Good Food and Service in a quiet northshore neighborhood.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Merlos is one of our neighborhood
Merlos is one of our neighborhood favorites. Great food and attentive service. Highly recommended.
Nick Brown, Winnetka
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best marinara sauce i have ever had! Brussel sprout appetizer was to die for
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Merlo's quite enjoyable
Loved the grilled calamari! Zuppa Du Mare was a special and it was quite good too.
Others have written it's quite noisy. We were there early - pre Ravinia - and noted the noise level increase as the place began to fill. At half full, we noted that conversation would be impossible if the place was completely full.
Others have also noted poor, untrained help. We didn't find that to be a problem. Maybe time is solving that issue.
We plan on going back.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyable dinner at Merlo's
We tried Merlo's for a pre-Ravinia dinner and chose it for it's convenient location, but were pleasantly surprised how much we enjoyed our dinner. We tried some specialty pizzas, some delicious appetizers and a veal dish. We will return sometime and we think our teenage children will enjoy the menu, too. We chose to sit inside but the outside seating area looked very inviting.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was very good. This was our first time and we have already made a reservation to return. Very popular among the locals.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Little taste of Italy
The experience was great from the moment we arrived from the hostess who sat us to the waitress who was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Recommend the fried Calamari/Zucchini and brussel sprouts for starters. The small chopped salad could be shared by the whole table and we were 4. The brick chicken was great. Everyone enjoyed there food and everyone was friendly. Can not wait to go back. We all had a great time.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service was excellent.
The food and service was excellent. The noise level-HORRIBLE. Had to yell to have your dinner mates hear you. Could not hear yourself think. Need valet service for Saturday night diners. Very hard to find parking.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Sunday dinner with friends
The restaurant was a happening place. The food arrived quickly, was hot and excellent. The waiter (sorry that I don't remember his name) was very helpful and attentive. All in all, a very good experience. We will go back.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service
Very noisy, but the food and service are very good. Try the pot roast pasta and meatball salad. Eating outside was very nice.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sat outside for the first time there. It was a perfect night out, and a pleasant change for the bustle inside. Brussels sprouts...oh my!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice atmosphere at Merlo's
We enjoyed our dinner again at Merlo's. Good size portions were great to share. Especially liked the veal picatta, the brussel sprouts, and pizzas. Service was very attentive and helpful. Will plan to return again in the near future.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for pre-Ravinia dining
We chose Merlo's because of its proximity to the Park and Ride stop for a CSO Ravinia concert and were very happy with the result. The outdoor patio was very pleasant, the menu full of interesting options, and the service outstanding. Our fried calamari appetizer was one of the tenderest we have ever had, and the entrees were so generous that we brought home enough for a second meal each. The Ravinia shuttle stops just a block away, at the train station, so we could enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner, park there for free and be at the north gate of Ravinia within five minutes - perfect! We will definitely return before other concerts.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I went for dinner before a Ravinia CSO concert. The food was excellent and plentiful. The service was wonderful too... we never felt hurried in any way. Our waiter suggested a chianti that was simply wonderful. I know people have complained about the noise level, but it was not noticeable when we were there.
I would recommend Merlos to anyone... we are definitely going to return again!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful for the neighborhood
Wonderful to have a restaurant in the neighborhood with great service and food. Chicken vesuvio terrific!
8/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food great prices is
Great food great prices is a $$$$ resturant for$$ prices
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was outstanding !!!
The food was outstanding !!! 6 of us had a truly excellent dinning experience.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
august 22, 2013
reservations at 6 for 4.Parking was good in the 3 block area. We parked across the street. Friendly at the door, asked for drinks right away. Good wine list, helped us with the choice. Menu was good , Broccoli salad was great and my entree was a smash hit! Everyone loved their food choice, bread was great. We will be back for the food. Bar was crowded and had a good movement of help.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Dining Prior To Ravinia
Recently dined at Merlo's prior to a concert at Ravinia. Parking was convenient and took the shuttle to Ravinia. Ate outside on the patio, which was very nice. Both my wife and I enjoyed our meals and I found the meatballs to be particularly good - mild and without a lot of spice. Through casual conversation others around us also appeared to enjoy their meals. Would dine her again without hesitation.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed B.D. lunch. We were
Enjoyed B.D. lunch. We were only occupied table in entire restaurant. They no longer will be open for lunch until next Spring ( maybe).
