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Merlo on Maple

#158 of 7,851 Restaurants in Chicago
#178 of 8,616 Places to Eat 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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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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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 30
    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 romantic night...delicious food!

My husband took me here to celebrate my 50th birthday. We sat downstairs in a cozy room and our table looked like a scene from a movie...simple place settings on white crisp tablecloths, with roses on the table, and a candlestick dripping with wax. We enjoyed the 8-course tasting option...and we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
MacKeaton
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Wisonsin
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Wisonsin
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My husband took me here to celebrate my 50th birthday. We sat downstairs in a cozy room and our table looked like a scene from a movie...simple place settings on white crisp tablecloths, with roses on the table, and a candlestick dripping with wax. We enjoyed the 8-course tasting option...and we were not disappointed. Each course was introduced by our... More 

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Toronto
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I took my daughters here for a nice Italian meal. We went with the 8 course tasting menu. It was very nice, different and not too filling. The selections worked well together and all enjoyed. Nice wine list and we were able to enjoy some wine first on their little outside patio connected to the bar - very nice. Second... More 

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Milan, Italy
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The most beautiful, romantic, authentic dining experience I have ever had in the city. My boyfriend treated me to this incredible private dining experience in this refurnish Gold Coast townhome. This is the perfect spot for a quiet dinner to celebrate a special occasion. Everything on the menu has been hand selected to perfection. We will be keeping this destination... More 

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Holland, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Stopped in here twice for drinks with a buddy. Ken, the bartender, does a great job and is very friendly. The owners are lovely people whom we met and had nice conversations with. Sylvia is the chef while her husband Giampaolo manages the place. The terrace is wonderful on a warm evening, very quiet above the fray of the street.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Wow, cant believe I have not been here before. The waiters are great! The place is super clean. Each floor and dining room is unique. Save room for desert. Our waiter was so helpful. We ate in the sunroom up front, table for 6 but we had 5. He made so many great suggestions. We have the tenderloin special (amazing)... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We reserved a table for 6 to celebrate a very special birthday for a family member. We were given the front window table, which provided great privacy for our group as it was like it's own private room. Our waitress, Nicole, couldn't have been better. She walked us through the menu and suggested an appetizer course (we could select 3... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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 18 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 5 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
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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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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.