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
257 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (169)scenic view (162)great for outdoor dining (136)fit for foodies (84)great for brunch (58)special occasion (48)good for groups (41)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (23)kid-friendly (19)hot spot (16)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • What happened? So disappointed!
    johnLVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our favorite "go to" place for fancy lunch has evaporated. The restaurant is looking tired (dining chairs scratched/dirty,white bread plates stained, dirtly glasses). Food was still good. Wait staff ok but not helpful. The most disappointing thing-being greeted by unfriendly hostesses & surly guards. All were rude. The hostesses made us feel like a bother, waiting 15min for a table among 6 empty tables. No smiles or welcome. The guard on the deck yelled at our son, then us, as we walked on the terrace to outside windows for view of park. My son touched a bench...but evidently dirty outside art? Ok- but yelling?! Felt like we were in a worn out tourist-trap instead of a special dining atmosphere. So disappointing...
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  • Great Loop spot
    2NewYearEveDiners
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Best view of the Michigan Avenue buildings with Millennium Park backdrop too! Quiet, elegant alternative to noisy crowded places downtown. Food just as lovely. Reservations a must.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay.
    Foodie532
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service was okay, though he removed my plates while my wife was still eating. That's kinda rude. Entree salad was okay...trout was very good, my wife had lamb burger which looked very plain and very bloody. She said it was okay...I thought it looked awful.
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  • View of the City
    ArrowtiniVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We love the view of the city when we sit outside - and it was a perfect day in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best museum cafe around
    kirbgood
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The flat breads are like the best thin crust pizza. Always friendly service.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusanLVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Terzo Piano has a changing seasonal menu. Very fresh, well prepard, attractive. The restaurant is beautiful - simple, modern, bright. It's a treat for me to go there whenever I am visiting family in Chicago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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  • A Genteel Meal
    TipofTheTongue
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    A unique setting and bright atmosphere. My comments only refer to lunch. The appetizers and salads are their strengths. We recently had the fried artichokes and calamari: delicately fried to enhance the natural flavors. The sauces were a bit overbearing though, so apply lightly. If you are a "salad for lunch" diner, you will delighted by creative choices. The entree choices are inventive with such delicately combined flavors. However the portions a just a bit small (for the quantity of food and, yes, for the price). We solve this by strategically ordering appetizers. Finally, I cannot say enough good things about the service. They are friendly, always helpful and make themselves available as much or as little as you desire.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Food
    Ladieswholunch
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Brunch here was much the same as lunch. Unusual combinations and good tastes. Bloody Mary's are recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over All Lovely Dining Experience
    DelightfulDining
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The menu though limited for breakfast/brunch has good selections. My husband had the lamb burger which he did not like but couldn't say why beyond taste, sometimes that's enough. Service was courteous, attentive and well paced. Our guest and I enjoyed our meals very much. The table split an order of lobster hollandaise fries (very rich) which we didn't come close to finishing. I had one of the waffles asking for a number of substitutions which the kitchen graciously accommodated. My nephew had one of the flatbreads, it was delicious. Our reservation was for 11:00 am on a Sunday, I chose this time of day often when visiting the AI. We were seated promptly, served promptly at the table of our choice and were on our way without being rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    NaplesNativeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    While the menu is limited, the two courses we ordered were excellent, as were our 2 glasses of wine. The sausage pizza was delicious, perfect amount of toppings and a great crust; and the brown butter ravioli was delightful. A great lunch spot if you are at the museum or in the neighborhood.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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  • The Piano plays
    Diner1
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Very nice and unique ambiance. Menu options limited and for the high prices I expect more options. I realize that the connection to the AI causes TP to be a hybrid restaurant. So, we go there occasionally for the inspiring architecture and views and the food is good enough to keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great lunch
    mnnwVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Rain or shine, the lunch here is always good -- fresh food choices and interesting, if pricey, wine list. Service can be spotty, but this visit we had a terrific server. Lots of family groups were taking advantage of the Art Institute membership perk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Need to revamp the menu
    KalyjajaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Trying way to hard to be ambitious. Who puts bacon in a root beer float?
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  • Lovel setting, good menu/wines
    Chicago
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is a good & busy place to stop over for a nice lunch. The menu is short but very appealing, food is very tasty, quite a good wine list, prices above average, no real views but nice with the glass roof & large windows. Servers all professional & very friendly. Would definitely go again.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made Our Day
    DelightfulDining
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I hosted a party of three friends for brunch prior to visiting the Magritte Exhibit Sunday 9/14/2014. Each of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal & the experience of dining at Terzo. We split an order of French fries with lobster & hollandaise which though it sounded good on paper seemed as if it would fail in the preperation. The dish did not dissapoint. Our server was present, alert & pleasant. The menus is limited but the offerings for brunch hit all the marks. If you're looking for eggs, waffles, meats, you'll find something from which to choose. The Garden Cafe is open, I've read many recent reviews complaining about it's closing. If you want to dine Al Fresco & the sun filled Terzo isn't enough the Garden Cafe is open.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • What a View!
    Tess
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We went for Sunday brunch before exploring the Art Institute. Sat outside with that spectacular background! The shrimp cake was outstanding Yum-O! Very nice ambiance with very good service, as well. So glad we gave this sleek, sophisticated restaurant a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stelling
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice looking restaurant, great views, food varies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food, nice space
    Comiamos2
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    What a shame the food was so bad- the space is gorgeous. I had the linguine which was absolutely tasteless. Pasta like leather. My date had the trout which was meh. Service was pleasant and attentive.
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    scenic view
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  • Great Lunch spot!
    Sally
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food I had was delicious and above my expectation! I had the flat bread with their homemade sausage and it was so tasty and fresh and a very big portion. I also had the pound cake dessert that was truly yummy! The service was very good as well as the atmosphere. I definitely recommend this place!
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at the museum
    Linda
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Lovely place for lunch when visiting the art museum. Good food and views. Nice way to spend the day at the museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • BarbfromIndy
    BarbfromIndy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Exactly what we hoped it would be! Chef-prepared small or adequate size choices for lunch. We selected a variety at our table of four and enjoyed them all. View was superb of Chicago skyline. Enjoyed the white decor and minimalist setting. Chicago skyline provides all you need!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in scenic setting
    SoxdocVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had lunch during a visit to Art Institute with friends, good food with outstanding service. On a beautiful late summer day, we enjoyed an outdoor meal with views of Millenium Park
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy Chicago's Iconic Art & Food
    Judyh
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Seasonal beautiful foods served in a BEAUTIFUL setting. Gorgeouos views of Chicago with incredible artwork. Food was fantastic! Service impeccable. We will return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • the reason i come back
    nancyinchicago
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I am not a minimalist, but Terzo Piano works. It was a friend's birthday, and my wait person was very helpful in surprising her. I love the flatbread margarheta. And we had a wonderful watermelon salad. What a great place to celebrate. I used to love the old dining room, but this is more comfortable. Grazie Mantuano's it's a gem.
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    great for lunch
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  • poor for such a museum
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    After not going back to this restaurant for at least a year because we never had a good meal, I thought I would try it again with my guest. The menu is dismally small, there is nothing much enticing. The bread is so bad it's a doughy mess. Luckily we got some toasted bread. We chose the charcuterie plate and some cheese thinking they cannot mess up too much. The prosciutto was old and grey, the cheese for 6$ was two tiny pieces of less than an inch squeare and about a quarter inch thick - although it was good chevre. We have eaten in many museum restaurants, incl. recently at the St. Louis Art Museum where we had an excellent meal and do not understand why the CAI cannot do better!
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  • LJMMVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A light airy space makes this a real treat on a sunny day. The food and service is also superb. Louise
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfectly Unobtrusive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were hosting a quiet brunch for family members who had not seen each other in decades. We asked for a quiet location for our get together. The staff was perfect - unobtrusive, well timed service allowed emotional connections. Despite the adjacent banquet and a more lively terrace eating location, we felt like we had perfect privacy. The food was excellent and there were several wine pairings to enhance the meal. Being able to follow our get together with a relaxing stroll through the Art Institute made for a perfect Sunday afternoon.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • 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.
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    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • Great for Lunch
    ItalianMama
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Terzo Piano is great for a special occasion lunch or to impress an out of town guest. On this occasion we were celebrating a family birthday. Approaching the restaurant from the pedestrian bridge nearThe Bean always creates a wonderful build up to a delicious meal in a beautiful setting. Usually the food is excellent with very fresh and carefully chosen ingredients. We have been there several times and only once were disappointed. This time the food was perfect. If you are the kind of diner who likes to box up your left overs, don't expect the usual Chicago-style, monster-sized portions. At Terzo Piano quality trumps quantity. You'll eat it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fell short
    Table41
    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.
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    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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    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.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Interesting and sophisticated menu and good service.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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  • 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!
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • 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
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    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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    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..
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Bizarre
    catdogVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our server was the rudest most pompous person we've ever met. Food was fine.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.