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
264 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (171)scenic view (171)great for outdoor dining (143)fit for foodies (80)great for brunch (58)special occasion (49)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (25)kid-friendly (16)hot spot (15)notable wine list (13)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Made Our Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    great for lunch, scenic view
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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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Boring salads
    Cakedog
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Seriously? Went for lunch w 5 people and service was slow salad was big and soo boring pizza was extremely bland and cold. Ice tea refills...forget it. Oh well.
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  • 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.
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    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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  • 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!
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
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  • 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.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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  • 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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  • 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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    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
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    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.
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  • Hard to keep it white
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
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    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.