Best Romantic Restaurant in Chicago

Merlo is known in Chicago for its intimate atmosphere and romantic dinners

Merlo on Maple is consistently voted by our guests and Open Table diners Guests Choice for best romantic restaurant in Chicago.

Merlo offers an intimate setting and romantic experience unlike any other restaurant in Chicago. Located in a historic three story brownstone in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighbor hood you will feel engulfed with warmth as you and your special guest dine via candle light.


With three levels of dining and tables that offer our guests privacy and a romantic atmosphere, we are a popular choice for special occasions.  Guests often chose Merlo to celebrate anniversaries, host engagement dinners & wedding events. Or simply to reserve a table with us for what is guaranteed to be a memorable evening with the one they love and cherish.


We enjoy helping our guests celebrate their special evening.  Call ahead and let us work with you to ensure you have a truly wonderful and memorable evening.


  •  arrange for a bottle of Champagne to be delivered to your table upon arrival


  •  have flowers delivered in advance and we will place on your table before arrival


  • “Popping the Question?” contact us to let us know before hand and we will happily arrange for a special dessert to be brought out to celebrate the occasion

See what our guest are raving about, read our Open Table reviews 

Looking for a venue to host a special event?

Visit our Private Parties page and let us help you plan the perfect evening!