Gamba Ristorante

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546 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Specials

Aperol Sprits Special

Enjoy $7 Aperol Sprits Cocktails

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 24, 2019

Ends: October 25, 2118

Availability: Wed 5:00PM-9:00PM

Wine Down Thursdays

Half Off Select Bottles of Wine every Thursdays

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 24, 2019

Ends: October 25, 2118

Availability: Thu 5:00PM-8:45PM

Half Off Select Bottles of Wine

Thursday Nights 1/2 off select Bottles of wine 60.00 or less

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 21, 2019

Ends: February 22, 2118

Availability: Thu 5:00PM-8:45PM

What 546 People Are Saying
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Gamba to celebrate my husband’s birthday and we had a fabulous meal. Thanks!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gambas is our favorite place and we go regularly! We love the food and everything else!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star food, 5 star service, 5 star atmosphere, $$$$$ Price. I have been to Gamba 5 or 6 times now and I am impressed by how great the food is on every trip.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall experience was excellent. The checkin wasn't what I expected. Stood by the podium for half an hour as the host kept taking people back to their seats and never acknowledged me or otherrs there. Then realized he would just announce for reservations for a particular time slot and it was more or less an honor system from the patrons and he would seat accordingly. From there service was really good. The waitress spent time with us at the table explaining the menu items and answering our questions. Food was excellent. Atmosphere was elegant, relaxing and romantic. Meal was a bit pricy, but what you'd expect for an upscale restaurant. Really enjoyed our time here and would recommend for anyone looking for a big city equivalent dining experience without having to drive to Chicago. Loved it!

LG
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is out of this world lamb chops best i have ever had

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice evening out - excellent service, wine choices, and menu

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for Valentine’s Day with our 3 year old daughter, and it was a great experience. It’s a nice restaurant, which always worries me a little bit about our 3 year old being a little noisy. The owner and employees could not have been more accommodating, and it allowed us to enjoy the meal and time together. Food was great quality, and the service was wonderful. I highly recommend Gamba’s for a nice date, special occasion, or even a higher end work event. The price is fair for what you get.

KW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an absolutely wonderful experience. My husband and I felt like we were treated like celebrities. The food was beyond delicious. The restaurant itself is gorgeous. It was a beautiful night

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We will definitely return to Gamba Ristorante. It is elegantly low key, offers superior service, and delicious food.

JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an exceptional lunch, starting with the innovative tomatoes in oil with good bread. The short rib ravioli was rich and generous for an appetizer. My crab cakes were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside--just right and my husband chicken was also flavorful. Our bottle of pinot noir went with everything.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a fantastic experience at Gambia. The food is excellent and the service is top notch.

NS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service!

RE
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating

D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated on time. Service was great. Shrimp cocktail was a super start. We had the pork chop and the tenderloin special. Both exceeded expectations. We will be back sooner rather than later!

OT
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gumbo is absolutely top-notch. It is one of our go to restaurants in the area. I think it’s hands down the best Italian restaurant in Northwest Indiana and can compete in the Chicago market for the top Italian restaurant as well. Always a great experience, great service and food is amazing

AH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gamba does not disappoint! The pasta e fagioli soup is OUTSTANDING! I had the eggplant parmesan which was delicious and my boyfriend had the NY strip steak (he loved). It was his bday so they brought out a piece of their flour-less chocolate cake - so good! Can't say enough how great the service and ambiance were. Definitely recommend!

RB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best steak dinner's I have had in many years. The wine was very good and our waiter was attentive. Great evening, we'll be back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This ristorante never disappoints. From a business lunch or dinner to a date night, always leave satisfied and happy!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I was there for a business dinner. Starting in the bar there was an over served table that came up and harassed us. They literally told us how drunk they were and drank my drink! The bartender just watched. We left and went into the dining room for dinner (I left my drink at the bar). The waiter was told and did refill the drink (with a half drink) but he was so quirky it was simply odd. Food was very good but OMG! I would NEVER go back. Knowing our issue we should have at least been approached by management. Frankly, the restaurant should have comped this meal. Completely disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there so initially we were unsure as to the entrance and once we did get inside, we weren't sure we were in the right place but as soon as we found our way - the whole experience changed. It was a pleasant surprise and we were acknowledged by everyone from the hostess, to the server, to the owner and even the gentlemen helping. We never had to ask for anything because our server was so attentive and available to us. The food was phenomenal and the experience overall was fantastic. It made for a lovely mother/daughter/granddaughter evening out.

BH
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal at Gamba's. The food is delicious. The service is impeccable. In my opinion, it is the premier restaurant in Northwest Indiana!!

C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. We had reservations, but had to wait 30 minutes for our table.

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! The service and food were outstanding!

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply one of the very best restaurants around, anywhere. Impeccable food & service.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t know why it took me so long to fine this place. It is my go to place. I couldn’t ask for anything better.

IW
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food every time we come here.

M
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the BEST Italian restaurant in the area! Absolutely amazing. The food is out of this world and the service is unequaled!

B
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and meal!!
Cant wait to come back

AD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and experience was AMAZING as always!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Private room provided for our luncheon

JG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

d
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could have just copied my previous comments about Gamba to this review. Everything about Gamba is excellent. The food, service, ambiance, and a feeling of being treated wonderful is always the same. Great.

AY
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service wonderful environment very friendly and welcoming! Food was perfection! Love the owners hospitality top notch Gem of Merrillville!!!! Will be returning and bringing more people!

DI
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I like Gamba's, but was more than a little disappointed in their lack of ceremony on my mother's 103 birthday dinner.

DP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted at the door by the owner. Mr. Gamba is a very welcoming person and he pays much attention to the comfort of his customers. I was there with my 91 year old mother who really loves the restaurant. I had the halibut with the white bean soup and we split a beet salad. She had the same entrée and soup. All were excellent. My wife wasn't all that hungry so she had the soup and a dinner salad which she said was very good as well. The restaurant is unique in that the building is a curved shape with a really special courtyard in the middle. We ate there and it was very pleasant and a perfect evening. Prices are expensive for Merrillville but the restaurant seemed pretty busy Saturday evening in the summer which is very good to see. Definitely 2 thumbs up.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere in the courtyard is absolutely wonderful! It was really pretty, relaxing, and quiet, and I loved the lights above the tables. The service was amazing, too! Our server was super helpful and very informative. And the food was incredible - absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to dine here again!

f
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming here for years The food service are always great ! & Benny is the best

D
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

one of my all time favorites. Service this time was a little slow, (only reason for the lack of all stars) but it was because the server was new. The way this business is run---which is extremely professional--I'm willing to bet the next time I come in this particular server will be up among their top servers. I am looking forward to my next visit.