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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Northwest Indiana

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Northwest Indiana? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Gamba Ristorante restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1130)
$31 to $50
Italian
Merrillville, IN
About the restaurant
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Went here for our anniversary. Delicious Italian food, I got some kind of pasta with calamari in it, my wife got eggplant Parmesan, they were both delicious. Wife ordered a dirty martini and the waiter asked all the right questions about how she wanted it prepared. topped it all off with some amazing cream puffs at the end, compliments to the chef.
A photo of kitaro surf & turf & sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (870)
$30 and under
Sushi
Munster, IN
About the restaurant
KITARO Surf & Turf & Sushi is a 4000 sq. ft. restaurant that has seating for 140, large bar, patio dining for 40, and a private dining room that will seat 50. You will find the atmosphere modern and alive with energy. Our expanded bar will offer full service cocktails, fine wine, sake and handcrafted cocktails. We open 7 days a week.
Executive Chef and owner John Kitaro has over 30 years’ experience specializing in preparation of exquisite sushi dishes. He brings to your table not only the best sushi, but also stunning presentations of each dish that comes to your table.
Our new and expanded menu successfully marries extraordinary cuisine in an exquisite setting. Asian Fusion creations, a large selection of top quality steaks, lobster, sushi & much more. We believe that we have created the best of both Modern Asian cuisine and an upscale steakhouse for your dining pleasure.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Good except did not acknowledge the birthday marked on the reservation
A photo of Farina's Supper Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (920)
$31 to $50
Steak
Michigan City, IN
About the restaurant
Featuring Prime steaks and chops, fresh fish, and seafood. Many of Chef Farina's signature favorites, include Pork Chop Sinatra, Brick Chicken and Joe's Mama's Meatballs. Other Italian favorites like Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan, Mile High Meat Lasagna, and Linguine with Clams will be offered daily. Stop in to experience our global wine list, along with the old school cocktails, which will bring you right back to the Supper Club era!
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SamD
Dined on May 18, 2024
Dinner was amazing. John our server is the best. Drinks are very costly but well done. Our meal was prepared perfectly. Desert was delicious. We will be back. Kudos to the entire team.
A photo of Nisi Greek Taverna restaurant
4.8
4.8 (450)
$31 to $50
Greek
Schererville, IN
About the restaurant
Modern Greek Cuisine. Opened up by Greek Master Chef Pandelis Vouros. Book today!
Top review
Freya
Dined 2 days ago
Food was great service was great! Cannot wait to go back
A photo of Goblin & The Grocer restaurant
4.7
4.7 (298)
$30 and under
American
Michigan City, IN
About the restaurant
The Goblin & The Grocer is a restaurant, market & take away built to be an inviting year-around lake retreat & respite. As hosts we are passionate about serving thoughtfully prepared, locally sourced food & drink with a unique combination of service that is knowledgeable, friendly & laid back.
We are proud of our Award Winning Bloody Marys, Brunch with Bottomless Mimosas &
Farm to Table Menu


Top review
BrianCvip
Dined 2 days ago
Good food and service. Salmon was very good. Outside dining available. Inside is okay. Nothing fancy. I’ll come back again!
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4.7
4.7 (1136)
$50 and over
American
Cedar Lake
About the restaurant
Nestled on the shores of cozy Cedar Lake, Lighthouse Restaurant welcomes residents, visitors, and boaters with its beacon of great food, fun, and friends. Surrounded by windows, diners enjoy the scenery of the water while savoring cuisine that is found nowhere else in the region!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Dining with girlfriend of many years. Food and service was excellent as was The KeyLime Pie.....
A photo of Rosebud Steakhouse - Munster restaurant
4.7
4.7 (939)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Munster, IN
About the restaurant
*Rosebud Steakhouse is a special occasion restaurant, with an UPSCALE BUSINESS CASUAL Dress Code Policy. For clarification please review the policy at https://rosebudsteak.com/dress-code/ and we thank you for your courtesy!

Welcome to a rare steakhouse, well done! Rosebud Steakhouse Located in Centennial Village, is the second location for the Rosebud Steakhouse brand. This relaxing hideout is the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable meal paired with a glass of wine from our impressive wine list. The extensive menu features prime steaks by Meats by Linz, fresh seafood and Italian specialties. Our sister restaurant, Rosebud Steakhouse Magnificent Mile, was recently voted one of the Top-10 steakhouses in Chicago by Tripadvisor. Rosebud Steakhouse invites you to enjoy an unforgettable fine dining experience in a romantic setting. Rosebud Steakhouse is a Creative Hospitality Concepts restaurant. Visit our third location, coming soon to, Wheeling, IL.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Very high end pricing, but the food quality and the friendly professional service was worth it.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Merrillville restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4399)
$30 and under
American
Merrillville, IN
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
FLjim
Dined 5 days ago
The food is outstanding and the wines are very good. Service is very good and they are happy to serve on separate plates when you choose to share an appetizer and/or entree. And sharing is what we do at most places because the portions are normally too large for one person. Reservations seem to be highly recommended, if not almost mandatory as this is a very popular venue.
A photo of Gino’s Prime and Surf - Dyer restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1177)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Dyer, IN
About the restaurant
Since 1950, Gino’s Prime and Surf specializes in serving up prime steaks, seafood, pastas and chops, while providing guests with a casual fine dining atmosphere. Voted “Best in the Region,” Other services and/or amenities include a lounge area, banquet space, a beautiful patio, on and off site catering and carry out services. We also offer the best in live entertainment every weekend!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Went for my 24th wedding anniversary. The food was great. Our server was fantastic. Will definitely be back.
A photo of Fiori Italian restaurant
4.3
4.3 (530)
$50 and over
Italian
Munster, IN
About the restaurant
Chef Gaetano Ascione brings international flair to Indiana. A native of Italy, and fluent in five languages, Chef Gaetano Ascione brings international flair to Munster, with experience, teaching, owning restaurants, consulting, and running hotels on four continents – Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. He served both Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan as Chef de Cuisine at the Georgetown Club in Washington, D.C., and served as Executive Chef for the Inaugural Banquet for President Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

He is a member of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 1248-1950, the American Culinary Federation, and the Gruppo Virtuale Cuochi Italiani. Ascione was a finalist in the “Chef of the Year” competition at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore in 2001.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
A little on the pricey side however, the food was unbelievable. Will definitely be going back.
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