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Terzo Piano, located on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, open for lunch daily. 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 sculpture terrace, 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 to the restaurants entrance or via the Modern Wing entrance of the Art Institute at 159 E. Monroe St. and take the elevator, on the right
Valentine's Day Special Menus & More
Treat your special someone to a shared five-course dinner and views of the city. Before or after dinner, take a romantic stroll through the museum’s galleries. $185 per couple includes five–course shared menu, entertainment, and champagne toast. Museum admission is free for Illinois residents.
Friday, February 14, 2020
I'm usually a fan of this place but I just received a poorly executed meal. Crispy brussel sprouts completely burnt. $27 for maybe 2 cups worth of soup "seafood stew" that literally had 3 mussels, shrimp you would only find on a pizza and 2 slivers of fish, maybe 2 oz worth. Not to mention I had to whipe my own plate just to take a photo of the dish. I will say the Salmon with fingerling potatoes and carrots was the best dish we recieved. I should of played it safe and got the burger.
Thank you for writing this detailed review. We apologize if your experience with our menu wasn't to your level of expectations and rest assured our culinary team will be made aware of this. We hope that you give us another chance so that you we can give you the food and value you would expect from Terzo Piano.
So, for us there is no better place to enjoy excellent food and stunning views, especially on a dreary winter day. We so appreciate the light and airy atmosphere at Terzo Piano. Food is always interesting and fun. Portions are good size and there is always an excellent soup (also good on a cold day). We're local, so tend to come here in winter and avoid the summer crowds. Highly recommend for a civilized and beautiful meal.
Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback on reviewing your experience at Terzo Piano. Our team diligently creates innovative menus to impress our guests and looks forward to creating exciting new dishes. We are so glad you enjoyed the restaurant and our menu. We look forward to impressing you with our future art exhibit inspired menus.
Only for drinks, food was disappointing especially given the high prices.
Thank you for taking the time to review the menu offered at Terzo Piano. we always give the feedback of our guests to our culinary team so that they are made aware, as we take your feedback very seriously. We hope you visit us on your next Art Institute visit and give our next exhibit inspired seasonal menu a chance. You may also try the museum cafe which offers wonderful options at a range of prices that suit just about everyone.
The hostess was a bit rude. The service slow. Food average.
Hello there, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano lunch experience. Your review is very important to us and we will make sure to share it with our team on our daily meetings. Please accept our apology if your experience wasn't a positive one and hope you will give us another chance on your next AIC visit.
Always a great unusual menu beautifully presented and tasty!
Hi! Thank you for your positive review! We will make sure our to share it with our team on our daily meetings.
Best place for a delicious lunch in Chicago ... (not the best place for a burger, be more adventuresome!) and great deserts ...
Hi BarbaraT, Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano! We are so glad you enjoyed your lunch and tried our Warhol inspired menu. We look forward to serving you on your next Art Institute visit.
What great place for lunch and fabulous experience. Food presentation was remarkable and the quality was equally notable. The Andy Warhol themed menu was so enjoyable--even the Spam was fabulous!
Hi Margaret! Thank you so much for your positive feedback! Our team works very hard to create our wonderful menus and equally serve and present our food. We look forward to amazing you with our next art exhibit collection menu.
The room was minimal but beautiful and while we were seated in a banquet next to two other parties the noise wasn't an issue. The food was good but the wine was overpriced.
Hi LaraL, Thank you for reviewing your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. We really appreciate you taking the time to offer the restaurant feedback and will make sure to use your thoughts in planning our next wine list. We are very glad you enjoyed the restaurant ambiance and hope to serve you again on your next Art Institute visit.
We love splurging on lunch there. This time the food was designed to suggest elements of the Andy Warhol show, and it was totally successful from that point of view. We've had lunch menus we enjoyed more from the point of view of the food, but this was a wonderful experience! And the dessert, based on the old TV dinner, was too picturesque!
Hi imwriter, Thank you for reviewing your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. We really value our guest reviews and hope you will join us for our next art exhibit collection inspired menu in 2020!
I had the chopped salad that was really lettuce with minimal chicken a few radish slices and some pepita seeds. It is totally overpriced since there was so little chicken and such a small portion of a bunch of lettuce that looked dropped on the plate unattractively. Another member of our party had the mushroom flatbread that arrived luke warm and was greasy. This was a truly disappointing meal and none of us would return.
Hi Sibyl, Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. We sincerely apologize if your experience with our menu wasn’t a memorable one. We always encourage our patrons to let us know how we are doing during service to make sure the food presented is enjoyable. We hope you will give us another chance on your next Art Institute visit.
The tables are really close so if you sit at a two top plan on hearing the tables next to you
Hi Anonymous, Thank you for your feedback on your Terzo Piano experience. We take our guest reviews very seriously and have updated our floor plan to ensure our guests enjoy their experience at our restaurant. We hope to serve you on your next AIC visit.
Our waiter Roger was amazing.
Hi Nomad, Roger was so happy to take good care of you. We hope to serve you on your next AIC Visit.
Slow service. Food was okay but overpriced. $6 for Bread and butter. I would not go back.
Hi Foodie, Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. Your review is very important to us and we will use it as a tool to improve every day. We regret your experience wasn't a positive one and hope you give us a chance on your next AIC visit.
Our server was great!! She was very patient with explaining all of the menu options.
Hi SusanR, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano lunch experience. We are pleased that you enjoyed your lunch and our server took great care of you. We hope to see you on your next AIC visit.
We enjoyed lunch on a Monday before viewing the Warhol exhibit. They offered a special Warhol menu! I had the tomato soup and the Spam entree. Fun stuff! And very tasty. I have to eat strictly gluten free and the chef/kitchen did a great job. My husband had the Warhol burger and reported that it was delicious. The service was fantastic. Since our first visit a few years ago, they have updated the decor to make the space much more inviting and warmer (new comfy chairs in a dark tan instead of plastic white, for example). Will definitely return when visiting the Art Institute.
Hi Pamela, it truly was a pleasure serving you on Monday! We thank you for notifying our team of your dietary restrictions upon making your reservation. We really enjoyed you and your husband's positive attitude and hope your husband enjoyed his donut. We look forward to impressing you with our next exhibit inspired menu. have a great 2020!
Hi Epucurious, We sincerely thank you for your kind words! We hope to impress you with our next exhibit inspired menu.
Really good food. Beautiful view of the City. Great location. Very slow & sloppy service.
Hi MattG, Thank you for reviewing your experience at Terzo Piano! We are so glad you enjoyed our exhibit inspired menu and are very sorry if your service experience wasn't a positive one. We have discussed your review and will use it as a tool to improve our daily service. We look forward to hosting you soon.
The salad with chicken that I ordered as my entree had very little chicken in it and tons of lettuce. There was almost no chopped egg or other vegetables. It was disappointing. Also, the lunch entrees created to imitate Andy Warhol's paintings were clever but unappetizing.
Hello Geraldinep, Thank you for taking the time to offer Terzo Piano feedback on your visit. We are extremely disappointed if your experience wasn't a positive one with our menu items. We always encourage our patrons to let us know how their lunch is tasting to make it a great experience right there and then. we sincerely appreciate your feedback and will use it as a tool to help create our next exhibit inspired menu. We hope you give us another chance on your next AIC visit!
Great waitress !!! Good food !!! loved the chacuterie.
Hello! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to send positive feedback our way! Our team loves great reviews and works hard to offer the best lunch experience. We are thrilled you enjoyed your charcuterie board and look forward to your next visit.
Great for before or after Art Institute. Warhol themed menu was clever. Food was good and the kitchen/server were so kind to split the two entrees we were sharing. That was great.
Hi MamaTembo, Thank you for joining us for lunch at Terzo Piano! Our team loves great feedback; especially on our exhibit inspired menus. We are so glad you enjoyed our menu and look forward to amazing you with our future art exhibit inspired menus.
