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
242 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (160)scenic view (150)great for outdoor dining (105)fit for foodies (83)special occasion (51)great for brunch (48)good for groups (39)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (23)kid-friendly (15)notable wine list (14)hot spot (12)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • Artistic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This restaurant inside the Art Institute of Chicago is a wonderful complement to the great art collection. The food is interesting and tasty and reasonably priced for the high quality. The service is cordial and professional. This is a great lunch spot even if you don't have time for the museum. It is open to the public without having to pay the museum admission. A great view of Michigan Ave on one side and the lakefront on the other. Highly recommended.
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • LovetodineVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A lovely setting with very good food right in the middle of the beautiful Chicago Art Institute. It is a perfect spot for lunch while enjoying a museum outing.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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  • Pretty good, great for a museum
    JohntheLastVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My expectations were pretty high so it may color my review. The food was good to very good. Prices were pricey but when put into a downtown Chicago/public museum context not so bad. Flatbreads had a bit too much bread vs. ingredients but were ok. Blood mary was unique. Cocktail menu is pretty good. My wife's salad was excellent. I'd also recommend the charcuterie plate. Good variety and very tasty. Also, don't forget that members of the Art Institute get 10% off the entire bill.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
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  • Good food at the museum
    great2eatout
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Terzo Piano, on the top floor of the modern wing of the Chicago Art Institute, has good ambience and fine, fresh food. It is a bit pricey but it is a really nice dining experience.
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    scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We took a break from several hours of Museum strolling to enjoy a great luncheon experience. The broad, Italian slanted menu offered something interesting in preparation and presentation for everyone in our party. While the ambiance is white, modern, and stark, it worked well in the roof top Museum space and complemented a day exploring a wide range of art and artists. We plan to return again during our next visit to Chicago to discover more artistic and gastronomic treasures !
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Attractive, but lacks substance
    CharmCityEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The space is beautiful, very clean and spare looking, which is appropriate for the location (modern art wing of Chicago's Art Institute.) However, the prices are absurd relative to the product. A really delicious flatbread would have been a good value at $10 or even $12; at $17, it's just insulting. The arugula salad was even more insulting - 4 cups of over-dressed baby arugula, with a very small handful of the other ingredients - also $17. I realize there are those who spend $40+ on lunch without batting an eye. Honestly, I've done it myself. But it has to be a lot more satisfying and memorable than Terzo Piano to rate a good review.
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  • Minimalist Quality
    Tchuneats
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Spare, arty decor, sleek, locavore menu, with an emphasis on fish. Good, though limited wine selection. They need to promp Art Institute members to get the discount.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Perfect place to dine while visiting the Art Institute. Our lunch was very good, but while the large salads do seem to be abundant, it is almost all greens, rather skimpy on the other listed items. The flatbread with buratta was delicious.
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  • Too sterile for us
    rluekens
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My wife and I decided to try Terzo Piano on a recent visit to the Art Institute. We are glad we did since it was raining that day and we did not need to walk in the rain after lunch. The food was good. I had the flat bread and my wife had the lamb burger. Both were prepared and presented well. However, being on the third floor of the modern wing of the Art Institute dictated that the furniture, decor, and ambiance were 'modern'. It left me feeling cold. We ate at 11 am with few people around. Therefore, the service was great. However, I believe if this restaurant was full, it would probably be too noisy for my taste.
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • Very poor staff customer service
    JBChicagoVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This place has great potential - the food has room for improvement but it's the service was really quite terrible. No welcoming smiles, no welcoming words from any of the three staff at the door (and no goodbyes as we left). Our waitress was quite rather cold and we noticed the mood permeated the other staff too. Generally the experience leaves me with the feeling that I don't want to return, which is a shame as the views and location are great.
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  • Overpriced and sterile
    Flirtatia
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I want to like this place, but it feels like a cafeteria with $17 so-so salads. The celeriac-apple soup was nice. Missed opportunity all around.
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  • Delicious, inspired food & space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a go-to restaurant for lunch even if you're not there for the art. No Museum fee for just dining. Light, lovely space designed by world-class architect, delectable (but not over-fussy) food, reasonable prices for such a prize. Service is attentive and efficient, not intrusive or chatty-chatty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Memorable 21st
    Iguana
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Renewed membership and made 1:00pm reservation ahead of time to celebrate 21st Anniversary. Totally relaxed lunch then toured Margritte exhibit, gift shop. Great suggestions by our server, i.e. cheese & olive appertizers, sparkly wine,...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars
    ProfVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great locally sourced food, wines. Super cocktails with a view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Salt
    OnvacationVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I ordered the parpadelle, which was a very small portion for the price. It was just as well because it was very salty.
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  • Lovely view
    chitowngrrlVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The flatbread with prosciutto, taleggio, arugula and fig was perfect, especially accompanied by a nice bottle of cava. Service a bit slow, but it seemed like our server had about 8-10 tables to take care of. The outdoor area is very pleasant - too bad we won't be able to enjoy it again until next year. Would be nicer if the chairs were as comfortable as they are good-looking.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • AjayVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Small portions (not necessarily a bad thing) but over-priced for what you get. Wine was also expensive for the pour received.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Disappointing as a dinner option. Ambiance at night not great. Not even candles on the table, which would help. Outdoor terrace very plain; almost looks like a cafeteria. Only the views save it. Staff not terribly professional. Much prefer it for lunch, when the natural light and city views make it such an attractive place to eat.
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  • Beautiful view!
    Rickela
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed the view especially when it became dark! Great for visitors!
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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.
  • Great lunch!
    Seniors
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The trout was excellent, as was the pumpkin cheesecake. Very relaxing with lovely view of the city.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Flatbreads could be from commercial frozen fare and served room temp! Artichoke app horrible fishy Calamari ok, but also room temp. Pleasant waitress and hostess.
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  • Great food at the museum.
    PWdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    It's a treat to have fine dining as a respite during a day at the art museum. The food and service were outstanding! Highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic