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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.

455 E 84th Dr
Merrillville, IN 46410
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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

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.8

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Cozy (7)
Authentic (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

It’s a wonderful experience and fantastic dinner!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

Very enjoyable night out

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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent, every time!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was excellent!! Michelle is a great host!

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 (Grand Rapids)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 19, 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."

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

They gave us a free delicious piece of cake for birthday

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 9, 2018

The food never disappoints. And the service....impeccable!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

the staff were exceptional! food and drink were excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Lots of people and the staff was a bit frazzled and lacked attention.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The service was impeccable as always.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Dined there for lunch and had another enjoyable experience. The food, service and atmosphere are superb. This is the premiere dining destination in Northwest Indiana.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Although our seating area was full, it was very comfortable and easy to maintain a conversation. The service and the food was very good. We did not feel rushed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

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
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 (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
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 22, 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
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 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
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 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
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 (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!

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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.

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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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 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
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 (Chicago)·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
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Wonderful food! Great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Rushed service. Food ok

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 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
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 (New York Area)·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
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 (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
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 9, 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.

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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
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