Russian Tea Time

4.5
488 Reviews
$30 and under
Russian

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Afternoon Tea

About

Welcome to Russian Tea Time! Russian Tea Time offers a variety of dishes from the diverse regions of the former Soviet Union Republics. Afternoon Tea Service is available every day from 1pm to 6 pm. Our guests can indulge in an extensive assortment of vegetarian dishes – Tashkent Carrot salad, Eggplant Orientale, Beet Caviar, and Golubtsy (cabbage rolls) to name a few. Some of our signature dishes include Pelmeni (meat dumplings), Ukranian Borscht, Russian Blinis (thick Russian pancakes), Caviar and many more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our family favorite downtown restaurant . Very quaint , excellent tea, food is amazing . And the Russian music is great fun

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vipMDFoodieinCHI
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best values for high-tea. Generous portion of sweets. Nice relaxed atmosphere where you don't feel rushed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time. Everyone was awesome and the food was excellent. Queens tea is very fun

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had exceptional service, the food was delicious, and they were very accommodating of our four children. It is a pleasure to be able to go back as a family to the places we used to frequent as a couple. It also felt very safe.

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vipLola
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The milky oolong tea was the best I’ve had outside of France. We ordered borscht, potato latkes, and stuffed eggplant. It was all delicious. The service was very good.

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KristineS
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls’ Trip to Chicago

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ambs
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there for tea and for lunch. It is a great place.

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Vicki
West Virginia
24 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Visiting Chicago on a quick train stop, found the restaurant on Open Table, highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been waiting to see the renovated inside and it was lovely to see it looking fresh and well-put together. Tea service was great as usual

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LorraineK
Shreveport
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want excellent food in a pretty environment, then Russian Tea Time is for you. And let's not forget the vodka flights--three one-ounce samplings from a choice of several. I had the Ukranian flight and had fun deciding which I liked best because all were good! I do think, however, eating a pickle after each sip is an acquired taste, one that I have not yet acquired. Service was excellent; Natalia explained the items I was not familiar with, and my choices were delicious. For a limited time, there is a $25 prix fixe menu, which is what I ordered from.
Finally, if you are a woman dining solo, you will be treated well. In summary, if you are not familiar with Russian Tea Time, give it a try. I think you will be glad you did.

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NicolasC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot, was able to get a reservation for Saturday night. Food was very good, if you like Russian/Polish cuisine. Great regional wine selection, as well. And teas!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and service, and food was very good ... will definitely return to try more delicacies!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a great experience all around - perfect for before or after the Art Institute of Chicago. I had the regular tea service, which comes with your choice of tea, 2 scones, an assortment of mini sandwiches, and a plate of mini desserts. All delicious!

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vipGinaS
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my girlfriend come here each quarter for a lovely tea lunch! Love it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun experience to combine great Eastern European/Russian food with full tea service. Wish more places did this! Will be coming back

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ambs
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with friends and we order the fixed meal for lunch. It was very good and I plan on returning to the restaurant.

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someone
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Russian Tea Time was a very pleasant experience. It is a nicely designed restaurant, the staff are very nice, the food is different, and the tea is tasty. It was an enjoyable experience.

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vipNiceW
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

59th anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. We loved it first time eating Russian food. It was delicious. Will be back

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vipJeannetteG
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Mother’s Day tea. Thank you for such wonderful service and yummy tea!

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vipgreedy1
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had dumplings and salads which were OK, nothing special. But the restaurant itself is wonderfully friendly and old-fashioned. A very nice place to drink cocktails: good service, friendly waiters, quiet and relaxed atmosphere.

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LasteniaS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! The renovation is lovely and has brought a brightness to this hidden gem.

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MarthaN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very convenient to Art Institute. Quick service, but not rushed.

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KimiB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Always walked by back in the 70’s, hoped to come in but never got around to it. My memory of the place was grander than the actual experience. I enjoyed my visit and the food, as did my friend. I think covid was the reason why it was so empty. There was only one server and he was nice and polite. Since I was new and not familiar with the menu’s, it would’ve been nice if the server explained what my options were. A friend of mine told me about her experience at your establishment and her menu items were different. I had to ask for a different menu( and I’m glad that I did). The server should’ve offered it without me asking. The photos online of the interior were deceiving. It looked more opulent online. I’m glad that I finally visited because it took me 40 years to make a reservation.

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RuslanA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food could have been better, tea was good, different blends for sure!
Just needs more seasoning!

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Freddy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a classic restaurant and the food's taste, presentation, and price go accordingly to the place.

The service is fantastic! I would recommend it blindly.

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BarbB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant was nicely decorated and tables were spread out so no one was within 10 feet of you. We started with flavored vodka shots which were very good and different. We decided to order one of the family platters to try a variety of appetizers and main courses. Everything was tasty and we finished it all. At the end of the meal the waiter surprised us with a complimentary neopolitan cake for dessert and topped it off with another shot of flavored vodka. The overall experience was top shelve and we will return again to try other entrees.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy Russian food

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Kelly
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Ethnic Restaurant. Waitress was awesome. Ambiance is nice. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impeccable service and wonderful and fun tea service

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vipEBCP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and server was attentive, but he had his mask under his nose. Not cool when serving food during a pandemic!

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vipNemo
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was mediocre and service unfriendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The stuffed cabbage was the best I ever had!!

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vipFoodlover
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Extremely slow service, okay food, great desserts & tea

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Alex
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Had a good meal there after four hours in the Institute of Art. Good Russian food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

They were out of my favorite food there

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vipSergiiB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Restaurant did not have enough servers, and food to serve. One of our friends have been waiting for his salad 1 hour 25 minutes. And 4 our orders were canceled, because they did not have enough food on the kitchen. On the menu was 14 meat dumplings for $22, but they served us 12, 3 of them were broken and they said it was all what is left. This time for us was disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews