Great Venue for a business dinnerOn a recent late night dinner with an out-of-town business colleague; the service was outstanding; my colleague was impressed with wine list; and the quality and variety of menu offerings was impressive.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat experienceoutstanding service, food was great. Good wine list. worth a repeat.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGood night!I just want to say the staff was the best I've ever seen. Very knowledgeable and attentive!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best French toast ever!Really nice brunch, though it took quite a while for the food and our bill to show up. Good thing the two of us weren't in a hurry. We had the BEST French toast ever, and an omelette (with wild musrooms and fonina cheese) that was scrumptious.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMHuge, but very goodThe place looks nice, but is pretty huge and bright, so not a romantic date place. But we got a table for brunch on Mother's Day relatively easily, due to the large seating capacity. They didn't blink when we asked for a high-chair for our kid, so that was nice for a fancy joint. French toast was about the best we have ever had, they gave my wife a free champagne flight (Prosecco, actually, but who's complaining?) and they had a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, which is a plus. My wife also had the pizza, which was excellent. Service was great, too. All told, three people having full orders with drinks, the bill was $50, which is a nice surprise for a place this good, located half a block from the Art Institute, in the middle of Fancyville.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMPre-Symphony deliciousness!Brunch on Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 pm before a 3pm concert at Symphony Center. Couldn't have been a better experience! Great food, excellent service, beautiful ambience.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely setting, amazing pastaAte there early Saturday night before Joffrey and thought it was wonderful. Even though it is right downtown the trees outside of the huge windows makes it feel like you are in a secluded glen. And the pasta! All four of us had pasta dishes and the pasta was so incredibly light and delicious. I don't know how they do it!. All I can think about is how to get back there for more.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA great dinner before balletWe had dinner here before the Joffrey ballet and were very pleased. The waiter was wonderful explaining the various entrees and confirmed our choice of a wine from Venice region, which was great. I would highly recommend the burata and spinach salads as starters and while these a bass was just okay, the presentation, starters and overall atmosphere made up for it.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA wonderful place to get togetherA wonderful place to get together before the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performance! Delicious food, desserts were exquisite.
Waitstaff prompt and helpful in watching time for getting to CSO on time! Fantastic to have 3 choices of fish--2 in our party had halibut and 1 had walleye and salmon was also on the menu. We had a corner table for 5 and it was a perfect setting.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect before the concert fareIt was very busy before the concert but the service was great; the food was delicious; and we were out in plenty of time to find our seats. Definitely recommend!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect.I love everything about this place. Food was delicious, server was excellent. This place is a gem.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and serviceThe roasted octopus appetizer was outstanding. I also appreciated that I could purchase a half glass of wine. I was disappointed not to find Rhapsody on this visit to Chicago, but Tesori is an excellent replacement.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBest Ever!The spaghetti and meatballs were the most delicious I've ever eaten -- unlike any at regular Italian restaurants. My companion had the lasagna which was also outstanding. We will definitely go again.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMSecret to Making ReservationsOn Chicago Symphony nights, Tesori is jammed from 6:00 p.m. to about 7:45 p.m. If you're not CSO aficiandos, best time to make your reservation is any time after 7:45, when most of the patrons are leaving for the concert.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent scallop/lobsterExcellent scallop/lobster appetizer offset by very bland Amish chicken dish. Main course portions are too big - diners can't take doggy bags to the symphony. I wish they would make portions more reasonable and charge a bit less.
Legacy Rhapsody servers seem to be doing a much better job than the new folks.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for dinner beforePerfect for dinner before the symphony or something light after the performance.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMThis reinvention of the largelyThis reinvention of the largely disappointing Rhapsody and is a vast improvement. Both the food and the service were top notch and we'll definitely be back.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had great food and serviceWe had great food and service at Tesori. The creative combination of flavors was a real treat.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWarm and modern decor , goodWarm and modern decor , good ambiance. Better than Rhapsody. Service was great. Food was wonderful. Had the trout, which was very fresh and light with just the right portion- sized side. Would come back again.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were there for lunch.We were there for lunch. Tesori is very busy on the days of CSO concerts but is able to main a good quality of food and service. I'm sure it would be less noisy at other times, which would make it an even better place in which to dine.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food, and service.Excellent food, and service. Nice menu. Quiet place, so you can hear your dinner partners.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place to have a niceGreat place to have a nice dinner before the symphony!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and the service wereThe food and the service were wonderful. Diners should be aware though that as with most fine restaurants everything is a la carte. The entrees or second course generally do not include a starch so if you also want pasta that's in the first course which is an additional charge. Salads are also separate so if you are getting all the courses the price will add up fast. However, you probably won't need to get every course. Our party of three split two appetizers and each had an entree and dessert and we were full. An appetizer that is really good for sharing is a meat and cheese tray which was very generous.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a business group of sixHad a business group of six and they did a very nice job of taking care of us.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe traditionally dined atWe traditionally dined at Rhapsody before CSO concerts. Tesori is a very nice replacement. The halibut special was wonderful as was the beet salad. The menu is different but has a lot of good choices at reasonable prices. Good experience with timely service and a relaxing atmosphere for preconcert dining.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOther worldly...The meal and service were excellent from begining to end. The simplicity of a genuine Tuscan meal good food prepared spot on.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAll-around great. Very attentiveAll-around great. Very attentive to food restrictions.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMPoor dessertsVery convenient for before or after Symphony concert but not a destination. Prices too high relative to quality. Desserts are particularly poor and way overpriced. Seems like chef is trying to emulate "deconstruction" techniques of others without success. Tiramisu is unrecognizable Mason jar filled with tasteless white liquid with banana chunks and some chocolate shavings on top. Budino is not the usual molten center chocolate treat but a tiny piece of cold flourless chocolate cake. Not up to the level of when it was Rhapsody.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMperfect pastaThis is our local. The executive chef used to work in Italy in a Michelin 2 star, then came back here and has worked in some great addresses before buying this place and renaming it Tesori. The food is accessible Italian. We've lived in Italy and measure an Italian by the ability to make a simple pasta pomodoro... sounds simple, pasta with tomato but it't teh simple dishes that are the hardest as they need to really master the basic ingredients... Tesori does it to perfection.. Their chef Jesus makes the perfect pasta (and it is now actually added to the register as "Jesus pasta". Highly recommend here. Also on your own, you can sit at the bar and eat while watching the kitchen work which is nice.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMTesori! Symphony of Tastes!We four visitors to Chicago experienced an evening of true delight. We were seated promptly upon arrival and were looked after with a lot of TLC. The menu offered many options and inventive interpretations. The small plates array was a favorite of two of my guests. The suckling pig was a big event standout that my third guest is still talking about three days later. I had the seafood (white fish) that was cooked to perfection and a crispy skin that added texture and flavor. We all shared an assortment of gelati and beautiful cookies and departed to attend a stupendous concert at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (next door). What an evening of surprises!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe shall returnAttentive and intelligent service. The food was excellent. Even my (fussy) 10yr old grandson was impressed enough with his spaghetti and meatball primi that he sent his compliments to the chef! I started with the roasted red and yellow beet salad - amazing with toasted walnuts and aged goat cheese; followed by the berkshire farm grilled pork chop with roasted root vegetables - perfect. We ended with a trio of gelatti & sorbetti - each one a delight.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit,This was our first visit, and we were impressed. The food was excellent. Chocolate dessert (a delicious fudge-like roll of dark chocolate) was splendid! The noise level was quite bearable, even for the three out of four of us who have some hearing problems. Service could have been better but was certainly acceptable. I would appreciate a few more vegetarian options, but I did enjoy my meal. We'll definitely go again.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was excellent andThe food was excellent and not as pricey as Rhapsody (the former name of the restaurant). I will certainly go there again on nights I have tickets at Symphony Center.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMI was a frequent diner atI was a frequent diner at Rhapsody and was unhappy that the format changed. My first experience at tesori was OK but not great.
I have been to tesori 4 times and it is fast becoming a favorite primarily because of the menu and the price points. Keep up those 13$ lunch selection prices !!!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food and a nice room.Good food and a nice room. Finally, a restaurant where you don't have to talk over the noise.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMSuch a great restaurant withSuch a great restaurant with amazing food and outstanding service. Went there for the first time this weekend on a date and loved it! Flavorful food and good portions. Mixed drinks are incredible and they had an impressive wine list. Definitely recommend for a date night, or if you're going to the CSO (it's connected to the symphony hall!)3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAn Under-Appreciated Chicago GemIt's hard to rate a restaurant whose main appeal is that it's in the same building as Orchestra Hall. Most of the patrons (including us) were there because of a concert. From 7:30 to 7:55 the restaurant empties about 90%. This is a shame, because the food is excellent, and it's the brightest light in the neighborhood in terms of the menu. However, they do get a lot of late business from those who prefer eating after the concert, from about 10:000 p.m. Their bar also is busy at that time. Best time to dine here: between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Parking is available in the south underground city garage, and you can enter the building literally a few steps from the it.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had reserved theatre ticketsWe had reserved theatre tickets ages ago and hadn't noted that the date was St. Patrick's Day weekend, the day of the downtown parade. Two of our party of four arrived late, and the restaurant accommodated us very graciously. First, they seated the two of us who arrived early, and when our friends arrived, they served us promptly to insure we would make it to the theatre on time. The food was great, the room is gorgeous and airy, and we had a lunchtime table with a view of the garden and lots of natural light. I chose the restaurant to accommodate our meat lovers and vegetarians alike, and all of us were happy with our orders. The Margherita pizza and fungi pizza were especially delicious. Overall, a delightful experience.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGlad to see some of the oldGlad to see some of the old Rhapsody wait staff there.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile my first visit to TesoriWhile my first visit to Tesori was a little spotty, they redeemed themselves on this visit.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMTry It, You'll Like It!Three of us, all 70+, had a late lunch on a Wednesday after being at the Art Institute. This was our first visit to Tesori and we chose it for its location and also the menu we
had looked at on the internet. We shared two selections each from the appetizers, salads and desserts. Our choices were veal meatballs, beef carpaccio, baby spinach and
roasted beet salads, chocolate budino and tiramisu. We liked everything and if you are a chocolate lover you must have the chocolate budino!! The plates vary in size so ask your server if in doubt. They have a varied wine list with enough selections in the medium price range. We had a Moulin Gassac Guilheim Red that was great with our meal. We also enjoyed the conversation friendly atmosphere.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good & ourThe food was very good & our server was gracious & very helpful with menu questions. A delightful experience. I will definitely return.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMStaff was very accommodatingStaff was very accommodating - we had a last minute addition to the party. Beautiful rooms and bar area. The food was great!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything our party orderedEverything our party ordered was delicious, especially the home made pastas! My personal favorite was the foie gras and truffle pasta, so creamy and sumptuous!! Delicious cocktails and desserts as well. Favorite appetizer: grilled squid!11/16/2012 12:00:00 AM