Gamba Ristorante

4.8
677 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The former owners of the Venezia Bar & Grill and Café Venezia, Benito and Hilda Gamba, have combined their efforts into the Gamba Ristorante. Located in Merrillville, this restaurant is housed in an architectural masterpiece, which is hard to miss with its circular design and copper roof. Modeled after upscale restaurants in exotic European locations, the menu offers classic Italian cuisine. The wine room boasts storage space for 1,000 bottles. A banquet hall holds up to 175 people and looks out onto an open courtyard.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 677 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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DeeBeytheMoorish1theEast
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My 1st experience with Gamba's was delightful. Hostess was gracious, the food was flavorful without being overly seasoned, l ordered a well done veal chop and it was very good, the adult beverages were not watered down. The waiter Josh was very professional and accommodating. I highly recommend this restaurant. As l shall be back very soon; probably just sit at the bar.

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vipWindyCityGal
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our very first visit to Gamba was this past Saturday night for dinner. We had heard good things. We will definitely return BUT will not if bar seating is the only option available to us. We will make our reservation far enough in advance to ensure we are seated in the dining room as I am quite certain we will enjoy that much more.

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SimeonW
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant, duck was delicious

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DarvionneG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant- it is beautiful and classy! Was referred by a friend; however, the menu had just changed 2 days prior to our reservation so it wasn't totally what we were expecting. However, the food was still very good and the service was outstanding! Will definitely go back again!

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vipGaryM
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place for dinner, food was very tasty and well presented, service was outstanding, with my mother and brother, we enjoyed our evening. Will return again. In addition, they have outdoor dining.

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MelanieS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb as always

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MichaelH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, waiter was great and knowledgeable and helpful. Wait times for food were minimal.

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marting
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Gamba’s is always a treat. The service is top notch and the food is fantastic. The restaurant is beautiful and the desserts are absolutely devine. I look forward to our next dinner!

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vipShellyG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food was excellent, salmon cakes were great! The waiter Michael was informative and energetic, considering it was a Monday night, made for a great evening with my wife!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service every visit!

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Lisa
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether it is for a business lunch, special occasion or romantic evening, Gamba can accommodate it all. Excellent service and outstanding food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food and service the desert there was outstanding highly suggest getting the hazelnut chocolate cheesecake

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BillG
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Gamba's for several years... Went for Wife's Birthday, was not disappointed... Food was very good!

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NLFr
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Disappointing food was just okay they were out of 2 specials and minestrone soup and it was 630pm one Saturday evening

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Shawac
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was our first visit to Gambas. I thought the overall value was just ok. We paid $9 for a very mediocre salad.

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Mimi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Gamba’s! Whether two of us or ten or large party,,,service and food never disappoints

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vipKarenS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfection!

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KristieM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant and my only regret is that we didn't know about it sooner. We will be back again next weekend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great meal and ambiance. The bread (bruschetta) and elk were amazing. Great night at Gamba, as usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Retirement celebration.

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vipPatA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beat way to spend a birthday!! Everything was perfect!! Our food was the best ever not one complaint!!! (Shoutout to Michele for the lobster!!🥰) We had such a great and relaxing evening! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time and I will now become a regular! Everything was perfect, thank you!

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Bernadette
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We both had the Veal and it was so tender you didn’t need a knife to cut it, just your fork did the job. Ambiance was perfect as usual, service was the best, and I can’t wait to go back!!

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vipTyroneM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this place. Food and service absolutely exceptional. Most definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very very nice. Food was excellent and the service was the same . A little pricey for my wife and I to go there more than 2-3 times a year but going back in the future for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Friends birthday and I wanted to treat her to dinner this was our first time there and it was amazing the food was great the service was great the drinks were bomb overall it was a really good time

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Chrissy
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner, wonderful service from the lovely Maria. It was our first time but it won't be our last! Had the duck breast, chicken scallopini, and chocolate hazelnut cheesecake....all amazing!

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WalterW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Food was magnificent. Cant wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I have eaten at this restaurant six times. Four times the duck was exceptional. This last time it was barely edible. It was bloody and rubbery. I asked to have it cooked more and it still was barely edible. I thought the tables were too close together and the server was less attentive than all of my experiences prior

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice everyone was amazing I will definitely be back

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DavidT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The waiter barely came over throughout the night. The waiter never brought a drink menu never got a refill on water or tea, had to find him to get another glass of wine. The steak was overcooked and the lobster was cold by the time it got to us probably because we had to wait for silverware. I also think the food was pretty overpriced for what it was. Main thing was the service was pretty bad considering I saw other servers checking on their tables

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent. Service was disappointing. Server was not attentive at all. Would have ordered more drinks if he came around to check on us. We had to order our last drink from another server in order to get it.

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vipBobtherep
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the area. Food never disappoints us.

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vipJennifer
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic; I would recommend the tenderloins!

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elizalinh
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night. Loved everything. Our server, Josh, was very personable. He made some recommendations. He engaged in small talk. Made the experience more enjoyable. Our food was fantastic! Always a good meal when here. Definitely will return.

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fancynancy622
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual wonderful dinner! Quiet clean and prompt service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great wine. Great service. Gambas never disappoints!

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JaspJada
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is by far the BEST place to dine in NW Indiana. The staff, their etiquette, their attentiveness is all exceptional. The food is downtown Chicago fine dining quality, exquisite. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this restaurant. It will always be my go to for local dining. It puts everywhere else to shame. On a scale of 1 to 5 stars, 5 stars being the best, my family gives it 100 stars. Its classy also, which I know is hard for the people of that area to dress appropriately........lets just say you have to clean up and actually change out of your sweats or pajama bottoms to eat there.

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vipBobtherep
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual....top shelf. would recommend the place for anyone looking for a place for special occasions

FAQs

Gamba Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (219) 736-5000.

Gamba Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 677 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.