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Merlo on Maple

#346 of 7,460 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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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our experience at Mero on Maple was great. We were the first guests to arrive for dinner and were seated downstairs in a very romantic private room. Unfortunately, it was raining very hard that day causing water to come in and we moved upstairs. Even though we didn't get to stay in the beautiful dining room, our new location was... More 

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quaint old house. Delicious food. Moderately priced. Portions a bit small . Overall a good experience right off Rush street in the heart of great area. Very good service

Thank Jim A
Novato, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Merlo on Maple was recommended by the concierge at our hotel as being one of the best Italian restaurants in Chicago. Not so much! The zucchini blossoms were described as having a little anchovies in it. I was excited, because I love anchovies. Problem was that it dominated the flavor and I couldn't taste anything else. Not so good with... More 

Thank Vicki M
MerloOnMaple_Chicago, Manager at Merlo on Maple, responded to this review

Hi Vicki, thank you for taking the time to share your experience at our restaurant. We appreciate your feedback, and will take your comments into careful consideration. We are pleased that you enjoyed our homemade pasta and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again soon. More 

Hamburg, Germany
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 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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111 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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
MerloOnMaple_Chicago, Owner at Merlo on Maple, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we apologize your meal was less than extraordinary. We pride ourselves on our service and our dedication to providing our guests delicious and authentic Northern Italian cuisine. The next time you are in Chicago we would appreciate if you would consider dining with us again. We would like the opportunity to provide the type of... More 

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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

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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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 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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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 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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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
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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.