Warhol menu was amazing
Hello there, Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We look forward to amazing you with our next exhibit inspired menu at Terzo Piano. Cheers!
The service getting our food was slow.
Hi SharonFGreen, Thank you for having lunch at Terzo Piano on your Art Institute visit! We sincerely apologize if your experience wasn't a positive one with our speed of service. Our team really appreciates feedback as we use it as a tool to improve every day. We hope you will give us another chance on your next Art Institute visit.
Nice, bright restaurant with interesting menu and good food. Especially enjoyed the Warhol menu items. Service very slow-surprising as restaurant mostly empty and had runner for table delivery. Waited for waiter to bring drinks, check back and waited very long for bill with table of dirty plates...apparently our waiter just wasn't that into us!
Hi Thatgirl2, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano lunch experience. We sincerely appreciate your review and take it very seriously. We are glad you enjoyed our Warhol inspired menu and deeply apologize if your service wasn't as great. We have discussed your review on our daily meetings and have used it as a tool to improve our service. We hope you will give us another chance on your next Art Institute visit.
Warhol menu was amazing! Delicious and fun! Our server was wonderful and well informed about menu items.
Hi Julia100, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience. We sincerely appreciate your kind words and look forward to delighting you with our next collection inspired menus in 2020.
Seared tuna salad was terrific, interesting, excellent quality. Warhol burger also excellent, with temptingly delicious fries. Wait staff attentive
Hi LindaP, thank you for providing positive feedback on your Terzo Piano lunch experience. We have discussed your review on our daily meetings and look forward to serving you on your next visit. Happy New Year!
The service was excellent, The special cocktail was unique, tasty and well blended. The tomato soup was very good. The Chopped Salad was almost all lettuce and dry chicken chunks. It was listed on the menu with radish, onions and pepites...had to hunt for those ingredients. The atmosphere is fine, lovely view of the City but the huge space feels cold and impersonal.
I would recommend Terzo Piano with the above reservations.
Hi Anne, Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. We've relayed your feedback to our culinary team to ensure the quality of our salads is top notch and will be monitoring our menu items closely. We are glad you enjoyed the soup cocktails and service. We look forward to serving you on your next AIC visit.
We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary in Chicago and always love to visit the Art Institute. This was our first time at Terzo Piano and loved every minute of it. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We were so surprised with the lovely complimentary dessert plate with Happy Anniversary written in chocolate. We will definitely plan to visit again.
Hi JohnP, Thank you so much for your kind words! our team loves positive feedback. We hope to serve you on your next anniversary!
While regular AIC visitors, first time at Terzo Piano. Reservation handled very efficiently and sat on time. Wait staff very welcoming and professional. Sleek/modern decor, but very stylish and inviting, with some nice views of the city,lake front, and Millenium Park. Excellent food, with a good range of choices within a somewhat smaller menu. A bit pricey, but food and ambience make it a reasonable value. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience and would highly recommend, especially as a special treat while at the museum. Plan to dine there again in the future and to take out of town visitors as well.
Hi MichaelN, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano lunch experience. We really appreciate your positive feedback and will be sure to share with our whole team on our daily meetings. We hope you will visit us on your next Art Institute visit to check out our next seasonal and exhibit inspired menu; it will be amazing!
This was a special New Year’s trip from Central Wisconsin...now I have no idea why we made reservations! There was one line for everyone and people who just walked in were seated before those of us who had taken the time to reserve. No reserved signs on any tables—so, what’s the point? I’ve worked in many classy restaurants as both chef and server. We always treated our clients who reserved tables with preference. My husband and I have enjoyed the ambiance several times previously on our Chicago trips, but we may have patronized Terzo Piano for the last time.
