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Merlo on Maple

#259 of 7,791 Restaurants in Chicago
#288 of 8,553 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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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations
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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  • 86
    Excellent
  • 28
    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
Very pleasant evening

This restaurant is cosy and relaxing, set on two floors with few tables set well away from each other so it's also intimate. The food is interesting, and well cooked, and the service very attentive. All in all a very pleasant evening.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
AndreaPollard
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Ruberts, Spain
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The food here has remained top notch for a decade. Not part of any restaurant group, this is a Chicago gem, in a beautiful old multi-level brownstone.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Merlo is the very best Italian restaurant in Chicago. Chef Sylvia and her husband Gian Carlo, the owners, are often in the dining rooms and that personal attention shows in the food. If you are expecting large portions or trendy food, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for beautifully prepared, authentic Northern Italian cuisine, you will be very happy indeed.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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170 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is my 6th year living in Chicago, and this was definitely one of the best meals I've had. We enjoyed a 3-course, prix fixe menu, and both the meat and vegetarian dishes were excellent. Everything seems to be prepared in-house with the freshest ingredients. The atmosphere was relaxing and the service was very attentive. The prices are not high... More 

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Ruberts, Spain
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This restaurant is cosy and relaxing, set on two floors with few tables set well away from each other so it's also intimate. The food is interesting, and well cooked, and the service very attentive. All in all a very pleasant evening.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Didn't know what to expect. First time. The staff was very good and very knowledgeable. The food was also very good.

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Naples, Florida
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary at Merlo. They did not know and therefore all of our experience was "normal." for the restaurant. The atmosphere is excellent. Extremely romantic, like being in the living room of home. The service was attentive and very informed. Our meal was excellent. My husband has severe food allergies and they accommodated the needs with... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

When we entered the charming old building that houses Merlo, I had high hopes for dinner. But my hopes were dashed by the end of the meal. The food was good but not worth the prices. Our waiter was knowledgeable but pushy. We won't be going back to Merlo.

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Highland Park, Illinois
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Have been here twice on business dinners. The food is fine, but I don't feel it is worth the effort or cost to get here. Both times, we sat downstairs in a crappy little room with no heat looking up at the street as people walk by--yet the rest of the place was almost empty. For all I know, the... More 

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Wisconsin
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63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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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233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

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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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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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.