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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 #313 of 8,337 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: Gold Coast
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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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132 reviews 132 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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142 reviews 142 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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Jersey City, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Merlo on Maple is in a three story brownstone very well decorated and comfortable. We sat at table on the third floor. Service was outstanding, food was great had nice bottle of wine. All in all a great meal.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I won't pretend to talk as though I'm some kind of expert on Italian restaurants or cuisine, but I have been to hundreds in the US and overseas, including Italy. All I can say is that I enjoy the experience of eating at Merlo more than at any of the others. The atmosphere is quiet, comfortable and friendly. The food... More

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Roanoke, Virginia
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Set in an old, charming row house, this is a wonderful restaurant. Portions are somewhat small but absolutely delicious. Service was excellent. Especially with the candles on the tables, you felt you were in someone's home rather than a restaurant.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I'm an Italian from NY. Rarely enjoy italian food outside of my native city. Merlo on Maple has consistently blown my mind. I don't even order off the menu anymore - I let the servers guide my selections, specials are always stellar. This room has a fabulous vibe and warm feel. Not the trendy place to go for cocktails, rather... More

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Chicago, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My wife and I have dinner at Merlo a week ago. The experience was totally satisfactory due to a very attentive and knowledgeable staff, great food presentation and excellent choice of wines. The restaurant is made of many rooms which allow to have conversation in an intimate setting. Ideal for dates as well for more formal dinners. Well done. We... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

great food, good ambiance, quiet=ish..was recommended by an Italian who loves the food, it is pricey but very good

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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Forget red sauces. Be prepared to pay $75 to $100 per person without liquor. The portions are adequate, but you won't be taking home leftovers. Food is creative. I had shrimp and prawn ravioli on my last visit. About 5 ravioli carefully laid out on a large plate with peas, beats and asparagus. The single prawn was spread across the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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60 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I don't mind spending a lot for a good dinner, but the price for Merlo on Maple is a little over what you are actually getting. We had the Tagliatelle al ragu' Bolognese, really good! Unfortunately the portion was so so small and we did not want to spend $20 over and over just to get the right amount. We... 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>  > 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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