurant with a menu of authentic Bolognese foods. As other TA reviews note the pasta is divine. The appetizers and entrees are varied, delicious and truly house made . The pasta is made after you order, probably accounting for some comments in other reviews about length of service. Expect to have time to talk and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

If they had a 4.5 star rating on TA, that is the rating I would provide. Yet the warm chocolate dessert left me ultra satisfied and basically speechless. Hence the rare five star rating. Yes the service could be better, our waiter was friendly and great at describing the meal. Yet slow at times. However, I can forget the waiter... More

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Oakville, Canada
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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by the concierge at the Thompson Hotel, which made it all the more surprising. It is located in a beautiful and apparently historic home on Maple St. in downtown Chicago. We arrived on time and were shown to our table upstairs. At first we were very impressed with the quiet, elegant atmosphere. Then the... More

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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217 reviews 217 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This is a wonderful restaurant with delightful ambiance. The menu is exciting, and the specials are intriguing. The food is well-prepared, be it pasta, fish, or meat. The service is exceptional.

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