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Tanta Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tantachicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 222-9700
  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunday & Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

    Sunday 11am - 2:30pm

    Rooftop Hours (weather permitting):
    Monday: 3pm - 10pm
    Tuesday - Thursday: 3pm - 11pm
    Friday: 3pm - 12am
    Saturday: 12pm - 12am
    Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Japanese, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Victoriano Lopez & Jesus Delgado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The private dining area is located on the second floor in the form of a modern lounge equipped with a full bar. We also feature a rooftop deck (weather permitting) with an outdoor bar where guests can enjoy downtown city views. The modern lounge and rooftop deck are connected by a floor-to-ceiling retractable window system, which can be utilized in a variety of ways.
    We can host cocktail receptions up to 140 and seated dinners up to 36 in the private dining areas.
  • Private Party Contact: Lucy Kendall - events@tantachicago.com (312) 222-9700
  • Entertainment: The private dining area is located on the second floor in the form of a modern lounge equipped with an open show ceviche kitchen great for food demonstrations and chef-inspired cooking events. Tanta also features a rooftop deck (weather permitting) with an outdoor bar where guests can enjoy downtown city views. The modern lounge and rooftop deck are connected by a floor-to-ceiling retractable window system, which can be utilized in a variety of ways.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: LaSalle
  • Public Transit: The red line or the brown line can get you close to Tanta.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Tanta has excellent valet parking for only 14.00 dollars. Valet starts at 5:00pm
A word from Tanta
Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Chicago, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages in an approachable, fun and casual downtown setting. We provide service that is casual yet knowledgeable, genuine and attentive, utilizing locally sourced products and vendors that are sensitive to sustainable farming and fishing.

Tanta has two Chef’s Tables that each seat up to 10 people. These tables are located in our main dining room in between our open kitchen and ceviche bar which allows you and your guests to experience our chefs creating Peruvian cuisine while you dine.

The menu, created by Acurio and Tanta Chicago Chef Jesus Delgado, takes diners on a voyage through Peru via its food. From the Pacific Ocean, through the Andes, to the desert, to the Amazon, Tanta celebrates the diverse landscape and ethnicities that make up Peru’s culture.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The interior is very cool and modern and the Peruvian food is a combination of South American, Japanese, and Spanish and was incredible. We had a sampler of ceviche, each was better than the last. Our server, David, was excellent and helped us select pretty much the entire meal and every bite was just fantastic. Wish we had had enough room for dessert!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Had a fabulous dinner - the corn cake and whipped potatoes were especially yummy! Tried the pisco sour - was beautifully made and while not to my exact liking I'm sure most will like was just a tad too strong for me but was glad I tried it, would love to go back with a few friends and try out the street festival sharing plate - service all around an A+ !"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Our waiter was very knowledgable; however he never came over to see if we received all our food (which we did not). We also asked to be moved to a circular table so it would be easier to talk as there was a group of us. We were told the circular tables are for 6+ groups; however during our stay a group of 4 was seated at one of these tables. He also went around the table to get drink orders and skipped the person in the middle then walked away. Overall knowledgable guy but needs to work on waiter etiquette."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This was our second time at Tanta. The first time we sat at the chef's table. This time we sat at a regular table and ordered off the menu. Everything was wonderful, but I did like it better when the chef just brought out items with no decisions on our part. One of the best cocktails I've ever had is the El Chingon. Yum! On a negative note, the music was so loud there was no way to hear our friends sitting across from us. We asked them to turn down the volume which they finally did ( fyi no one at the table was old). I don't know why all the new trendy places insist on cranking up the music so conversation is impossible. Is that because everyone just wants to text and no one wants to talk. Very annoying."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Peruvian with oriental influences the food here is wonderful and frankly better than any that I have eaten in Peru. The staff is excellent and despite the almost overwhelming crowd of mainly millennium generation customers very attentive. The only downside is almost too much noise for comfortable dining. We will be making a return visit."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We met at Tanta with some old friends while visiting Chicago and were looking for something different than pizza or steaks. Well - we certainly got that ! We started with two of the cebiches which were good, not great. At $18 each, very small portions. We also had the "Pulpo" (octopus) & it was perfect. The main course was Adobo de Res (beef cheeks in adobo sauce) and the Pescado Frito (whole fried fish). Both were outstanding. The beef cheeks were rich and flavorful and like butter in the mouth. They sound a bit scary but they aren't - try them. The whole fish was a very lightly breaded so if you're not big on fried stuff, this is a nice treatment. Plus they filet it for you. One neg-the place was VERY loud. Fun...but loud."