Tanta

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$31 to $50
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Peruvian
Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Chicago, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages in an approachable, fun and casual downtown setting. We provide service that is casual yet knowledgeable, genuine and attentive, utilizing locally sourced products and vendors that are sensitive to sustainable farming and fishing.

Tanta has two Chef’s Tables that each seat up to 10 people. These tables are located in our main dining room in between our open kitchen and cebiche bar which allows you and your guests to experience our chefs creating Peruvian cuisine while you dine.

The menu, created by Acurio and Tanta Chicago Chef Jesus Delgado, takes diners on a voyage through Peru via its food. From the Pacific Ocean, through the Andes, to the desert, to the Amazon, Tanta celebrates the diverse landscape and ethnicities that make up Peru’s culture.
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L
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

great little gem in River North! Highly recommend Tanta if you are looking for a change of pace and a variety of great Peruvian food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The various flavors and textures of everything was amazing. We also appreciated our server's advice about the wine and drinks.
We didn't know the seating would be pub style and because mobility issues we would have preferred a table instead. The seating options weren't offered when we booked. However overall it was a a great experience!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and beautifully made, perfectly calibrated and sized. As a person with a severe food allergy, I especially appreciated the care that went into our service. I felt completely safe and well cared for by our waiter and the kitchen. Ny husband was very pleased with his birthday dinner.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

CC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good, the service was nice

F
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is always good at Tanta. Waitress was nice but wasn’t particularly helpful with recommendations for a table of 5; also disappeared at end of meal so no more drinks and very long wait to get the check.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The small plates were awesome! Such a good ambiance as well. It was great for a double date night!

JZ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SPECTACULAR! The food was unique, inventive, and delicious. The service was fantastic (I think our waitresses name is Joanna - she was very helpful in helping us understand various dishes and made great recommendations. We will be back!

PR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servers, drinks and food!!

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought friends visiting from NY and they were just as happy with the visit. The food never disappoints. We especially loved the chicken salad appetizer. Soooo good!!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, great service from door to table.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best meals i’ve ever had, phenomenal food and service and experience

JC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food; ordered pork belly, seafood rice, and a ceviche. But might want to work on the noise level.

A
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was so looking forward to an excellent dinner at Tanta. Having visited Peru, I know just how talented Peruvian chefs are. I didn't have an ordinary dinner there. Unfortunately, Tanta is a pale imitation of the fine cuisine in Peru.

L
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was delicious. We had a good waitress and enjoyed a nice Sunday lunch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the Ceviche sampler!

DB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent interesting well prepared dishes and great service. The heart skewers were awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a very good experience. Good lively ambience with some tasty anticuchos. When we come back to Chicago, we’ll definitely stop by again.

g
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very interesting and something we normally would not have tried. Our waiter was outstanding and patiently explained the menu to us.

l
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal. We had him pick our entire meal. Was not disappointed- he rocked it out of the park.

DP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was top notch.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food good cocktails good service, perhaps the “ Lomo” had very little meat and lots of potatoes , lots of tomatoes for its value.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food , great service and good ambiance

JK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All I can say is that you should have the octopus- absolutely amazing. The drinks were good. Other food items were good not great. Will go back - but only for appetizers/ drinks

a
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really great service and food. I will be back! Pobre, Ceviche sampler, and A Lo Pobre all on point. Dessert was brought for us at no charge in celebration of our special date. Waitress, hostess and busser were all attentive and hospitable.

JA
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our family loves to share and experience. Tanta was great for us. The food was inventive and tasty. For me the unexpected best dish was the quinoa salad.

SC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service! We ordered the arroz con mariscos, lomo saltado and tallerin saltado. We loved all of it. I had the pobre to start and it was amazing. Tons of flavor in that small bite. I had the lima llama and my wife had the caipirinha. Both were fantastic. I would definitely go back.

MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A unique combination of cuisines and dishes you will not find anywhere else. The execution is excellent with efficient, personable service in a very pleasant setting.

LL
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and our server were exceptional! They offer a variety of creative and perfectly-seasoned dishes. Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. The noise level was on the high side but, for some reason, we did not have to shout across table. Great place for plate-sharing! Perfect for small to large groups. Would not recommend for a quiet, intimate dinner for two.

PC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Disclaimer: I’m Peruvian, so totally biased in favor. At the same time, I can be overly critical. Now let’s get to it. I’ve been to Tanta in Chicago many times. I’ve also been to the Tanta restaurants in Lima a couple of times. The Chicago restaurant continues to be pretty authentic and pretty solid, but I wouldn’t say it continues to blow my mind. The ceviche today was marinated too long - maybe more popular in the US but considered a “pecado” in Peru. Everything else was good, pretty good in fact, but the mediocre ceviche would keep me from recommending or dragging people there to have the ultimate Peruvian dining experience. It pains me to say this, but there you go.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and attentive staff. The chef went out of his way to spend time with us and share info & insights about the restaurant’s operation. Great find!

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great servers who did a wonderful job explaining the diverse menu and making great recommendations.

HL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at Tanta and I took my folks for dinner. The food was amazing the second time around. The seafood is incredibly fresh and we loved the Peruvian paella, octopus and beef (the gravy was so good) dishes. Our waitress was awesome and extremely knowledgeable about the food and where it was sourced from. Overall, we had a fantastic experience and our family was raving about how delicious and unique the meal was!

SG
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tanta is our go-to when we want a fun, interesting dinner.

MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to Tanta with my family for years now and we simply cannot get enough of it! It’s an amazing experience not only because of the chefs’ delicious and authentic food, but also because of the waiting staffs’ excellent service. I highly recommend Tanta for anybody seeking the best food in Chicago.

RV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and desserts...every time we go!

K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like always excellent is the word to describe the place

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great meal and the service was impeccable. I will highly recommend to anyone

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The party before us took their time leaving the table, and the Tanta staff took great care of us while we waited. Had a wonderful meal- will definitely be back soon!

SC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sort of stumbled across Tanta on a whim when craving Peruvian food. What a great discovery! Food was delicious and service outstanding. Can’t wait for next trip to Chicago so I can go back!!

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