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16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808 (Near North Side)
+1 312-335-8200
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Ranked #262 of 8,419 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $55
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Near North Side
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Treated to dinner here for the first time by friends who live in the area. We were initially struck by the quaint building which appears to be an older brownstone. We were seated on the second floor in front of a lovely picture window. The ambiance was absolutely perfect. Low key, comfortable and elegant with absolutely no pretense. The cuisine... More 

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Narberth, Pennsylvania
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282 reviews 282 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

It is a pleasure to dine here, where the menu is extensive, and the service is outstanding. The food is well-prepared. We selected the pasta which was magnificent. There are both whole wheat and ancient Egyptian grain pastas available in addition to the traditional types.

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Gilbertsville, Kentucky
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Man, oh man. Where do i start? Merlo on Maple is simply amazing. The owners (and chef) moved to Chicago from Bologna, Italy and started the restaurant based on family recipes. Everything that everybody in our party had was awesome! We were swapping bites all night. Beyond the food, the service was top notch. Our waiter, Sam was the best!... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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360 reviews 360 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

When you enter this "house" there is a room off the hall to the left that serves as a lovely, cosy bar; a nice place to have a drink i you arrive early or if you are lucky enough to get in just to have a drink in the bar - it's a treat. We were taken upstairs to the... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Beautiful restaurant in an old Chicago house turned restaurant. Food was awesome! We eat here often. Mostly in October when they receive October White Truffles from Italy! Northern Italian.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is a little gem. Fabulous Italian food like you'd get in a really good European restaurant. Normal portions that you can actually finish and enjoy finishing! Even room for dessert. Eggplant parmigiana was top class. Fish, pasta , interesting salads, amazing deserts all wonderful. Great wines great service great atmosphere. Not cheap but you will be guaranteed a... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

It was a cold and windy night over Halloween when we went to Chicago to see the David Bowie exhibit. We were so thrilled with the great service, wonderful wine, and spectacular food at Merlo on Maple we have it on our list for a return trip next month.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We were looking for Italian and the Merlo on Maple was just around the corner from where we were staying. The Trip Advisor reviews were on target as we enjoyed our dinner and time together. The waiter was very helpful in suggesting dinner specials. With truffles in season we could not go wrong. The menu is Bolognese as the owners... More 

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144 reviews 144 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This little gem is a house tucked in between big buildings. The bar is cozy with excellent wines and highballs. Dinner was so special, we enjoyed every bite of food. The servers are friendly and knowledgeable. I ordered the OssoBuco my husband had the Seafood special, a stew of seafood. I also ordered a salad and we had appetizers. For... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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149 reviews 149 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

If you're looking for huge potions of mediocre Italian food, don't go here, but if you're looking for truly authentic northern Italian food then do NOT miss this place! I've been to Italy many times and when I ate this food, it transported me right back there. You won't get heaping portions of food, you'll get Italian portions of handcrafted... More 

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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>  > Near North Side
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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