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Merlo on Maple

#238 of 7,872 Restaurants in Chicago
#274 of 8,779 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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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
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Description: A meticulous touch went into the building at Merlo on Maple. You may notice...
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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  • 103
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Our favorite Chicago restaurant!!

Merlot on Maple is the only restaurant we find ourselves going back to when we are in the Chicago area! It is in an amazing brownstone with several floors of dining. The service is always very pleasant and informative! It definitely is a great place for a romantic dinner! We always share the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Chadrick S
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Cleveland, Ohio
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Merlot on Maple is the only restaurant we find ourselves going back to when we are in the Chicago area! It is in an amazing brownstone with several floors of dining. The service is always very pleasant and informative! It definitely is a great place for a romantic dinner! We always share the Bolognese which is out of this world... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

We enjoyed an anniversary dinner at Merlo on Maple which was excellent. Our waiter Kenn was attentive, knowledgeable about the menu and the history of the house where the restaurant is located. There is a bar on the main floor with dining and the lower level and second floor have dining areas. If you have four or six people there... More 

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Thank Steven C
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The food was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable and friendly, providing clarifications and advice as we chose our meals. The meal was paced incredibly well, allowing us to savor the time to eat slowly and enjoy this evening out. The kitchen did a terrific job of plating the food so we would share orders. The table was in the... More 

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Thank Kurt K
Chicago, Illinois
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89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Saturday night, meal was less than impressive. Started with a recommended bottle of wine that was less than impressive. The meal was not that well done. Both my wife's meal and my meal was of the type of quality that is I would expect from mall Italian restaurant.

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Thank Pjb428
Redding, Connecticut
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88 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Had a delicious meal ...lovely old brownstone-ish restaurant where you can eat on 3 different floors....almost like an old home. Waiter was lovely....great choices of food. On the smaller side portions...but excellent. Definitely an upscale restaurant.

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Thank elmjr525
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102 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015 via mobile

Housed in an old brownstone, with dining rooms spread over three levels, the establishment offers a very competent and well executed menu of Italian specialties from across the country, with a wine list to match. Prices are at the upper end of the range, which is warranted most of the time. A recent visit showcased a delicious, freshly made risotto... More 

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Thank Andreas W
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This place is great, including the food, the service, the ambience, and the location. Do not miss it!

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Thank William C
Bedford, UK
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74 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We visited this restaurant in October 2015 on recommendation from our Hotel. Basically we should have given it a miss once we saw the prices – but hey-ho we were on holiday and deserved a treat. The food, in our view was good, but not deserving of the prices. Maybe our palates were at fault; maybe we couldn’t discern the... More 

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Thank GOMCP
Houston Texas
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We were given this hotel by our hotel concierge at the Talbott and truly loved our evening. It is a very small place in an old converted house. Our waiter Sam was a delight and we chose the tasting menu. The only issue was the amount of time; 2 and a half hours, but each of the 8 courses was... More 

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Thank HoustonRover
Region of Waterloo, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

I've eaten here, with friends, on two occasions. I think every wait staff is a sommelier. Wine and food recommendations are outstanding. This visit we had the prix fix -- eight courses. Best meal ever. No disappointments.

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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: Special occasions, Romantic

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.