Terzo Piano

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3534 reviews
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Terzo Piano, located on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, is a must stop for lunch daily and Thursday dinner. 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 piazza, 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 and places you right at the restaurants entrance or off of the Monroe Drive entrance of Art Institute and take the elevator to the third floor

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Treat your special someone to a special four-course dinner, and one of the best views of the city. Before or after dinner, take a romantic stroll through the museums modern art galleries. $105 per person- Tax and gratuity are additional.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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CB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am vegetarian and ordered the mushroom entree which was delicious! The Pinot Noir was also very good and we had a lovely afternoon.

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E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good for client lunch in the loop.

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Particularly enjoyed the charred octopus over Israeli couscous

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MM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I received outstanding service from the Hostess to Server, Roger. The quality is what I expected from an outstanding Exec Chef Tony M. of Spiaggia game.

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LP
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. It would be nice if there were some smaller entrees for lunch. They all sounded so huge that we split a flatbread and then a bread board. How about small salads?

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AH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place. Food was delicious. Limited wine menu but with great choices.
Wife and I had their marcona almond dish with cheese and olives which was a great start.
We split a salad and their lamb bolognase pasta which both were both very nicely made.
Would definitely recommend this place as an upscale place to visit if you're looking to move away from the standard cafe food that's offered at most museums.

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WL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place-from the aesthetic to the cuisine (and its aesthetic). I will plan to come here whenever I am in Chicago.

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JP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Original, memorable food and cocktails in a distinctly minimalist architectural space with some colorful urn shaped sculptures. Everything is thoughtfully and expertly designed, from the seating and cutlery to the items on the menu. It was quiet on the Thursday evening we were there, perhaps because the restaurant was not crowded, but I imagine that the space would be on the quiet side even if it were full. Service was attentive.

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t
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

This is where you go to top off a visit to the museum, not a go-to place just for the food. The quality is usually very good - but the menu is limited and has too many "clever" modifications to ingredients which turn many people off. This is one of those restaurants where you end up going through the menu, in all its details, to pick the item least likely to end up being offensive. It is also quite pricey - and maybe a bit too relaxed (e.g. slow service)

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LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The roasted cauliflower soup is outstanding! Check out the drink list, also.

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F
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's just such a wonderful sweeping place to be immersed in art and wonderful food that always offers changing and surprising choices. I know of no place like it in Chicago. It's a rare gem that there aren't many of even if the whole world is your oyster.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is not very good. Service is terrible. We waited 20 minutes to get a menu, another 45 for our food. The setup has changed and it is not good anymore.
Food came cold. No apple juice for children.
Too few servers.
I will not go back.

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MO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Terzo Piano was lovely! The in-house sodas were delicious. Service was good (however took a while for my tea to come). The food tasted really fresh and were well-sized dishes. The brunch menu had a really good variety but not an overwhelming amount of choices. The views from our middle table were beautiful -- it was bright and sunny and we could see both the lake to our east and the architecture to the west.

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JA
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Our dinner experience at Terzo Piano was a big disappointment from start to finish. We were seated at a table in the back of what's a cavernous space that resembles a cafeteria in terms of ambiance. The lighting was poor and the noise level high. The view for dinner (after dark) is limited, so the view doesn't make up for the bad food and ambiance. I took my boyfriend for dinner before the Symphony because the web site said the chef from Spiaggia makes dinner there on Thursdays. Well, the menu was very limited, I couldn't find anything that sounded fresh and seasonal so we ordered a cheeseburger thinking it's better to be safe than sorry. That was the wrong decision. They only make them well done, and although our server said they'd still be juicy and flavorful, they were anything but. Our bill was $70 for two cheeseburgers and a glass of wine. CRAZY. I don't think this is a "scratch kitchen." The food seems like it was heated up once it arrived on the premises. From Spiaggia, perhaps? Don't know, but avoid this restaurant for dinner. I sure wish I could get my money back, it was that bad.

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C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, this was one of the best lunches we ever had. I highly recommend the mushroom flatbread and saffron pappardelle. This was our first time here and it won't be our last.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and the restaurant is convenient if you are at the Art Institute.

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F
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Terzo Piano has finally got a menu that reflects the concept of the Art Institute of Chicago. The selections were excellent. They were well prepared and presented. This menu is different then any menu offered by competing restaurants in the area. My wife and I no longer have to decide between the cheese platter and the hamburger, which has been the choice since the Terzo Piano opened. Drinks and wine have always been the saving grace of Terzo Piano, now it's the food that shines. Thanks

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H
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The pumpkin ravioli is delicious--tender, not heavy at all, flavorful!

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SW
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A great place to go after visiting the Art Institute. Beautiful setting. You are surrounded by large windows which is great fun - you can see Chicago buildings. The patio is great when the weather permits. You can meet friends there if you have shopped rather than visiting the Art Institute. Easy to get to from Grant Parking.

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VK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The menu has changed little in the past several years. Portions are not large and not entirely creative.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting and offering for Mother’s Day brunch. This year’s addition of the painting sugar cookie project for kids was fantastic. Thank you for another perfect Mother’s Day!

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DF
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooo good!

Amazing views of Chicago

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Devan is the best!

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PO
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

We were a group of 8 - and 7 out of 8 people did not like their food at all. The ambiance is great during the day, but too bad we won't be going back.

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TH
Columbus
71 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is the best food at the Art Institute - a bright, clean, modern atmosphere with a nice variety of selections. We really enjoyed the crispy brussel sprouts and the pasta. We would definitely return at our next visit to the gallery.

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n
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live this venue. Our friends who are also members had never dined here. So new converts! We dine here every trip to Chicago. Highly recommend.

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CL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to impress your wife.

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CF
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I've frequented Terzo Piano for lunch and find it a nice spot for a quick business meal with great seating in the summer on the terrace and great food - particularly for those with dairy allergies like me. This review is limited to the special Valentine's Day dinner special in which there was a special Prix Fixe menu and one floor of the modern wing was open.

I had hoped that attendance would be such to bring some liveliness to the space; however, the overall atmosphere was a bit downbeat given the large room was very empty. The live band was decent, but the volume made it difficult to talk for a romantic dinner and the band leader's banter seemed to encourage applause after each song. Was it intended to be nice background music or a performance? It seemed no one could quite decide.

The menu was nice with options that catered to my dairy allergies. Terzo Piano is always accommodating to this. The salmon entrée featured a nice piece of fish with a crispy skin. The bed of couscous it was on; however was cold and congealed with the individual spheres of couscous sticking together in clumps. I considered sending it back, but given the occasion, I preferred to gloss over this to make the meal "fuss free." I did notice that a diner at an adjacent table did send their salmon back. With a demi-bottle of sparkling Chardonnay, two glasses of pinot noir and a four course meal the total bill was over $300 pre-tip. Frankly, I think I could have spent the same amount elsewhere for two people and had a much more enjoyable experience with excellent food and drink.

Terzo Piano made a valiant attempt, but the evening fell flat and I probably won't be returning for dinner anytime soon; however, I'll continue to use them as a convenient and refined spot for business lunches.

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L
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. We split a salad and a vegetarian entree and savored every bite. It’s pricy but elegant in an understated way. If the food would have been mediocre, I would have felt it was a rip off but the food really was outstanding. It’s a pretty relaxing place, lots of natural light and I would definitely do this again for a special occasion. Perfect for a birthday lunch type of thing.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding. Farm to table concept. I love their refreshing cocktails, cheeses, and soups! Sometimes we will just order some form of charcuterie and soup or split a salad and order entrees. We always make sure to have lunch at Terzo Piano as part of our Art Institute excursions. Recently, I was downtown attending a business conference and met my husband for lunch at Terzo Piano.

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JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very polite and attentive. The food was delicious. The venue was beautiful and not too busy for. Saturday afternoon.

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m
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a sister of Spiaggia, the best Italian restaurant in Chicago. We ate at both and enjoyed Terzo Piano more. It was more true to the original concept than Spidggia's was, discerning modernized Italian food.

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Devan is the best!

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F
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Portion sizes are small and food did not come out piping hot. Very quiet and the tables are spread out, which is very good. Beautiful view of Michigan Ave.

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TR
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Good spot. to dine before going to the Symphony in the winter as it is literally in the same building.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great open space with beautiful views. One of my favorite places to go for a weekend lunch.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We tried Terzo Piano for lunch during Restaurant Week. I have eaten here before, and compared to the regular menu, I found this lunch to be disappointing. The kale/cauliflower salad was excellent, but both our entrees were either undercooked, (partially raw salmon), or cold and skimpy (buccatini). The chocolate dessert was the skimpiest of all, brownie crumbs scattered across a white, rectangular plate, barely a taste.

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Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, creative dishes beautifully presented, in a spectacular and elegant setting looking out over the Chicago skyline and Millennium Park. Swanky and fun.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cocktails were outstanding- unusual but perfectly matched ingredients. Had a second for dessert!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was highly recommended and we were very disappointed. I couldn’t cut the crust of my quiche, the app was just okay. The cost was breathtaking, almost $200.00 for 4 people including tip, really?

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