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second time dining
This was our second time dining at Merlo's and nit was better then the first. The food was served hot and presented well. Nannys Gravy was outstanding but the brick chicken was fantastic. Service was excellent as we had the same waiter we did onnour first visit. We ordered salad and drinks, relaxed for awhile and talked, then ordered dinner. We were not rushed at all. Very noisy tonite but still excellent
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Third time back to Merlos
Third time back to Merlos and never an issue, food and service excellent. Try the Nannas Gravy dish, their specialty. A combination of pot roast, and pasta that is out of this world. It is always busy, quite small and loud inside but fun and worth every penny!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back!
Outstanding food. Sizable portions. Excellent service. It was a beautiful summer night so we ate on the patio. Great value. Highly recommend the char grilled calmer and brussels sprout appetizers. Three of us ordered the grilled salmon special (I think that have it frequently) - the biggest piece of salmon I've ever been served at a restaurant - and delicious. A definite must go!!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Opentable found this place, did not know it was there.
Worth the trip. Great food. Good prices. Friendly staff
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Italian food
A great small Italian restaurant in Highland Park! Food is wonderful and nice nice portions ...a must try place!
Service was very good. We sat outside under an umbrella. Very comfortable and a nice atmosphere. The noise level that night was perfect for us. We were able to enjoy the food and the conversations with our friends!!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. A bit pricy.
Excellent food. A bit pricy. But their portions are large. Owner Dan was very friendly and added to the pleasant dinner.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous tasting food. Man
Fabulous tasting food. Man sized portions. The owners go overboard to make each guest happy. They help the wait staff , watch the service and tables. Just a delight. Very accommodating. We will return.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a local treasure in Ravinia! Menu meets every desire and the service is outstanding! It's a bit noisy, but in an upbeat and festive atmosphere! One of our newest faves!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really great - service is
Really great - service is was attentive and personable, food - great and cocktails - fantastic. Not much to ask for!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Merlo's neighborhood gem
Love the food. Great service. Only draw back is it gets very loud when busy. Worth it!!!!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful as ever!
This was our third time dining at Merlo's and we were pleased as ever with the terrific food, service and ambience. It's always great to have a few specials in addition to the great choices on the menu. A couple of us had difficulty deciding on what to order!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little pricey
Food was a little pricey but overall it was a great evening.
We would go back
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will certainly return. Food
Will certainly return. Food was very good and the early atmosphere was great (quiet). The food came out quickly and tasted very fresh.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have never been to Merlo's before and decided to make reservations for our parent's 56th wedding anniversary. I found Merlos through Open Table. What a treat. The food was excellent. Several of us ordered the Lobster Ravioli (it was a special that night) and that was outstanding - great flavor and lots of lobster stuffed inside. We ordered the 1/2 calamari 1/2 zucchini appetizer and that was so yummy - fresh calamari and the zucchini had an awesome flavor. The marina sauce served with the bread tasted amazing as well. For dessert, we had the homemade Tarimisu (giant piece and very yummy) as well as some cannolis (very good as well). The restaurant is sort of hidden and has a small intimate feel. We will definitely come back.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food at a reasonable price. We wish we had come sooner!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food that we were served
The food that we were served tasted really well and this restaurant is also a great place to bring children. That said, one of our group ordered a shrimp and scallop dinner special which was one of the more expensive items on the menu. All he received were 3 shrimp and 2 scallops. No side dish such as grilled vegetables. It certainly was not enough food for even the lightest of diners. I think to charge what they did and to give you 5 pieces of shellfish without anything additional was way out of line which is a shame since the food is good and otherwise ample.
