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Below is a sampling of reviews past patrons have posted about Merlo on Maple. If you’d like to submit a review we’ve provided a short form for you to fill out as well as an opportunity to submit a photo of your experience. We’d love to hear from you![spoiler title="Michael D, Glenmore IL" open="0" style="1"]This is real Italian food! The restaurant featured traditional Northern Italian cuisine made fresh daily using the finest ingredients. All of the food was delicious! We allowed our server and the Chef to choose samplings of pastas and first course dishes and we were not disappointed! Main courses and desserts were also very good. The service was excellent and what you would expect for a restaurant in this class. The wine list, had some great offerings and was arranged from lightest to heaviest wines for each type which I greatly appreciated. The restaurant is in an old Victorian home which is decorated and furnished appropriately and tastefully. Overall, this was a great experience![/spoiler] [spoiler title="Saira K, New York, NY" open="0" style="1"]A beautiful restaurant. Elegant and romantic, and the very best service. One of my favorite dining experiences in Chicago. The salad was delicate. The pasta was just perfect – it was definitely ‘homemade’ – such texture! And the real treat was the Torta al cioccolato con panna montata – fondant dark chocolate molten cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, which I had with a perfect Earl Gray. Italian food – one of life’s most pleasurable of pleasures![/spoiler] [spoiler title="Stephen P, Chicago, IL" open="0" style="1"]Fabulous. Absolutely fabulous. How was it that I had never been to this place? It’s been on my list for some time now to try and I finally was able to go this past week.
Located in a beautifully restored 4 story townhouse, Merlo is a pleasure to look at with its dark woodwork, banisters that shine, hardwood floors and historic prints located around.
We were seated right away in the main floor dining room which consisted of some tables and booths but still gave a feeling of intimacy with the lighting and music. Each table gets a silver candlestick holder- something about that just felt so Italian as the white taper flickered with every passing person.
We started with a couple of the appetizers- the tuna carpaccio and the artichoke salad. The carpaccio was the true winner- thinly sliced tuna with crumbled egg, capers, fresh basil and lemon vinaigrette. Absolutely delicious!
For our pasta dish- we went with the server’s recco which was pasta topped with crumbled veal and cheese. Also delicious. The only hiccup was that the server forgot to bring it out before our entrees so we split it as a side to our entrees. Given it was his mistake- he comped the pasta for us, which was nice and it was handled so quickly that it didn’t take anything away from our dinner.
Both of our entrees were perfectly prepared and so good. I had the veal chop which was slightly pounded, breaded and served with lemons for squeezing. My dining companion had the beef tenderloin which was so good, I couldn’t figure out what it had on top of it other than a fabulous cheese. I could have eaten his whole entree- but even though I encouraged more entree “sharing”, the look on his face as he ate each bite stopped me from asking. Darn him- he is always a better “orderer” than me!
As for desserts- they were both out of this world. I had a warm chocolate cake served with whipped cream . . mmm . .I am still thinking about it. We also had the their version of tiramasu which was also really tasty.
The wine list features many Italian wines and since Italian wines are not our area of expertise we asked for some help from our server. His suggestion was great- I only wished I had written down what we had as I would love to go out and purchase a few bottles.
David, our server, was amazing. He was attentive, knew just what to suggest to us in terms of food and wine and was never far away if we needed something.
A great evening out with wonderful company and amazing food. You can bet we will be back, and soon. Only this time, I’ll let my friend do all the ordering for me.[/spoiler]
Recent TripAdvisor Reviews
Recent 5-Star Yelp Reviews
AShell from Chicago
“It was the perfect date night out.”
Burt from Chicago
“Great service, great room, cozy atmosphere, perfect date spot.”
Greg from Chicago
“Our experience there was awesome.”
HP from Naples, FL
“I was back in Bologna!”
Recent 5-Star OpenTable Reviews
Amazing food, superb atmosphere_PennyHF_5/24/14
“What a delightful resturant. The food is always fantastic I ordered, Black truffle mushroom risotto it was one of the many specials.My husband had the lasagna from the menu. Dinner was beautifully plated, served hot, and over the top delicious. We can’t wait to go back.”
“The food and service were both absolutely amazing. Probably the best Italian food that I have ever had… I will certainly go back again next time that I’m in Chicago.”
Marvelous Merlo on Maple_Evfyb_5/16/14
“I live in San Diego, but travel to Chicago once or twice a year. The first thing I do once I’ve settled on my travel dates is make a reservation at Merlo. My husband and I have been coming for years and love everything about this restaurant. Starting at the top is chef/owner, Sylvia, who hails from Bologna, and her food shows it. We have never had a less than excellent meal or service. Sylvia’s husband is a welcoming host and David, the manager and bartender, always has the perfect cocktail. food and wine recommendations. Sam and Jesse are attentive and helpful waiters. We make it a habit to try new restaurants wherever we travel, but Merlot is the exception; we wouldn’t think of going to Chicago without having dinner at Merlo on Maple.”