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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.
Merrillville, IN 46410
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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
Per usual, we had a great dining experience at Gamba! The food, the service and the ambiance are all exceptional! We were there for a friend’s birthday lunch and a delicious chocolate raspberry torte was brought out gratis. It was large enough for 5 people to share. Gamba is the top restaurant in Northwest Indiana and we have enjoyed eating there everytime we go.
It had been a while since my last visit to Gamba's so I was looking forward to our dinner. After I made my reservation I heard that their chef passed away which made me a little concerned about the food. No worries. The former chef must have done a great job of training his staff; the food was great! Make sure to try the veal tenderloin, awesome.
We have been visiting Benito (Benny) Gamba's restaurants for 25 years. Never, have we been disappointed. Always, have enjoyed the food and service. Nowhere else in the area can you find Elk, Rabbit, Lamb, & Duck on the menu. Not to mention the amazing steaks & pasta options.
Cant complain about the food or the waitress. But when I contacted and sent my situation to the restaurants email, they never even responded and acknowledge my complaint. Below is my email sent to them to receive no response. I would love to return but if they cant even acknowledge my concerns I wont return and wont recommend to friends.
"To whom it concerns,
I want to start off by saying I am not looking to try to get any free meals out of this email, just to inform of a couple things i wasn't too happy about for my visit.
First off, I made reservations for my girlfriend and I for 7:15 for an anniversary dinner. We arrive 10 minutes early because I never like getting to places late. We weren't seated until 15 minutes after our appointment time at 7:30. If I make reservations and Im on time i would think i would not have to wait for another 15 minutes. Not a huge deal, just my opinion.
Secondly... My New York Strip that I ordered medium rare, and my girlfriends Filet Mignon (She ordered Medium). That being said when they come out they switched the cooking of them So hers was medium rare and mine was medium. No big deal, mistakes happen. They gave me a whole new steak they cooked. But for hers they just through it back in the grill. Im no steak connoisseur, but I do know when cooking them you NEVER want to puncture it. Which hers was completely sliced in half with a bite eaten off of it. Would not be a big deal if I was at a local cheap steakhouse, but if I am paying $50 for a steak I think it should of been handled a little differently.
Needless to say, the food was still awesome and our waitress was great as well. No complaints besides the two i stated above. I do plan on returning again soon, great atmosphere and drinks were good too.
Thanks for reading."
We met family at Gamba's for a lunch during the holidays. Service was outstanding...no complaints at all. Food was ok to good...but not great. Given the prices, I was expecting a little bit more. the lasagna special was simply layers of pasta on pasta with tomato sauce on the very top - disappointing. my chicken scallopini was super sweet...not what I expected or wanted. scallopini is supposed to be lemony with a briny quality in the background from capers. I couldn't detect any lemon flavor at all. they must have used a sweet wine in the recipe. I have to say again that the service was extremely good...but for the price, I will go somewhere else with more authentic and tastier dishes.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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