10/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Italian Sweet Spot
I went to Merlo's with my husband, seeking a cozy place to relax and have a good meal together. I love going to Italian restaurants for our evenings out together because the Italians know love and romance, right?! Merlo's hit my Italian-date-night sweet spot with a fabulous wine selection, a broad but not overwhelming menu, and classy coziness. The service was excellent! I had the char-grilled calamari (just a tad too much pepper for me), the portobello mushroom ravioli with champagne cream sauce (just the right amount of sauce), and tiramisu...I don't know what my husband had because I was too into my food. Love this place, thank you Merlo's!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food
First time at Merlo's and the food was very good. The chicken Marsala was excellent and big portions. Big tasty desserts. Everyone in our party was happy. It's extremely loud at 7 PM on a Friday night. If you want quiet this is not the place.
We would absolutely go back again.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
One more visit needed
I was told that this was one of the best in the area. Although that was not our evaluation, the restaurant was good enough for us to stay afterwards for wine in the bar and book another reservation for next Friday. I am looking forward to ordering more food options to really know how we feel about this restaurant. It is small/loud but after around 830-9:00, once the bulk of the diners have completed dinner it was much more enjoyable.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Merlo's is Fantastic!
This was my 4th time at Merlo's and it just keeps getting better. The food, service, and overall experience is excellent, and with the very reasonable pricing, it makes this a routine return stop. Get the Nanna's Gray, a pot roast over rigatoni, and meat sauce. This entree is by far one of the best I've ever had. No need to go downtown Chicago, this place is top notch.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pasta Pasta Pasta
Took my twins here last Sunday for the first time, they are age 10. Friendly staff who moved us after my son asked if he could be closer to the tv to watch the football!! Server was great, very happy and friendly. Looked after my kids very well. My lasagna was fine, little bit to much cheese for my taste but great size, big enough for 2 with a salad. My kids had the pizza, good, and pasta with sausage, very good.
Over all, nice night out in a good friendly neighborhood restaurant. We will be back.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first impression
5 stars across the board. Must get back for a second visit.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A solid Italian Experience
The food is consistently good. Most importantly it takes fresh and properly prepared. I think they do an excellent job overall. Friendly service and comfortable surroundings. A tad loud at times.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Merlo's is truly a neighborhood gem. A vibrant scene on a quite street. It is a great spot to drop in for a quick meal and stay for a drink or two with the locals. The food is consistently good. My only issue is the noise level is very high and for me it takes a while (read first glass of wine) to get used to it.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food-better service
We had a terrific meal at Merlo on Saturday night. Every dish was excellent and our server Michael was top notch. Only issue is that it was really, really noisy, but not much you can do about it on a busy Saturday night.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The butternut squash soup was outstanding. The brick chicken was perfect
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I always look forward to eating here. We love the pizza and usually split it as an appetizer with other couples if dining with others or we split it with another entree if we are alone.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food; very noisy
Service was terrific. Food was very good but noise level was atrocious. Need to address. Also though wine menu was expensive and limited in scope.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Neighbor Hot Spot
A very small but energetic space in the middle of a neighborhood was a great surprise. The Brussels Sprout appetizer that we all shared was amazing. I had the Meatball Salad that was a house specialty was fantastic and very generous portion. Two had the salmon special which both said was very dry and bland. One more had the grilled calamari and loved it. Small but decent wine list with a generous pour. Definitely will return to explore he menu.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good. I shared chicken Parmesan and a side of great spinach with garlic with a girlfriend - chicken was huge. Not sure how one person could ever finish this. Our husbands had pasta and they both liked their dishes a lot. We shared a couple of appetizers and one huge slice of carrot cake. I had been warned that the restaurant was very noisy so we made a 6pm reservation on a Friday night. It was early enough that the place was a bit empty and it was much quieter than I expected. By the time we left two hours later the place was packed and it was noisy but to be honest I have been to places that have been worse. So, go early and enjoy - food is very good.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM