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Merlo on Maple

#212 of 7,821 Restaurants in Chicago
#234 of 8,585 Places to Eat in Chicago
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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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 29
    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
Fabulous food, service and setting

A special dinner won rave reviews for great food, service and setting at a family celebration in the private dining room. Family members from California and Florida to Chicago loved the food- there was lots of sharing among the 15 of us- fresh and flavorful from appetizers through every course to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
jini1
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A special dinner won rave reviews for great food, service and setting at a family celebration in the private dining room. Family members from California and Florida to Chicago loved the food- there was lots of sharing among the 15 of us- fresh and flavorful from appetizers through every course to the outstanding cake. Wine selections were also perfect and... More 

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mahopac, ny
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Wonderful northern Italian menu in charming Brownstone. All fresh ingredients. Attentive service ( never hurts to go early). excellent wine by the glass. Reasonable price for quality of the meal. A great choice

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Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Recommended by our concierge we went to Merlo on maple. Wow is an understatement, the food is simple but with perfect taste. We had the scallops with purée and the meat antipasto for appetizer. Simply amazing. We rounded with a great Pino noir and two pasta dishes that will rival any osteria back in the old country We will definitely... More 

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New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Fantastic Northern Italian in charming brownstone. Authentic Bolognese recipes. Everything is fresh, made to order and beautifully presented. They use local ingredients, when available. The service is impeccable. I highly recommend the artichoke tart as an appetizer. I now have a new favorite Chicago restaurant.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We learned about Merlot on Maple from friends that live in Chicago and had a delightful dinner. I think everything was made from scratch in the kitchen. We had several courses, a couple bottles of wine and ran up quite a bill as this place is spendy. Still, if you want authentic food prepared by professionals this is the place.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The food here has remained top notch for a decade. Not part of any restaurant group, this is a Chicago gem, in a beautiful old multi-level brownstone.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Merlo is the very best Italian restaurant in Chicago. Chef Sylvia and her husband Gian Carlo, the owners, are often in the dining rooms and that personal attention shows in the food. If you are expecting large portions or trendy food, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for beautifully prepared, authentic Northern Italian cuisine, you will be very happy indeed.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is my 6th year living in Chicago, and this was definitely one of the best meals I've had. We enjoyed a 3-course, prix fixe menu, and both the meat and vegetarian dishes were excellent. Everything seems to be prepared in-house with the freshest ingredients. The atmosphere was relaxing and the service was very attentive. The prices are not high... More 

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Ruberts, Spain
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This restaurant is cosy and relaxing, set on two floors with few tables set well away from each other so it's also intimate. The food is interesting, and well cooked, and the service very attentive. All in all a very pleasant evening.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Didn't know what to expect. First time. The staff was very good and very knowledgeable. The food was also very good.

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Additional Information about Merlo on Maple

Address: 16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808
Phone Number: +1 312-335-8200
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 55
Cuisine: Italian

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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: Romantic, 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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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.