Gamba Ristorante

4.8
474 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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.
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MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was par excellence! The owners' integrity is evident in their commitment to providing an exceptional dining experience with an unparalleled attention to quality and detail. We are grateful!

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OS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 1

Nicky was our service he forgot about our table through the evening also we paid for the meal left and he followed us to our car and said we took his copies of the receipts when they were in his pocket . Worst service ever

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LV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t remember what it was called but it was the wing of a Manta Ray and it was phenomenal!

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just as delicious and amazing as always.

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TZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the service is great. The owner always makes sure your experience is excellent.

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DM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best restaurant in the region by far, love going

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Early Valentine’s dinner. Impeccable food and service, as always.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for an early Valentines dinner on a Tuesday evening. We were greeted and sat quickly, met by a knowledgeable and friendly waiter, Josh. The food and service were both AMAZING. We started with the roasted Brussels sprouts... delicious! My husband had the N.Y. strip, which was served with mashed red potatoes and green beans. I had the short rib ravioli. I can’t even say which was better. Get both. We finished dinner with their house made Creme brûlée. We can’t wait to come back to try other items. Nothing negative to say about the whole experience! We will be back!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner was ultra helpful. We made a reservation and when we arrived the owner let us know our table would be ready soon. We went to the bar for drinks. He came over again to let us know our table was paying their bill. Asked waiter for recommendation I ordered one of the dishes he recommended. I absolutely loved it and I know I would not have ordered it otherwise. I love this restaurant. Always make reservations

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KE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Gamba several times now. We first merely stumbled upon the place when traveling from Chicago to home. The service has always been superb and the food as well.

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LA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always perfect at Gamba’s. The food is amazing! Service is best in the region, by far.

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in Merrillville and would stand its own against any downtown Chicago restaurant.

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HB
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a terrific meal and Harasen was a delightful server.

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g
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second trip to Gamba to celebrate a birthday, we took our 17 year old daughter with us this time. It is an outstanding place to eat, one of the best in NW Indiana and better than most of the finer Italian restaurants in Chicago and Los Angeles that I have eaten at. The decor is very elegant although perhaps a little bland to some people's tastes, but it promotes quiet conversation so its good for a more intimate dinner. The food is absolutely outstanding, we ordered a wide variety of things and everything was superb. Risottos seem to be a bit of a speciality for them, we had one that was superb leading up to our main courses. The offerings in the restaurant do not necessarily match the menus that you can find online, but you can get an idea of the range and sorts of things they offer by looking at the virtual menus that are available. The wine list is also really excellent, with a range of good wines in a variety of price categories. We ordered a Barbaresco in the $50 range which was very good and an excellent price for that kind of wine at that quality level. You can spend more or less. Service was impeccable, very attentive without being intrusive. It is a more expensive place to eat but I think the prices are extremely reasonable given the quality of the food. Absolutely recommended, especially for special occasions!

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D
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were celebrating a birthday, with a party of 5. Although it is a bit confusing to find the entrance to the dining area, the restaurant itself is charming, clean and obviously is a well attended 'hot spot'. This was on a Saturday night and they unfortunately were out of 2 or 3 major items on the menu. The service was commendable and professional. I would go back to this restaurant, when in this area.

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 2

Unwilling to accommodate vegetarian requests and talked down to customers. Wait staff being trained on the floor in front of customers. I was incredibly disappointed in the lack of respect and unwelcoming nature of the establishment. I was not accommodated and when requested the staff member answered “um. No.” I left this establishment incredibly disappointed and as if my needs were not only insignificant but unworthy of accommodation, which is unacceptable from a place trying to make it appear to be incredibly upscale.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place food , ambiance, very professional with a personal touch... our new favorite place #1

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DJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got engaged at your restaurant! It was a very special night!

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E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants!! The food and service are outstanding!!!

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g
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food and service.
Very organized and perfect timing on food.
Very pleasant!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We change our reservations to 7:30, everyone was fabulous and the food was delicious as always!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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KR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was below what you would expect from a restaurant like this. We had to ask for bread twice before we ever got any, the waiter never checked on us once we had our meals. He couldn’t recommend a cocktail. He seemed very uncomfortable.

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CS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from appetizers to entrees were phenomenal. Great service as usual.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely as ever. A favorite for business meals, a date, or Mother’s Day brunch. Thanks Benny and family!
~Amanda

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f
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good as always

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AB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us, girlfriends for many years, always choose to celebrate our birthdays at Gamba. We are never disappointed with the ambience, service, food, or noise level. It is an elegant restaurant!

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BD
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service! Went above and beyond for us even though our party grew into reservations for 11 instead of the original 8. Food was excellent. We’ll definitely be back!

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RO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual great food and great service comparable to any downtown Chicago restaurant

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OT
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a tremendous meal. We’ll be back.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going for a while now. One of my favorite Italian restaurants.

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G
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Northwest Indiana’s best restaurant! Gamba is a lovely setting for wonderful Italian food. Service is excellent with attentive and friendly waiters. Food is prepared perfectly, and chefs accommodate special requests.

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AD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Would highly recommend any of their risottos, tonight we tried the seafood one and it was EXCELLENT!

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S
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had good friends in from out of state and knew they would enjoy the fine dining experience we always have at Gamba’s!

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r
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience all around. Perfectly prepared food, beautifully presented. Lovely and quiet atmosphere, excellent service, and reasonably priced. What more could you want?

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KV
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed! Food, Service, Drinks are all top notch. If weather permits, ask to sit outside or the wine room for special occasions. I've done both. Never a bad seat in the house.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinning experience as always. I had Elk chops and they were prepared perfectly, tender and full of flavor.

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Josh was impeccable! Very fluent in the art of fine dining and service.

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