Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.27mi
  4. Distance: 0.34mi
  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.27mi
  4. Distance: 0.34mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.27mi
  4. Distance: 0.34mi
  1. Distance: 0.04mi
  2. Distance: 0.14mi
  3. Distance: 0.27mi
  4. Distance: 0.34mi

About Merlo on Maple

Merlo features authentic Bolognese Italian and serves the freshest ingredients possible, many imported directly from Italy. Executive Chef, Luisa Silvia Marani, takes great pride in her handmade pastas, homemade sauces and her ability to acquire the freshest ingredients available. Each course is made to order and requires accurate preparation time. Merlo is a slow-dining establishment; so come for romance, or for an important business dinner. Merlo will accommodate private dining with prix-fixe menus for any special occasion. Italy is known for more than just the cuisine, which is why Merlo also offers the finest Italian wines to compliment the food. Along with regular wine selections, a Reserve List is available for those wine enthusiasts with a taste for something special. Along with the cuisine, comes the heart and soul of generations before this chef and her husband, Proprietor, Giampaolo Sassi. Bon Appetito!! We invite you to take a tour of our restaurant. http://bit.ly/1ByZtoJ

16 W Maple St
Chicago, IL 60610
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Dearborn

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 335-8200

Website:
http://www.merlochicago.com/

Parking Details:
$13 for valet

Public Transit:
Train stop at Clark/Division only leaves a nice 4 block walk to Maple. Busses throughout Gold Coast are minutes from restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Luisa Silvia Marani

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Merlo on Maple offers an upscale and sophisticated atmosphere for fine dining.

Merlo on Maple Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
See All
Special Occasion (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Tasting Menu (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Sort by
S
1165 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 22, 2017

all in all a very nice evening with friends where we had the opportunity to visit and enjoy good food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value5

vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wow! Amazing food and a totally fun server. Great portions. Just wished the downstairs had not cleared out early.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Excellent wait staff Very attentive

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Delicious, fresh, appreciated their assistance

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

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very solid Italian spot.
Great food...salads, antipasto, artichoke tart, spaghetti carbonara, homemade gelato
Friendly service, adequate wine list (the only thing I'd like to see upgraded a bit.
Lovely setting, and quiet enough to carry on a conversation with you dinner guests.
We will definitely be back...maybe to try the 8 course tasting menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Every time it exceeds our expectations. The figs with prosciutto was sooo good! The handmade gluten free pasta tastes like the real pasta! I will only eat pasta from Merlo. The specials each week and the exceptional service keep us coming back! Highly recommend for northern Italian food at its best!

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

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Maybe the best Italian cuisine in the city. Yes they have pasta but it's so much more than spighetti or chicken parmesan.... authentic fare.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 27, 2017

As usual terrific food and best service ever as we are regular customers

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

 
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We've been coming here for years & it continues to amaze us for Chef Sylvia's
creations!! Every course was excellent! The service was also excellent (Bobbi you were terrific!).
Can't wait for our next visit! Thank you all!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great experience
We have been for drinks before but dinner was for BD celebration and they did a great job

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on July 22, 2017

Homemade pasta dishes are tasty and summer truffles perfect touch of flavor, will be back!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Wonderful and thoughtful tasting menu, like you are in someone's home. Bobbi, our server, was exceptional!

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

 
·Dined on July 21, 2017

Chef represents her artistry well, a professional that cares for her work. Food very good and service attentive. Presentation of meal excellent. Not rushed for an enjoyable dinner conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Had the 8 course meal, was excellent. The server helped us choose a wine to pair which was excellent as well. Pricey but worth the time/experience for a special night out.

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

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

my wife and I go every year on our trip to Chicago. great food ( my wife has problems with oils and preservatives many restaurants use-no such problem here)
housed in a charming brownstone.
all homemade food and wonderfully prepared.
very good value for the money

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

It is 4 hours to eat since there was only one server assigned to five tables. He was good but service was just extremely slow. Also food was mediocre for the price

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service2
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This place was referred to us from ...another restaurant. And wow! Italian food like it should be. From the moment you arrive in this old house, you feel at home. Small quiet bar on the left opening on a private patio overlooking the street. You see everything, no one sees you! Then the dinning room downstairs. Quiet but very vibrant at the same time. Just enough light. Tables are well spread out. No one is too close. Kept the food for last. The food is simply the way Italian food should be. As the first time in an Italian restaurant, I always try pasta first. Bolognese. One word - PERFECTION. The service was great. Every staff knows about the food being prepared.
We will go back!!!! Thanks to everyone at Merlo on Maple who made our anniversary special !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Beautiful setting in a townhouse with superb food and excellent service.

