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555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Portillos is one of my favorite stops when I come to Chicago. I must say my first visit has been my favorite, perhaps because of the first time novelty of it. I must admit that I have only ordered the Italian beef sandwich it's the hook that gets me comming back. First time was perfect starting with the wonderful hostess... More 

Thank 400orange
Lafayette, Indiana
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I visited Portillos for the first time and loved the Italian beef! As other reviewers have said, walking in was a bit overwhelming with where to go, but as they experienced, someone was quick to help direct us. My only complaint is the order pickup area, it really is just a small area between the condiment station... More 

Thank tweatherford16
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Portillo’s bills itself as “a Chicago tradition,” but my companion and I dined in the Merillville, IN, branch of this chain. It was recommended by my step-daughter, who like me likes eclectic restaurants. Once Doris and I entered through the revolving doors to find ourselves in the jam-packed lunch hour, we were bombarded with a variety of bright lights, billboards,... More 

Thank fishfryaficianado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing burger cooked perfectly and the staff were so friendly. Very fun and not too expensive. We will be back.

Thank Kim M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really impressed with the workers outside the drive thru. Personal touch instead of speaking into a menu board. One girl was really hustling it running orders back to cars so that they didn't have to wait. The fries and onion rings were the bomb but they put mustard on my hot dog and I hate mustard!!

Thank Sue S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our favorite place. I have told several friends about it, and they love it too. We are driving 90 minutes this weekend to have supper there. Everything is yummy.

Thank staciaharper
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything is excellent here i had the beef sandwich it was perfect the chocolate is to die for a must try.

Thank Linda M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just a few blocks from Methodist Hospital where my Dad was being held captive after open heart surgery. My brother who grew up here insisted this was the only place to go on a Friday night. They now serve beer so I agreed. Huge business ! Cars were lined up around the restaurant, so I had my doubts about getting... More 

Thank Sinaed
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly staff, fun atmosphere, great for kids and adults. A true family restuarant. Food is simple, huge menu, and every item I have tried has been very good.

Thank Ruste P
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stop here every chance we get. The best Chicago style hot dogs and there is no better Italian beef. The chocolate cake is to die for. A must try.

Thank Fan4Football

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 E 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410-5789
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Merrillville
  • Phone Number: 12197698300
Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads, and chocolate cake.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?