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Gamba Ristorante

4.9
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611 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 611 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WilliamR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat and spend a quiet evening in Northwest Indiana

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HelenS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spot on, did not interrupt conversations, kept up with clean up and refills. Offered suggestions, wine list, desert options. Very pleasant and courteous.

Loved the background music.

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DeborahB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints. Food, service with attention to detail are exceptional.

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dmfood
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal with outstanding service. Everyone there makes sure you have an enjoyable esperience. Quiet.

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vipDJ07
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having not been in the NE area of Indiana for over 11 years, it felt good to meet with old friends and catch up at our old favorite venue. It became clear once again that Gamba's is simply a treasure of a restaraunt! That will never change! Wow, food, service, the environment....... Simply the best, regardless!

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Danny
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Northwest Indiana !!

The Italian Cuisine & service is GREAT
and unmatched even compared to
the BEST CHICAGO EATERIES !!

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vipAllysonMur
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambience. Outside patio is beautiful!!

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vipSarah
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and wonderful food. Highly recommend.

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DonaldS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank You Benny and family for another great night out at one of our favorite restaurants

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vipToyaR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service.. The owners are amazingly classy and friendly.

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WillB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful warm atmosphere and always excellent meals! Ravioli is a favorite of mine,

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NikkiH
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful and so was the service. We sat in the courtyard which is beautiful.

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danap
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most romantic place to have the best meal!!!!

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Mimi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great service and the food is always imaginary and delicious

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vipCPRich
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening on the patio. Great setting, food and service.

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vipMBK6976
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible food and service.

Thank you for a great job.

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Mimi
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Always warm and welcoming

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Minnie123
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this dinner was fabulous. The meal was delicious. Martinis were made perfectly. Service was outstanding. Atmosphere was beautiful.

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vipgratefuldiner
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Gamba a couple of times at the indoor dining room but this time tried the outdoor courtyard. What a beautiful space! You can ask for it when you make a reservation and I'd recommend it. Food is excellent as always.

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CarrieS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at this restaurant. This is a beautiful location with a unique menu—all of which we enjoyed. The service was personable and helpful. Save room for dessert; it is worth it!

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vipVaushnaM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and amazing

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spoonring82
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday and the food, drinks and service were excellent. Thanks for helping to make it a special time. 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved sitting outside in the courtyard. Manhattans were well made, even though we had some very particular requests. The oysters were so fresh and delicious. We ordered from the Specials Menu for dinner, the guys had beef and the women had the cod. We were all very pleased. For dessert we shared an order of chocolate cake and creme brûlée. We love coming back often to our favorite restaurant.

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Elizabeth
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate out in the atrium. There were others outside as well, but the noise level never got loud. The waiter was very attentive, as was the entire staff. Our water glasses never emptied, our table never got cluttered. The food was excellent, even with the limited menu they are temporarily using.

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gamba is always excellent. We went to celebrate an anniversary. The service was excellent and the host Benny Gamba was friendly welcoming and as always making sure we were happy. I would recommend Gamba for this reason and he quality of the food.

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JDKnowzGoodFood
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The skate wing and risotto were terrific and the service impeccable. Been going to Benny's restaurants for nearly 30 years and it's always exceptional. The entire Gamba family makes you feel welcome and appreciated. Try a pommegranite Martini with a splash of Gran Manera. Double espresso with dessert. Great meal, terrific company.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is always great and the patio is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior of the restaurant was beautiful and relaxing and seemed to be designed to keep the noise level low. The mozzarella appetizer was the best I have ever tasted. My husband enjoyed his grilled veal. My short rib ravioli was amazing, though the serving size was quite small. Service was exceptional and we were presented with a complementary flourless chocolate cake in recognition of our anniversary. Would highly recommend for special occasions. Hope to return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The whole experience was fantastic. Food was incredible.

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Nana
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was very nice. It's great to go to lunch because you get more value for your money. The food is great.

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MjJk
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful !!! Everything was fantastic !!! Will definitely be back soon.

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Annie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

This is a well know establishment with a high end reputation that seems to be frequented by many regulars.
Food was average and over priced. Small portions.
Servers were polite, but didn't seem to reflect the upscale nature that this place tries to portray.
We specifically went on 1/2 price bottle night, but when the bill came it showed the full price. Thankfully we looked over our bill and asked server to adjust it.
Besides background music playing in the Indoor dining room, it was way too quiet.
Outdoor patio is very pretty.
There was a pesky fruit fly hovering over our table the entire time.
We were there celebrating an anniversary and even tho we told them, they didn't do anything special for us.

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MarijaG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here with my best friend for dinner . The atmosphere was very classy with hint of romantic mood. The food overall was very good.
Grilled octopus appetizer was amazing.
The soft shell crab appetizer-not so much!
The entre- wagyu Beef medallion was delicious and prepared perfectly!
Service was top notch, always there at the perfect time and discrete not to interrupt our conversation .
It is a nice fancy place for people who prefer dinner and conversation away from younger crowds and loud dinning rooms!

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AaronY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food environment drinks!!! Love this family

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DineOften
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a overall great dining experience. This family owned and operated restaurant is one i will come back to again and again.

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Sean
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Nice restaurant but way overpriced for what you get.

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D907IE
Savannah
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gamba's never fails to serve excellent food and wine. No matter what the reason, I find one to take my wife, family and friends to dinner at Gamba's. Kathy and I like to dress up (a little), but there are diners in more casual wear and it is quite acceptable. Benny is the ever so present host!

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MattI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Gamba’s food and drinks were at the standard you should expect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and
Ambience. Great outdoor dining.

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dmfood
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful experience at this excellent restaurant. Virus time so hostess and servers all wore mask. Seating was more than 6' apart. We felt perfectly at easy during our meal. Just great food, wine, dessert and service. One of the few restaurants where you do not have to yell across the table to have a conversation.

FAQs

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

Gamba Ristorante is rated 4.9 stars by 611 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.