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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
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333 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
(333 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 333 reviews
5 stars
(221)
4 stars
(74)
3 stars
(20)
2 stars
(15)
1 star
(3)
Food 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Service 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Ambiance 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Noise Level
1.7 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
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Merlo on Maple Reviews List
Review 1 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 2/11/2016
 2012
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Review 2 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Specials a little pricey

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2003
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2003
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"I thought the food was really good, we were pushed very hard into the specials that I felt were a bit over priced, I ordered the antipasto, but was told it wasn't that great to get the burrata which was $30 for cheese, it was good, don't get wrong but the price was a bit out there, my wife ordered scallops which were the best we ever had for $30, brilliant. I ordered gnocchi off the menu, but the server told me it wasn't nearly as good at the special gnocchi. The menu gnocchi was $32, he explained the special was a small portion, so I didn't bother to ask the price, it was good, small portion, a few shaved pieces of truffle, but $48, cmon, overall food was good, wine a bit high, specials overpriced, stick to the main menu, worth going for sure"
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2003
Special Features: romantic, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 3 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/04/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 4 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Loved it.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Wonderful setting. Has outside seating in summer so didn't get to try that, but will definitely go back. Waiter was wonderful, food great, wonderful time. There is a table that can be reserved in advance for 6-8 people in a semi-private room. Love to try it."
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 1/20/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2007
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Review 6 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Northern Italy's Finest in Chicago

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"If you want the finest true cuisine of Northern Italy, it's right on your doorstep at Merlo on Maple. Northern Italian sauces are lighter than Southern Italian or Sicilian 'gravies'. If that's what you are after, head somewhere else. If you want finely nuanced favors, light delicate pastas with outstandingly creative sauces, and a multi-course meal you will long remember; then make your reservation today! There is truly nothing less than wonderful on this menu and the wine list is wonderful. If it's your first time, I would recommend the Tarta di carcinoid, a war artichoke tart with wonderfully complex favors. The Tagliatelle al ragu Bolognese is a can't miss dish. The flavor of the light Bolognese develops on your palate. The can't miss dessert is the Budino di marscapone, cioccolato e caffe. It is a variation on tiramisu with distinct moist and more firmly textured layers. The service level, wine pairings, pacing, and atmosphere are wonderful. (Ask for Robbie as your server). It is like dining in someone's home. The lower level seating is our favorite. The portion sizes are ideal unless you are accustomed to Cheesecake Factory dining; and yes, you will pay prices reflective of a truly fine dining experience. Again, this is not Cheesecake Factory. Dine here once a you will become a regular."
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 7 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 2/03/2016
 2012
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Review 8 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Mediocre

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"Merlo was such a disappointment. The food was mediocre; bland and uninteresting. The prices were exorbitant. Food like this can be purchased at any modest neighborhood Italian restaurant at a fraction of the cost."
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2010
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Review 9 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Magnficient Merlo on Maple

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ever aspect of the Merlo on Maple experience.
A must go!
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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 11 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/01/2016
 2009
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 2/01/2016
 2009
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Review 12 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2007
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Review 13 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2014
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Review 14 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2009
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Review 15 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2006
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Review 16 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 17 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2011
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Review 18 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/28/2016
 2012
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Review 19 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/27/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/27/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 22 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Merlo is special and makes you feel special too!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/28/2016
 2013
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Review 24 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Amazing Norther Italian

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/26/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic
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Review 26 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 11/20/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was very good. Fancy spin on home cooked meals. I enjoyed everything I ate."
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2015
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Review 27 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/26/2016
 2013
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Review 28 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/23/2016
 2008
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Artichokes had no flavor. Pasta had a strong butter flavor.
Pasta very fresh and definitely homemade.
Beautiful atmosphere, amazing service.
Budino is a pudding ,not taramisu"
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2008
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 29 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 30 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2006
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Review 31 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 32 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2002
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2002
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 33 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

We love this place!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This was our third visit. It was a special occasion and it was perfect. It's expensive for us, but well worth it. Food was superb; service was exactly right. We will come again."
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2011
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 34 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 35 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Best Unique and True Northern Italian food in Chi

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
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Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Merlo is our favorite Italian restaurent in Chicago. Authentic Bolognese cuisine with unique weekend specials from different regions of Italy make this restaurant a great and surprising dining experience. I took 2 guests there-one from New York and one from Nashville-both home chefs themselves and foodies and they were exceedingly pleased. In fact, the guest from New York claimed that Merlo was better than any Italian restaurant he has eaten at back home. That is a compliment!"
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 36 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/22/2016
 2006
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2006
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 37 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 1/22/2016
 2014
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Review 39 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/23/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2011
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Review 40 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/18/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/18/2016
 2007
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 41 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/16/2016
 2011
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 42 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 43 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
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Review 44 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/09/2016
 2013
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Review 45 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Our first visit was memorable and lived up to the excellent reviews. Great menu and specials, all prepared to perfection. Our table was perfect as was the service. Extensive (and expensive) wine list but several excellent moderately priced bottles available. Several dining rooms spread over three levels of old brownstone building. Very charming. Same chef/owner since 2004. All pastas fresh and made in house."
Dined on 1/10/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 46 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Service and Food were terrific!!

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Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 47 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Relax!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Relax and enjoy every decadent selection that is placed in front of you! With an oustanding server in Bobbi and the out of this world menu that is offered, you cannot have anything but a fuve star experience at Merlo! The building is charming, especially if its snowing and the staff is warm and inviting."
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 48 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/08/2016
 2014
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Review 49 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/02/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/02/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Review 50 for Merlo on Maple
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I was expecting more in the way of atmosphere since this was supposed to be the most romantic restaurant. It was nice but not exceptional. Waiter seemed rushed and there were only two other tables with guests. They did play nice jazz rather than the electronic music we were hearing in other restaurants during our visit to Chicago."
Dined on 12/30/2015
 2012
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