About Gamba Ristorante
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.
Italian, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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: 2197365000x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
Gamba Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
I have been here multiple times and it's ...
I have been here multiple times and it's always fantastic. I highly recommend eating here.
Great waitress. Good food. Enjoyed our 47th anniversary there.
Gorgeous interiors, great service, amazing food
This was our third visit and everything was excellent as usual. If you are having a special celebration let them know they will go overboard making sure you have a great experience! The private rooms are amazing for a big party. Pretty expensive but worth it for the great food and service.
Excellent as always!
Excellent as always!
Clean, friendly with tremendous dining music. Family owned and run, and it shows.
Chef Mike created the most scrumptious entrees. Every bite of the braised short ribs tasted like heaven. The grilled big eye tuna was also a delight. Can't wait to go back to try other menu items, but it will be difficult to give up what we had. Service impeccable and truly a five star restaurant in an out of the way location.
Great place to dress up a little and hav ...
Great place to dress up a little and have a date night. Great ambiance and great food. I will definitely be back and strongly recommend this place. You will prob spend 100 for the dinner for two but well worth it.
Excellent ambience, food & service
Made a reservation for two with time enough for a Sat night. Arrived on time and had to wait for +20 minutes. Something to improve. The rest awesome as usual.
Nice restaurant. Quail appetizer was very good. Service is "stuffy".
Special occasions or a quite romantic meal, this is the place to go. Upscale prices that are worth every penny. My wife had " the best cheese ravioli ever ". And I had veal tenderloin that absolutely melted in my mouth. This was our first time there and will be going back soon.
We went for Valentine's Day and they had ...
We went for Valentine's Day and they had a set menu. The ambiance was nice and romantic. I had the veal tenderloin and it was excellent! My wife doesn't like seafood and was looking for a traditional Italian pasta dish. However, many dishes on the limited menu contained seafood and there was not a simple dish except for the lasagna. She selected the lasagna with no other choice and was greatly disappointed. It was one 4"x4" piece for $24 that had really no flavor. I tried a bite and it was very bland. It seemed as though they realized there were very few "Italian" choices on the menu and threw on the lasagna last minute. They provided a small bread basket, but never asked if we would like more. The server was very friendly, but never checked back with us between bringing dishes. Overall it was good, but there are definitely better choices for true Italian food and the prices are a bit inflated.
Wordered the filet with spinarch and potatoes, my wife wanted to subsittute the spinarch with something else but the resturant was not able accomindate it.also ask for some A1 steak sauce which they do not carry, but after tasting the steak there were no need for steak sauce, overall the food was good.
"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely will return to try more dishes.
Excellent Italian-inspired food in NW Indiana
We thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of our dining experience. Its great to have a very fine Italian restaurant in NW Indiana. Our food was excellent, well-prepared and presented. The wine list has a number of gems on it that are reasonably priced. Would recommend it to anyone (couple, small group) looking for a quite dinner out with a chance for good food and conversation.
Gamba ristorante absolutely delivered all expectations for my girlfriend and i, I was completely in awe with the building and the cuisine. I will now be a loyal consumer there for all of my reservations now on.
Friday Night Dining At Gamba's
Gamba's is one of my favorite restaurants for great relaxed dining in a comfortable upscale atmosphere. The food is always freshly prepared and the specials are always hard to choose from. I had the Kale Salad with the Veal Tenderloin ... both awesome. I also like Gamba's for lunch -- perfect for business or to impress a new client. Also, for special occasions, it's perfect.
Excellent service and food as always
Took my mother for lunch on her 86th birthday....we used to go to Chicago but now that we have found this gem we don't have to fight the traffic!
Was a comfortable setting. Food was good ...
Was a comfortable setting. Food was good, compared to menu, not allot of choices, but it was New Years Eve. All in all was a good experience.
A great night
For Christmas this year i got my girlfriend and I reservations to Gambas, we were both very happy! The restaurant was very nice with high quality food for not a terribly expensive price ($100) My only complaint was being seated next to the servers station, so people were always by us. If your looking for a good restaurant to take i date to i would recommend Gambas. The dress is nicer than casual from what i saw, but i do not think there is a dress code.
Kale salad good. Caesar salad poor. Chicken mushroom risotto fair. Salmon fair. Filet mignon fair. I was underwhelmed. Terrible value for the money.
Not the first time
This is not our first time there. Been there many times and the quality has always been at the highest level. Not disappointed this either.
Outstanding Service and Cuisine
We are return customers. We were celebrating our 20th Anniversary. The service, atmosphere, and cuisine was incredible. It's an amazing place to eat. I highly recommend it to everyone. You won't be disappointed.
Some of the best meals I've ever had hav ...
Some of the best meals I've ever had have been at Gamba's. Every time I'm in the area I stop to eat there.
The menu is amazing--not expansive, but good. I like that there is an option to order the "taste" of an entree or the full entree. My husband and I went for our anniversary, and both ordered the "taste" of the filet--LIFE CHANGING! The filet was incredible, as were the asparagus and potatoes. We ordered a side of gnocchi... have never had such a light and fluffy gnocchi! Our server was very knowledgeable on the entire food & drink menu, and so kind! The owner greeted us as we came in and as we left. Beautiful setting--makes you feel like you aren't in Merrillville! Definitely going back!
Excellent food and service. Outstanding menu. There were three of us and so we tried 3 different appetizers and entrees. All were wonderful with a beautiful presentation.
My experience with Gamba has been above and beyond outstanding. Expect nothing but a wonderful dining experience starting with the moment you walk through the front door.
Again, an excellent experience
I was not our first time there and I will defenitely come back. Excellent food and service. Ideal for special ocassions.
outstanding. We had delicous food, fabul ...
outstanding. We had delicous food, fabulous cocktails, and elegant surroundings and service
Another great meal
We arrived at a very busy restaurant with a wedding and bachelorette party in the banquet facilities. However, that did not impact our meal one bit. The food was as good as ever and the service was excellent. I would not have expected that when I saw how packed the parking lot was. We will definitely return. It is always a great experience.
Very knowledgeable server. Nice dinning pace. Food exceptional. Wine list extensive.
Incredibly beautiful venue . Manager was friendly, caring. Staff was helpful and attentive. Most important- the food was incredibly delicious. Perfectly flavored and presented. I will return when next in the area.
Nice Lunch with Friends
We were provided the quickest service and attention. Food was perfect.
One of the best in NW Indiana
We always take my brother, who visits from the San Francisco area, out to special restaurants when he comes home. This time we chose Gamba since he had never been. It turned out to be probably the best choice in a long time. The food was excellent. The filet, risotto and veal tenderloin were perfect. The veal chop was a little fatty, but it may have just been an odd cut. Every other dish we chose was great from the beet salad to the burrata. And the desserts were out of this world. I had remembered their tiramisu from Cafe Venezia, and it did not disappoint. It seemed even better than I had remembered. The creme brulee was also outstanding. Gamba is definitely worth it. It can definitely hold its own among Chicago area restaurants. The convenience and lack of traffic and parking issues make it a choice we will make again very soon.
First Time Dinner
This was the first time my wife and I had dinner at Gamba's. It has been in our neighborhood for years now, and we just discovered it. I would leave the kids at home and enjoy a nice meal with your significant other in this very well managed establishment. Friendly staff and the best of service!
Repirted to have excellent food and service.
I scheduled a business lunch for my boss. I had never been to this restaurant, but received a wonderful review and praise for the choice. Turns out another partner from a different office was there for a different business lunch.
Gamba is the best restaurant in NW Indiana. Food is outstanding. The veal loin we had was done to perfection and accompanied by a variety of fresh vegetables. We chose the small portion which was very generous. Our dessert, the lemon ricotta cake was light and delicious. Service was excellent and the host and hostess stopped at our table several times to ask if everything was to our liking. We look forward to our next dinner or lunch at Gamba.
Gamba is Another Name for Excellent
Gamba is simply the best Italian venue in NW Indiana, and can vie for being the best in the Greater Chicagoland area. Our recent elder birthday celebration was overseen by Benito and the service could not have been better or more appreciated. From the antipasti to primi and second piatti, the selections are excellent and always to order. Gamba is our default special occassion and business venue. Gamba out-classes every other offering because the owners adhere to the importance of traditional service as if they were serving to their own family. Desserts are always fresh and tasteful. Gamba further enhances the dining experience by offering a unique architecture that evokes the idea of the Italian courtyard villa or perhaps a castle. The ceiling is truly a work of art. Music compliments the experience by ranging from Sinatra for lunch to soft Euro jazz of dinner.
We love Gamba! My fiancé proposed to me there this past New Year's Eve. The food is great and the family that runs it- is amazing!
nice for a special dinner; otherwise,too expensive
considering t was a brunch, with a lot of people (to be expected) it was nice; however, prefer going here only for special occasions due to expense.
Gamba offers a quiet retreat from the mundane and service is outstanding. I love the menu choices and have never been disappointed in creative and delicious fare.
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