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Gamba Ristorante

4.8
4.8
908 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 24 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (219) 736-5000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    William Potts, Razvan Bancos, Joe Flores

  • Private party facilities

    Gamba Ristorante is the ideal setting for any special occasion. It is perfectly suited for weddings, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate lunch or dinners, brunches, birthday parties and bridal showers.

  • Private party contact

    Michaelle Gamba: (219) 736-5000

  • Neighborhood

    Merrillville, IN

  • Cross street

    Connecticut St.

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 908 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Italian

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Overall

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Food

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Service

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Ambiance

  • Northwest Indiana

    Best Value

  • Northwest Indiana

    Innovative

  • Northwest Indiana

    Romantic

  • Northwest Indiana

    Good for special occasions

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  1. JN

    JohnN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food, simple menu, not a lot of choices. Nice environment, good service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  3. B

    Bobtherep

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as usual. The service was top shelf. Can't wait for the next special occasion to return
  4. PH

    PaulH

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    $69 bone in filet had no more than 4ounces of meat. Embarrassed for restaurant to take advantage of customers.
  5. AW

    AdamW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love going to gamba! Best food by far in the area!! Fillet and crab cake were the best i ever had!
  6. PR

    PeterR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and everyone’s food was delicious
  7. L

    Larry

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  8. WD

    WilliamD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food...great service. They handled New Years Eve as well as any restaurant has. Top 2 restaurant in NW Indiana and Gamba continues to get better.
  9. BK

    BarbaraK

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far our favorite restaurant!!!! Always great food, drinks, service and atmosphere!!
  10. JT

    JamesT

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant! Love the atmosphere and the food is second to none! My favorite restaurant!!!
  11. JR

    JamesR

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    A little confusion getting seated, being New Year's Eve. Our appetizers we're good, along with our dinner selections that we're freshly prepared, tasty and enjoyable. We both selected from the dessert menu and that was a tasty experience. A bottle of Mineral Water, a bottle of Wine, with coffee after deserts completed this event which I would consider a repeat event.
  12. MS

    MelanieS

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service! Food was excellent as always.
  13. GK

    GuyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and service. Met with the owner and family. Very professional. Seated promptly. Great ambience. Had a photo wall for NUE
  14. TG

    TomG

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    There was a little confusion/delay getting seated - which was completely understandable given a large party ahead of us was occupying the whole host stand area. Fantastic food and drink. Each dish was uniquely their own and didn't look or taste like routine fare. We'll definitely be back!
  15. JS

    JeniferS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Always a great meal and wonderful staff!
  16. D

    Danny

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gamba’s continues to be absolutely AWESOME! From the minute you walk in the doors to the after dinner drinks, my dining experience was and always has been impeccable! And I have gone to Gamba’s for many, many years and the excellent quality and consistency of this establishment is a testament to Benny and his entire family for their commitment to excellence! Thank you for being a shining star in NW Indiana!
  17. M

    Mark

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding.
  18. CP

    CamdenP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was top notch. Timing of the servings was perfect. Polite, considerate and never had to wait.
  19. SK

    SamK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely amazing, the food was incredible and Josh is the best!!
  20. D

    Delizioso

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a wonderful dining experience from start to finish!!
  21. D

    Donald

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We go to Gamba for the ambience and the cocktails which are changed often and always excellent Last nights dinner was spectacular had the tuna crudo off the specials then went on to the strawberry salad and a bowl of split pea soup Both were exceptional I had the lamb chops and my husband had the cedar plank cod special Again excellent. We have never had a bad meal from Bennie and his staff
  22. JH

    JamesH

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food, ambience and service were a 10 plus. The chairs however were not very comfortable. I asked the server for a different chair and he quickly said he’d be glad to change my chair but they were all similar. They did offer to bring me a pillow which I didn’t try.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter’s Birthday!
  24. J

    Jeanne

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food for my husbands birthday. We always have a great time. Thank you so much
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Alright experience
  26. MS

    MelanieS

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food, best service, and best drinks. Blackened cod served on a plank and Brussel sprouts appetizer were devine. Christmas cocktails were delicious.
  27. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice birthday celebration with good food and service. Will definitely be back
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our daughters birthday.
  29. JM

    JasonM

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and staff are always very nice, fast and accommodating.
  30. r

    rhs3

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Took my wife here for her birthday. We enjoyed nice pleasant dinner with great service and we were not rushed.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the ambiance was beautiful. Out waiter was very attentive and we never felt like we were rushed. Nice relaxing dinner, delicious drinks and delectable food. Couldn't ask for anything else.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant! It's the second time I've dined here and the food is always great, the service is outstanding!
  33. WS

    WayneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant with outstanding food and service. Atmosphere is great. You can have a nice conversation over dinner without talking over noise. Highly recommend to everyone.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for a nice dinner if you are on the road between Chicago and Indy.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Requested round table for 5 Seated in Wine room with round for 5 - great environment for a business dinner . Chef willing to make frutti de mare - excellent . Our Italian clients were impressed. Wine prices somewhat reasonable . Will Be back !
  36. N

    Nanetteg

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great , but too soon for Christmas music
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice to have the “wine room”. We had a great room, food and service. It’s a great place to take valued clients and friends for a nice dinner!
  38. MS

    MelanieS

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salad and branzino were out of this world! Wine suggestion paired well with my meal! First class dining experience as always!
  39. RC

    RobertC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time there (11/11/2022) and it was amazing. Upscale experience with higher than average pricing but phenomenal value. Every staff interaction was professional and helpful. From the bus boy to who I assumed was the owner. Our waiter was friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. The food was amazing. We had lasagna and the pork. The bar knows how to make a great drink too. The menu does not have your tradition Italian staples, but it seems the meals were derived from such mainstays. We will be going back often. This was as close to a perfect meal as I have had. I know I am laying it on thick, but that’s how much we loved everything about this restaurant. If I could buy stock in Gamba, I would. You must go!
  40. M

    Mish

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience when we go here. I always order from their specials menu & have never been disappointed

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gamba Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (219) 736-5000.

Gamba Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 908 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Gamba Ristorante

455 E 84th Dr, Merrillville, IN 46410

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Connecticut St.

  • Neighborhood

    Merrillville, IN

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    William Potts, Razvan Bancos, Joe Flores

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (219) 736-5000

  • Private party facilities

    Gamba Ristorante is the ideal setting for any special occasion. It is perfectly suited for weddings, holiday parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate lunch or dinners, brunches, birthday parties and bridal showers.

  • Private party contact

    Michaelle Gamba: (219) 736-5000

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