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Terzo Piano

3507 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Scenic View
  • Creative Cuisine
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
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
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Phone number
(312) 443-8650
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tony Mantuano
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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
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Cross street
Michigan Ave
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
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

Private Dining

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.

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What 3507 People Are Saying
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vipChitownFoodie (Chicago)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

Lazergirl13 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

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.

JuliaS (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Devan is the best!

vipFred (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

TravelerR (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Labrador (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Zoony (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

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?

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

Great place with a beautiful view to enjoy a delicious lunch while visiting the Art Institute !

vipBobbob (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Creative food beautifully presented
Excelent view
Exceptional design
Very good service

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

My salad came with half the ingredients listed and even when I sent it back came missing the dressing. Wonderful waiter so I didn't send it back again. Kitchen didn't have it together

MyWifeLovesSushi (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

khaef (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Sprouts excellent. Beet salad excellent Gnocchi very gloppy too rich. Didn't like it. Couldn't finish it. Made me feel nauseated

vipRobertB (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Fabulous food in a stark setting. My lamb shank was great.