Merlo' Restorante

★★★☆☆
  • 2638 N Lincoln Ave

    Chicago, IL 60614

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  • 773-529-0747

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We where promtly seated when we arrived but the experience soon changed. The salad was nothing more than lettuce. The main dishes looked like appitizers and everything is overpriced. We had a table of 8 and where told that we where to loud for another table. They where very rude and don't know how to keep customers. There are too many great resturant's in CHICAGO to waste your time and money!

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★☆☆☆☆

We where promtly seated when we arrived but the experience soon changed. The salad was nothing more than lettuce. The main dishes looked like appitizers and everything is overpriced. We had a table of 8 and where told that we where to loud for another table. They where very rude and don't know how to keep customers. There are too many great resturant's in CHICAGO to waste your time and money!

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Really enjoyed the dinner. The wine complimented the meal perfectly. Haven't stopped talking about the meal since we ate there.

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★★★★☆

Really enjoyed the dinner. The wine complimented the meal perfectly. Haven't stopped talking about the meal since we ate there.

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Went there once. Saturday night. Party of 6. Service was ponderously slow - waitstaff hard to track down. NOW HERE'S THE GOOD PART: On paying the bill, the owner came over and asked us (nicely) to leave the table so they could employ it for others. Was he blind? We were already on the way out! We were standing. If we had occupied his table for too long, that was our misfortune and the fault of his staff. I wrote him a letter soon after in an attempt to find out what was going on in his head when he requested our departure (we're a fairly quiet, friendly and low key group), but consistent with his rudeness, he did not respond. Considering the relatively high price of his cuisine and the large amount of money I spent, I certainly deserved better. By the way, the food was good, but the memory persists. Live and learn.

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★★☆☆☆

Went there once. Saturday night. Party of 6. Service was ponderously slow - waitstaff hard to track down. NOW HERE'S THE GOOD PART: On paying the bill, the owner came over and asked us (nicely) to leave the table so they could employ it for others. Was he blind? We were already on the way out! We were standing. If we had occupied his table for too long, that was our misfortune and the fault of his staff. I wrote him a letter soon after in an attempt to find out what was going on in his head when he requested our departure (we're a fairly quiet, friendly and low key group), but consistent with his rudeness, he did not respond. Considering the relatively high price of his cuisine and the large amount of money I spent, I certainly deserved better. By the way, the food was good, but the memory persists. Live and learn.

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From start to finish, my experience at this restaurant was deplorable.
-quoted $25 for drinks at the bar, then charged $32 when I used my visa-red flag, anyone?
-out of several entrees/wine-only discovered after we ordered, and then were told that they were "out"
-1 of the 3 meals arrived cold
-music in the kitchen was so loud, we could hear it in the dining room
-when addressing our concerns with whom I can only assume was the Manager, we were brushed off, essentially told tough-even though he acknowledged their errors (this was also the same person at the bar who charged me 15% more when I used my visa)
-with poor service, an incomplete bar and food menu, and no signs of remorse for a job poorly done...I will not be back, and I strongly suggest you do not go either.

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★☆☆☆☆

From start to finish, my experience at this restaurant was deplorable.
-quoted $25 for drinks at the bar, then charged $32 when I used my visa-red flag, anyone?
-out of several entrees/wine-only discovered after we ordered, and then were told that they were "out"
-1 of the 3 meals arrived cold
-music in the kitchen was so loud, we could hear it in the dining room
-when addressing our concerns with whom I can only assume was the Manager, we were brushed off, essentially told tough-even though he acknowledged their errors (this was also the same person at the bar who charged me 15% more when I used my visa)
-with poor service, an incomplete bar and food menu, and no signs of remorse for a job poorly done...I will not be back, and I strongly suggest you do not go either.

Pros: central location in LP

Cons: Service-with an attitude

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- Horrible service
- they didn't have the wine we had requested and wouldn't offer us a comparable bottle for the same price.
- they were out of the signature osso bucco
- they would not provide us with any money back for the difference in bottles of wine.
- we tpped, but should not have.
- don't go there

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★☆☆☆☆

- Horrible service
- they didn't have the wine we had requested and wouldn't offer us a comparable bottle for the same price.
- they were out of the signature osso bucco
- they would not provide us with any money back for the difference in bottles of wine.
- we tpped, but should not have.
- don't go there

Pros: good atmospherre

Cons: horrible service and selection

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Merlo is a great italian restaurant in lincoln park. The service is always good and the staff is very friendly.

My favorite desert is the torta della nonna, which is a cake with cream filling and berry sauce.

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★★★★☆

Merlo is a great italian restaurant in lincoln park. The service is always good and the staff is very friendly.

My favorite desert is the torta della nonna, which is a cake with cream filling and berry sauce.

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I lived in Italy for years and am always looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with home cooking. I found it at Merlo. The food is excellent and the service is great. People are all friendly and down to earth and the food is awsome.

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★★★★★

I lived in Italy for years and am always looking for an authentic Italian restaurant with home cooking. I found it at Merlo. The food is excellent and the service is great. People are all friendly and down to earth and the food is awsome.

Pros: Food, Service, Wine

Cons: None that I can think of. Sometimes too busy.

