Terzo Piano

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3573 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Enjoy classic brunch favorites as we celebrate spring’s best ingredients from our favorite local farms. For an additional $20, enjoy unlimited mimosas and a build-your-own bloody mary bar. $75 per adult $25 per child 12 and under. Please note: only buffet will be offered on Easter.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to lunch here.

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m
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great views and very good service. Recommend the banana bread pudding!

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OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our go to places on Thursday night.

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

Prompt, professional yet friendly service, a really innovative menu with great vegetable options and superb fish, and the brightest, airiest setting you'll find downtown. Maybe just a little on the pricey side but consider you're in one of the world's greatest museums - and try to find another restaurant on the east side of Michigan Avenue downtown! Not a romantic setting, but you're trading really high windows with unobstructed views on the east and west for that.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The food was not the quality as Years before...the service was terrible waiting over 30 minutes for a Cobb salad! Except for the view there really is no ambiance ie no trees or plants.
I was disappointed.

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AJ
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Portions were smaller than expected. View was wonderful.

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F
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a peaceful lunch in a lovely setting with very good food!

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose the manager stopped by and made our experience memorable.
Host Maria was very welcoming.
Roger the waiter was always on point!
Kudos to Chef Carolina for her mouthwatering morsels

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CM
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to Tierzo Piano (and it was a lunch that we booked). Much too complicated lunch offerings! We go to lots of museums around the world (Paris, Berlin London, NY, Edinburgh (where we live part of our lives), and TP was “over the top”, and not good value at that!
Thank you,
Tony Martin

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CB
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The duck breast was very good, but although I'd asked for medium-Tate, it was cooked to medium to well done. I'll skip the dessert next time--the $9 pear poached in red wine was skimpy in amount, and was paired with very dry cornmeal bread that was tasteless.

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JP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

A delayed issue with our food order was disappointing. Never had this happen at Terzo before and this was likely our 20-something visit. They ran out of food and there seemed to be a delay between kitchen informing our server of the non availability. At the moment we’re thinking our food is coming, we are told they were out of our order. Our server was exceptional. The kitchen should communicate better. Like when they know they have three more of something, servers should be alerted. We were compensated for the salads.

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K
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This is a "first" for me and it saddens me to say that we were not at all happy with the service (specifically our wait staff person) on this visit.

As we have come to expect and appreciate, we were seated immediately, menus presented, water poured. I like to try new ingredients/combinations when I dine at Terzo, but just wasn't sure about the pickled apples part of the cauliflower soup. I asked if I could try a sample before ordering. (This was as much a timing issue as a taste issue--we had member reservations for a lecture, so there would not have been time to reorder if the soup was not to my liking.) Wait person replied that she would have to walk all the way to the back of the dining area to get a sample. She then stomped off in the opposite direction, spoke with her manager--arms flailing about in some dark mood--and did not come back with any response to my request. A different staff member brought a sample. Based on the tasting, I rethought my selection and we ordered. We didn't see our wait staff person until the bill was presented. Others came and refilled and cleared, but she never checked back with us.

One can assume that our server was having a very bad day and/or doesn't like her job. The result was that we had a very bad day also and we, too, didn't appreciate her job.

As a separate issue, we have not been thrilled with the menus since the new group took over a few years ago. Having already sounded like a harridan, I will just say that we'll look elsewhere for dining options next time. And this from long-time supporters/advocates of Terzo Piano.

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Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We stopped for lunch prior to attending a lecture at the museum. The mushroom flatbread starter was delicious. We then had salads for the mains and both the shrimp/citrus and chicken chop salad were good, but not anything special. Nevertheless, the lunch was very enjoyable and we will return again.

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SM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It's the place where I bring friends when I want to talk, eat good food, and not be hurried out. Wait staff was particularly good, and we stayed a long time but there was no hurrying us out.

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c
Chicago
289 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food is good but portions very small. And very overpriced.

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s
Key West
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A glorious experience! Don’t miss it if you are visiting The Art Institute.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was greeted and seated quickly. I can not stress enough how amazing my server was to the point I even remember his name Roger Ponce. He knew the menu and provided great insight to match the superior standard that Terzo and it delivered. I enjoy my experience I’m not much of a dessert guy but his recommendation was one I did not take likely and jumped on the opportunity. I genuinely enjoyed my experience and will be bringing my clients here for years to come.

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JJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice when visiting the AIC. To be honest I tried to get in to the University Club where I am a member but they were booked except for very early or very late. Terzo Piano was a great second choice. I had an out of town guest who also loved it.

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E
Cleveland
36 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife called the banana bread pudding with cinnamon bark, hazelnut ice cream and hazelnuts the best dessert she's ever had. Nothing wrong with my poached eggs shakshuka and great cord bread or her saffron pasta with lamb Bolognese either.

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DH
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife & I had lunch -- a very good mushroom flatbread and a cobb salad that lacked the expected blue cheese and was rather dry and bland. ur waiter was friendly (not gushy) , helpful and competent. We'll go back for the flatbread but not the salad. A short but diverse wine list.

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M
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

As a regular customer at Terzo Piano, I was surprised and disappointed with the food, which was served warm, not hot, and which looked as though it had been sitting for a while.

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U
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful views, wonderful and unusual cocktail concoctions, and tasty food!

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A
London
27 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a pleasant time.

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SS
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy this restaurant. It’s a nice Sunday lunch place.

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E
Atlanta
60 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here on a Thursday night. The atmosphere
can best be casual elegance- service was wonderful and the plating of foods was beautiful. The menu is plant forward and uses fresh simple ingredients. We enjoyed a burrata flatbread, saffron pasta, and mushroom farro entree. All was excellent and we will be back if we are in Chicago again.

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FA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great lunch here. It’s a well designed space with a accessible lunch menu ... good value.

We loved the views and our meal.

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P
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hidden gem, great food!! Great spot for Brunch on Sundays

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t
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, attentive & pleasant staff, creative food and drinks

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g
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A lovely place to have lunch at the Art Institute; food reliably good, pleasant service, fabulous view.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Poor service and value

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service and mediocre food did not make an enjoyable dining experience. The soup and salad badly over salted and the fish and burger were over cooked. Never saw a host or hostess and the waitress disappeared.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had so much fun, the view and the terrace is so nice and the flat bread is amazing!

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b
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Upon the reservation it was not clear that it would be a prix fix. Selections were not great and was perplexity because other tables had obviously ordered from the main menu. Server was too busy and the front desk took 10 mins to locate coats...

Unfortunate.

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CM
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice. Delicious.

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l
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch with seasonal menu.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal - a fresh salad with shaved parmiggiano, then a wonderful whole wheat pasta in a sauce yummy with anchovies, and a beautiful and refreshing sorbet popsicle for dessert. And such a beautiful setting, with views either to the lake or of the Chicago skyline. I love this place.

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DI
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent
The fixed price menu was terrific and just enough to fill you up
Enjoyed the Spanish Cava
Love love

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JW
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special lunch with delicious food and wonderful service. Love your Bellini, the best. A lovely and relaxing day.

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SK
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful experience and delicious food. One member of our party had a birthday and they gave her a free dessert. The service was friendly and efficient!

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CB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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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