Russian Tea Time

4.4
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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Russian

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Notes from the Business
*********************** NOTE: We are CLOSED FOR RENOVATION and are very excited to serve you again as soon as possible, in our fantastic updated venue! Target re-opening date: October 1, 2019. Please go to www.russianteatime.com to get up-to-date information and to join our VIP list to be invited to awesome Grand Re-Opening events!. **********************

Welcome to Russian Tea Time! The restaurant where everyone feels at home and everyone is welcome!

Russian Tea Time offers a variety of dishes from the diverse regions of the former Soviet Union Republics. 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), Borscht (Ukranian soup), Russian Blinis (thick Russian pancakes), wild Game, Caviar, and many more.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Russian, Eastern European, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Afternoon Tea
Daily 2:00 pm–4:30 pm
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Phone number
(312) 360-0000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Klara Muchnik
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Private party facilities
We have two beautiful, warm and cozy rooms in the restaurant that can seat comfortably 60 and 35 guests, respectively. Group menus are available online and we can of course custom-design menu. Our afternoon tea service is elaborate and can be served at any time of the day.
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Private party contact
Vadim Muchnik: (312) 360-0000
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Catering
Full service events to simple deliveries.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Michigan Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Takeout, Wine
What 423 People Are Saying
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AN
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My mother and I had a lovely time here for dinner. I was really sad though because I wanted Pelmeni but they didn’t have those. It sort of ruined our evening. Our waitresses were very friendly. Thank you for still holding our reservation even when we were a little late. Your food reminded me of home. (Kazakhstan)

Russian Tea Time
Responded on July 13, 2019

Thank you Anya, for your review, we appreciate your support. We will make sure to have enough pelmenis for your next visit, please visit our website for renovation pictures and dates and sing up to be invited to our Grand Opening Events.

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Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved it as always and service was amazing!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on July 13, 2019

Thank you for your review, we appreciate your support.

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was terrible - this place is not what it used to be.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for your review.

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g
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality, authentic Eastern European specialties, beautifully presented

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and always order our favorites. There was a new option on the menu for tasting platters for two. We ordered two for our table of six with an extra carrot salad and order of 6 pelmeni. The amount of food was generous and we got to try more things that we normally wouldn’t have. We are so glad that we did because we now have a few more favorite items that we now would order. The service is wonderful and atmosphere makes me feel like I am in a different world from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Highly recommend Russian Tea Time!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you very much for your loyalty and for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again. Check out our remodeling plans for this summer and the beginning of fall in our website

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PP
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We looked forward to our dinner at The Russian Tea Room but we’re very disappointed in the experience. The Host seemed overwhelmed with the crowd of diners. The service was slow. It seemed there were not enough waiters to service the customers and the few were harried. The food was tasteless, we ordered a salad, the potato stuffed dumplings and the latkes. Everything was void of taste. Would we return a second time? I don’t think so.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for your candid review Patty, we are sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience. We have been proud of our recipes for over 25 years and always paid a close attention to their quality. Our menu selection is very unique from the parts of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russian. We would like to invite you back to try our classic entrees like Stuffed cabbage rolls and Beef Stroganoff.

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FL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mother for tea time and it was wonderful! We loved everything about our experience. We want to go back for a meal in the future.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you very much for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again to try our classic dishes. We will close for a major remodeling and will be back before holidays. Please visit our website for photos of a new design.

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c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to restaurant for special occasions, when I have family or friends in town, or when I visit the Art Institute or Chicago Symphony. The dishes are from all parts of the former Soviet Union, and taste great. There is a good selection of vegetarian and meat meals. They make their own tea that is served in traditional Russian glasses, and they flavor their own vodka in many yummy, authentic tastes. (Their best seller is horseradish vodka--try it!) For dessert, try their honey cake. Very perfect service, too.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you very much for your loyalty and for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and excellent eastern European comfort food. There was a mixup with our Open Table reservation for 8. Our party came from all over the country. They went out of their way to pull tables together for us. Thank you Russian Tea Time!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you very much Taylor. It was and always will be our pleasure to host your parties from every corner of the world. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my friend getting into law school. This was a great place and we loved every second! Thank you!!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you very much for this amazing review and Congratulations to your friend!!! We wish him all the best in his new endeavors . We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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MG
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their honey cake desert is something so unique and exquisite. Highly recommended.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you very much for you review, honey cake never disappoint our customers. Hope to see you again.

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SM
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was very good. Ambiance was nice. Service was awful! Sergil was terrible. Acted like he didn’t want to be there, no checking in, long wait in between courses, had to call others twice to get what we needed. I even told him I didn’t want to be rude but he was acting like he didn’t want to be there. Then he disappeared for a long long time with our credit cards and had to ask for them back. It was not very busy.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for choosing Russian Tea Time, Suzette. We are very sorry to hear about this pleasant situation you had with us. Thank you for letting us know and putting a spotlight on it, we will have a training with our servers and make sure that you will receive an excellent service next time you visit Russian Tea Time.

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Atmosphere seemed a little tired. Menu has all the expected Russian foods. Borscht was good, but not as good as what I had in St. Petersburg.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for your review Allen. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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XP
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Food tasted like it was from the frozen aisle at the grocery store.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 25, 2019

Thank you for your review. We would love to see you again and hopefully we will deserve 5 stars next time.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our tea that began w/ scones, then savories, & then sweets. Lovely intimate space that’s a respite from bustling
Chicago summer scene of festivals etc.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 15, 2019

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your support.

