Terzo Piano
Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano

  • 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),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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Terzo Piano reviews from OpenTable diners
238 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (154)scenic view (135)fit for foodies (86)great for outdoor dining (83)special occasion (51)great for brunch (47)good for groups (45)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (18)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (10)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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
  • Great view, average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved the venue, but the food wasn't really anything special. Though the lobster fries were good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    8pmonaSatnight
    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
    PinktrenchcoatVIP
    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
  • Mediocre food
    Artlover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The ambiance is great, but our food was disappointing. The chicken salad with avocado (just a few small pieces) and ginger infused dressing ( bland dressing- no ginger flavor at all) and my guest's flatbread had very minimal topping. They should perhaps be less fancy in their menu choices and provide better tasting food.
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  • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent restaurant
    PampVIP
    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 129 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 2551 reviews are from the Terzo Piano reviews archive.
  • Unusually Disappointing Meal
    ChicagoDiner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have enjoyed Terzo Piano several times for lunch and once for dinner. This time we brought guests. I ordered a salad which ended being a lot of greens and almost nothing else. The menu claimed to have red bell pepper (tiny bits of shaved pepper, too small to have taste or crunch), avocado (one slice cut into small pieces), and chicken breast (about 6 pieces each the size of my thumb nail). Dressing was good, but did not make up for the lack of ingredients. One of our guests' meal was very small; the other's flatbread serving was huge. We expect flavorful, European sized portions. Inconsistency was disappointing. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Good for special occasion lunch
    cdgchgoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was interesting and good. Service was ok. Servers can use more training. Nice setting. Price point was a bit high for value received. I'd recommend if you're visiting a special exhibit and want a nice environment in which to eat.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but zero ambience
    juliekVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    the have a few favorites on the menu from the last 5 yrs in celebration of their 5 yr anniversary. The lamb sausage pizza is spectacular, arugula salad and delightful trout. The food is very good but the atmosphere is almost cafeteria like. Good for a bite after work while the weather is good so you can walk to the Petrillo Band Shelter afterwards but not necessarily for a date night or special occasion.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The food is disappointing
    Agnes
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    chopped greens w/ too much dressing & minute quantities of other ingredients, not even variety in greens & no options to add other vegetables
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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  • very overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    quite expensive for the quality and quantity of luncheon items - unattentive service - I'm afraid that they're just taking themselves and their snob value too seriously - great view, though.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • What a shame
    ChicagoGirlVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The spectacular setting and beautiful design of Terzo Piano are wasted with sub-par food and service. It took quite a long time for our waitress to acknowledge us. She seemed rushed and uninterested. The food was bland all around: my tortilla espanola looked and tasted like it had deflated in the microwave, and everyone seemed to just pick at the food on their plates. What should have been a great brunch was a real disappointment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Gorgeous views thoughtful service
    Lesleyswc
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Brought 3 friends for lunch we wanted to talk and we're able to enjoy our conversation, the views are fabulous and so is the food...light bites are my favorite. We stayed past lunch, but no one rushed us and the wait staff is attentive but unobtrusive. This is a great Chicago spot. Have been here before and will come again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great on a summer Thursday night
    spliff
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Terzo only open late on Thursdays but lovely service, great flatbreads, and views.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Look past the all white decor...
    Rarediner
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    and you will be treated to delightful and flavorful food. The waiter was very helpful and steered me to the lamb burger, which turned out to be very flavorful. Nothing was left behind. My sister had the chicken cacciatore which was out of this world! Before any of this we ordered the eggplant fries and were amazed that this usually soft vegetable could be turned into a crunchy delight, you've got to try them. The decor was not to my taste, the art installation was "odd," but seating was comfortable and the room was clean. While the meal was not inexpensive (our bill came to $85.00 with tip for lunch) the flavors are impressive and worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent variety on menu...
    Topper
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Terzo Piano is constantly revising its menu with spectacular results.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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  • John
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very good food, good service, and good ambiance. Menu that varies from the norm with many unique dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.