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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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service

4.2

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4.2

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (63)
Good for a Date (29)
Business Meals (27)
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Casual (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Cozy (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Authentic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Romantic (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Scenic View (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
People Watching (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Great meal, excellent service before attending the symphony.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The perfect place to gather before or after a visit to The Art Institute or before a performance at CSO. The food is good, the service is quick and friendly - and it doesn't break the budget.

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

What a pleasure. The service was excellent and the food was, too. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a pre-symphony meal or for anyone in the East Loop.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent choice before our theatre date! Staff was friendly and accommodating, food was excellent, though my risotto was a tad on the mushy side. I would go back in a heartbeat!

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

I had lunch at Tesori and my lunch companion didn't realize until her plate arrived that her lunch choice included something that she could not have in her diet. The server immediately took the plate back and they brought her a new, freshly cooked plate of food without any questions. The manager later came out to make sure her meal was ok. The serve and food were excellent in all respects.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Was best meal I had during my stay in Chicago.... Chicken cacciatore was off the charts great. Other members at the table ranted about how great their meals were as well.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food. Highly recommend the calamari and the ravioli!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Tesori is a great place for lunch or dinner. Comfortable, good food options, ambience was nice, service was great, and overall enjoyable.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had a family dinner prior to attending a CSO concert. Our server, Karen(?), was outstanding - personable, professional and efficient. Food was very good and the atmosphere was pleasant. Noise level allowed for lots of conversation at the table. All contributed to a memorable special occasion.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We keep coming back every few months ...just can't stay away too long....it's authentic... with handmade pastas you won't find anywhere else...Fab wines to accompany any item of your choice from the delicious menu.... and OMG...the desserts...their vanilla Panna Cotta is like dining on a cloud. The waitstaff is well-informed... helpful... there to help with providing you with the top table service. Can't ask for anything more!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent recommendation for convenient eating before a CSO concert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very good service and food. We made reservations through open table and got a table immediately.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Very convenient for the symphony. Liked old menu better. Used to have a great tomato soup. Prices have gone up. Beet salad was good but skimpy. Pizza was very good. Trout was good but had very little crab on it as implied on the menu. Very convenient to give the car to the valet for the dinner and concert.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Our presymphony go to place. Really good pizza and pastas, nice selection of beer and wine. Always a couple interesting more upscale entrees topped off by efficient, friendly service. Desserts are also worthy of note my wife pretty much always has the sorbetti. I had cheese cake this time which was tasty.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Tesori is good and very convenient if attending the symphony. Food is decent and interesting but not special. If you are going to Symphony Center it's a great option.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This isn't necessarily a comment just on this restaurant, but many times when I book with open table, we end up with a less than desirable table location in the restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our experience was solid, but the breadth of food choices was better in the springtime. Still, the food was very good, and it is a wonderful place for a pre-symphony dinner

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Very good food and a very personable staff

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

My husband and I went there for lunch after a concert at the CSO . The food, service, and atmosphere were all very good. I would highly recommend this for a lunch in this downtown area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Love it !
Lasagna is so good I totally recommend it .
Ravioli and spaghetti * ( five stars )
Deserts yummy !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Terrible service ---- always!
I go after the symphony because it is convenient. Service is awful

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Awesome food, great service. We closed the place down!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I was very pleased - this was the first time I had my granddaughter to the CSO - and the food was excellent so was the service. Wonderful pre-concert experience. Thank You

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Tesori was very busy last Friday, there was a nice level of energy in the restaurant. Despite the crowd, we were promptly greeted and served. Some nice seafood additions to their menu and for those who love their pepperoni pizza, they are still terrific.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always excellent food and service. A great place to have a meal before Symphony or theater or after a day of shopping.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had the lasagna and beef brisket ravioli. Both were very good. The tiramisu was outstanding. The service was excellent. We had a performance to go to and they were very timely.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Standard Chicago loop fare; not bad, not extraordinary. Good for pre-theater/CSO/Auditorium meal. You definitely pay for the location. Great service, good glass of wine, but won't be back.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Tesori is our restaurant of choice when we attend the symphony. Even though the restaurant may be crowded, we receive individual attention and great service. Areena, our server this time, was friendly, knowledgeable and made sure we had prompt service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

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