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Gamba Ristorante, Merrillville, IN

Gamba Ristorante

4.8
4.8
1083 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (219) 736-5000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    William Potts, Razvan Bancos, Joe Flores
  • Private party facilities
    Gamba Ristorante is the ideal setting for any special occasion. It is perfectly suited for weddings, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate lunch or dinners, brunches, birthday parties and bridal showers.
  • Private party contact
    Michaelle Gamba: (219) 736-5000
  • Neighborhood
    Merrillville, IN
  • Cross street
    Connecticut St.
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,083 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Food

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Service

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Value

  • Northwest Indiana

    Good for business meals

  • Northwest Indiana

    Good for groups

  • Northwest Indiana

    Healthy

  • Northwest Indiana

    Great for fine wines

  • Northwest Indiana

    Romantic

  • Northwest Indiana

    Good for special occasions

  • Northwest Indiana

    Most Booked

1,083 Reviews
  1. TiffanyGirl

    Chicago

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gamba never disappoints! Excellent service. Outstanding food and drinks. Can’t wait to return.

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  2. DeanT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentically Italian . Was that Tony Soprano at the table next to me

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely the best restaurant in all of Northwest Indiana.

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  4. Zhonda

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is amazing. The bartender is an artist. If you can, belly up to that bar for a pre-dinner or after-dinner drink - he makes an amazing chocolate martini. Watching him in action is a treat. The servers are spot on perfect and the food is crazy good. Prices are high and worth every penny. Birthdays are rewarded with a slice of their house cake and a huge sparkler which is super fun and makes for a great selfie! Love me some Gamba.

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  5. MglMsl

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful as always. Very elegant, great food, exceptional service, great drinks.

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  6. JoshuaD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mihajlo was a fantastic sever along with the food. It was expensive but worth it. Quiet and just the right setting for a long overdue date. If you’re a young parent and need to treat yourself to a break from the kids, this is a great choice. Try the manhatten!

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  7. DarlaP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful evening at Gamba! Maria, our server, took excellent care of us and all of her recommendations were spot on. Our cocktails were some of the best we’ve had and were carefully made. The food was delicious and the ambience was great and we felt like we were welcomed guests. We look forward to returning soon!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding dinner! I had the special salmon Wellington,I can't adequately describe how good it was... Other than to say that I was thoroughly impressed with the laminated pastry and the tenderness of the salmon inside. Just as nice was the ambiance and service. A wonderful night completely!

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  9. Frankie

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner was outstanding. We split the lobster ravioli that was out of this world. I had the veal shank that was melt=in-your-mouth fabulous. My partner had the 8oz filet with sauce Périgourdine. Killer!

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  10. MichaelH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in the extended hall area instead of the main dining room. However, despite being a more open hall, the noise was not overwhelming. The food was amazing as usual, and the service was great.

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  11. KeithO

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is excellent here such a beautiful atmosphere and the staff are amazing, I always enjoy myself coming here.

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  12. LBee

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant did a nice job decorating for the Valentine's Day holiday. The dining area is appointed nicely for a romantic dinner or any nice dinner with friends, family, etc. The wait staff was very professional and attentive. Unfortunately, we ran into a few disappoints that lowered the overall review. There were 4 of us -the lasagna; duck; and pork were all very tasteful. However, the braised spicy pork shoulder, although tasty, had more fat than meat in the serving. Although it very early in the evening, we were told that they ran out of the creme brulee; and the coffee was served lukewarm. However, we do plan to return and hope all at the table will leave happy.

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  13. Disappointed

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    First they were out of two items we tried to order. The server was visibly not interested. My wife ordered Ravioli for $30 and got 7 pieces with no side. My special was the Scallops with spaghetti and it was spaghetti with a ton of pees and some small chopped up scallops. The taste was ok but I cook that good and would never use a cup of pees on anything. It wasn't busy at all so no excuses there. The company ( My Wife ) and the music were the best parts of the night. Spent Almost $200 and left wondering. Won't go back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed with Octopus dishes with potatoes so cold and Octopus a little burn.

