Terzo Piano

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Restaurant (312) 443-8650 terzopiano@artic.edu
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Terzo Piano, located on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, open for lunch daily. It features the signature cuisine of Chef Tony Mantuano, who has been delighting Chicagoans for years at the four-star Italian restaurant, Spiaggia. The food is all fresh, local, organic and sustainably produced. In season, you may also dine al fresco on the covered sculpture terrace, while enjoying spectacular views of Millennium Park and the Chicago skyline.

Terzo Piano is open to the public, without requiring admission to the Art Institute.

Guests may access the restaurant either via the Nichols Bridge which extends from Millennium Park to the restaurants entrance or via the Modern Wing entrance of the Art Institute at 159 E. Monroe St. and take the elevator, on the right
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Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been there in the past for valentines day and had a great meal and experience. This time it felt like they were more focused on the wedding they had coming up that evening than the restaurant. Massively understaffed. We had to wait 25 minutes for our table and their credit card machine was down. Food was good, Desert was amazing. Our server was great even with the massive amount of tables they sat for him all at once. The view from this place is always amazing.

CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the windows, nice view. Expensive though.

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Friends here from out of town - we all loved it not rushed good food but slow service. I think the computer was down so that might have been why

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Even with reservation we were seated at a table with a lot of traffic even though window tables were open. Out server never greeted us or asked how food was. Food was brought out in wrong order and given to wrong people. We told manager nicely who dismissed all of our very quietly worded concerns about this not being how we are usually treated there. He did not care at all. Very very disappointing

Terzo Piano
Responded a day ago

Hello there, Thank you so much for joining us for the Warhol Members' preview on Saturday 10/19/2019. We sincerely apologize if your experience at our restaurant wasn't up to par. Our team is aware of your review and has reviewed it in our daily meetings to ensure future guests will have a more attentive and accurate experience. We hope to change your mind on a future visit!

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OT
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent place for a meal when visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. The food is good, and you get an excellent view of the Chicago skyline.

Terzo Piano
Responded a day ago

Hello, Thank you so much for your positive review. We hope you will join us again on your future Art Institute visit!

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RS
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and it has great views.
The food is good but the menu is VERY small and a bit difficult.
Not a lot of options especially or picky eaters.
The portions are small and the price is a bit high for what you get.

Terzo Piano
Responded a day ago

Hello RonytS, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano. We appreciate your time and are disappointed our Warhol inspired items along with our Fall/Winter menu did not meet your expectations. May we offer to visit us at Museum Cafe for a cafeteria style menu? The food is just as outstanding in a different setting. We hope to serve you soon!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service our waiter was the bartender.
We went for a special dinning experience instead of the other restaurant options at the Art Institute.
Waited forever just for water.Very unpleasant experience!
Sad because as a member of the museum a fine dinning
Destination would have been nice.
No I am sorry how can we do better.

Terzo Piano
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano for the Warhol Member preview. We sincerely apologize if service was not the best it could have been and have taken your review and comments very seriously. Thanks to your feedback, we have updated our floorplan to ensure our bartenders are not overwhelmed but more importantly that our guests such as yourself leave with an awesome experience. We look forward to changing your mind in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

👍🏻 great location to have lunch and immerse yourself in culture.

Terzo Piano
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! we will be sure to share with our team on our daily meetings.

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The lamburger was cooked to perfection.

OT
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent, creative food and professional service.

I
Chicago
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food in a modern, light filled environment. Service was a bit slow but otherwise all was good.

DC
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Some of the portions are extremely small for the price.

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 14, 2019

Hi DianefromChicago, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano! We really value our guest feedback and regret your experience with our menu was a negative one. Your review will be shared with our team on our daily meetings. We look forward to sharing our new seasonal menu with you in the next coming weeks.

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Food is delicious. I recommend this to anyone!

FB
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The first time we had lunch at Terzo Piano, many years ago, was wonderful, the setting, the view, the food. The second time three years ago on the occasion of the Fashion and Impressionists exhibit, the food was very disappointing. As was true on this our third visit. The special menu of Mexican inspired dishes was set for the Modernists in Mexico exhibition. The lobster in the lobster salad was over-cooked; the lobster fritters were gooey and inedible. The view is increasingly spectacular as the Chicago skyline continues to grow. Hardly anyone was having lunch there on Wednesday. I think that might be the consequence of the poor cooking.

That said, the desserts were amazingly creative and delicious.

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 11, 2019

Hi FresnoBob, Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. Our team really values our guest feedback and consequently will be discussing your review on our next team meeting. We regret that you did not love our menu as most our patrons do. We strive to offer the best food and service on a daily basis and always encourage our guests to let us know how their selections taste to fix any issues right then and there. We look forward to having you in the future.

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OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rachel was our server. She was an absolute doll, so personable and professional. Food was really excellent.

SS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great brunch with work colleague. Delicious salads and unbelievably gorgeous views of the city.

S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a lovely restaurant with beautiful food in a very inviting space in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. Food and service are very good. However, I would be careful in recommending this restaurant because they have a tendency to treat everyone like a tourist and that's not something I love, especially in my home city. I called ahead to asked for recommendations and communicated that I was dining with a party of 10 people all of whom where food and culinary professionals. The wines recommended were the most pedestrian of choices based on "they were well received for their catered events." They have a limited but very nice wine list, why would they make a cookie cutter recommendation? We made our own choices and looked upon everything with a bit more skeptical perspective and could see that they try hard not to offend or challenge customers, which might be ok for their mass audience, but not ideal for a special dining experience.

GB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was great, company I was with was even better. It was quiet, which is good because as an old person with a deaf wife, loud spaces mean we can't communicate except with American Sign.

JC
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Terzo Piano.

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B
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. What a stunning space. It was mild and bucketing rain but we were comfortable outside under the pretty glass roof enjoying the gorgeous city view regardless of the weather. Tried the cactus salad from the exhibit themed menu. Delicious. Sorority sister enjoyed the tuna tartine where the chef helpfully seared the tuna. Will definitely return.

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi Blueskies, Thank you so much for your positive Terzo Piano lunch review! Our whole team works very hard to provide a wonderful menu and experience. We will be sure to share your positive feedback on our daily meetings. We look forward to having you back to try our seasonal menu!

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LA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cactus appetizer and the fettuccine were divine. Beautiful view sitting out on the terrace, the staff was exceptional. This place is a must if you are visiting the museum.

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi LeahA, Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to review your experience at Terzo Piano! We love to hear great things as our team works very hard every day. We will share your review with our team on our daily meetings. We look forward to having you join us for our upcoming seasonal menu. Cheers!

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JC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience.

OT
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely setting with great views and food to match. Our waiter was very good and we were lucky to sit on the terrace on a very nice day. Don’t skip dessert!

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback of lunch at Terzo Piano. Our teams works very hard and loves positive feedback. We will sure share your review and can't wait to have you back!

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IT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waitstaff, great food, price and atmosphere. Spend as much time as you want no pressure to turn over tables

BP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It’s a beautiful outdoor space. Our friend’s dish looked great: a fried green tomato Benedict. Unfortunately the 63 degree poached egg dish—with the exception of the delicious over-sized crouton—was a weird, soupy consistency, and the eggs were under cooked.

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi BlinkyPalermoll, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. We take our guest reviews very seriously and will make sure our chef team is aware of the quality of the dish you enjoyed at the restaurant. We always encourage our guests to give us feedback right then and there to ensure we knock lunch experiences out of the park in case something goes wrong. We look forward to impressing you with our fall menu in the near future.

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J
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The lunch was not as special as we were expecting given that it is housed in a very desire able location, the Art Institute. Our first issue was locating it. It is not easily found but the staff we asked were very helpful. Essentially you need to exit the museum which we deduced was to accommodate those who don’t want to tour the museum and pay its entry fee. The food was very good and cooked perfectly. However the portions were small for the price. The service was pleasant but our server had the habit of disappearing for lengths of time. We suspect that the kitchen is a distance from the floor, especially when large portions of the dining room are cordoned off.

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi John, Thank you for joining us for lunch at Terzo Piano! We really appreciate your feedback and value your input. We are delighted that you enjoyed our chef's wonderful creations and that service was pleasant. We look forward to having you and now that you know your way around impressing you with our new seasonal menu.

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

I would recommend it, however our server appeared hungover and failed to put in our flatbread appetizer order when we ordered it. By the time we realized it was not coming it was too late to order appetizers and we had moved on to our main dishes. We ordered several deserts and he forgot one which came later as he was not writing down our order. We had to ask for our cups to be filled with water several times. I also saw our server eating in the back while I was coming back from the restroom. The COFFEE was very good, although we expected the food to be better for the price.

