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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 #339 of 8,282 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
United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews 10 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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13 reviews 13 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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