Gamba Ristorante

4.7
416 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Gamba never disappoints. The food was awesome and service great. Benito is a top notch owner that knows how to keep his customers coming back. I travel all over the US for business and have come to Gamba for the past 13 years since their opening, it is still one of my favorites. Keep up the great work Benito.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

As usual, another wonderful dining experience. Everyone here is so kind, friendly, and informative. Our waiter was well informed about the wine list and helped us make a wonderful wine choice. The meals we had were outstanding. My wife had the mushroom risotto with truffles and I had a ricotta stuffed pasta accompanied with a great meat sauce. We like it here because you can talk to the person next to you without shouting. A very quiet and pleasing atmosphere. There is soft music in the background.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Gamba is always a 10! This is thee restaurant of NW Indiana! Food is creative and absolutely delicious! We have eaten here many times and have had a fantastic meal everytime! The duck breast was melt in the mouth as was the walleye special.
Bennie, the owner is very pleasant and chats with all the customers. We are planning a group birthday dinner next. I highly recommend Gamba Ristorante .

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Our waiter was so thoughtful - we had one in our party who had to leave early and he took her order even before the entire party arrived and then he brought her food and then brought her check so she could leave. He was perfect with all the rest of us too. The food was great and everyone enjoyed it so much. We had the private room which was very nice, especially because we did a lot of laughing and having a good time!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This was our 31st Anniversary .. special night and great memories . Food was delicious and server was excellent .

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Very nice evening. Great service and food like always!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The small glass room provides a quiet place for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We were looking for a new restaurant that had excellent food to celebrate our anniversary. Gamba’s Does not disappoint. The food was out of this world wonderful. The desserts can’t be missed, they were fabulous!! The restaurant was quiet and there was room between the tables so that you could have a nice conversation. The service was fast, but we never felt rushed. The food came out nice and hot! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Gamba is our go to spot. We love the creative dishes, the spectacular meals, and the staff who remember you.

We have had lunch and dinner there. There is not a bad dish on the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Fantastic as always. I don't often get to Gamba, but when I do they always, and I mean ALWAYS make me feel welcome. The food is every bit as good as the servers' descriptions. I will be back. I've felt well taken care of there whether I eat at the bar or at a table.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch is always fantastic here.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for mother’s day brunch. The food was good, nice variety and great presentation. The waiter was courteous and attentive. Kinda pricey but we figured it was because of special occasion.
We plan to go back for a birthday celebration on an evening, I’m sure the service and food will be excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food as usual. Benito does a wonderful job with everything. Only drawback, is I wish we were not seated next to the entrance.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch...food was good, but thought it would have been better for the price.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Excellent in every way.
The very best a restaurant has to offer.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We had a really good time and the service was excellent.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Impeccable service! Staff was very friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Bennie Gamba and his family have made this an exceptional dining experience! Fantastic food with fantastic service along with the perfect ambiance.
Nick McLaughlin

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Very nice. Ambience. Server Josh was very helpful with recommendations. Food and service were very good. Would definately return.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Service by Michelle was outstanding! Good was very good as well and the portions were very generous. I would definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Gamba's continues to be a great dining experience in Northwest Indiana. Great wine selection and outstanding daily specials.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service was excellent the food was amazing and the staff was very friendly Will definitely be going back we had an amazing time

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent as always!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Absolutely phenomenal...

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This restaurant was everything! I can’t wait to go back

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had a group of 7 including 2 teenagers & a pre-teen that were in town for a national basketball tournament. We were looking for a place to have a nice sit-down dinner that all of us could enjoy. We found this place on Open Table and thought it sounded perfect and made a reservation. We couldn't have been happier with our restaurant choice. The server was very attentive and all of us were extremely happy with the the food. Although my husband is a ribeye man, there was no ribeye on the menu so he hesitantly ordered the NY Strip. He said his NY Strip was the best strip steak he has ever had, and couldn't stop bragging about it. Other meals ordered at our table included the paella, wild mushroom risotto, and lamb shank, and they were all so delicious. All 7 of us would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The staff are extremely helpful and knowledgeable of the dishes. Mr. Gamba must let the wait staff try the different dishes since ours explained the dish and he was spot on. Everything we had from appetizers, wine, and main course was very much to our liking. Mr. Gamba came around and asked how things were going and if he could do anything for us. My wife ordered the whole Dover Sole and Mr. Gamba came and boned it table side himself. It was delicious. Everyone was very friendly and out waiter was attentive however not overly so and made us feel at ease and no feeling of being rushed. My sister had flown in from out of town so we had a lot to talk about and she just couldn't say enough about her experience at Gamba's. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Had a wonderful experience. A bit slow on service but the kindness of the owner and quality of the food more than made up for it!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

An exception restaurant.
Food, atmosphere, service all excellent.
A must visit, many times.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Love this place. Some of the best food around. Everyone is very nice and prompt. Would recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My lamb came out so peppery that you could not taste anything but the pepper. My server was happy to replace it with an amazing veal chop. Everything was delicious and the service was perfect!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

This is undoubtedly the best Italian restaurant in Indiana. Family owned and operated but elegant and beautiful. I never travel to Indiana without dining at Gamba Ristorante !

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Wonderful dining experience. Staff is courteous and informed.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was a date and Gamba was the perfect setting for a night of good food and good company!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Drinks could be better for is good

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent food, atmosphere, and service! We love this place and go for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It’s a wonderful experience and fantastic dinner!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very enjoyable night out

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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