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Merlo on Maple

#288 of 7,758 Restaurants in Chicago
#315 of 8,514 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 27
    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
As Good As Advertised

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
dobsonduo
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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 79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 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 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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308 reviews 308 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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Gilbertsville, Kentucky
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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435 reviews 435 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
344 helpful votes 344 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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dublin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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.