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Terzo Piano

4.4
3512 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View

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About

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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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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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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Catering
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 bacatering@artic.edu
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
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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4.3
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4.3
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4.5
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3.9
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5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent choice for business lunch several times. Most recent business lunch was with a colleague who is vegetarian. She thought the choices were outstanding.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

This is a reliably good place for lunch

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Always love this place. Great food amazing ambiance.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Always aweskme

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4.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Ate outdoors and overlooked beautiful Millenium park. Menu selection is much improved.
Still a bit pricey, but nice atmophere.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

The menu is imaginative and the food delightful. The wine list is lovely for the luncheon menu.
The room is airy and welcoming and the service is friendly, if a bit obtrusive.

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2.0Dined on September 18, 2017

The scallop dish looked good and smelled bad. The scallops definitely were far from fresh.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

AN old friend and I met for lunch and then tour the art institute. Perfect combination! Lovely sunshiny day yet got to see the smiling refrigerated snowman on the patio. Where but Chicago is that possible.

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

This must have been my 50th meal at Terzo Piano and, as always, the food was delicious and innovative, presentation was outstanding, choices were wide-ranging and intriguing and my table mates and I were able to have a conversation without shouting. I love this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

Food comparable to the exquisite setting!! Great service. Very European feel.

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2017

food was great, very good but was ruined by a very poor and slow service

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Terzo Piano continues to provide outstanding, creative food in one of the most beautiful locations in Chicago. The view from the restaurant is spectacular and the view from the terrace is even better.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

This place never disappoints. The menu is always interesting and the food is just swell.

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3.0Dined on September 7, 2017

Unfortunately we were attending a business lunch and our service was underwhelming. Ordered our entree's and a bottle of wine, our lunch meals arrived and 1 of our business partners ordered an heirloom tomato salad and was served the watermelon salad which was the wrong order, which was sent back and assured a rush had been put on the tomato salad, the watermelon salad came back again to our table and was presented by a kitchen attendee, wrong dish again! Server re-assured that the tomato salad was on it's way while the other members of the table politely waited to eat their served entrees, it took 15 minutes until it finally arrived. A tomato salad, that was delicious but ruined by poor service and atmosphere.

I understand that there are some things out of your control, but this was not good a good look and made for an awkward meal with an important client. We will not be going back.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

They've upgraded their grilled cauliflower. YUM! Lots of vegetarian and fish options. Lovely service.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2017

A casual place with lots of light. After your trip to the museum or if you're just walking around downtown Chicago, Terzo Piano is a great choice for a meal in a quiet and modern atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on September 4, 2017

We had a very nice lunch out on the patio. The views of the city are fantastic from the patio. The burger was large and filling and the flatbread was tasty.

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3.0Dined on September 3, 2017

We ate on the outside patio, which was very nice. Wait staff seemed very rushed and busy, but were pleasant when you were able to talk to one of them. I had the trout dish, the trout itself was good, but was bathed in too much butter and oil. My friend had a chicken salad, which was also good. But hey - after ten years of dining here, they now charge for the bread at the beginning of the meal! What is that all about?

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Excellent meal in a beautiful setting. The restaurant is open for dinner only on Thursday evenings when the Art Institute is open late. Well worth a visit for the beautiful setting and the food from the terrific menu was wonderful.

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2.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Shareable menu appetizer was tiny and prepared and served in a totally non-shareable way. Pesto pasta dish was nothing but six huge,empty uncooked, rubbery pasta tubes. After complaining, they served same dish - this time very much undercooked and still inedible. They did not manage to spoil the wine which was excellent.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2017

We arrived on time at 12:45. There seemed to be a problem with being seated. I waited at least 5 minutes at the Kiosk, then they asked us to wait five minutes to be seated because the waiter would be overloaded. After we stood up for 10 minutes, they had seemed to forget about us and we just sat down at the table.
The waiter was excellent, although probably overloaded, and the food was good.
This was on a Tuesday, not to my knowledge a demanding events day
My suggestion is to hire more service help.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

I had the cauliflower dish and LOVED it! I will be back!

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Brunch menu is very minimal but OK. As someone who can't eat meat my options were pretty limited. They also only have OJ as far as fresh juices, a bummer for a fancy spot.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Got the exact table I reserved through you. Food was good. A bit expensive for the quantity, but the view/ambiance makes up for every little thing to possibly complain about. We had a fun lunch. Thanks.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

A fun place to eat. Expensive but good museums often have pricey restaurants.

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2.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Their outdoor terrace is lovely with beautiful views and the service is excellent. The food was way overpriced and blah. The indoor seating area had all the ambiance of a high school cafeteria. I definitely would not recommend Terzo Piano.

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2.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Convenient place for us to meet after lecture at Art Institute. Food was okay, not great. Service the same.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Great and convenient place for lunch especially if you are visiting the museum. The atmosphere was a little more casual than I expected but still attractive. The menu is nice with some unusual combinations and gourmet selections. The food is very good though the portion of grilled octopus was small and the lemon chicken salad was much more full. Service was good. Slightly pricey. 10% discount for museum members. Best part is the fabulous city view if you sit outside.

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2017

Had a great time with my little cousin. It was her first time at an art museum so gave her the full treatment and took her to brunch. The view is worth it and the food was good. Great service. She loved it!

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2017

Watched the solar eclipse from the rooftop dining at Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago. Experience and food were great.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Lunch with friends is convenient at the museum. It seems with the amount of business
they get, especially in summer, they could be more creative with seasonal and/local
ingredients. I had a smoked salmon on top of avocado on bread. The bread was very dry,
the salmon was good but quite unimaginative. Nice wine selection. Our friend had
the fish stew and said it was okay but difficult to eat. (different untensils)
I was hoping for more.....

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Delicious food and wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Good. Modern.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

It was an overall pleasant dining experience!!

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4.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Fifth visit
Great handling of a birthday!
Mixed reviews on two of the 4 entrees
The cauliflower entree was very dry- disappointed. I look forward to this entree
Service slow
Seemed a bit off on this visit
Still we will return

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1.0Dined on August 15, 2017

Overpriced menu. I had the lobster salad. The lobster was obviously cooked the day before, with a yellowish color. The tomatoes were wrinkled. The whole salad was without any dressing. I would rather have a salad at Panera Bread. I was not in the mood to argue, but the dish should have been sent back to the kitchen. Can't believe how this restaurant got this many good reviews. Must have hired some ghost reviewers.

After the meal, the waiter couldn't wait to take my credit card without showing me itemized charges. The final reciept was also a lump sum, but not itemized. They either charged me more than 10% in tax or there must be some hidden charges.

Overall a rip-off experience. I wonder how long this place will last without being associated with the museum.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was good, not spectacular but far from horrible. The service was ok - a lot of servers, but hard to get attention. When seen, servers all very friendly and helpful. Very pleasant spot for light meal after the museum or an elegant stop from the park. On a nice day, eating on the terrace was really lovely. Families, ladies, couples all seemed comfortable.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Roasted cauliflower and seared duck breast amazing.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

We enjoyed a lovely light dinner and good wine on the outdoor patio after a special tour of the Gauguin exhibit at the Art Institute. Nice setting as the lights of the city came on during our dinner. Artistically plated food made with fresh ingredients. (If you are a member of AIC , you get a 10% discount.)

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Everything perfect except timing. Asked the waiter to slow things down a bit, but it didn't help much. Food was terrific.

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