Gamba Ristorante

4.7
508 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere in the courtyard is absolutely wonderful! It was really pretty, relaxing, and quiet, and I loved the lights above the tables. The service was amazing, too! Our server was super helpful and very informative. And the food was incredible - absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to dine here again!

f
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming here for years The food service are always great ! & Benny is the best

D
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

one of my all time favorites. Service this time was a little slow, (only reason for the lack of all stars) but it was because the server was new. The way this business is run---which is extremely professional--I'm willing to bet the next time I come in this particular server will be up among their top servers. I am looking forward to my next visit.

DG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding. Food and service beyond outstanding. We dine out frequently, locally, Chicago and northwest Michigan. It has been too long of an absence from Gamba and I don’t know why but assuredly we will be back as Gamba has risen to one of our favorite fine dining spots.

JN
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food. This was a great experience.

L
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent little restaurant with phenomenal food. The prices are very fair for fine dining. Our waiter was nice but seemed inexperienced so we had to wait a long time for drinks and didn't get the wonderful oil with tomatoes for dipping or bread. Fortunately his coworkers helped out and got us what we needed. I loved a good glass of Chianti but theirs came with a large amount of sediment in the glass. They told me that is to be expected...ugh. Overall, the food was so delicious so I would go back and order different wine.

S
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always fantastic, I had the spinach lasagna and my friend the veal. Outstanding, great food and wonderful service

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Restaurant is beautiful. Service was great. Did not get to the bar but seemed fun and like a place I would come just to get a cocktail

JW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Evening couldn’t have gone better! Our food selections and preparations were excellent. Our waiter, Josh was also great! Attentive but also very aware of our desire to talk and order at a slower pace. Perfect!

KB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the ambience as we were able to be seated in a quiet area. The service was excellent and the dinner was superb! I would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends to enjoy either lunch or dinner. Thank you the lovely dining experience!

A
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the intimate atmosphere. Our waiter was efficient, friendly, and interacted with us the perfect amount-not too little or too much. The food was spectacular! The fried crab and ricotta appetizer was crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside. We each ordered steak. The filet was pan-cooked with a sauce which was perfection and the porterhouse, a special for the evening, was grilled and was also outstanding. The creme brulee and hazelnut mousse cake were heavenly!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together.

s
Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service and food around! I recommend Gamba's to everyone!

RO
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Meals are over priced and nothing special about them. You're paying for the ambiance. If that's important to you this is your place. For me, I prefer a meal that wows me. We ordered grilled chicken, A pasta dish, one salad and one ice tea. $85.00 with tip, poor value in my opinion.

d
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great dining experience at Gamba. The service and food is always excellent. A very quiet and romantic atmosphere.

RK
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere. Excellent attention by staff. Martini, Sangria, soup, entree, and dessert were excellent!

MM
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best evening that you can have.

IJ
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food, great mood and ambiance, extremely welcoming and cozy.

L
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food, comfortable seating, excellent service and quiet enough to hold a conversation

KB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Gamba. Not sure why it took us so long, but we will be back again for sure. Food was amazing, service was awesome. Jeramiah was so great.

GS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went here for Mother's Day Lunch. The ambiance was great, but the variety of food was disappointing for a buffet of this price. Also very little flexibility as far as gluten free, dairy free, or veg options.

BL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 2ambience 5

My fiance' and I went for a quick Saturday night dinner. We arrived about 5:45, and were promptly seated. By 6:30, there were no open tables left....get there early or make a reservation!

We ordered 3 appetizers: Oysters, Buffalo Mozzarella, and the soup special, which was a dill potato leek.

They arrived quickly. The oysters were fresh and tasty. The soup was absolutely AMAZING. I wanted to go into the kitchen and high-five the chef....it was that good. The Buffalo Mozz was just a Caprese salad with 3 small slices of hard, tasteless tomatoes topped with cheese, olive oil, and avocado. For $17 dollars, I felt like this was a ripoff. I get that tomatoes aren't in season in the Midwest in early May, but if you can't source good ones, take it off the menu until summer.

The service was noticably slower after our apps...as the restaurant had filled up. I ordered a Grouper special and my fiance ordered a spicy sausage rigatoni.

The grouper was moist, flaky, and cooked perfectly. It was swimming in a caper sauce that was a bit off....it was a mushy, green, chunky, loose paste. It looked a tad gross, but had a decent flavor. It would have probably worked better as a light garnish on top of the fish, instead.

The sausage rigatoni was as expected.

Overall, it was a pleasant meal and a positive experience. Would def go back again.

DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Northwest Indiana!

PA
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the management through the service staff; and from the chef to the table setting, this isthe absolute best restaurant I have ever been in.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the table in the wine room which was perfect! Delicious and beautiful desserts made by the pastry chef Elizabeth that were amazing!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited for the Easter Buffet... It wasn’t a huge buffet. I would have loved a salad bar. But, the items on the buffet were all very well executed. Nicely prepared prime rib, stuffed turkey breast and to die for tortellini. Stuffed croissant French toast was a little loose but the flavors were definitely there. The cost was too high for the selections available —$35-$38.95 would have been more appropriate.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, my pork tenderloin was cooked perfectly, we shared a buccatini amatriciana and it was excellent. Bread was the way I love it---crusty and not doughy. Waiter was attentive without hovering. This was the fourth time I've eaten at Gambas and every time has been excellent. Highly recommend it.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place I have visited often and is my "go to" place for that special meal with special friends. I have NEVER been disappointed and have ALWAYS been impressed with the chief's preparation and the waiter's presentation. The wine list is not as comprehensive as it once was, but it is still has an adequate spectrum to accommodate meal choice as well as price range. The specialty cocktails are outstanding.

DG
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Great food, service and atmosphere.

B
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the best lasagna I’ve ever had. Courses were paced right, service was great, ambiance was wonderful

A
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Gamba. Food was awesome. Our server Josh was really great, will request him every time we are there.

N
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good, the service was EXCELLENT!!! Josh was our waiter, if you want a extremely professional dining experience, ask for Josh to be your waiter and sit back and enjoy, you’ll definitely have a delightful evening.

c
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent soup to nuts and service was excellent as usual.

M
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant dinner, excellent food.

MM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 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!

OS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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

LV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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!

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

Everything was just as delicious and amazing as always.

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.

DM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best restaurant in the region by far, love going

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