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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
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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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (20)
Romantic (19)
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Neighborhood Gem (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Cozy (16)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Authentic (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Business Meals (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

I'm so sad to say that this is the 2nd time in less than a year that we have made reservations at Merlo on Maple and left after ten minutes of being seated because no one paid attention to us. We were seated on the main floor, this time, with the bartender saying he was our waiter. We heard him say he was "slammed" and he left after asking what type of water we wanted and never saw him again. We understand business, but we also know that customer service is important. We knew with a full bar, as we saw being seated, that we might get one drink and never get the bar service we desired. We left and went somewhere else where the food wasn't as good, but the customer service was impecciable.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excellent food and service. Ambience was great. As compared to many other restaurants one could actually converse best Italian food in town

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was our second New Years Eve dinner at Merlo on Maple. The food was exceptional and our server (Bobbi) was spectacular!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great fresh authentic homemade daily pastas! Amazing sauce!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Merlo Is one of my favorite restaurants in the US. We dine here whenever we are in Chicago
Food and service are incomparale

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Merlo on Maple is a lovely restaurant, especially the downstairs dining area. However, the downside to eating on the lower level in the winter is that the outside door must be opened for anyone who cannot manage the steep front stairs.
The menu includes vegetarian options and there is a nice list of Italian wines. The service is excellent and unobtrusive. Upstairs, there is a very cozy bar. Overall, the restaurant is very romantic and quiet enough to easily hold a conversation. Delightful experience every time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This visit was for Christmas Eve night. It was truly disappointing. The room we were in had no decorations. The waiter had a manner that was loud and bordering on the obnoxious.
As to the food... another disappointment. The appetizer was supposed to be the tiny bay scallops and tiny it was. There were only two each on three "sea shells" with a very thin sauce which was not very tasty. I ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara for the main course. Its a favorite dish of mine, but it was one of the worst I have ever had. It almost seemed like it was left over from the previous night with a lot of cheese dumped on top. It has a certain vinegary taste that was not appealing. Really wished I made reservations elsewhere.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

One of the few restaurants where neihboring tables are not placed close together, you can actually have a conversation without screaming, the food is outstanding, I love the Truffle Menu and a friendly staff.
This is a great restaurant for Date Night, Special Occasions as well as business entertaining.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

This is my current favorite restaurant. It is definitely for a special occasion. We had several courses and split everything but dessert and our waiter was very accommodating. Brought everything already shared on the plates. My third visit and I will go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It is a family tradition to dine at Merlo on Maple over the Christmas season. We are never disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was wonderful but the service was not up to par as the price of the meal and ambience. There was only one waiter and waitress who had to cover two rooms. Service was very spotty once the order was taken. Staff seemed harried and hurried. Waited a long time for coffee and dessert. Staff needs to be increased unless this was an off night but should not be for a high end restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Food was excellent. Quiet relaxed atmosphere. Attentive wait staff. Food a little pricey.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is our 2nd time going and we did the tasting menu. It was the best meal I have EVER had. This place is outstanding!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

It is our favorite restaurant when we visit Chicago.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Elegant and authentic.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our server was a fantastic young woman from South Dakota. The food was so delicious. Opera was playing and made for a perfect Italian experience. Very cool building it's in.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Delicious food. Fabulous and accommodating service. Close to one of our favorite place for pre-dinner cocktails...Tavern on Rush. We’ll be back next year!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

They charge an absurd $19 for a standard Negroni on the rocks. They ran out of the advertised weekend special which was the entire reason we went. Found out through the server they only prepared 5 of the specials for Saturday night service. Ended up ordering carbonara. $30. Appetizer sized portion. Verry disappointing.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 19, 2017

It wasn’t even busy there and our waiter, Robbie, was very inattentive and somewhat condescending and we waited a good 15 minutes for him to even greet us when we sat down. The portions of the food were very small but very good. Good food but I would not go back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A friend recommended this restaurant and it was a unique find. The menu is eclectic so you need to trust your choices and the waiters recommendations because everything was delicious.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The restaurant is cute but after that it went downhill. Menu was limited, portions were small, food was just average. Server was condescending. Not what we were hoping for on a special evening in Chicago.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

