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Gamba Ristorante

4.7
380 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation


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

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

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(219) 736-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private party contact
Michaelle Gamba: (219) 736-5000
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Connecticut St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
What 380 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gerry (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

It’s a wonderful experience and fantastic dinner!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Very enjoyable night out

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Took my wife out for valentine’s day lunch. Warmly greeted by the owner when we arrived, seated promptly and our server immediately came to our table. The food was amazing, as always. Definitely our favorite restaurant in the area.

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Laura (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

All of my guest said that Gamba was a nice place to have business dinner and also it was very good & delicious Italian food. We had very good time in this Ristorante. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Some of the best food I've had in Northwest Indiana.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent, every time!!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was excellent!! Michelle is a great host!

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OpenTable Diner (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Always delicious food, wine, and the best service! We always order the special or a steak and savor every bite. The shrimp cocktail was awesome.

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KVanProoyen (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The host and staff were very friendly. As usual, the food was OUTSTANDING

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Absolutely love this restaurant!! I love that they know their frequent customers. Food is GREAT !!!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Always an incredible meal. Beautiful atmosphere & impeccable service. The owner, Benito & his personal touch make the whole dining experience even more special.

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Christian 
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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."

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