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Merlo on Maple

#304 of 7,468 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast
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16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808 (Dearborn)
+1 312-335-8200
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hamburg, Germany
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was a last minute idea from our concierge. Good location. Small brownstone house. We were seated upstairs in a room with only a small number of tables. Great selection of true Italian dishes. Robbie, our waiter, made some well thought food recommendations and the wine, Amarone Tedesci 2011, was a perfect fit. After a really nice dinner and a... More 

Thank Patrick O
Jackson, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Atmosphere says quaint Italian. Located in a small old brownstone building sets this quiet restaurant. Service was very attentive, the food was average. I had the ravioli with an olive oil, garlic and walnut sauce, it needed more herbs or more flavor for me. My husband had the carbonara and was also disappointed.

Thank Hope W
Chico, California
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I dined here tonight on the recommendation of our concierge. Sadly enough we were disappointed by the food. The server tried to introduce the special as bouillabaisse but when I asked him to describe it he admitted it was actually chioppino but he didn't think the clientele would know what that was. And although the chioppino was... More 

Thank Super593
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From start to finish this neighborhood Gem did not disappoint. My dining companion and I made a special trip from Michigan to dine at Merlo on Maple to celebrate a Big Birthday. We began our dining experience with two Antipasti's, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio and a Baby buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and asparagus spears, both were amazing!! What followed next... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Made reservations for 2 on the advice of our hotel cocierge. We were seated on the lower level when the upper level was relatively empty. The server gave us the same sing song I heard throughout the evening as new diners were seated about the history of the restaurant,their cooking methods and origin of many of their ingredients as had... More 

Thank Maria T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps the best under rated Italian restaurant in Chicago. Brings a little bit of Italy to America. Authentic cuisine well presented; with the right amount of space to enjoy a relaxed meal.

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Sarasota, Florida
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful northern Italian restaurant. Great service with a warm environment. All the pasta is homemade, and the sauces are uniquely delicious. A must restaurant in Chicago!

Thank Ron N
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51 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The staff was excellent. I ordered the steak dinner- special of the day. Little on the rare side for my preference. Steak needed more seasoning- Had better. The pasta appetizer very good and rich flavours. The warm chocolate molten cake was my favourite part of the meal. All in all average meal with excellent service.

Thank Leanne G
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Dined on the recommendation of a colleague. Service excellent from start to finish, waitstaff has tremendous knowledge of menu and was attentive to perfection. Had three courses with wine, do not remember menu selections but they were all excellent. Although not the purpose of my visit, would make an excellent setting for a quiet romantic dinner.

Thank hermwinningham
Baldwin, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

This, by far, is one of the premier restaurants in Chicago. The family owned restaurant is housed in a gorgeous brownstone on Maple, just a few blocks from Lake Michigan. We had reservations but opted to have a drink at the bar first. The bartender was the BEST. We even went back the next night for another drink to chat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $55
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808
  • 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
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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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.