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
269 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (168)great for lunch (167)great for outdoor dining (143)fit for foodies (75)great for brunch (58)special occasion (53)good for groups (38)neighborhood gem (26)romantic (25)kid-friendly (16)notable wine list (15)hot spot (12)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Miss the garden restaurant
    DenieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is ok for the winter but I really miss the garden restaurant! It was a gem and so charming during the summer. Why does the museum think they know more than the public, dhow supports them. The menu is ok but limited...more drinks than food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant afternoon
    LMayNev
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    When a friend decided to join me for the Magritte I thought we would make an afternoon of it and start with lunch. I'm so happy we chose Terzo Piano. We wanted to sit on the terrace so we had a few minutes to wait and were immediately asked by a waiter if we would like some ice water while we waited. When we sat, we had a different waiter who was equally attentive. The food was very good, but we ordered the same thing, so I can't speak about much, but highly recommend the arugula and watermelon salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fell short
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Terzo Piano was a favorite lunch destination for any AIC visit. However, this past experience fell short in terms of food quality. Service was excellent, recommending a nice Arneis. The sweet corn purée was a nice start, although nothing special. However, the ravioletti (which were NOT ravioletti, but rather 2 oversized cheese pillows) were overly salty. They required a knife to cut through where they had been burnt in the butter. There was an over-abundance of salt and cheese, and barely any summer vegetables. This was certainly not the restaurant I remember. For the price, one expects superior food quality, which was not provided.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DaveC
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent food and a spectacular view of Millennium Park made this a very pleasant dining event. The staff were efficient and the food was served quickly. Portions were moderate in size so heavy eaters should get sides. The prices seemed quite reasonable for downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't beat the view!
    Maggie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I feel so sophisticated lunching here with the beautiful Chicagoans, overlooking Millenium Park! The food is good enough, but the service is adequate at best. Friendly but slow. I will definitely go back-- its the perfect way to cap off seeing world class art!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Views, Nice Brunch
    SelectiveDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a 2 PM reservation for brunch on Sunday, August 24, 2014. My date and I were greeted warmly by the hostess and given the option of sitting inside or outside (we opted to sit outside). Our waiter appeared promptly and was very courteous and even made a good wine recommendation. He also offered to divide the arugula, feta, and watermelon salad that my date and I wanted to share on to separate plates, which made for a very nice presentation. The salad was excellent! Very fresh, organic and balanced. We also shared the flatbread "margherita" pizza, which was good, not great. The service was very good. Attentive without being obsequious. Overall, a very nice dining experience. Around $65 for one salad, one pizza and two glasses of wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great customer service
    kirstjenVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We eat here regularly on the weekends, so the food & service meet our standards. On this past Saturday, my husband ordered the lamb burger which was cold & very raw when it was delivered. When we told our server, he was pleasant & direct in his handling, as was the manager who brought a replacement to our table. This is a difficult situation for both the server & the diner, and I thought that the staff handled it perfectly. Courteous, polite & did what was necessary to fix the situation with the least amount of stress.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Interesting and sophisticated menu and good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch at the Chicago Art Institute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food and very convenient for museum goers. It is on the third floor of the Art Institute with indoor and patio seating. The Italian inspired menu was limited but fantastic! I had the flat bread with mushrooms and cheese. My husband had the ravioli. Both were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch place
    Dina
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best places to dine with friends and family. The place is spacious relaxing , service excellent and desert was superb. Also the home made sparkling drinks were awesome
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • keelerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    was disappointed in the wine choices...too expensive....plus the salads seem lame...my chicken salad needed more chicken and my friend's needed more ingredients...especially these summer days you could do more...only thing great was the view and service..
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bizarre
    catdogVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our server was the rudest most pompous person we've ever met. Food was fine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boring salads
    Cakedog
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Seriously? Went for lunch w 5 people and service was slow salad was big and soo boring pizza was extremely bland and cold. Ice tea refills...forget it. Oh well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view
    Hugo
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    View is great. Ambiance is great. Starters are good but not fantastic. Main dishes are very good but not amazing. Unfortunately pastries used to be just insanely awesome. They're now only very good. I'd recommend as a good meal but not the one to impress someone.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't go
    Gourmand
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This place had good reviews, but the food most definitely did not support the praise. Trout was tasteless and dry. Lobster pizza was like eating butter drenched bread. Chicken in the salad was terribly dry.
