Terzo Piano
Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.terzopianochicago.com/
  • Phone: 3124438650x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony Mantuano
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The sparkling, glass-curtained room presents light filled space with floor to ceiling windows. Terzo Piano offers a white canvas for you to create your perfect event. This versatile space may be combined with gallery viewing for flowing receptions into the thousands.

    Our semi-private event space is available for groups of 30 to 80 for seated lunch or dinner and from 30 to 150 for receptions. Please contact Kelly Nichols at 312-443-8654 for all the details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Ave
  • Public Transit: Blue and Red Lines: Monroe
    Brown, Green, Pink, Purple, and Orange Lines: Adams/Wabash or Madison/Wabash
    Various bus lines will take you to the corner of Michigan Ave and Monroe St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Take advantage of the museum's valet parking option. It's only $25 per vehicle (cash only),Self park is available across the street in the Millennium Park garages.Valet at the Modern Wing entrance everyday from 1030 AM.When the Museum doors open until 1 half hour after closing. Rate are subject to change.
A word from Terzo Piano
Terzo Piano, located on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, is a must stop for lunch daily and Thursday dinner. It features the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano, who has been delighting Chicagoans for years at the four-star Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. The food is all fresh, local, organic and sustainably produced. In season, you may also dine al fresco on the covered piazza, while enjoying spectacular views of Millennium Park and the Chicago skyline.



Terzo Piano is open to the public without requiring admission to the Art Institute.



Guests may access the restaurant either via the Nichols Bridge which extends from Millennium Park and places you right at the restaurants entrance or off of the Monroe Drive entrance of Art Institute and take the elevator to the third floor
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Terzo Piano reviews from OpenTable diners
241 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (160)scenic view (151)great for outdoor dining (106)fit for foodies (84)special occasion (51)great for brunch (48)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (23)kid-friendly (15)notable wine list (14)hot spot (12)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Mediocre food
    Artlover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The ambiance is great, but our food was disappointing. The chicken salad with avocado (just a few small pieces) and ginger infused dressing ( bland dressing- no ginger flavor at all) and my guest's flatbread had very minimal topping. They should perhaps be less fancy in their menu choices and provide better tasting food.
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  • terzo piano at night
    dondon
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Went there for dinner a couple of years ago, sat inside and enjoyed a fabulous view as the skyscrapers were lit up and gave a surrealistic look with the floor to ceiling windows. But at lunch, the view is non-existent so we sat outside where the view was better but not spectacular by any means. So go for dinner on Thursday nights and sit indoors!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • has potential if food improves
    avipVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The kichen needs to upgrade the qulity of the dishes and the place will become a prime lunch spot for the Loop.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Always wonderful
    ProfVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sourced foods and wines. Super cocktails. Amazing views/ ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch before Lollapalooza was great
    gasgirl58
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a fabulous lunch & walk through the museum before hitting the Lollapalooza fest
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected...
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The menu was limited - certain portions small - and the prices rather pricey. I expected a more "special" atmosphere and more food choices based on the menu prices. I feel the museum's café has far more interesting food selections and they're more flavorful (and far less expensive). I picked Terzo Piano because I wanted a special setting (and reservations) for out of town guests. I'm not certain I would return. The outdoor seating was lovely and saved the day. Had we sat inside, I feel I would have been really disappointed in my experience. Perhaps the restaurant's persona is designed to limit casual tourists from visiting it.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artful Dining
    Pretamanger1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    So convenient dining here after viewing exhibitions at the Art Institute. The light-filled, minimalist space is perfect after feasting your eyes on all the museum has to offer. The noise level is refreshingly moderate and you can't beat the views. Menu is limited but interesting and generally well done, although the signature English pea salad is both very difficult to eat and served sans peas. Well-spread wine list. Pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch time with group
    bookclubber60
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our group of seven was seated right away because we had reservations for lunch but the restaurant was pretty empty. Our server was attentive but I was surprised and disappointed that my $18.00 ravioli included only TWO ravioli!!!! That's $9.00 for each cheese ravioli. That's ridiculous and pretentious and it should be stated in the menu that you will only get two pieces. There were some cauliflower tidbits the size of my small finger nail thrown on top of the two ravioli so needless to say I was hungry after I ate my meal. Thank goodness there was some bread on the table to eat along with the two ravioli. The portions are too small for the prices charged. Two other members of our party said their linguini with clams were small too.