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This wonderful little jewel is just around the corner from my home, however last night was the first time we have tried it since moving here a year ago. What ashame! I wish we would've tried it much sooner. This is the real deal if you are longing for true authenic style Italian food. I haven't had such a thing since actually being in Italy. They use top notch fresh ingredients and really seem to put their heart and soul into the dishes. This is not the place to go to eat pasta if you want a bucket load of pasta plopped down in front of your face like most typical Chicago Italian joints. The portion sizes are what they should be and you can taste the quality in each bite. You want to savor eat bite. All the pastas are home made on site. We had a fabulous dinner, dessert and a great bottle of wine. Our waitstaff was very nice, informed and more than willing to help with selections. At the end of our meal they brought us a wonderful glass of sparkling dessert wine...on the house. Not too sweet...just right.

We will definately be returning when we need a real taste of Italy!

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★★★★★

This wonderful little jewel is just around the corner from my home, however last night was the first time we have tried it since moving here a year ago. What ashame! I wish we would've tried it much sooner. This is the real deal if you are longing for true authenic style Italian food. I haven't had such a thing since actually being in Italy. They use top notch fresh ingredients and really seem to put their heart and soul into the dishes. This is not the place to go to eat pasta if you want a bucket load of pasta plopped down in front of your face like most typical Chicago Italian joints. The portion sizes are what they should be and you can taste the quality in each bite. You want to savor eat bite. All the pastas are home made on site. We had a fabulous dinner, dessert and a great bottle of wine. Our waitstaff was very nice, informed and more than willing to help with selections. At the end of our meal they brought us a wonderful glass of sparkling dessert wine...on the house. Not too sweet...just right.

We will definately be returning when we need a real taste of Italy!

Pros: Fantastic Real Thing Italian

Cons: Little Pricey

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The best Italian restaurant in Chicago. Period. EVERYTHING we had was spectacular. This is now my favorite restaurant and I will be going back very soon. The risotto of the day and the bolegnese were outstanding. A must try.

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★★★★★

The best Italian restaurant in Chicago. Period. EVERYTHING we had was spectacular. This is now my favorite restaurant and I will be going back very soon. The risotto of the day and the bolegnese were outstanding. A must try.

Pros: authentic, excellent food, beautiful room

Cons: outside of reataurant

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We had a wonderful dinner; the food was exquisite. However, we were a bit put off when we received our check. Our waiter put the check on our table, picked it back up to look at it again and said "Yep, this is it, the most inexpensive check I've had tonight." Keep in mind we ordered a bottle of wine, an appetizer, two entrees, two desserts, two coffees (for two of us). We paid the check, and when he brought the bill back to us, put a bottle of wine on our table. We interrpreted this as an apology for the rude comment before. Instead, he said, "Nope, no more wine for you," picked the bottle up and went to a neighboring table. Food was excellent, but we won't be going back!

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★★★☆☆

We had a wonderful dinner; the food was exquisite. However, we were a bit put off when we received our check. Our waiter put the check on our table, picked it back up to look at it again and said "Yep, this is it, the most inexpensive check I've had tonight." Keep in mind we ordered a bottle of wine, an appetizer, two entrees, two desserts, two coffees (for two of us). We paid the check, and when he brought the bill back to us, put a bottle of wine on our table. We interrpreted this as an apology for the rude comment before. Instead, he said, "Nope, no more wine for you," picked the bottle up and went to a neighboring table. Food was excellent, but we won't be going back!

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First off, the food was outstanding...you've never had veal ragu this good. However, the ambiance left something to be desired...sort of elegant cheesy. It's hard to explain. They tried, but it has a stale, one step above Italian scenes painted on the wall feel to it. Lots of botox riddled fortysomethings trying to be thirtysomethings.

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★★★☆☆

First off, the food was outstanding...you've never had veal ragu this good. However, the ambiance left something to be desired...sort of elegant cheesy. It's hard to explain. They tried, but it has a stale, one step above Italian scenes painted on the wall feel to it. Lots of botox riddled fortysomethings trying to be thirtysomethings.

Pros: veal ragu, wine

Cons: , ambiance

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If you have been to Italy and are longing for true Italian food and to some extent atomosphere, Merlo is the place to find it. The food is as close to the real thing as you will find in Chicago. Light as a feather handmade pasta, simple yet delicious meats. The tagliolini with rabbit ragu is as close to Tuscany as you can find. A little noisy, it made it hard to hear the waiter at a table for 5, but service was very good. If you wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to Italian food, try this place!!!

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★★★★★

If you have been to Italy and are longing for true Italian food and to some extent atomosphere, Merlo is the place to find it. The food is as close to the real thing as you will find in Chicago. Light as a feather handmade pasta, simple yet delicious meats. The tagliolini with rabbit ragu is as close to Tuscany as you can find. A little noisy, it made it hard to hear the waiter at a table for 5, but service was very good. If you wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to Italian food, try this place!!!

Pros: great food, very good service, beautiful room

Cons: noisy

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it felt like being in italy.fresh ingredients, superb sauces,a wonderful selection of meats fish and pastas,and the finishing touch was our server ,sandro straight from milan.ask for him especially if yourinterested in wine

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★★★★★

it felt like being in italy.fresh ingredients, superb sauces,a wonderful selection of meats fish and pastas,and the finishing touch was our server ,sandro straight from milan.ask for him especially if yourinterested in wine

 

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