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Terzo Piano
Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.terzopianochicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 443-8650
  • 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), and drop off is right outside our doors. Self park is available across the street in the Millennium Park garages.
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "Very good menu, delicious choices and a very nice setting"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "lamb burger is so great. also chocolate alfredo the best"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Our meals at Terzo Piano are consistently outstanding and are always a part of our visits to the Art Institute."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    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?"
    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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We asked the waiter to pick food and wine pairing for the 9 of us. She did an excellent job."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Nothing special. Not worth the the cost. But still a place to consider for the convenience."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is the museum restaurant and its set higher up so you get great sun and view. Its a nice big space so it feels airy. I went for lunch and it was quite a fun treat to get small plates - the caramel curry popcorn was to die for. The food is great, the service a bit slow but I don't mind that too much. Expect museum crowd neighbors not foodies, per say."
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The best place for lunch during your Art museum visit."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • " Love the food and the view! Service is always professional and attentive"
    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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Love the lobster hollandaise fries! "
    Dined on 5/18/2014