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    special occasion
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  • always great food and drinks
    ProfVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great for visitors to Chicsgo and the Museum. Sourced foods and wines with a view of the skyline!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Absolutely embarrassing..
    Unbelievableexpensive
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I invited a friend ... We both ordered an arugula salad... There was nothing else on our plate... light vinaigrette over a lot of arugula. The chef probably forgot the avocado, cilantro, carrots, etc. my friend was my guest. A total embarrassment... for a $17.00 per salad (!). I have been an AIC member since 1982... Never before did I have such a "light" lunch in the a so called "gourmet" restaurant. I will not go back there.... The view is not enough!... The AIC cafeteria is much better.
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  • Great for a perfect day in Chicago
    maeggletonVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Delicious, just like the museum. Good menu, great food, service and view. It´s a must.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent restaurant
    Pamp
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great place for lunch with the family. By far the nicest view in the city. Sunday brunch menu isn't heavy on breakfast offerings but the waffle with berries was very good. The lamb burger was delicious. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Unusually Disappointing Meal
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have enjoyed Terzo Piano several times for lunch and once for dinner. This time we brought guests. I ordered a salad which ended being a lot of greens and almost nothing else. The menu claimed to have red bell pepper (tiny bits of shaved pepper, too small to have taste or crunch), avocado (one slice cut into small pieces), and chicken breast (about 6 pieces each the size of my thumb nail). Dressing was good, but did not make up for the lack of ingredients. One of our guests' meal was very small; the other's flatbread serving was huge. We expect flavorful, European sized portions. Inconsistency was disappointing. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Good for special occasion lunch
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was interesting and good. Service was ok. Servers can use more training. Nice setting. Price point was a bit high for value received. I'd recommend if you're visiting a special exhibit and want a nice environment in which to eat.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but zero ambience
    juliekVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    the have a few favorites on the menu from the last 5 yrs in celebration of their 5 yr anniversary. The lamb sausage pizza is spectacular, arugula salad and delightful trout. The food is very good but the atmosphere is almost cafeteria like. Good for a bite after work while the weather is good so you can walk to the Petrillo Band Shelter afterwards but not necessarily for a date night or special occasion.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The food is disappointing
    Agnes
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    chopped greens w/ too much dressing & minute quantities of other ingredients, not even variety in greens & no options to add other vegetables
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    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    quite expensive for the quality and quantity of luncheon items - unattentive service - I'm afraid that they're just taking themselves and their snob value too seriously - great view, though.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • What a shame
    ChicagoGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The spectacular setting and beautiful design of Terzo Piano are wasted with sub-par food and service. It took quite a long time for our waitress to acknowledge us. She seemed rushed and uninterested. The food was bland all around: my tortilla espanola looked and tasted like it had deflated in the microwave, and everyone seemed to just pick at the food on their plates. What should have been a great brunch was a real disappointment.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Gorgeous views thoughtful service
    Lesleyswc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Brought 3 friends for lunch we wanted to talk and we're able to enjoy our conversation, the views are fabulous and so is the food...light bites are my favorite. We stayed past lunch, but no one rushed us and the wait staff is attentive but unobtrusive. This is a great Chicago spot. Have been here before and will come again.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great on a summer Thursday night
    spliff
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Terzo only open late on Thursdays but lovely service, great flatbreads, and views.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Look past the all white decor...
    Rarediner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    and you will be treated to delightful and flavorful food. The waiter was very helpful and steered me to the lamb burger, which turned out to be very flavorful. Nothing was left behind. My sister had the chicken cacciatore which was out of this world! Before any of this we ordered the eggplant fries and were amazed that this usually soft vegetable could be turned into a crunchy delight, you've got to try them. The decor was not to my taste, the art installation was "odd," but seating was comfortable and the room was clean. While the meal was not inexpensive (our bill came to $85.00 with tip for lunch) the flavors are impressive and worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent variety on menu...
    Topper
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Terzo Piano is constantly revising its menu with spectacular results.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • John
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very good food, good service, and good ambiance. Menu that varies from the norm with many unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kathi
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I so enjoyed my meal at Terzo!! Thank you! I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view lovely room great food
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Wonderful bright surroundings with great view of Michigan avenue. Food is unique and very good. Nice wines too. One of our favorite places and discount for members.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Very good menu, delicious choices and a very nice setting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • thursday dinner
    shiningVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    lamb burger is so great. also chocolate alfredo the best
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    great for lunch
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 134 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2536 reviews are from the Terzo Piano reviews archive.