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  15. StevenB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Beet salad was interesting The lasagna was great. The wait time wasn’t. And the room we were in kinda felt like an overflow room

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  16. DaveB

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Filet was cooked perfectly. Shrimp cocktails are fantastic. Espresso martini was delicious. Desert perfect. I will be back soon.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were amazing. Very festive Valentines Day menus. Best Italian restaurant in the area.

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  18. Jennifer

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant- Sea Bass mediocre. Great drinks and service was great.

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  19. roxannem

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat…quiet, no televisions ..excellent food choices and service

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  20. MJess

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I brought my wife to Gamba yesterday for her birthday, and it was incredible as usual. She loved it, and that’s all I need!

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  21. Brooke

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The ambience was upscale and the service was excellent.

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  22. MichaelB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Love the menu. Strongly recommend.

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  23. MattB

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was spotty, it was a busy night. Still for a high end restaurant was slightly disappointed

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food atmosphere and service are always great thanks gamba

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  25. WillmetteJohn

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was spot on.

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  26. PatriceS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the best time and experience here. The service was outstanding and the food and the drinks was amazing. The server was amazing as well. We will be back soon.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The manager made sure we were very well accommodated for. Michelle and the rest of the team were fantastic, and the food was even better.

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  28. MikeS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent, service was excellent! We will definitely come back some day, but will likely only go here for special occasions.

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  29. MelanieS

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My compliments to the chef - the halibut was out of this world. The wait staff and bartenders (Cynthia and Mijailo) are very attentive and make wonderful suggestions with respect to wine pairings. Mixed drinks are excellent, and they also make very creative cocktails for the season. Every guest is treated special and made to feel like family.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were both amazing! We will definitely be back.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top Notch!! Been a customer for 30 years +. Looking forward to the next dining experience!!

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  32. blaireg

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I dined here on NYE and it was slightly disappointing. We had reservations for 8:00PM and weren’t seated until after 8:30PM. No one asked our names for the reservation and the check in process was a mess. I understand it being busy but no one was manning the host stand majority of the time, just one gentleman ushering people away. And with the long, narrow space to the host stand it was very uncomfortable. The service once we were seated was much better, although we sat for 15 minutes without interaction or menus. I’d definitely recommend for a date night but I don’t think I would return for a busier day/event like NYE again.

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  33. blksheep

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time! NYE dinner to close out 2023 was outstanding. We feel we had the best table in the house, set apart from everyone with a view. The food was delicious, the staff was on point and highly attentive. We didn’t expect the live entertainment but was pleased at the bonus. We can’t say enough great things about our visit. My fiancée was blown away. Cheer to 2024, May she be kind to all.

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  34. BarbaraK

    Indiana

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gamba is a our Place for Special Occasions! Always great food, service and ambience!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress who says is the manager was so rude for someone who said has been there 17 years. She was rude to the table next to us that said I don't wait tables but it's busy being New Years Eve. She was very rude to my wife and I also which for being a very nice restaurant surprised us. This was our 18th time here and never experienced this before. Unfortunately we will not be back after this.

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  36. MelanieS

    Chicago

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always! NYE menu and specialty bar drinks were excellent

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    From top to bottom it was a disappointment. I brought my boyfriend hoping to impress him and I was so embarrassed. He is from Germany and the food was so sub-par what he was used to and what I had heard about the restaurant.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very personalized service food was great great decor

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  39. TomA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Italian restaurant!! Top Notch in every category!!!

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  40. JeremyR

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service and atmosphere and our server was great!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 1083 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gamba Ristorante

455 E 84th Dr, Merrillville, IN 46410

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Connecticut St.
  • Neighborhood
    Merrillville, IN
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    William Potts, Razvan Bancos, Joe Flores
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (219) 736-5000
  • Private party facilities
    Gamba Ristorante is the ideal setting for any special occasion. It is perfectly suited for weddings, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate lunch or dinners, brunches, birthday parties and bridal showers.
  • Private party contact
    Michaelle Gamba: (219) 736-5000
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