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M
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our service and waiter

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 15, 2019

Thank you very much. Spasibo.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not terrible but also just not very good. Many items were listed as sweet and sour, I was ready for pickling and some tang but everything was soooo sweet! Without collaborating my date said “this tastes like bland cafeteria food” and I had been thinking the same. The Beet soup was actually quite good because it had a better balance but overall not very distinct flavors and very mediocre. The bread was good but if that’s the thing you take away from a dinner how good was that dinner really? Wish I had better things to say I really wanted to love this place.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 15, 2019

Thank you for your honest review. We apologize for your unpleasant experience at the Russian Tea Time.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family has been been going to the Russian Tea Time for years, but I must say I'm always amazed at the level of excellence we experience our last visit. From the food to the service we were pleased beyond words, and I would recommend this establishment to anyone looking for a great dinning experience!
Dirk & Jan Swiderek

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 15, 2019

Thank you very much for your loyalty and for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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B
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Starting with stale bread and finishing with inedible appetizers and main course, then adding painfully loud music, the overall experience was dismal. This is not what Russian food tastes like. Disappointing.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 6, 2019

Vlad, thank you for your honest review. We apologize for your unpleasant experience and would like to invite you back to our grand reopening on October 1, 2019. Hope you will give us another chance and we will not disappoint you this time.

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Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Flight of vodka lets you try several

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 6, 2019

Spasibo Stephen! Vodka is always a good idea at any time of the day. Hope to see you again.

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KV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable lunch. There were three of us and we shared the Russian Platter. Every item was delicious and we loved all the different tastes...especially the stroganoff. Even though the platter was to be shared by two, we had plenty of food for the three of us. I would definitely go back.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 6, 2019

Kathryn, we are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We highly value your support and would love to see you again.

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. Definitely recommend the restaurant to friends and family.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on June 6, 2019

Thank you very much, we appreciate your support and would love to host you again.

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v
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere and food is good quality with simple ingredients

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you Vela. We are glad to read that we met your expectations and hope to see you again.

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JR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a unique dining experience. The food is consistently good.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate your support.

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JJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is quite a unique place to dine. The ambience is great, the staff is super good. Food is super delicious. Only wish they have longer hours for tea.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you very much for such an amazing review. We appreciate your support and we will take into consideration to extend Afternoon Tea Service hours. Hope to see you again. Spasibo!

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LC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant for lunch or dinner...and one of the BEST afternoon teas one could ever happen upon. I have been enjoying RTT from the day they opened...they do not compromise their standards.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 24, 2019

Dear Lynda, Thank you very much for your review, we appreciate your support and hope to see you in Fall, after our reopening. Spasibo!

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s
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to the tea house. Brant has been wonderful for the 20 years that we have been going there.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you Steven. We are closing this summer for remodeling and will be back in Fall for another 25 years. Hope to see you again after remodeling. Spasibo, we appreciate your support.

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BB
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place if you like real good food and elegant wines from Georgia. It’s an experience not to be missed with the house infused vodkas.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 24, 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate our support and hope to see you again.

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Liked it very much and would come back again when I come back to Chicago

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 28, 2019

Thank you Renan. We appreciate your support and glad to read that we did not disappoint you. Hope to see you again very soon.

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ML
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The duck breast with duck strudel was fantastic!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on May 24, 2019

Spasibo! Very glad to see that you enjoyed your meal and were satisfied with the service. Hope to see you again.

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SF
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent. Service is friendly and attentive.

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J
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was okay. Been there several times and don't feel I need to go back again for a few years. Food was good but not outstanding. The vodka flights fun and tasty especially the horseradish vodka. The Russian potato salad, nothing special. Carrot salad delicious. Ambiance is nice, gets a bit crowded in there as tables are close. Some dishes are good and would recommend to a friend.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sample platter

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DM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us- an Australian, a Scotsman, and two from the US enjoyed the experience at Russian Tea Time restaurant. One of us was a vegetarian and found plenty of choices and he said that his dish was excellent. All of us enjoyed our meals. The ambiance was nice and comfortable. The noise level was low enabling us to have a pleasant conversation. If you like high, fast paced, loud music and conversation, where the waitstaff does not know who you are, this may not be the place for you. However, if you enjoy a leisurely, quiet atmosphere, good attentive service, and good food, give it a try.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on April 24, 2019

Don, thank you very much for such a great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again. Spasibo!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Visited for tea with friend-disappointed in quality of food.
Tasteless-seemed pre cooked.

Thank you

Russian Tea Time
Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you for you review, we appreciate your honesty.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good as well as the service. The service is more like service in Europe, which I actually like. They give you your space so you can enjoy time with your friends. Food came out in a timely manner and our water glasses were filled when empty. Also make sure you get a flight of vodka while you are here.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you, we appreciate your review. Hope to see you again.

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LS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had dinner at Russian Tea Time just prior to going to The Auditorium Theater. It was a great meal! We each had a vodka flight... which you really must try! We then split the Russian Tea Time Platter. This was a great deal and gave us a chance to try a wide variety of their delicious dishes. Our fav's were the carrot salad and beet caviar, potato vareniki, the stuffed cabbage and the beef stroganoff. Everything was delicious, but these stood out for us. Don't miss dessert... the honey cake is widely recommended, but we actually preferred the Kalinda Malinka! Their signature Black Currant tea was also yummy. We will be back!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on April 24, 2019

Thank you very much, Lee. Indeed, our honey cake is very popular. Next time you are here for the Auditorium show, please show your ticket to get a complimentary glass of tea or shot of vodka.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Not impressed by the food or the service (very slow given that the place was almost empty). Food is very overpriced for what you get. Would love to find a decent Russian restaurant in the central Chicago, but that is definitely not the one..

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C
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This wasn't our first visit, but we've never been disappointed.
The stuffed cabbage and beef stroganoff are family favorites but I recommend the sampler plate if it's a first visit.

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AK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Russian Tea House very much and will be going again next time in Chicago

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