A well worth, hidden gem!
This my 5th time dining at Gambas for dinner. I come back for the service...what I really like is, even though you may have an attentive server, if they are away for a minute..all other servers and wait staff will equally wait on you just as though they were your original server. One time, we had three people fussing over us bringing things we had ask... I love it. Felt like a celeb...Another reason is the food is always fresh and served locally in season. The owner is classy and his beautiful family are jazzy and very nice to you. It is surely one of my favorites...You must come at least once!..You'll be back!
Ohh..the price is moderate to pricey, but you get what you pay for ..this time! Enjoy!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
I absolutely love this restaurant
I absolutely love this restaurant and would recommend to anyone looking for romantics night out. From the time you step inside the mood is set. I love that it is family owned. All the staff is very friendly and helpful! The food is phenomenal and the wine room is awesome!!! Thumbs up from me and my husband. We did our engagement photo shoot there and they welcomed us with open arms. Which is why we came back and celebrated our 1st year anniversary and was happy to spend our money with them.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Kept Secret
Elegant ambience, meticulous service and great food.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything is outstanding
Everything is outstanding at Gamba's, I have never been disappointed in all my years of going there. I was told by the owner that the menu will be completely changing in about 2 weeks - Im excited to see and try it. If you have a small group of people about 6-8 request the wine room, it's a really cool dining experience or during the summer hit the outdoor dinning room.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Dinner for Six!!
I entertained business associates and someone from the area suggested this place. The food was absolutely incredible. Five of us had the veal tenderloin served over a celery root puree. It was absolutely incredible, one of the most flavorful dishes I have ever had. Delicately seasoned, cooked to perfection. The celery root puree was wonderful; it had a very gentle taste that stayed with you in a very good way. Appetizers were solid; oysters are oysters, the Gnocetti was terrific and we all enjoyed the fruit, meat and cheese plate. According to our 6th person, the chicken was "FANTASTIC!" Her emphasis, not mine. This was as good a dining experience as any of us had experienced. Bar mixed one drink incorrectly, it was fixed fast
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
What a pleasant surprise -
What a pleasant surprise - Gamba would do great in NYC/LA/Miami/SF.
I can not find one item to be negative about.
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I thorough enjoyed our dinner experience. We appreciated the smaller portion sizes and option for half portions of main entrees. It gave us a chance to try more of them menu without having to order huge quantities of food. The desserts were equally delicious! Thank You! We'll be coming agian!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent and staff was able to answer all questions on the menu choices.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was impressed by the service and decor of the Restaraunt ! Although it is tucked away, (Off Route30)-once inside, you feel as though you are in a downtown 5 star restaraunt.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Surprise
Hands down - some of the best Italian food I've had anywhere. Who would have thought in Merriville Indiana? All around incredible food.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was attentive and
Service was attentive and friendly, timing of courses was excellent, presentation and taste was exceptional. We will return to Gamba's for another special occasion.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Special Night Out
Celebrated two birthdays in our group and we were treated to the private dining room table. Every attention to detail was in place.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed my first time at Gamba. Food was exceptional. I must admit it was very pricey even for lunch. I wouldn't go there often, but certainly on a special occaision.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
this was my first time to this restaurant the atmosphere was very quiet low volumed music creating an attractive ambienance everything was very clean and well appointedservice was excellent wine list was very good I did not see much in the way of hard liquors whiskeys scotch etc.. the food was exceptional the service was better our waitress was very knowledgeable and repeatedly asked if we had any questions. I especially like the fact that they will cater to specific diets or food allergies regardless of the dishwhile the meal was moderately expensive I would happily pay for it again and again I will definitely be coming back to this restaurant in the near future
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a great time! Staff was very polite and knowledgable. Great food! We will be back.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Without a doubt the finest restaurant and meal in North West Indiana. Bar None.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We sat outside in the courtyard
We sat outside in the courtyard and it was very nice. The summer menu selection was somewhat limited, but everything that we ordered was excellent. The staff was very helpful and accommodated all our requests. All the food and deserts are home made or local and the fish was very fresh. We would for sure return to Gamba next time we are in the area.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hard to Find but Worth the Search
Bill Potts is an acclaimed chef and has brought his good taste
to Gamba ...worth the trip.The decor is interesting and fun to see and be seen..
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another excellent meal
It is hard to explain what is better here...the atmosphere, the food or the waitstaff. All are excellent. 2 of my guests were there for the first time. They were grateful for the server's knowledge of the menu. Another excellent meal at this marvelous ristorante!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience
Gamba Ristorante is THE premier restaurant in Northwest Indiana. We have dined there numerous times with family and friends, and every single time was a truly memorable experience. Benny Gamba and his family graciously make all the guests feel at home, and the food is always very, very delicious.
