Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.61mi
  2. Distance: 0.62mi
  3. Distance: 0.63mi
  4. Distance: 0.64mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.61mi
  2. Distance: 0.62mi
  3. Distance: 0.63mi
  4. Distance: 0.64mi

About Gamba Ristorante

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.

455 E 84th Dr
Merrillville, IN 46410
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Connecticut St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(219) 736-5000

Website:
http://gambaristorante.com/

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Gamba Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for a Date (14)
See All
Business Meals (14)
Romantic (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Cozy (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Fun (1)
Sort by
S
354 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

The brussel sprout and stuffed pepper appetizers were great. Everyone also enjoyed their entrees and dessert. The service was impeccable.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Service was great. Our server Josh, and the owner Benny, made sure that our experience at Gamba was memorable. We enjoyed the ambience, and the menu selections. Special place, for special occasions.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had a fantastic dinner at Gamba. Service was amazing. Everyone left smiling.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wine selection is amazing! The staff is polite, knowledgeable of the entire menu. I have never left there dissatisfied with anything. The best fine dining in NWI.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I gave only 3 stars for service because of the hostess---she was not very cordial. The restaurant was busy and the men who brought the food to the table were gruff. The waitress was pleasant and efficient but the rest of staff seemed hard-pressed. The food is quite good and well presented, cocktails were great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

OVERPRICED for at best, MEDIOCRE food! This was the same reason when we at here about 6 years ago, but it we as the place the person hg acing a birthday wanted to try. Their U4 prawn was mushy and seemed like it had been refrozen before. The $30-Paeia was quite salty leaving your mouth always thirsty along with very tiny mussels and clams. The lobster ravioli was so expensive for such a very small amount of pasta with a cream sauce that was not very good tasting. And the only thing good was the OVERPRICED veal and the very basic balsamic vinegar brussel sprouts. We would've had money for our money at CIAO BELLA in Schereville, Indiana just 10 minutes away from Merrillville, IN. Warning---just save your money and go elsewhere!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service4
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We ate at this restaurant in celebration of my wife's birthday. This was the second time that we have eaten at this restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice meal.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Went strictly for the Elk chop and was not disappointed It was great and I would recommend it

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 22, 2017

We used to have to drive to Chicago to get this kind of service & quality.
Always the best in food & service.
Bon Appetito

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 16, 2017

Service was impeccable. Request Derik if you can. Fantastic dishes, superb cuisine, especially the foie gras. Will definitely return

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Rushed service. Food ok

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service4
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Truly a local gem. You could tell there was some pride in the chef's preparation. Our appetizer, the prawns, were a bit over-cooked. The second course, pasta, was heavenly. The tomatoes used were grown on the side of a volcano in Italy. The rabbit was cooked to perfection.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value3

 
·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food and service. Lovely dinner experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Seattle)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I love Italian restaurants and go to Italy often. Gamba is tops. Benito the owner gracious, menu items were varied and just plain wonderful. I tasted all four of our table's orders and all were truly great. our waiter was the most knowledgeable and helpful as any I've ever had. all in all I heartily recommend Gamba.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 10, 2017

First time going and definitely not the last. Ambiance, service and food was phenominal. Hidden gem in Northwest Indiana. Wish i would have known about this place sooner.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had Julie as our server and she was excellent with her knowledge of the menu and wine options. We have dined here before but it has been awhile. We will be back again. Thank you Gamba!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 7, 2017

Best restaurant in Northwest Indiana, hands down! Every time I go there are new, unique, and spectacular menu items. Plating is gorgeous. Pricey, but well worth it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always excellent food and service. Never disappoints

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 4, 2017

What a pleasant surprise in Merrillville. Excellent menu, excellent wine list, and superb service and execution. We had a great meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Outstanding restaurant. Excellent in every way.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Chosen for proximity in NW Indiana, vs nice places in Chicago, but TRAFFIC.... UGH!
Nice location for our anniversary!
The one small private room has had a party of 8-10 each of the 2 times we visited, and looked delish and fun. Great service and food! Solid wines ( could use more by-the-glass options)
will go again and highly recommend. Higher end price-wise, but great special occasion place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Wonderful business dinner as usual. Other than the fact that the bar seats were reserved (unusual for any restaurant), our experience was exceptional. Mr. Gamba is a very gracious host. Food was excellent all around. We tried a little charcuterie for sharing; good prosciutto and excellent cheeses. Flat iron steak with peppercorn demi glace and duck fat fried frites was perfectly cooked, as were the filet and the duck breast. Excellent wine selection. Our waiter was very good; not hovering but quick on service.
Highly recommended.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

One of the most genuine and friendly restaurants we've ever been to. The flavors are spectacular and the Barolo was excellent. We visit NYC twice a year and the whole experience here is equal to their best. I had the tagliatelle with lobster and cognac cream sauce. Ridiculous!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on September 8, 2017

While wait staff was very attentive to some tables we found ourselves having to ask for another drink, dessert , and the check.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service3
value2

 
·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was outstanding. Extremely attentive service. A little obscure but when we called for directions, they led us right to the restaurant. Marvelous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Servers were knowledgeable and attentive. Food presentation was beautiful. Prices will not allow me to frequent this establishment on a regular basis.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I just moved to NWI from Chicago last year. This is by far the best restaurant in the area. Definitely on par with the finest Italian restaurants in River North and Little Italy. Great meal from start to finish! And nice cocktail and wine list. Friendly staff and inviting ambiance as well. Looking forward to sitting outside in their interior courtyard next time!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I am 100% Italian, and this is some of the best food I've had, including Italy and the U.S.! The gnocchi can't be beat; fish and rabbit specials outstanding!! Super Tuscan was fabulous, and wine list is very diverse and complete. Outstanding dining experience!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The waitress was awful. She had no personality and immediately tried to get us to buy a whole bottle of wine. We ordered an appetizer and "discussed" what we were thinking abut ordering and asked to wait until after our appetizer was finished. The next thing we knew 2 dinners arrived, even though we hadn't actually ordered yet. Since they were not even remotely close to what we would have ordered, we sent them back and actually ordered. $23.00 for ravioli should be how you like it. At that instant she got an attitude and pretty much ruined our experience. We will not go back.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service1
value1

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Unequaled by any restaurant in our area. Outstanding service. A great destination for a special occasion. Modern decor. Cuisine includes several specials.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 27, 2017

A diamond in the rough. This absolutely amazing Italian restaurant is hidden in and industrial area in Merriville,IN The decor and building are beautiful. The staff is attentive and friendly and the food is amazing. I would strongly recommend giving this place a try.

Tags: Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Very clean, nice decor, staff made a very good effort and presentation.
I will return, I was expecting a little more traditional Italian, but was pleased with the chefs combination of flavors and professional presentation.
It was a Thursday evening and not many people in the resturant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Absolutely the best restaurant in North West Indiana and surrounding area (I'm looking at YOU, Chicago!) Never disappoints.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 15, 2017

My first visit and it was wonderful. From the staff to the presentation to the food itself, everything was perfect. This is how a restaurant is supposed to operate.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Gamba is always a plus 10. Food and service are outstanding! Always up to par and more!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Went for anniversary. Was greeted with a happy anniversary and congrats from the owner. Service and food was spectacular. To end, we got a dessert on the house. 10/10

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Service and environment were great. Food was a bit disappointing. Good, but not great. Expected more with the food.

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. Wonderful ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 15, 2017

We always enjoy our experience. We have gone during the colder months of the year so it was nice to see the menu for Spring/Summer.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

We did the Chef's tasting with friends. Chef Mike out did himself. 7 courses and wine. Outstanding

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.