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  • very disappointing...
    southgate
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    we visited for brunch recently and won't be going back or recommending to anyone - several things not available from the menu, long wait for our orders to arrive, one salad order was tipped onto the table by the server upon setting it down, the flatbread was practically deep-fried and nothing looked appetising at all - please stop trying so hard to give a new spin on classic dishes - just get them right!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Is better than hungry
    MIKELE
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Is a good choice but the food is normal, the sodas not a good option.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    puparchitect
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Showed up and was pleasantly surprised and the gorgeous skyline view and modern style of the restaurant. The food and service was great! Perfect for a date night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Art museum eating
    Terrific
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have a flat rule: eat in the best dinning room at an art museum and you will never go wrong. Food here seems a bit less interesting than several years ago. They throw a bad salad on every plate to fill the plate up. The room is wonderfully plain and the servers are excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just bad food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Dry chicken breast with strange crust. And it was $22. I don't get it.
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  • Great view
    rsteve
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Get a table by the window for a great view of Chicago.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Lovely as always
    Lesleyswc
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have eaten here several times. You don't have to be visiting the Art Institute to enjoy the indoor or outdoor dining here...but then there is the world class museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    Racer042
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Reading reviews I was expecting a high price for a moderate experience. Instead, the meal was fantastic and the price reasonable. And the view was wonderful. I had the charcuterie plate which I often get in France and Italy and this was equal. The while fish spread, the chicken liver pate, the, prosciutto and sopressata were all very nice. And the breads were just out of the oven. With a glass of wine, the bill was about $30 each, which I didn't not think was excessive given that we were in the Art Institute and on the roof overlooking the Chicago skyline.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    agricola
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    we found the service to be great, but the menu selections quite limited. a great location, but the pasta, pizza and the salads we shared were not worth the visit. for example, the pea tendrils were fresh and pretty, but totally overwhelmed the meager amount of meat and cheese that accompanied them.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hard to keep it white
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    What were the designers thinking when they used all white decor in a restaurant? After 5 years, the arms if the white chairs are dirty, the edges if the tables are nicked. The sculptures in the plexiglass cases are so strange as to be unappetizing. The good is good, the service was so so. For example, no spoons provided for a root beer float, no salt and pepper on the table. The rear of the restaurant is reserved for private gatherings do you have to walk through a private event to reach the men's or lady's room. But, it's the best restaurant the Art Institute offers and the evening view out the window looking over the Modern Wing is really beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bus please!
    Cook
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    On multiple visits it amazes me that there's no one to bus tables. Repeatedly, different wait staff has brought the main couse, pushed the empty appetizer plate out of the way with the main course plate, and then just walked away leaving empty-handed with the empty appetizer plates still on the table. Not very classy.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my best visit.
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was my first disappointing visit to Terzo Piano since it opened.The outside seating was closed during lunch due to a private event that evening.Had I known this when I made the reservation, we would have gone elsewhere. Plenty of tables were available at 1pm on a Thursday, but the hostess would not seat our party of 3 until everyone arrived.The two who were there would have enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizer while waiting for our third.When ordering,we debated between the charcuterie plate and a signature salad (to accompany the frittata).We did not know the frittata is served with a large arugula salad,so we ended up with two large salads with a side of eggs.Wish we had known, as we would have ordered the charcuterie plate instead.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sleek and delicious
    Pinktrenchcoat
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went for a leisurely lunch with friends on a Thursday and was my first time there. Love the minimal white decor and it sets up the views beautifully. Our food was fresh and very tasty, and our server seemed genuinely happy to be there. Such a great space and would be an amazing venue for a night time dinner or event. Hope to go back sooner rather than later!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tdor
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Was "OK". Service was slow and greeters/hostesses were borderline rude. I expect a very friendly good afternoon and how are you and what can we do for you when I spend 100 bucks for lunch and its definitely not that way. Food / salad was OK soup was good. Way too sunny and hot outside. Next time inside for sure
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet