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
264 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (170)great for lunch (170)great for outdoor dining (141)fit for foodies (82)great for brunch (59)special occasion (50)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (25)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (15)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • 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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  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We have been here twice now. The food is always great. And I still can't figure out why it is always empty for brunch.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Lovely for lunch
    DogsHausVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I had a business guest and we had a lovely lunch at Terzo Piano. The atmosphere is great on a hot summer day with a cool white interior and fabulous views of the city. They are celebrating an anniversary and are featuring some items that have been popular over the years. My salad was fresh, lovely and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • azzales
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    A little pricey, but nice for lunch or brunch if you're spending the day at the museum. Made for a perfect break in our day at the Art Institute and had a lovely time sitting out on the terrace.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Sublime Sunday Morning
    worthnoting
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The canvas covered terrace over looking Millennium Park and with 180deg view of the skyline is crisp white and chrome. The flanking planters contain herb and salad pots for the kitchen to harvest at will. Service was attentive but not intrusive. The food is a refreshing take on brunch.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Disappointing and overpriced
    plebian
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The view from Terzo Piano was lovely. Unfortunately, the food was not. The vaunted lamb burger, which was ordered medium rare, arrived raw and dead cold in the center. We sent it back and received what was a clear case of line cook's vengeance: "You didn't like your food? Try this!" Burger was cooked to a dry unappetizing well done and the bun was burned black around the edges. The pasta dish looked like it came out of a microwaveable frozen package; nothing we couldn't have whipped up in 20 minutes at home. Next time we'll bring a bag lunch and eat it in the park.
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  • View excellent, menu so so
    Robsy5111
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Wonderful view and excellent internal ambiance with very nice outdoor seating. We had a group of 5 and some had large servings others had elaborate but very small serving size, e.g. ravioli equaled two ravioli, peas and thin slices of onion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent bread
    Diner
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I ordered the walleye which I enjoyed. I have been to Terzo Piano several times though, and it is always the bread that is the high point of the meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointment!
    Toomuchgoodfood
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Lunch at Terzo Piano was a "must do" on my recent trip to Chicago. I knew the decor was 'minimalist', but my lunch companion thought it was more cafeteria/school lunchroom! We were promptly seated on the patio on a perfect, clear day and the views alone were almost worth the cost of lunch. Our service was prompt and professional and our server offered guidance on the menu offerings, which I found rather slim. He recommended the soup of the day - fresh carrot, which was just okay. The spiced eggplant fries sounded interesting but were very bland and limp. We both ordered the "favorite" Mizzuna salad ($17), which was no better/no worse than standard. Terzo Piano should offer food that matches the architecture and the fabulous view!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • portions size
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    One of the people in our party got the ravioli....and she received only 2....we thought that was too small of a portion for the cost of the meal...the rest of the items we ordered the portions were fine.
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    great for lunch
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  • A great place for lunch!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Simple and good food with unique twists make this well located spot a must try. The lamb burger was flavorful and perfectly cooked, served along with amazing French fries. We always enjoy this spot after a morning in the museum.
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  • Good for adults and behaved kids
    BeautifulEnemy
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I went to Terzo Piano for lunch with my two children (ages 3 and 6). I selected it because I remember loving the food from my previous visit. The menu features some sophisticated choices for grown-ups as well as a children's menu. I hate that dining with children often means eating boring food as well. I had the lamb-burger and it was excellent, as was my husband's pesto-asparagus flatbread. The found myself searching for my server a couple times when I needed something, which is why I dinged the service rating a bit, but overall a great experience. I plan on coming back again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We went on a business lunch and the service was embarassingly poor. It was a rainy day so possibly the tourists took refuge but the serivce was greatly disappointing. We had to look for our waiter to order lunch after 30 minutes! And it never got better from there. I will not make the mistake of taking a client to this restaurant at lunch again.
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  • Good food, fancy place!
    kjelliVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The best place for lunch during your Art museum visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    Eagle779VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Service was very good, but the food was disappointing. We split a pappardelle pasta with a meat ragu. The half-portions were served in small bowls that were inappropriate and made the pasta hard to eat. The pasta was overcooked and soft, although the sauce was excellent. The wine list was very limited, with mostly mediocre wines at moderate prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    foody13
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is my second time dining at Terzo Piano. I was quite disappointed. The portions are extremely small for the price. The cheese platter with three selections was extremely small compared to my first visit. I had the ravioli which was delicious but I expected more vegetables with the dish. The children's menu has very limited choices.
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    scenic view
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  • Fab place for lunch!
    TeamLoweVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Love the food and the view! Service is always professional and attentive
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terzo Piano is a favorite lunch spt
    misseyblu
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Terzo Piano is one ofmuy favorite places for lunch in Chicago. Located above the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, the room os just a wonderfully bright spot. the food is local sourced and delicious and the service is great. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • food! views! service ...
    owlglass
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The views are amazing - this is a glass box on top of Chicago Art Museum. There is patio if not too hot or cold. The food is really lovely - better than I expected. The service is fine but nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Poor ambience
    JDomin
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    If you go to a Renzo Piano's museum in the middle of a great park, you think that you will be surprized by the space , ambience or views , all of these were disappointing, at least the food was good.
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  • Liz4
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The menu for brunch was quite limited, and the service was bad. We finally spoke to a hostess who answered questions about the menu, took our order including food and wine and apologized for the fact that we had to get our own water.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Modern Millenium
    Mitzi
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Terzo Piano is a stark open space that might be noisy when full -- there were only a few diners there and it was quiet when we ate there. The food was wonderful and creative, the servers were upbeat and attentive. The greatest charms here are the great open-window views of the outside surrounds and its location -- third floor of the Modern Art wing of the Art Institute. We took advantage of the one evening per week the restaurant serves dinner -- Thursday -- for a quiet early evening Millennium Park dinner. But clearly this is the ticket for a lunch hour between long wanders through the wonderful Art Institute.
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    scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two of a Kind
    Palatineprimcess
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The spaghetti was mushy. The calamari in it turned to mush. The bread excellent. Ambience very nice and service superb. The lamb burger was great, but the kelp was bitter.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 157 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2501 reviews are from the Terzo Piano reviews archive.
  • Below Expectations!
    LightofDay
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great view, but the restaurant itself is stark and lacks warmth. I felt like I was eating in a refrigerator. Everywhere you look you see white, white, white: table tops, plates, and walls. Everything else is in chrome, just like the shelves of a refrigerator. It was 70 degrees outside, but the restaurant itself was uncomfortably cold. We were welcomed cheerfully, but our waiter seemed bored and uninterested. The food was very unimpressive and bland. I would avoid this restaurant. It doesn't have much to offer, other than the spectacular view outside.
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  • Bronzevillefoody
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Excellent food and service. Love the lobster hollandaise fries!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit off!
    1steaksnob
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I've had lunch here on several occasions and the only thing marring this experience was a big chip on the cream pitcher that arrived with my coffee. Yuk! Not good when you're paying $30 for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Wine
    cnw4400
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Unless you want a bottle - you are out of luck Wine by the glass is about 1* (terrible and expensive) Much better at Eataly and actually cheaper
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • combine Art Inst. visit with lunch
    avipVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great place to bring out of town guests for lunch. Excellent burgers and pastas with good service, reasonable prices and most important ablity to have a quite conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were there for mother's day brunch. The food was ordinary - the menu really had nothing special, and the price was exorbitant for what was served. We did not find the ambience anything to write home about and to be honest , it was probably not even as good as a high school cafeteria. We thought about coming there as we are members of the Art Institute, and I am sure we will not go there again.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We sat outside on a beautiful sunny day in Chicago. Great setting ---- but the food was bizarre! Also, needs some greenery to avoid the white on white on white setting!
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Food comments
    Kenny
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food generally was not good. Would not come back for the food. Ambience was great; service was good, but food was not noteworthy. Flatbread was a thin slice of dough with a very thin coating of tomato sauce, and salad was also unexceptional. Lemon pudding cake was excellent and the only thing good item served at our table for four. I would recommend restaurant to a friend only for the ambience, but I don't think many of my friends would come on that count alone.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opentablelvrsVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was very good but ambience is very cafeteria-like. Rooftop views are depressing from either side.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view, but not great food!
    PRudnickVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I was not thrilled with Terzo Piano and I really wanted to be! I went for lunch and was disappointed by the quality of the salad I got, and what's more, the service was poor. I was upset because I was there for an early mother's day lunch, and our waiter was just not as attentive as he could have been and made us feel like we were inconveniencing him.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thusday Evening Bliss
    rarenest
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I was amazed at the small crowd on such a lovely evening in the white jewel box. I really like Terzo Piano's small plates and the charcuterie is generous and well founded. The pickle plate was fresher last time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Lovely place, awful service
    arsc
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Lovely restaurant and very nice, fresh food. I don't usually complain about the service, but this was just awful. The waiter was so rushed and rude. He threw our mains down on the table while we were still eating our appetisers--and then never cleared away our appetiser plates when we were finally finished! From beginning to end, it was impossible to get him to pay us even the slightest degree of attention. Also, a small gripe, but the enormously wide, thick noodles I was served were in no sense "tagliatelle" (as the menu said). Paparadelle, maybe. Too bad the waiter never asked what I thought of them.
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Hidden gem for visitors
    chicagotraveler
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    What a great place to go for lunch. Would have loved to sit outside on the terrace, however it was not opened yet. Both me and my friend ordered the flat bread pizza. It was outstanding and very crisp - just the way I like. If you are visiting downtown for the day, I would recommend reservations for lunch as the business crowd filled the place up fast around noon.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.