It's bit Pricy for the quantity of food. I would pick other restaurants over this.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We always look forward to Merlo when visiting Chicago. Best Italian food.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Merlo on Maple was recommended by our hotel. It was the best meal we had on our 4 day trip to Chicago. The fish was fresh. The salad was so delicious. Heather was out server. She was excellent. The ambience was wonderful. A delightful old brownstone. Bar on first floor restaurant on second.
The food was superb.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Recommended as a great place to take customers and they were right. Food was excellent and the atmosphere very good to discuss business specifics while enjoying the meal. The only negative was the buffalo mozzarella appetizer. There was so little mozzarella that we felt we were short changed. Other appetizers were excellent and no complaints.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Went to celebrate my husband's birthday while visiting Chicago. Everything was fantastic! It's a restaurant with exquisite food, experienced and professional wait staff, and a cozy and romantic atmosphere. The wine list is extensive and our waitress helped us find a wonderful match for our meal choices in our price range. This was my second visit and both times were just wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food! Been here many times. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. My only complaint is that I asked for gnocchi with bolognese sauce and they wouldn't do it for me even though both bolognese sauce and gnocchi were each on the menu. A restaurant of this quality and price should cater a little more to specific requests where possible. I had fettuccine with bolognese but left feeling disappointed. The waitress could have asked the chef but didn't. If I wasn't on a business dinner I would have pressed the issue.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Cute bar. For dinner the four of us were directed upstairs. Perhaps short staffed that night 'cuz our service was a bit disjointed. Our food was not hot when it arrived - perhaps from another floor? One of our dinners was dropped to the floor before delivery and needed to be re-ordered. The three of us had to begin for obvious reasons. No adjustment to the final bill. Pasta was great had it been hot would have been better. Chocolate dessert was divine. I still would recommend in the hope that we were there on a bad night for everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the US. Try to dine here whenever I'm in Chicago.
Food is outstanding and the service is unparalleled. The townhouse setting in the middle of a major city makes the dining experience even more interesting. The menu is creative, yet simple. The wine list complements all that is served

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Probably the best Italian food outside of Italy. The chef owner is from Bologna and the food is superb!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

When you study the preparation of the food you will find this is exceptional food which certainly was the case throughout dinner. Everything is made fresh, daily, from scratch, and is over the top in terms of taste. If you’re a foody, don’t miss out on this experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Merlo on Maple is one of our most favorite restaurants. Outstanding Northern Italian cuisine and great weekly specials and an outstanding wine list. Robbie is a great server - we always ask for him. Highly recommend for special occasions!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Small portions and expensive. Two of us had the pasta Bolognese and it was just ok. I might could recommend for a special occasion, but not for anything else.... as the value was less than desirable.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Been to Merlo on Maple several times and it always impresses me. The food is amazing and the service has been perfect. You can't go wrong! The restaurant is located in an old multi-floor house which is beautiful and cozy and the food is outstanding. Made to order pasta which is absolutely delicious.

I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

northern Italian authenticity
amazing pasta dishes, sliced porcini mushroom salad was outstanding. seafood special was fantastic with clams, mussels, fish, shrimp, langoustines in a broth - just amazing. pasta with truffles unbeatable. no room for desert
let Robby pick the wine

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My expectations were not met unfortunately. The menu had wonderful items, but having had some really wonderful Northern Italian food before this was just ok. I would have maybe rated it higher had it not been so expensive. Pasta was the best of the items we had. I would maybe give it another try but there are so many other great restaurants in Chicago I likely won't make it.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We had the tasting menu and everything was delicious. We have been to Merlo on Maple several times and it never disappoints. All pasta is home made and cooked to perfection. The sauces are delicious and anything with truffles is to die for. Really good!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The wait staff was superb explaining the options and making excellent food and wine recommendations. Even the arugula salad with Parmesan Reggiano and olive oil was exquisite. Pasta with Bolognese was wonderful. Will definitely return again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Delicious food and excellent service! Would definitely recommend this to friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Risotto was great. The rest was fair in flavor at best. Ingredients all high end which explains the cost but the execution wasn't quite there. Lovely wait staff and perfect environment.

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