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Merlo on Maple

#417 of 7,682 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Gold Coast
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16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808 (Dearborn)
+1 312-335-8200
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Sydney, Australia
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268 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were there as a group of about 20. The antipasto and starter were fine but probably not to the standard I was expecting. The main i had scallops. I was sure that when the dishes were described they said 4 but ended up being 3. They were a tad overcooked but nice flavour. Pea puree was very nice. Decor... More 

Thank PeterBarras
Frankfurt, Germany
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Eat at the bar! Great hospitality, amazing food, creative, and everything is so fresh. They pay attention to all food details. Owners are often at the restaurant.

Thank Heidi S
Chicago, Illinois
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2,601 reviews
1,435 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Friends in our Gold Coast condominium recommended Merlo on Maple. It is their favorite restaurant in Chicago. They celebrate birthdays and anniversaries and other special events there. Sometimes, after work, they just hang out at the bar. So we decided to give it a try. We went once, then again and again. We couldn't get enough of the menu. Located... More 

Thank Taylor B
Naperville, Illinois
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This was our third visit to Merlo on Maple, and sadly our last. We were in Chicago to celebrate a birthday, and could have chosen any restaurant. We chose Merlo on Maple based on our last two visits. However, this visit was as if we were at an entirely different restaurant! Merlo on Maple serves northern Italian fare. It is... More 

Thank Smith01004
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307 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

My friends and I were blown away!! The food was decadent and service was impeccable. I loved the ambience of the restored mansion. The staff was quite knowledgeable of the various wines to pair with each entree. We ordered various plates to share including the Ravioli, risotto, pasta with white truffles (BEYOND AMAZING), beef and the list goes on. This... More 

Thank Ernesha P
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Merlo on Maple was suggested by a friend. After reviewing the menu online, we decided to make reservations. We both chose the house salad which paled in comparison to other dining experiences we have had. Our main courses were expensive, the presentation was unappetizing, and our server did not inquire about our dissatisfaction with the meal. How does one put... More 

Thank dalek889
Chicago, Illinois
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1,408 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

My friends and I were treated to the front table by the window. My friends especially liked the homemade pasta. Our salads were also good. My Fritto de Pesche was OK - but nothing super special. Service was great as always.

Thank Diane K
Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The dinner at Merlot on Maple was a great, quiet, romantic dinner for our anniversary. The options for dining in Chicago are far from just a few few, and this place, depending on the occasion, is a great option for a quiet dinner with your spouse or with a group of people. The atmosphere is intimate and the service is... More 

Thank adammcIL
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

As soon as you walk up the stars and entered the door… you feel warm atmosphere of this Italian restaurant. The host Gian Paolo and Silvia the Chef will welcome you in their two floors place really well decorated. The food is home made and is genuine real Italian food with original recipes from Bologna, their home town. You will... More 

Thank elenadavi
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Our last 5 trips to Chicago have included dinner at Merlot on Maple. We find this an oasis in the middle of a sea of corporate restaurants and Chop houses. Staff is always attentive and food is superb. We mostly dine on the specials and the ingredients are always fresh and tasty. We've eaten on all floors and find each... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$55
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 W Maple St, Chicago, IL 60610-2808
  • Public Transportation: Train stop at Clark/Division only leaves a nice 4 block walk to Maple. Busses throughout Gold Coast are minutes from restaurant.
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighbourhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-335-8200
A meticulous touch went into the building at Merlo on Maple. You may notice when you walk in that it feels like a home in a time capsule, untouched by the surrounding city. We are extremely lucky to have this beautiful space on Maple. Whether you want a private, memorable evening for two or a merry night filled with wine and laughter with a group of friends or business associates, we are at your service.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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