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About Terzo Piano
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
Chicago, IL 60603
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
$30 and under
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The sparkling, glass-curtained room presents light filled space with floor to ceiling windows. Terzo Piano offers a white canvas for you to create your perfect event. This versatile space may be combined with gallery viewing for flowing receptions into the thousands. Our semi-private event space is available for groups of 30 to 80 for seated lunch or dinner and from 30 to 150 for receptions. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Take advantage of the museum's valet parking option. It's only $28 per vehicle (cash only),Self park is available across the street in the Millennium Park garages.Valet at the Modern Wing entrance everyday from 1030 AM.When the Museum doors open until 1 half hour after closing. Rate are subject to change.
Blue and Red Lines: Monroe
Brown, Green, Pink, Purple, and Orange Lines: Adams/Wabash or Madison/Wabash
Various bus lines will take you to the corner of Michigan Ave and Monroe St.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Terzo Piano offers a white canvas for you to create your perfect event. This versatile space may be arranged to accommodate a variety of group sizes and event types. From gourmet seated dinners to elegant cocktail receptions, Terzo Piano provides the perfect atmosphere.
Terzo Piano Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
I could not be more pleased with our dining at Terzo Piano. The food and drinks were outstanding, the setting was open and peaceful, and the price—while not inexpensive—was actually a good value given the quality of the meal. Everyone should go here. Just great.
This is such a lovely space -- and so convenient, connected to the Art Institute. I knew it was "more expensive", but was with an out of town friend, and thought it would be worth it. I found the wait staff cordial--but not very perceptive. Initially they seated the two of us between two other already seated tables of four or more, which are close together. The one table had 5-6 people, and while they were not speaking loudly, I could hear their entire conversation, which meant it would be difficult to hold a pleasant conversation with my companion. Since we were the only 3 groups dining in that large space, I asked if we could be moved-- which they did agree to, and moved us to a table I suggested a ways away, but not inconvenient for the waiter to reach us. And, the food --- not that outstanding. We ordered the pasta fettucini with lamb--since that was one of the only more inexpensive entrees. It was fine--but not very flavorful-- the sauce was bland. And, the portion was certainly on the small side-- disappointing. Then we asked about bread, and was informed Everything was ala carte-- but we could order a 1/2 order each. Which we did to fill up-- and it was okay, but focaccia is not my favorite choice for a meal accompanying bread. Our waiter, with a couple prompts, did deliver the non-alcoholic beverage my companion ordered, and I did enjoy the wine selection--which was reasonably priced and a standard pour size--so that was satisfactory. We finished with a cappuccino/latte to fill us up a bit more. Overall though, for the cost--even for Downtown Michigan Ave. Chicago-- it was disappointing and not that great a value. I'm not sure I will be enticed to go there again--despite the beautiful ambiance.
We had a great experience celebrating our engagement. They brought us prosecco upon seating us and congratulated us. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable but unobtrusive. The food was delicious: we had the brussel sprout app, roasted cauliflower soup, gnocchi and hake. They also brought out the cappuccino cake as a complimentary dessert, which was unexpected but delicious. It was a wonderful evening start to finish.
We were celebrating our friend’s birthday at the ART Institute so chose restaurant for convenience . The food was wonderful! We started with salmon flatbread which was delicious. We then shared mussels, octopus and charred cauliflower . Mussels and octopus were sensational! It was a fabulous lunch!
Really imaginative and beautiful food in an incredible location - open sky on either side of you, so you feel above it all. Elegant and simple atmosphere and some delicious dishes - not crazy about all of them, but most are quite wonderful. The service can be a bit slow when they are busy, but if you have time, this is a great place to have a leisurely lunch.
I have been a regular to Terzo Piano since it opened. The management, wait- and kitchen-staff have not only met but most often exceeded my expectations for good quality and well prepared food and service. They go the extra mile to meet my dietary meeds and most often are agreeable to the substitutions or other modifications to my food preparations and selections.
I have been going to Terzo regularly for a few years now and the new menu is a let down -- it's more expensive then ever before and the plates are TOO SMALL! I'm sorry but past is not an expensive ingredient and if you charge me $22 for it, there should at least be a fair amount of it on the plate. I don't want to leave a restaurant and feel like a need a sandwich to round it off -- that's just not on! Sorry, lost a customer.
It was the wine tasting co-sponsored by the Art Institute. Cathy Mantuano was a fabulous guide and all the wine and small bites were delicious. Would do again in a minute. We were celebrating someone’s birthday and they thought it made a special night for them.
The dining room is designed beautifully in a sleek modern aesthetic, lit by buckets of natural light from the many windows that offer nice views of Downtown Chicago.
For my taste, the menu is a little overpriced. I am all for fine dining and paying good money for an excellent meal, but the brunch menu could be improved. I was there yesterday and paid $70 (pre-tip) for two salads, a soup, two teas and two coffees. The food was delicious and artfully plated, as one might expect at a restaurant housed in the Art Institute, and the staff delightful and attentive.
It seems that they cater to a higher-level clientele, which is of course their prerogative and part of the reason why the dining room is wonderfully quiet (a rarity these days), but that was also in part because the dining room was nearly empty. I was one of three tables during my meal. With such a large space, it's a shame that it wasn't fuller with a little bit of buzz, particularly when one thinks of how difficult it is to get a table at someplace like The Gage across the street, which has a much more extensive brunch menu. Terzo Piano has one egg dish on their brunch menu (a quiche) - doesn't seem much like brunch to me.
My guess is that they make most of their business off of special events. Both times I've been there it was fairly empty and the staff looked starved for something to do. I would go more often if the menu were priced a bit lower.
We went there for brunch before a matinee performance at the Lyric Opera, a party of three. One guest's food had to be redone because of a dietary restriction. Not a native speaker of English, she had not realized that "ricotta" is a form of "cheese," which she cannot eat. Up to this point, what happened is not the restaurant's fault. From here on it is: they forgot about the resubmitted order. We waited and waited. Getting the meal in time for our guest to eat it turned into a real cliffhanger. The restaurant is fine by and large. But the service let us down big time on this occasion.
Restaurant is on the Third Level of the Chicago Art Institute. Great view of Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan.
Food is very good although a bit different. I had spicy mussels which were very good; one guest had the hangar steak special and determined it to be excellent. A dinner sized salad was also among the winners as were the brussel sprout leaves. White Fish spread was ok but a bit strong. The Chocolate Dessert Board was "to die for."
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