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • " An indifferent greeting, plus seating at the bar (to await the third member of our party), and bored service at the bar had us worried that a place working this hard to be hip and trendy would continue to act all evening as though they were doing us a favor to allow us to dine there. But once we were seated in the dining section, it all turned around, largely due to the efforts of a positive and attentive waitress who helped guide us to some really tasty dishes. Recommended are octopus and scallop appetizers (really sort of Peruvian/sushi fusion), corn cake (more like a corn pudding), beef cheeks with corn & cilantro pipian, and lamb shank served with terrific couscous. Both of the meat dishes were fork tender and delicious."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We went to Tanta while visiting Chicago as I had a craving for Peruvian food. The restaurant was just what I expected and I have very high standards. Overall was very pleased with our dinner experience."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We found the staff friendly and the win list surprisingly good. The top half of the menu are small plates and appropriate to share. And they are OUTSTANDING! The entrees did not live up to the same standard, but honestly, a full meal could and should be made of the small plates."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "It was our first time in a Peruvian restaurant and Tanta. We were very excited to go for the Sunday brunch. Outstanding eating experience. Very unique. The food was so delicious that we are just looking forward to go back but that time for dinner. The service was attentive. I definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had Peruvian food at Machu Pichu on the north side before. It was ok and very close to home (authentic). However Tanta is exactly opposite. Modern ambiance, people and cuisine. Highly recommended. Try pork fried rice for sure. Its the best."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "A gourmet find for Peruvian food that incorporates asian influence into their menu selections. The menu is a little confusing but explained by waiter. The cebiches were great starters and entrees were excellent. We especially enjoyed the pork confit. Dessert was a refreshing light lemon pie."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "An assortment of dishes to tantalize and have you asking about what else was giving the food its great flavor, taste and texture. Wait staff are spot on without being intrusive. The noise is on the upper reaches, but to be expected at a trendy Chicago spot."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food is different, I will give you that. My grilled shrimp were under cooked and the Peruvian grains were clunky. We ate Wednesday evening at 5:30 and the noise was reaching the "can't hear"level when we left."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food is amazing!! The sevice is excellent and we will definitely return. I travel regularly world wide and live in the heart of Europe, however I find Chicagos restaurants to be some of the best in the world. Tanta has to be one of Chicagos 'Top Spots' at the moment. Downside....s . Very noisy even with carpet stuck to the underside of the tables, maybe one could think it adds to the ambience. Unacceptable is the 15 -20 minutes wait for the valet to deliver our car after leaving our table. Why do these drivers always have to adjust mirrors, seat backs and play around with the 'buttons'"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is a truly outstanding restaurant. Unique menu of exotic and gourmet food Peruvian style. The many different kinds of ceviche are great. Everything on the menu is so inviting, and no matter what you order it's something you've never tasted the likes of before. And the service was excellent; no wait on a Saturday night at 8PM. It's certainly a restaurant to go back to."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food here is great. Definitely try the fish of the day."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We are foodies and love to try out new places. The food was OK, a lot of fried food which was too heavy and the sauces were overbearing. Definitely not fine food and delicate tastes. A glorified PF Changs. Our waiter was OK, the drinks less than ordinary. I was very disappointed. I usually rate the place by deciding how soon I will be back, unfortunately I will not go back."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Most of our food WAS excellent. The fish course was mundane and over cooked, though. The Chef's Table does not allow any interaction or view of the kitchen, so is, therefore, disappointing, as the concept of a Chef's Table makes one think of eating in or very near the kitchen with the chefs."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was my first time trying Peruvian food and it was delicious! We tried lots of the appetizers/small plates. The ceviche was delicious and it's great that many of the dishes serve whatever fish is fresh that day. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great great place-food fantastic & so was service! Dr Z"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was good - very interesting - service was great. Noise was unbelievable - off the charts. I would only go back there at an off time (e.g. 3:00 p.m. maybe)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food: great taste and flavor, good portion to try different things, great presentation Service: Outstanding. Waitor explains stories and menu, staff keeps pouring water, manager came over to talk to see how's everything. Decor: Cute, romantic, also good for groups. I came for my birthday. I was expecting to sit down for dinner with reservation, but sat at high top table instead. What I also didn't expect, got a free mini bday cake Overall: Everything else Food and Serivce are outstanding. Sitting at high top table doesn't matter at the end. Highly recommend. Also there's rooftop for pre drinks. Great times!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were seated right away and our server was there in a matter of minutes. He was patient while we were perusing the menu. He took our orders. The appetizer was out to our table so unbelievably fast. And our entrees weren't long to follow. A truly awesome dining experience."