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

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Have enjoyed meals over the years and this was an off night. Service was good but the server spoke so quickly in an Italian accent that I felt like I needed my translation guide with me. Tried the bow tie pasta for the first time and will not repeat it. Pastas have changed with some favorites no longer on the menu and the quality is not there in the recent visits.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Authentic, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service3
value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Amazing food, romantic setting, and quiet. A bit pricey but worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 23, 2017

It was wonderful to dine where we could have a conversation. Also, the menu was marvelous with dishes found in great restaurants in Italy. A civilized experience.

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

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Always a favorite for appetizers and homemade pasta

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

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We celebrated our 31st anniversary at one of favorite restaurants. The food was spot on as always. We didn't enjoy the lower level table as much as the upstairs. There was a large party next to ours which was quite loud and took away somewhat from the usual romantic ambiance.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 3, 2017

By far the best Northern Italian food I have had in the US. You can tell that they truly are committed to the best in cuisine and service. My family ate here and although my teenage girls were skeptical after our time in Chicago they said this was hands down their favorite meal!

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

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Ambience was wonderful.
Value not good, as appetizer salad was dry & Entre was expensive & not worth the price...calamari & clams rubbery, other fish in dish minimal.
Pasta course was very good.

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

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Pleasant setting to celebrate a special occasion with absolutely delicious food. Several vegetarian options.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The restaurant was a disappointment. We had been receiving emails from them on a weekly basis so we decided to have a special anniversary dinner at Merlo on Maple. Both of us had a special - I had the polenta with mushrooms and my wife had steak. Neither of us could finish the meal. The polenta was very salty and the steak was tough and contained a lot of grisle. We won't return. It was way too expensive for the quality of the meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience4
service5
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Perfect food and atmosphere

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

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Amazing food and wonderful atmosphere!

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

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Birthday Dinner!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The experience left me very disappointed. The restaurant's overall atmosphere is very cool/ romantic. It is a romantic spot that I thought would be nice for my wife's birthday. I thought that the food was very authentic and well prepared, however, there were a few things that caused us to have a negative experience. I believe that the prices were outrageous. We went there for the authentic pasta as my wife likes pasta. The waiter informed us that if we wanted pasta as are main dish he suggests ordering a portion and a half. So in total we spend $88 on two pasta dishes that were still small portions (for being "entree sized" portions). I was given a pasta dish that I didn't even order and when I brought that up to the waiter he made no attempt to correct his mistake. We also spent $36 on glass of wine each. The pasta was good, however, I wish I would have received what I actually ordered. We also got gelato and we were both happy with that choice. I just feel that $150+ for 2 glasses of wine, 2 small portions of pasta and 1 gelato dessert that we split was a bit too pricey. I was hoping for a great experience for my wife's birthday, however, instead it was quite the opposite. I don't normally rant like this... I knew it would be a little expensive, however, I did not think I would be that overpriced.

Tags: Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service1
value2

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Thank you for a lovely evening. We had the tasting menu. Our server was just perfect. She told us about each course and gave unusual details.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Great find. A wonderful fine dining experience. Creative menu perfectly executed. Great tastes, carefully crafted flavors. Warm, helpful staff. You leave feeling like family. The setting is an old brownstone with several rooms, nicely decorated and well cared for. Definitely a "keeper".

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

This was our first visit to Merlo's and it was absolutely wonderful. The service was spectacular, the food excellent and the wine list outstanding. My only disappointment is that I don't have time in my schedule to have another meal at Merlo before we leave Chicago on this trip.

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

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I went to the restaurant in person the day before our reservation to request a special table. When we arrived, the table was taken and it was not because their tables were filled. The request was in their computer but the waiter simply sat someone else at the table. The manager was very apologetic but then the waiter said it was his fault before he speared for a long period of time. a young girl who was busing tables was great at retrieving items we ordered that were not delivered and gave us the only smiles we received during the dinner. The waiter appeared again but spent time socializing with another table while we were waiting for our check.
This has been our favorite restaurant and we'd like to return again but I'll hesitate.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service1
value3

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere. My go to , restaurant for Northern Italian Cusine.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We went 4 years ago and loved it. We can rarely get out. Put us in the basement. Quiet.
Food was amazing. Server knew her stuff.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Merlo on Maple is the perfect place for a quiet, relaxed evening with friends, colleagues or family who enjoy fine Italian cuisine. The wait staff is knowledgeable and helpful, low key but very attentive and accommodating. When out of town friends visit we always go to Merlo on Maple because time is precious and we want to enjoy every moment.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Our anniversary dinner was very nice. We enjoyed the 8 course tasting menu to experience the cusine of northern Italy. Quite interesting and a lot of food.

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

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Fantastic experience, we love this neighborhood Italian restaurant and look forward to dining there again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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.