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Permanently Closed - Merlo's

4.6
609 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Merlo's is a traditional Italian restaurant, located in the just blocks from Ravinia, in Highland Park.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(847) 266-0600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joe Farina
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Greenbay
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Parking details
Private lot-ample street parking
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Public transit
Metra UP-N Ravinia stop
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 609 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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jonW (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, busy, a little noisy, good value. This was a Saturday night.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Dinner was delicious. Maybe best calamari ever! Delicious Arugula salad. Pizza special was incredible. Best thin pizza and toppings. All items were split between two and were generous. We were both stuffed, happy and satisfied. We will be back.

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vipBeth (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

When I arrived, the hostess was on the phone, barely acknowledged me and went back to her conversation. Eventually she pulled away to say “sit anywhere.” I thought that the meal was very average. I had chicken Marsala, you would think something else would come with the meal... a noodle or a potato ... something. I expected a lot better than what I received for both service and food.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Love the food, ambiance, employees, location. The servers are really friendly, thoughtful, and low-key.

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SmokeyGrey (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

This spot is warm and cozy. Great for before Ravinia or movies.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Good food service not

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vipdani (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

This is our go to place for authentic Italian food on Chicago’s north shore. Their marinara sauce is the best I have ever tasted / reminds me of my Italian grandmother’s but even better. I recommend the cheese ravioli, the rigatoni bolognese and nanna’s gravy. I also love the arugula salad !

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Schram (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Food is consistently tasty and reliable. Nice presentation. Good options on their specials of the day. Excellent service! Friendly staff and management. Very welcoming. Like many places, a bit noisy but acceptable. Cozy atmosphere.

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vipWetravelforfun (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Food and service was great, but the nice level was too high for us.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service , outstanding dishes , overall a good go to restaurant

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