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My husband and I stopped here on our Anniversary trip to Chicago. The foils was amazing. The waiter was very helpful in suggesting items to try we were unfamiliar with. The Lomo Saltado was amazing (one of our favorite Peruvian dishes). The cornbread was also delicious. We split the pie de limon for dessert. It was ver good. Very much like a key lime pie in a martini glass. We will be coming back on our next trip to Chicago without our daughter (not really suited for kids). Thank you for an amazing meal!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great food, very friendly knowledgable servers but hard very loud so hard to have conversations"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "So flavorful! The menu is a bit overwhelming to those of us not familiar with Peruvian food. Everything we ordered was delicious! Chicken skewers and corn cakes to start. Pork fried rice with shrimp for entree. Tried the pisco sour. Cool interior, loud. Will definitely recommend and definitely return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "the foods is excellent, the server explain to us the menu & help us which is the best to try as being our first time to the place, love the non alcohol drink i am having..i'll keep on coming back here & recommended already to all my friends to try & check out the place!!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "but the food was less interesting than the description in Chicago magazine made it sound."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I've had the opportunity to eat here twice since opening. The food is fantastic and memorable. During the winter, the food can be filling and flavorful and the summer ceviche for bikini season. Everything I have tried thus far is delicious. I will be back again!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Although the food is fantastic, the service is lacking. It took almost 2 hours after being seated to start getting food. Obviously, there was a problem in the kitchen. However, the waitstaff is not perfect either. For a new restaurant with so many small plates and different options they do a terrible job advising a table on the appropriate amount of food. Not only did our table have about 3-4 times too much food but we noticed all the tables surrounding us were the same at the end of their meal as well. I will mention again that everything was delicious, just be prepared for a long night."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Food was great Outdoor space really nice Servers very friendly"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Glad they opted for Chicago for their third installment! The food is really nicely prepared and fairly unique for the US Midwest. The flavors are sharp and crisp and you feel very satisfied but not "Thanksgivingy" upon finishing. We really enjoyed the flavors of the ceviches, trying several. I have had what purports to be Peruvian food in a couple other US cities and Tanta compares more than favorably. Combining the tasty, well prepared small plates with the comparatively unique drink menu and vibrant atmosphere and you have a recipe for a great Friday/Saturday night out. We will certainly be back as Tanta is well deserving of Chi Mag's #3 spot on best new for 2014!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Much lower quality than expected.... 4 people present....each ordered different meal....presentation was above average for all but food itself left a lot to be desired...."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Business colleagues (we live in Wisconsin) recommended I dine at Tanta while I was in Chicago for Sting's new play, The Last Ship. My friends are from Bolivia so they know what to expect in "fantastic" South American cuisine. The food was beyond my expectations. Fresh, interesting, colorful, delicious, unique, with excellent presentation. I asked, through OpenTable, that I be seated where a lone female diner would feel comfortable. They seated me at the dining bar (like sitting at a sushi bar) and it was so fun! I talked to the staff while they prepared fresh appetizers. My waiter was amazing, attentive and knowledgeable. It is unbelievable! Go there!!!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Every dish we had was full of flavor with delicious, savory spices. The octopus was out of this world! It was perfectly charred and very well seasoned. We had a tuna/avocado/tamarind ceviche that was super fresh and tasty. We also looooved the corn bread, it was a nice surprise. It came in a small cast iron casserole and had a bean or corn mixture at the bottom and some delicious mushroom in the bread. I must also mention the Peruvian corn varieties that appeared in various dishes, they were excellent. Lastly, as expected, the pisco sours were delightful! I'll definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I have been there 3 times and all 3 have been consistent. Amazing food. Pretty much everything is original and really good. But horrible service. The waiters have been very sub par for the price point. Slow, ignored the table for long periods of time, and didn't know the dishes that well."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was late for my reservation and this didn't phase them as we were seated within minutes. Our waiter was engaging and on request gave us a brief overview of the concept. He was very helpful navigating the menu as well and his choices fit perfectly our palate. The food combinations were remarkably fresh and the tastes were outstanding. Every dish exceeded the previous. We tend to eat Tapas style and these dishes fit that well. The scallop with smoked meat sounded crazy but was superb. So good in fact we ordered another. Highly recommended by this foodie."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Delicious food and cocktails. Had the traditional ceviche and octopus as an appetizer which were both incredible along with the great entrees. Server was very knowledgable."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Like someone is not watching over the place maturely. Overall ok experience fish was good though not spectacular. Something was just missing there."
    Dined on 6/7/2014