tesori trattoria & bar is chicago loop’s premier italian-inspired restaurant and bar located off the chicago cultural mile, home to the art institute, chicago symphony orchestra and millennium park. its uniquely modern take on rustic, italian food borrows from italy's various regional influences and traditions to create an authentic experience. the lively bar features handcrafted cocktails, a curated menu of local craft beer and an extensive italian-driven wine list. enjoy weekend brunch italian-style with its unique brunch menu. tesori’s three open event spaces including an enclosed urban garden and private event space also provide the perfect background for your event or gathering.
Chicago, IL 60603
Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thurday 11:30am - 9:00pm
Friday - 11:30am - 10:00pm
Saturday - 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday - 11:30 - 8:00pm
Full menu available in bar and dining room.
Happy Hour Monday--Saturday
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Valet parking is available for lunch and dinner.
Located directly below the Adams and Wabash CTA stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Hosting a party? Whether you're planning an intimate gathering or a festive reception, we have the ideal space to create a memorable experience for your occasion.
Our culinary team can craft menus in the style of your event, or you may select one of our pre-set options. Guests will enjoy sipping hand-crafted cocktails with the urban backdrop of tesori’s patio, while the restaurant, lounge and private dining room create a casual, yet vibrant atmosphere for any size party.
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Accommodating 40 to 400 people, guests can enjoy an intimate affair in the glass-walled private dining room, a semi-private event in the lounge or the urban garden or host a larger party in the route 66 main dining room. Restaurant buy-outs also available.
tesori Ratings and Reviews
Chose Tesori for a business lunch, and visiting on a quiet lunchtime, it was perfect. Greeting, service and recommendations were spot on and friendly. It was a chilly day and we were quite cozy even with window seating. My colleague and I both started with soups that were generous and delicious and then salads, also plentiful with lots of fresh ingredients. There appears to be a patio area for the summer months, and the menu is extensive and well thought out. Perfectly accessible to the CSO, Art Institute and Loop/Michigan Avenue attractions. Would definitely repeat. Thank you Tesori!
We had mixed reviews on the food. Some was very good (the cheese plate, the spaghetti and meatballs, the lasagna), but the shrimp risotto dish and pork ravioli were not well received. The smoked pork ravioli was WAY too smoked, almost nauseating. The food is somewhat inconsistent. But we had great service!
Attentive and savvy waiter. Good ambience. Swordfish entree cooked exactly as ordered (medium)--one of the best restaurant plates I've had in a long time! Focaccia not fresh and soft, as if day-old or cut early in the day and left uncovered :( Margarita pizza was more like "Margaret Pizza" (Americanized)--over-sauced, flaccid bottom crust (too thin?), but great tasting marinara. Tiramisù and Panna Cotta w/pine nut brittle were both excellent, as was the cappuccino.
We went to Tesori for my friend's birthday. It was a wonderful experience. We ordered two appetizers and two dishes for all of us to share; short of tapas style. Each dish was delicious, but my favorite was the Salumi appetizer! Our server really made out experience the best! He was kind and made sure we had everything we needed. Definitely would recommend! Thank you!
We had a group of 14 for dinner after a show at 9p. They were ready for us when we arrived. The food and drinks were awesome. We were not rushed. My favorite thing about Tesori is that there is good space between the tables, so even if the restaurant is full, you don’t feel crowded and the noise level never gets too loud.
We arrived right on time for our reservation. We were promptly seated. The restaurant was very busy - people dining before the theatre and before the symphony performance. We sat for 20 minutes, with no service other than our water glasses being filled. The waiter attended to the tables around us - some even got their food while we waited! I went and spoke to the hostess, and requested service - and not from the waiter that had ignored us. We did get service, but it was not pleasant. I would recommend you find another place to dine. Food was fine, but very pricey considering the service.
My father and I needed a place to eat that was close to the Chicago Symphony and Tesori was actually in the CSO building! I had never eaten there before and we were concerned our tight schedule would be an issue for such a busy night, but the wait staff was impeccable. I've honestly never had such quick, delicious food in my life. The atmosphere was cozy and inviting. I would absolutely recommend everyone to eat here, at least once!
Our waiter seemed distracted and it took a very long time for our order to arrive, so much so that we asked about it three times. The good news is that management paid for all three dinners, was very apologetic, and even encouraged us to have desert and another drink on the house. I have never been treated as well and the food was outstanding.
The server Karen was very nice and good. The food and wine was very good BUT the kitchen was extremely slow with everyone's food. Many people were becoming irritable and I'm sure one in particular ruined their evening. The restaurant and bar was not very full. In fact it was more empty than usual.
Since this restaurant became Tesori, it's just become forgettable. There's just nothing about this restaurant that becomes memorable. It's just average all the way around, and the food is nothing special. There are better choices for fine dining. It's too bad, because Symphony Center is such a good spot for a good restaurant. It's not bad, it is just mediocre and overpriced for what you get. I'd go elsewhere.
The gnocchi we ordered was excellent, and the portions appropriate for dinner. The service could not have been better. I have only one criticism; the restrooms are not in the restaurant itself; you have to leave and go down down two short hallways to get to them.
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