Gamba Ristorante gets our highest recommendation without hesitation.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
They revamped the menu! Great job. More choices at half the price. Yum
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
What an awesome dinner! All 6 of us had fabulous meals. The steaks were cooked perfectly. The Sea Bass was sublime. The house Cabernet is fantastic. Everyone should experience Gamba!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
GRATE PLACE FOR DINNER
This ristorante is a great place to go and it has a good upscale appeal. The watior service was excellent! You didnt have to ask for anything. The waiter was on top of everything. I really enjoyed the food and the ambience of the dinning room had a great appeal. Gamba is the type of restaurant you would go to for a romantic date or something special.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
On yet another visit to Gamba, we had another amazing visit. The staff is inviting and engaging. They are knowledgeable about the menu and wine pairings. The dining room is elegant and comfortable. Gamba has a new menu that is a wonderful change, providing some smaller plates that allowed us to sample many different items. Each was delicious. Bennie and his daughter Michaelle move around the dining room and greeting diners as family members. We had a delightful dinner. We can't wait to return to one of our favorite spots.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great hidden gem
This place was amazing. Not a lot of people know about this spot so it is usually just regulars. When the weather is nice the outdoor eating area is stunning. The food was delicious. I would recommend anyone when they want to tryout something new this is the place to go.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another great experience :
Another great experience : delicious food, outstanding staff, superior service
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Gamba restaurant lived up to the reviews that we read on line. The food was delicious and the ambience was great. We had a little trouble with the way they have items listed on the menu; it is difficult to understand unless it is explained to you. We also thought it a bit pricey.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was our 36th wedding anniversary
It was our 36th wedding anniversary and we were hoping for a special dinner together. It was all that and more. Superior steaks and stellar appetizer plates.We fully enjoyed our evening at Gamba. The last time we were there was for our daughter's rehearsal dinner as a large group and had a great time in the courtyard. Go there for the overall great experience and try the Malbec & veal tenderloin!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The server Oscar was amazingly quick and was very professional. The food was amazing and the pricing was affordable. Will definitely come back and plan business lunches here.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just the kind of place I was hoping
We thoroughly enjoyed this resturant. From out of town and went there knowing nothing but reviews on OTable. Definitely would go back if we find ourselves back in that town.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
food is "top shelf" but......
The food is second to none. for the price, the amount is more than filling. the flavors are rich and unique. the service is a bit slow.....but well worth the wait!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience/ definitely will come back. Hard to find a good restaurant like this in NW Indiana
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem of a restaurant!
The overall setting is sophisticated which is a nice change of pace. That doesn't mean you have to dress up, the casual look is fine here as well. But if you wish to dress up and do some fine dining, this is the place to go. The ambience is outstanding and the staff will take good care of you. The food was delicious! There is plenty of variety as well---soups, salads, plus entrees with fish, beef, chicken, etc., and desserts. I highly recommend having one of their delicious meals. Enjoy!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful and impressive food
We came in with a big group. The server was polite and very knowledable about the menu items and wine list. The server even suggested cocktails for people who were unsure what to order. I ordered the veal which I have never tried before because the server suggested it and it was amazing! I would be happy to return. :)
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
this was my husband and I
this was my husband and I first time dining at this restaurant and it was amazing. We went later in the evening and the setting was perfect. quiet and romantic. the waiter was nice, friendly and very knowledgeable of the menu. He recommended the special (halibut) and we were rather pleased.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very friendly staff, good
Very friendly staff, good food at a great price and a pleasing dining atmosphere. Great find in NWI.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big City Jem in a Small Town
Gamba Ristorante is a top-notch Italian restaurant located in NW Indiana. It has a big city feel to it and would marvel any Chicago location restaurant. You will always see an owner at the establishment acting like the perfect host. The Gamba family are all involved in the operation making this a wonderful experience with NO corporate feel at all. Each dish is prepared to order by some of the areas best chefs and served by a well trained and well dressed and knowledgeable wait staff. The flavors on each dish or bowl that comes from the kitchen are authentic and great tasting using old world Italian recipes as well as new age dishes to appeal to a wide variety of clientele. A wonderful dining experience. Give them a try!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service, but pricey...
Food & service was spot on throughout our visit. With that said, there's better value overall in the NWI area. Our 2-person tab with an average pieces bottle of wine was $175+ after tip. We only had a single appetizer, each had a primi & secondi and shared a dessert. We'll certainly be back, as it was very good, but at that price it can't be in our normal rotation...
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly incredible food and service!
Don't hesitate, go. This place was phenomenal. I had their flatiron steak and it was one of the best steaks I've ever had. Pasta was superb, wine is great, desert excellent. Can't say enough.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a great time
It was my wife's birthday and everything was great! The food, service, drinks, and flowers( I ordered them on-line). Our server gave us a desert, it was like she brought the birthday cake. We both had a great time.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant. Very creative dishes using the highest quality ingredients. The service was very goood. The dining area is not very large; this adds to the ambiance and helps to gives the place its romantic feel. Highly recommended for that "special occasion" event. Or lunch with a potential client.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
everything we expected
I took my wife her for her birthday and Gambas did not dissapoint. We were created by the couple that owns the restaurant who are very friendly. Their daughter was our server and took great care of us. The ambiance and decor were pretty modern for NWI and reminded us of a Chicago restaurant.
Their menu is set up for an appetizer, a pasta and a meat. But you can mix and match as you please, getting bigger portions if you desire. The 4oz Filet was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth.
Overall this is a great restaurant, has to be top 5 in NWI.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
When we thought of somewhere to celebrate our anniversary, Gamba's was the only choice. We have followed the owners from their first restaurant and we were first married, so it was only fitting to spend our 25th with them. We always look forward to date night there. The food is freshly prepared of the best ingredients. The staff is knowledgable and attentive. And a favorite, creme brûlée, never disappoints.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM