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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
  • "What a beautiful place, with such a great view and the food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "we arrived for brunch were seated immediately on the patio amid sculptures and an incredible view of the skyline,were served a delicious bread dish while we relaxed over coffee on the beautifully designed patio which kept the street noise to a bare minimum,we had the whole place to ourselves on this gorgeous spring morning ,our brunch order was taken by the excellent staff and prepared specially for our liking by an incredible kitchen.the experience was world class and quite memorable,thank you all for that day"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I keep trying this restaurant in hopes that it will get better. Sadly, it does not. The venue is wonderful and that is about all. The food choices are not exciting. The staff seems to be going through the motions and that must include the cooks in the kitchen."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I have reviewed Terzo at least once before, maybe twice. Both times I gave it really high marks. But the last two times I was there, the service, and most importantly, the food, seemed a bit off. I usually love the flatbread pizza and get it myself, but this time my date got it, and it was just so-so, definitely the most flavorless of any pizza I ever got there. And my burger, which was supposed to be medium rare, didn't even have a tinge of pink in it (but was saved by a delicious bun, great pickles, etc.). And my date's glass of Vigonier tasted, to me, like it came from a bottle that had been open too long ... it was just sorta dead. So I really do love this place, but feel like it's off its game lately."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Had a good experience at Terzo Piano catching up with an old friend over lunch. The food was great--thoughtful but accessible, fresh and attractively presented. I'll be back."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Always fresh food and great wine in a beautiful setting. Go even if you don't visit the museum"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "thank you we went for a Spring Break outing. We visited the Art Institute first and it was an excellent ending to a great visit."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I thought the menu was really bad for lunch this week. Too much fat, pork fat , bacon. I really had a hard time finding something to order. It is usually one of my favorites but I was really disappointed."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "compared to previous visits, very limited choice of soups, entrees, desserts. the food was ordinary-tasting, at best, nothing very special. not up to standards of the parent company, Spiaggia."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "had a nice lunch - arugula salad, charcuterie plate and cheese plate. Lots of food, very tasty, and well presented. The restaurant was more interested in the quality of the food than overwhelming us with the normal stuff… and the result was a thoughtful meal that was memorable for its taste and presentation. Very pleasing. Particularly liked the smoked trout, duck rillette, and the arugula salad."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The restaurant is a quiet and decent place for lunch or for brunch on Sunday, which is when I visited. It could benefit from a less pretentious menu (or at least add explanations for the foriegn menu items) and they were a bit stingy with the syrup on the waffle I had, which however was otherwise very good. Prices were not cheap, but fairly reasonable given the venue. If you are looking for a big "meat & potatoes" type lunch/brunch experience, this is not it, however. It was quiet and the service was attentive without being obtrusive, which was nice. I don't know that I would make a special trip to eat there, but if I am heading to the Art Institute or am in that part of the Loop, it is definitely something to keep in mind."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Amazing interior design surrounded by all things Chicago - parks, Lake Michigan, architecture, Michigan Ave, etc. Food was very good. Service was fine, but not as outstanding as the rest."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I like terzo piano because it has really good ambience. If you want to eat brunch|lunvh with someone in bright, friendly, relaxed restaurant I think this place is the best. Sometimes I go here bymyself."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Not worth a special trip, but good for lunch or Thursday dinner if you're visiting the Art Institute anyway. Good pastas and pizzas, but other dishes are inconsistent. For example, the chicken cacciatore could have been a half-order in any neighborhood red-sauce Italian restaurant in the city. Exceedingly limited wine list has a couple of good wines by the glass. Service is attentive, but can be rushed - on our most recent visit the main course arrived while we were still eating our appetizers."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food's pretty simple here, but I guess that's fine for how most people would use this restaurant; that is, as a break from the Art Institute."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "It was enjoyable to be at a restaurant with lots of elbow room and quiet atmosphere. A change from many fine dining places where you are jammed in close yet still have to talk loudly to hear your companion. Looking out at the city view was fun, and when we asked the server about a nearby building he went and found out not only its name, but its history and name of the architect. The food was great as well - pasta was outstanding and the dessert and drinks impressed."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My husband and I have been to Terzo Piano before for cooking classes hosted by the Art Museum. When we saw the advertisement for the Valentine's Day dinner at Terzo Piano, we assumed it would be the same quality of food and waitstaff as at the cooking classes. Unfortunately we were very wrong. The menu was very limited and started with a salad or scallop. We both chose the salad and were surprised at how bitter and bland it was at the same time. Next was the main course. My husband had the short rib and it was great. I, however, chose the homemade pasta with lobster. First of all, there is no way that pasta was homemade. Second, the lobster had a fishy taste that lobster should never have. Dessert was good, but didn't make up for the rest."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Lovely view out window. Seats hard and not comfortable. Felt like I was in a high school cafeteria or huge banquet room, not cozy or personal. We had drinks and pizza appetizer, which filled us up. Darn. Ordered a waffle to split, had 1/2 silverware,no plates... No waiter in site. The plating was unattractive. The food downstairs in the cafe had twice the appeal, visually. We go to AI once a month and we won't go back."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "It was amazing. Food, service, views- all perfect!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We went here for lunch, for convenience, to stay in the museum. It was very average in all aspects. I'm sure I didn't order the best lunch item since I did not want to eat my leftovers. I didn't care for the stark white, cold feeling ambience. They did have decent wines, the waitress was nice, and it was convenient. It was on the opposite side of where we'd checked our coats and we could not reenter to get them our coats with my leftovers. I'd advise anyone to walk across the museum and check your coats on the Columbus Ave. side if you entered on the Michigan Ave. side if you plan to eat here and may have leftovers."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Terzo Piano is our "day vacation" spot for when we take in the Art Institute. The food is always high quality, the atmosphere is very comfortable. I would strongly suggest getting Open Table reservations, as since it is technically a "museum" restaurant many think you can just drop in. Flat breads are always nice, salads are substantial, entrees and pasta dishes can seem a little on the small side compared to the usual Chicago portions, but are great for lunch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As a proud patron of the Art Institute, I have an interest in experiencing the additional amenities of the museum aside from its fine art collection.. Valentine Day dining was promoted by AIC. Therefore I made reservations for my wife, daughter and I. I am cognizant that the experience may not have been typical because it was a special evening and promoted as such by the restaurant. Many diners were present but it was not packed. Service was slow to start but flowed nicely thereafter. The food was very good, and the "complimentary" additions were also tasty. Our seating provided an unobstructed view of Michigan Avenue, but the lighting was a bit dark for menu reading. I will return for brunch/lunch and/or another dinner experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a Valentine's Day dinner there with my wife. Clean modern space, great view of Chicago skyline, jazz band was playing, got a rose with our check, but the positives stop there. Food was not good, my pasta was too salty and overcooked, my wife's steak was OK but nothing special and they had a very limited special menu, so not too many dishes to manage. Also, charged extremely high price cashing in on the V-day frenzy - too bad we would return since we really liked the location and space."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "outstanding all the way around. The portions were right on-not giant and over done. Fantastic design ambiance. Spot on."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were looking for a place to celebrate my birthday and Valentine's Day and we found a hidden gem. Amazing restaurant is all areas! Rachael our server was exceptional. The food was melt-in-your mouth delicious, a standout was the Roman Gnocchi! Also the apple dessert with 'butter vanilla' ice cream was heaven. We appreciated the 10% off by using our Art Institute membership card. We are going back in the spring as the patio looks fantastic."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The food was fine and nicely presented, but nothing special. The space was modern, austere, and kind of sterile. I suppose I expected something more traditional. The view was great, though (after all, you can't beat looking out at Chicago architecture), and the service was very good. If it had been summertime, I'd have gone instead to the restaurant in the outdoor courtyard, which has more of the ambience I was looking for. I just wish that this, presumably the Art Institute's premier restaurant, had been as elegant as restaurants in some of the other urban museums. Being able to dine at a museum when you're spending an entire day in the galleries is very convenient, but I think the next time I decide to do this, I'll eat elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I have been to Terzo Piano many times and very much enjoy the unique menu items. In addition to the menu items the ambiance of the restaurant is excellent. The restaurant is very bright, airy and has an amazing view of the city. I have always had a great dining experience with the exception of the most recent visit. The food was excellent but the service was not. Our waiter was definitely disappointed that we did not order wine with our lunch and then visibly upset that we did not order dessert (with the weather, it was one of the very cold chicago days so I'm sure we wanted for our bill to be higher). I did not appreciate that at all, as I was raving to my lunch guest how wonderful the service would be."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We had a delightful lunch on our most recent visit, on a cold and snowy Saturday. As always, it was a delightful experience. WONDERFUL service. Appealing menu perfectly executed. Great views of Renzo's Magic Carpet, the Bluhm Terrace sculpture, and the Michigan Avenue landmark streetscape."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been there before, but we tried it for the restaurant week menu they had. The food is always well prepared and creative. The space is open and you don't feel crowded at all. Neat views from the top of the Art Institute. Great place for a museum break if you want a more relaxing creative meal."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and fine food. The staff is very attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We had spent the afternoon at the Art Institute and dined here for lunch. The dining room is sleek and modern and the view of the Chicago skyline is magnificent. The tables are far apart so the dining room is quiet and the experience is very serene. We had the gnocchi and rabbit on the Restaurant Week lunch menu and it was warm and comforting, perfect on a snowy afternoon."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Was there for lunch with a friend. We found the bright sunlit atmosphere and clean minimalist decor pleasing. The service was outstanding. We like th small plate of cheeses and the wine we had ordered and then enjoyed the salmon main course. The Salmon was done perfectly as medium rare. Our dessert was the almond creation. All presentation was artistic and appetizing and portions were sensible rather than too large.."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I love Terzo, but the winter selections leave a lot to be desired. The room is totally euro style, but on a cold winter's day, it needs an added warms from the food selections. An extra soup with a broth base would have been perfect. Too many of the items came out cold from the kitchen, which is great if you order a salad, but a ragu, or a plated dish should be appropriately delivered as prepared. I do hope they take this review seriously. I know many folks go there once as an experience, but I'd love to be able to be happy going their several times a month for lunch."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I have been here probably a dozen times. I have absolutely never been disappointed in the food or its presentation. Innovative flavor combinations, beautiful presentation, from appetizers to desserts. This time I had the croquettes, followed by salmon with brussels sprouts. Finished my meal with the financier. Good cocktails & house-made sodas as well. This museum restaurant is as good or better than other museum cafes in London or Paris. On top of the food, it is a great place to get a little sun in the cold Chicago winter, as the windows are huge. The only criticism that I have is that the bathrooms could be a bit cleaner."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Always a good meal! Service excels. Had their take on grilled cheese which was brie on a brioche bread with pear confit place on a panini press to heat. It was a good blend of sweet and savory but needed a bit of punch. The cream of broccoli soup was outstanding! Fries always excellent!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We had a delightful birthday celebration for a friend after enjoying the Art and Appetite exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. When we requested an east window seat, our request was granted. Our waiter was well informed about the food and his recommendations were excellent. The service through out was gracious and the food was delicious."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The setting at Terzo Piano is perfect if you want a lovely atmosphere and you want to have a conversation. The room is beautiful, the view of the Michigan Avenue street wall dramatic, the service efficient and unobtrusive. The food is not always as good as one would like it to be. Nonetheless, on this particular visit for brunch, the food was terrific. I had a shrimp cake (similar to a crab cake) with a poached egg and béarnaise sauce, which was inventive and beautifully cooked. My friends had salad and the Spanish tart. We were all extremely happy with our meals. The service here is always excellent; the waiters are attentive but professional."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Menu choices are always interesting and tasty. Love the ambiance and the view. Perfect way to spend the afternoon."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We have visited this restaurant several times, but this was the first time to get a table by a window. It seemed much more private and the noise level was lower than usual for a Thursday night. The view, of course, was magnificent. The salmon with brussell sprouts was delicious, and the persimmon tart with cinnamon ice cream was a lovely choice for dessert."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Only open Thursday evenings but very good food and a great view. It's such a sophisticated, adult setting. My trout was delicious and my friend's three course special that evening was delicious too - roasted parsnips and hazel nuts, mussels, apple financier."
    Dined on 1/9/2014