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Terzo Piano

4.4
3513 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View

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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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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Beautiful setting and offering for Mother’s Day brunch. This year’s addition of the painting sugar cookie project for kids was fantastic. Thank you for another perfect Mother’s Day!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Sooo good!

Amazing views of Chicago

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Devan is the best!

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We were a group of 8 - and 7 out of 8 people did not like their food at all. The ambiance is great during the day, but too bad we won't be going back.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

This is the best food at the Art Institute - a bright, clean, modern atmosphere with a nice variety of selections. We really enjoyed the crispy brussel sprouts and the pasta. We would definitely return at our next visit to the gallery.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We live this venue. Our friends who are also members had never dined here. So new converts! We dine here every trip to Chicago. Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Devan is the best!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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?

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Creative food beautifully presented
Excelent view
Exceptional design
Very good service

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3.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

The food was good, service very professional . Everything was enjoyable.
Will come again.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

This restaurant was amazing! I had the duck breast and it was so good! It has a cool view and the service was absolutely excellent!

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

This is an amazing place, after walking around in the museum there is nothing better than sitting having a drink and enjoying the view. Gnocchi was just prefect, and the lamb shank was absolutely gorgeous. Drinks were good as usual.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

This was a treat. I had a delicious lunch here and will be back again when I return to Chicago. I hope to come for dinner sometime as well.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2017

Great view of architecture nearby. Historic AIC.
Very good service.
Loved the beat salad, perfect done burger!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Fits perfectly into a visit to the Art Institute. Classy. The food is well thought out. I always order the soup of the day and one of their interesting nonalcoholic drinks.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

One of our favorite spots. Tasty and interesting food. Usually a good vegetarian offering. Light and pleasant ambiance and of course member discount and nice access to the Art Institute

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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!

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2017

I would come more often if the menu were varied periodically

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2017

Always a beautiful venue with unique food and beverages. My favorite lunch spot in Chicago

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2.0Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

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