Terzo Piano
Responded on September 19, 2019

Hi MaddyW, Thank you for joining us for Sunday Brunch on 09/15/2019. We appreciate your feedback and have passed it along to both our culinary and front of house team. We apologize if your experience did not meet your expectations and take your review very seriously. We will include your review on our daily meetings and will ensure our team is ready to offer the best service possible. We hope you give us a try on your next Art Institute visit.

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OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town guests enjoyed it a lot.

l
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and so was the attentive staff. Ate at an outside table

Terzo Piano
Responded on October 2, 2019

Hi Louise, Thank you for the positive feedback! Our team loves positive feedback. We look forward to having you join us for our fall inspired menu!

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly greeting, low-key, relaxing surroundings, service just a tad slow at times, great food.

RR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was expensive for its quality. We were asked what we would like to drink as we sat down. We asked for tea. They arrived later than our food orders and only after we did ask for them three times.

Terzo Piano
Responded on September 19, 2019

Hi RubenR, Thank you for visiting Terzo Piano on your Art Institute visit! We sincerely apologize if your experience wasn't a memorable one. Our serving staff has been notified on our daily meetings and we will ensure we give the best service in the future. We hope you give us another try on your next visit.

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DD
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat on the patio when the weather is nice. Great food and people watching

Terzo Piano
Responded on September 19, 2019

Hi DowntownDiner, Thank you for your kind review! We look forward to having you for lunch again.

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MB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The setting on the terrace was perfect on a warm September day. The plates we ordered we excellent. Service was uneven as the room filled. Even the bread is a la carte making this restaurant expensive. The food and ambiance made it a great place for lunch with a good friend.

Terzo Piano
Responded on September 19, 2019

Hi MadelaineB, Thank you for the kind review! We look forward to serving you on your next Art Institute visit. Cheers!

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F
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

It was my Mother’s birthday. The food was excellent. We started with the lobster and corn fritters. They came out promptly though the wine didn’t appear til midway through the appetizers.
We both had the trout. Delicious with 2 sauces and a salad. Best I’ve had in a long tIme.
Dessert was a delicious semi freddo that the waiter brought for the birthday treat.
Service was good not great. The pacing was terrible. It was at least a half hour between the starter and entrees.
The front staff was disorganized and a bit rude as there was confusion with our reservation.
I will return when I go to the Art institute just hoping the fix the bugs as it is very pricey for lunch.

Terzo Piano
Responded on September 19, 2019

Hi Falander, Thank you for taking the time to review Terzo Piano! We regret your service wasn't up to standard and have discussed your review with our staff. Rest assured we take reviews very seriously and we will make sure our team offers the best service moving forward. We hope to impress you on your next Art Institute visit.

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RJ
New Zealand
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice place for lunch while visiting the art institute. The food was delicious and generous. The view is amazing.

JZ
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely day to be outdoors. Would be nice if they could find a way to have both seats of the deuces face the outside! Service was great. Crepes were terrific. Quiche was a little bland, but filling and crust were both nicely done. Lobster fritters were yummy.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat outside on the patio which was perfect. Food was delicious!

J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was ok..service was very slow. Food was as expected from a Chef.convenient to the art museum so that is good

C
Philadelphia
148 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cuisine at Terzo Piano with wonderful city views. We dined outside on the terrace and enjoyed a late afternoon lunch. Friendly wait staff who kept an eye on us while we dined and took great care of us. We had a nice flatbread appetizer and the Salmon crudo which was exquisitely prepared and served fresh. Great fresh flavors from the chef here that go really well with a cocktail or crisp beer. Entrees were also fantastic. I had the eggplant 3 ways which was some of the best eggplant that I ever had. Fettuccini was also terrific, fresh and flavorful. One thing is that the portions are smaller which honestly is how we should eat our food. In this case it is quality over quantity and besides who wants to come to eat at a museum and stuff yourself? We really enjoyed our dining experience here and would highly recommend it if you plan your day this is a great place for a nice lunch..

MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Terzo Piano is a lovely restaurant for a visit before, after, or during your visit to the Art Institute. The menu is varied and creative as are the drinks. The dessert on the day we were there (a bourbon ice cream with bourbon peaches) was the highlight of the meal. We were very pleased that we were able to carry on a conversion without having to speak loudly or to ask the speaker "what?" every third sentence. Service was a bit slow and somewhat inattentive. Reservations are highly recommended.

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