Hi 1javagal, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano lunch experience. We sincerely apologize if your initial experience wasn't a memorable one. Unfortunately 01/02/2020 was an extremely busy day at Terzo Piano but rest assured reservations always take priority. We hope you will give us another chance on your next Art Institute visit. Happy new year!
Family Holiday Outing
This was our third holiday ladies lunch at Terzo! Always fabulous food and drinks! The service is outstanding as well. The table was ready on time and our server was very patient. Thank you for providing a unique Chicago dining experience.
Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback! our team loves great reviews and we are looking forward to serving you on your next AIC visit!
Just joined the museum and took the opportunity to have lunch on the day of our visit. Beautiful space. Very relaxing.
Nice selection of wine, beer, and cocktails. My daughter got the Marilyn. Fabulous. Fun little tuft of banana cotton candy on the rim as a nod to her hair. Our party of four enjoyed the Chinese take out, pasta carbonara, kale salad, and chopped salad. All delicious. Can’t wait to go back!
Hi Pinklady, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano lunch experience! We are so glad you enjoyed your lunch experience. Our team works diligently to ensure our menu is creative and tasty. We look forward to having you back. Happy new year!
We love to go to an exhibit at the AI and then to lunch here.
The menu is consistently amazing and delicious and with the art in the building and on our plates, conversation too becomes inspired.
Because the restaurant was very full, the servers were very stretched, which is the only reason they did not merit the usual perfect score.
We’ll be back next year! 😉
Hi Mimi, Thank you for your positive review! we are glad you enjoyed the menu and are looking forward to your visit next year! Happy new year.
Sunday brunch for our wedding anniversary before visiting the Art Institute. I made reservation on Open Table with the anniversary notation and we were greeted at the reception desk with “Happy Anniversary”! We were seated immediately - the room was well populated, but the noise level was amazingly quiet. The room acoustics are very good for conversation.
Food is imaginative and pleasantly served, well prepared and flavorful. We had a splendid experience.
Hello Agent86, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience! We are so glad you enjoyed your lunch and are extremely happy you chose our venue for your anniversary date. We hope you will celebrate your next anniversary with us!
All 3 of us enjoyed what we ordered - 1) Chauterie plate,
2) mushroom flatbread and 3) squash soup and half Cobb salad. We also shared a bottle of red wine. We came after viewing the Warhol exhibit.
The food is always delicious at Terzo Piano!
Hello, Thank you for the positive feedback! we have shared your wonderful review with our team and our team is very appreciative of your kind words. We hope to see you soon on your next AIC visit!
We had a magical birthday celebration for my sister, the food was amazing and delightful in its presentation.
It was a great meal and wonderful memory for all of us.
Hi DianeG, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano lunch experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed your lunch here with us and really appreciate your positive feedback. Your review will be shared with our team on our daily meetings. Have a happy new year!
we love terzo.....however i was disappointed as the staff seemed overwhelmed but he lunch crowd day after christmas. our server was a wonderful woman...but she was over booked with a few tables. food was good....just took longer than usual.
Hi Joesmetro, Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch experience. We really appreciate your feedback and will use it to ensure future guests receive the best service possible. We look forward to serving you on your next Art Institute Visit.
Excellent lunch. The most creative menu we've ever seen (Warhol inspired) and beautifully produced with Andy's works of art. Kudos to the chef and his team!!
Hi Raerae, Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. We are thrilled you enjoyed our Warhol inspired menu. We are looking forward to hosting you on your next AIC Visit to enjoy our future art collection inspired menus! Happy New Year!
Nice, but TP did not live up to expectations. Service was slow. Rather a cold atmosphere, but we were the only group in our section of the restaurant so that might have had something to do with it. ok but not great.
Hello RoseB, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano. We sincerely regret your experience wasn't a memorable one and hope you will give us another chance on your next Art Institute visit. We look forward to serving you soon!
Food was delicious and amazing staff a perfect experience!
Hi Nenal, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano! We really value your feedback and appreciate your positive review. We look forward to sharing our next collection inspired menu on your next Art Institute visit.