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About tesori

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.

65 East Adams
Chicago, IL 60603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Wabash Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 786-9911

Website:
http://www.tesorichicago.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for lunch and dinner.

Public Transit:
Located directly below the Adams and Wabash CTA stop.

Additional:
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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Private Dining

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

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4.1

service

4.2

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4.2

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (17)
Cozy (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Romantic (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
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Healthy (9)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

A group of us met for dinner prior to going to the theater. I changed the reservation 3 times and they were very accommodating. The food was fresh and well seasoned. My niece and I split an entree and they did have a problem with this. Portions were generous and the ambiance was very nice. I thought the prices were very reasonable as well.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The beet salad was fabulously delicious and the bread was fresh and warm.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Significantly Understaffed

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The wait staff was wonderful and the food was excellent. We went at a not very busy time, but it was warm, cozy, and the food delicious.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall enjoyable experience. Just wish I would have gone with the swordfish on the menu instead of the Mahi Mahi special.

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Dinner before seeing Hamilton

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It is great for a place to eat prior to Symphony Concerts because of its location; or dinner after an afternoon concert, e.g. Sunday.

Great service, nice menu, and good food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great pasta and pizza here.
Good friendly service and beautiful restaurant overall, unfortunately the restrooms ( from the symphony center ) were filthy ( even without a concert those restrooms are a mess) that is the only reason why I don't give to Tesori the 5 stars .

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I want to say that my experience at Tesori was second to none.

We had a long day at the Aquarium and Open Table came to the rescue. We arrived and were pleased with the happy hour menu and lively bar scene.

We ordered the wine flight and samples several of the dishes.

My 6 year old son had a bad headache and was crying. He wanted to leave. I hurried to get him out of the restaurant.

The manager was so kind. He brought my son ice cream. Boxed up his pizza, and tried in every way to help him. Just darling.

He even gave me the most delicious tub of popcorn to take along.

My mother and husband stayed and enjoyed their meal. They also loved the food and my mother who is very particular swore she would recommend Tesori to everyone of her friends and family.

I agree. The bruschetta, pizza, roasted veggies, and lasagna were great.

The service was impeccable and impressive.

We will be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was athe perfect place to enjoy early dinner after the Merry! Merry! Chicago program by the CSO. Food was very good, the atmosphere was perfect, and our server was Outstanding. We Loved it!

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

tesori's service and food is consistently outstanding, ambiance beautiful and comfortable, and perfect for business, theatre, symphony... simply any occasion. Perfection.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Scenic View, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a great lunch here before seeing Hamilton. It is a short walk to the theatre and the Tesori staff is expert at ensuring that you are on your way on time.

I had a delicious and healthy kale salad; friends had two different salads with chicken. Excellent coffee.

In the past, I've had their pizzas, which also are wonderful. This is a great place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

With a generous charity program attached to a delicious Old Fashioned - a perfect beginning to a very nice pre-theatre lunch. The mushroom soup was good, but a bit thin and not bursting with flavor - a "B". The lamb ragu with house made gnocchi was very, very good. Hit the spot on a chilly day and had great, complex flavors. Paired, at the recommendation of staff, with a nice Italian red blend wine, a nice lunch. The "Executive Lunch" ordered by my dining companion had reasonable servings of soup, salad and a personal pizza - all well prepared and tasty - note, they are served simultaneously on a long rectangular plate. This option is really designed for a diner on a lunch timetable - but a good option.
Overall a well composed, quality lunch with great glass walled brightness to lift one's spiritis on a grey Chicago winter day.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Pasta was good but they had the best wild mushroom pizza I've ever had.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Location convenient for CSO but food not special for price charged

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This a wonderful restaurant in the loop that makes for a convenient meeting place for drinks or dinner.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Our meal at tesori was tasty. We started with the beet salad, which was nicely seasoned for a great flavor. Then we ordered lasagna and steak and shared both between us. (I share this to verify that I tasted both.) The lasagna had good flavor and was tender, not chewy like lasagna can sometimes be. The steak was served with mashed potatoes and vegetable, and was very good. For dessert, we tried the affogato and the chocolate/hazelnut semifreddo. Both were delicious; it's hard to pick a favorite.

Our server was excellent. He paid enough attention to us to be sure we had everything we needed and left us alone enough so we could converse and enjoy our dinner.

Tesori is super-convenient pre or post concerts at Symphony Center, but reservations are definitely needed because it fills up.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Tesori is perfect for before/after events at Orchestra Hall, as the restaurant communicates with the lobby through a series if inside passage-ways. Also, we were able to check our coats at the restaurant and pick them up again after the show , a huge help in the winter.