  • a bit disappointing!
    DuneAllenGirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    limited menu, service was slowvand expensive. one of four orders wasn't as ordered (dressing on side). don't mind paying for excellent food, but $17 for a salad with possibly one ounce of chicken is ridiculous.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    fudisu
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We were there for lunch and it is a beautiful setting with a view of the Pritzker building and the skyline behind. We ordered french fries, zaatar crusted eggplant fries, pea shoot salad and lamburger. The french fries were swimming in oil and undercooked. They said they are freshly hand cut but tasted frozen. the eggplant (brilliant idea and lovely flavor profile) was likewise crazy oily and we sent them both back because we just could not eat them. The salad was ok. The burger was dry in spite of the fattiness of the lamb. All in all, disappointing. A hgh end place with a good reputation at a high profile location should not have those issues. Maybe it was a line cook in training?
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    scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Always Delights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This venue is a perfect lunch place. Great, unhurried service. Excellent food that doesn't dissappoint. Bright, airy, contemporary space with a great city view. Perfect place to chat with a friend or have a businss lunch. A great place to bring out of town guests for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Beautiful space
    JAnn
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The space of Terzo Piano is amazing, but the food was not great. I recommend the house made pickles but I had a pasta dish and my friend had a flatbread that were basically inedible. I was disappointed because I've eaten there before and it was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's like American tapas, excellent
    Vman
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We asked the waiter to pick food and wine pairing for the 9 of us. She did an excellent job.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Art of Food
    spicylady
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Our meals at Terzo Piano are consistently outstanding and are always a part of our visits to the Art Institute.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Just okay
    Chicagogirl
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Nothing special. Not worth the the cost. But still a place to consider for the convenience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dissapointing pasta
    Akiko
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I had ravioli. The sauce was too oily and there was no depth in taste. My friend had pasta with calamari. Calamari was very tasty but the sauce was very bland.
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  • From Great to Less Than
    HMMH
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Not sure what has happened to Terzo Piano. It used to be a cool, elegant and rather subdued spot. The last few times we've dropped in for lunch, the scene has been closer to an Old Country Buffet on a Federal holiday than a Michelin recommended restaurant on a work day.There were more high chairs than usual. And, no coincidence, more clanging of cutlery and more food on the floor (and in the air.) Hard to talk business when junior and his pals are banging knives on tabletops. Something else--Where is the 'attentive and knowledgeable' staff? Aside from the amazing chief bartender, the servers are harried, obtrusive and not terribly interested in providing a experience that pleases their guests. I sure hope they remember what they were. Soon.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    pmpt
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The food choices were very unique and absolutely delicious. Don't miss the walnut cake dessert or the pea tendril salad! Great service and one-of-a-kind Chicago view!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Sooo gooood
    robie1118VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This time, we went for Brunch On Sunday before visiting the Magritte exhibit. Each menu item is creative and tasty. I had this incredibly delicious waffle with blueberry compote, a type of orange marmalade and topped with a whipped ricotta cheese. My husband had the Arugula salad, light and tasty. Our friend had a unique Eggs Benedict with Shrimp. The server was very attentive even though the restaurant was busy. He did a great job. Between the food, and the great view, it's easy to overlook the cold and sterile atmosphere. I think they paired the environment with the modern wing of the Art Institute.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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  • Mismanaged restaurant
    mkr68VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This restaurant has a great outdoors overlooking Millennium Park. The food is very good with fresh seasonal ingredients. I have been there several times and each time the service has been terrible. This is not due to the servers - they are working hard. It is due to extremely poor management. There are no assistants - no one to bring water, bread, etc. so the servers have to do everything and are extremely overworked. When we complained to the manager he seemed to believe it was our servers fault. The kitchen is also very slow. After we got our salads it took over 30 minutes to get a lamb burger and a flat bread. This restaurant needs new management!
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    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • beautiful view
    spluringmomma
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    There is nothing better than those brilliant sunny days during Chicago summertime, and Terzo Piano is a lovely place to enjoy the view. My husband and I brought our two toddlers and a sleeping infant here for brunch (brave!) and were glad to be able to eat in the outdoor space which is a little more forgiving with the noise. The food was all very good, even if we wished there was more of it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.