However, the restaurant is extremely crowded with seating impossibly close. The ambiance is uncomfortably HOT (not warm) and noisy. But the food is tasty and all in all, it’s a good Chicago experience.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Some of the best lamb chops I have had. Skip the chocolate desert.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

very good food & service. Convenient to CSO, easy nearby parking. friendly servers and not too noisy. easy reservations through Open Table. combined with Chicago Symphony it made for a very pleasant evening. would recommend to friends & family.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Better than before when it changed chefs. Lentil soup very good. Sweet potato ravioli. Delicious. Like that there are pizzas and pastas on menu. Convenient for symphony.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Terrible service led to a cold, overcooked bad meal. Since we were dining before the symphony, there was no time to send back our entrees. I ordered the $$ salmon and requested it be cooked to medium . .overcooked, dry and certainly not worth the price. My friends entree, pasta, cold and unappetizing. I believe our waitress just forgot about our meals.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious and presented well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and service! Not a lot of options for kids, so if you have a picky eater, this may not be the right place. Just check the menu first.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The waitress seems a bit cold. We have to wave hands and call her to get her attention.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I do not recommend dining at Tesori. Understaffed. Poor and late service. Champagne warm not cold. Food not hot enough.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A Must-Do when attending the symphony because an interior hall connects the restaurant to Orchestra Hall. Food is good-pasta and salad excellent other entrees (chicken cacciatore, grilled octopus) just OK.
Preferred it when it used to be Rhapsody as the menu had more entree selections and it was more elegant and festive -table cloths, little Italian lights on outside trees.
There are other better restaurants in the area but none beat this location!!!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great atmosphere, attentive service, everyone enjoyed all the food ordered.

Tags: Happy Hour, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great $6 happy hour glasses of wine and appetizers. An inexpensive treat.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food was delicious, restaurant was pretty quiet on a weekday was looking for something busier, and waiter kept pushing their wine of the month which we did not want.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

My wife and I eat here regularly before symphony. It is always good but this meal was exceptional. The menu has been expanded and we tried a couple new additions: swordfish for me and a lamb gnocchi for my wife. Swordfish was cooked perfectly, not dry at all. The gnocchi was excellent. A new brussel sprouts dish was lovely (and both of his grew up hating sprouts. Our server, Karen, was exceptional. She really made the evening. Spot on recommendations on the new menu and wine pairings.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2017

They always have a fantastic happy hour and warm staff. The food and drinks are always top notch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I have been to Tesori several other times but last Sunday was over-the-top amazing. Online I noted the dinner was for my dad's birthday. We were running 15 minutes late, and when we called to inform the host, she was so accommodating and in fact added an extra 10 minutes just in case.

When we arrived, we noticed the beautiful Christmas decorations place about creating a luxurious but homey, cozy mood. The host greeted us and when she saw my dad said, "Happy Birthday!" While my dad visited the restroom and the rest of us sat, our delightful server, Marco, quickly approached our table and introduced himself and said, "I know we are celebrating a birthday, so here is the dessert menu. How about you pick one he would like and it will be on us." When he returned once my dad was seated, he acted like we never met before and reintroduced himself. It was perfect!

The food was excellent: Brussels sprouts were the best our table has ever eaten: made with golden raisins and honey, which is different from typical bacon recipes. The scallops were full of flavor, so good!

Another server came out to deliver the dessert but I don't think realized it was for a birthday, so it did not include a candle (which would've been fine). Once Marco returned a minute later, he said "Happy birthday!" and that he was sorry he didn't get to bring it to us. Then he returned with a piece of the dessert (the one we debated over) with a candle and said, "We just wanted you to have the full experience. Happy Birthday! This is also on us." It was so thoughtful. (Also they didn't sing. Everything was pretty classy.)

Top notch service- everyone was wonderful but our server, Marco, in particular made everything so special for us and my dad.

The bill is a little pricey, but you get phenomenal food, generous wine pours, beautiful ambiance, and the best service. My family fell in love with the place, and we will return for another special occasion. Perfect place for a date or group dinner. Love!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Disappointed- this place is usually a reliable experience. We had very bad service, a poorly made drink, and my main course was cold.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great meal, excellent service before attending the symphony.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This was our first trip to Tesori; It will not be our last. The ravioli (with smoked beef brisket) and the warm prosecco poached strawberries are enough reason to come back again and again. Wow! My daughters and I were headed to see Hamilton after dinner and Tesori was just the perfect place to start a special evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We use to love to dine at Tesori. But our last visit was very disappointing, The cuisine has changed. The menu was uninspired, there were no specials, and the food was bland.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Perfect for dinner pre CSO concert. Great Italian fare.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Terrific wine selection. We loved our wine. Our server was excellent. The food was yummy. A nice menu selection. Great place to go before seeing Hamilton!

Tags: Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

A lovely location for an early dinner with friends. Beautiful holiday decorations, a wonderful attentive server, good wine selection, and delicious food. Perfect for conversation.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Casual, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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