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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

159 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Dinner: Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

Cross Street:
Michigan Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 443-8650

Website:
http://www.terzopianochicago.com/

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

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Tony Mantuano

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.

Terzo Piano Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

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88% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (55)
Scenic View (43)
Creative Cuisine (30)
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Fit for Foodies (28)
Special Occasion (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Casual (19)
Business Meals (18)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Healthy (15)
Great for Brunch (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Afternoon Tea (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
People Watching (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Fun (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Seasonal (7)
Authentic (6)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Organic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Waterfront (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I would come more often if the menu were varied periodically

Tags: Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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

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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

I had high expectations because of reviews and recommendations, but the food was only ok. The search for some fresh home made pasta with good flavors continues...

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great improvements since my last visit. The decor has been refreshed, and the food is innovative. The mussels were a hit!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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."

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Romantic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was delicious and we loved the view of the city. We waited longer than we expected for our food. We didn't complain about it but our waitress must have thought so, too, because she put in an order for complementary bruschetta, but as she was giving us our appetizer plates, our food arrived. We thought it was a bit tacky when she said "I guess you won't be needing that bruschetta after all and she pulled our appetizer plates off the table." We thought it would have been a kinder gesture to have just left those plates and bring us the brushetta as a way of saying "I'm sorry for the wait".

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our waiter was fantastic

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My wife and I came for lunch during a visit to the Art Institute. The service was excellent, smooth and quick, and the food was superb. The wine list was also fine. I think this is the closest to perfection that I've seen in a restaurant in the last several years.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I have extensive food allergies and provided my allergen list to Manager Erika Armenta, who had helped me before, prior to my visit. I heard from Erika twice, she was so friendly and helpful, assuring me she would present my information to the Chef. When I arrived the Chef had already created some unique options for me. The manager on duty the day of my meal was Jesus Santoyo, he was very attentiveness and even came up with additional creative substitutes for some options I had allergies to. Our server was very friendly and attentive to my food allergies, he listened well and was very nice to talk to. A beautiful atmosphere, enlivened by a generous portion of soft daylight filling the room through the large windows looking out on to the city, a friendly and attentive staff, plus wonderful tasting food, all made for a great experience for us all the way around!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wonderful! The chef Jesus, was fantastic and the service was excellent. So friendly and we felt comfortable asking about the different items on the menu. Absolutely great staff. Even the women that greeted us when we arrived was absolutely gracious. Loves the experience. It was our first. Thanks!😊

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was fine. Service was barely passable. The hostess was rude and disinterested. Waitress barely engaged. A shame for such a lovely location

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We both had delicious butternut squash soup and shared the white pizza. The pizza was very light and perfectly cooked and just the right size to share. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Every bite was delicious from the salmon flatbread to the bacon-wrapped figs and a fabulous dessert tray with some lovely chocolate and fruit. The restaurant was worth almost every penny. Downsides: the wine was too expensive (minimum $16) for too small a glass, and the eggs on the flatbread were too runny.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful setting and excellent food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

One should have modest expectations eating in a museum or any other large cultural institution. Terzo Piano exceeds those expectations with a creative menu, knowledgeable wait staff and a sophisticated but casual vibe. A nice change of pace from the Michigan Avenue joints.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food, relaxing atmosphere and impeccable service. Perfect pairing for a wonderful day at the Art Institute. One of my favorites.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good flat bread and excellent brussle sprout chips

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Been to Terzo Piano a handful of times when visiting Art Institute Chicago. They have revamped the style of the room and it is a fine space to enjoy while taking in the AI C. However, this visit the food was less than memorable, service was slow--nothing knocked our socks off like in previous visits. Hope they can impress us next time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Three of us went to celebrate all of our birthdays. Each dish we ordered was unique and delicious. Our friendly helpful waiter patiently gave us plenty of time to catch up with one another. The atmosphere and service was relaxed while the presentation of food, place settings, and the menu were elegant.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 5, 2017

View and room itself are interesting and worth the visit. Best thing about Sunday lunch was the fig dessert -- delicious and perfect size. Plus not too sweet.

Two poached eggs on salmon flatbread were not appealing. Rice bowl okay, but not terribly interesting. Chicken salad was good.

Would go again, but order different meals.

Service was a bit slow.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Terzo's Terrific! Had friends in from San Diego and knew I wanted to 'wow' them at brunch on Sunday, so we headed to Terzo Piano for a memorable (and memorably relaxed) meal. Our waiter, Everett, was top-notch; we had a substitution we wished to make and he ran interference with the kitchen and produced a fabulous variation on a chicken dish for a vegetarian friend. We started the meal with the brussell sprouts chips - and I'd go back for those alone - they are an experience SO worth having. Our quiches were fantastic - light, fluffy, so full of flavor and not overwhelmed by cheese. The only thing we all agreed upon was that the accompanying salad (to the quiche) was a bit messy looking - since most of it is small-leaved lettuces, it kind of resembles a mess of sloppy hair (even though it is delicious, it's not very appetizing in appearance). The coffee was outstanding. Everett was always unobtrusively available. I'd go back EVERY Sunday if I could.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

MY ORDER OF THE SMOKED SALMON FLATBREAD COULD HAVE BEEN FINE EXCEPT THE EGG WAS RAW AND THE WAIT STAFF SAID THEY COULDN'T JUST MICROWAVE IT QUICKLY. RAW EGGS ARE DANGEROUS!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Creative fresh cuisine (smoked trout with smoked grapes appetizer amazing), attentive service in beautiful Art Institute setting with views of Chicago skyline, architecture. Highly recommend-- one of the best lunches we have had including DC, San Francisco, Boston.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

espresso was terrible - and the coffee that replaced it was also bad. Food was OK but the setting is too white - cold and sterile - like eating in a laboratory. I miss the old dining room above the Stock Exchange - it was warm, cozy and elegant.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I have come to this beautiful restaurant for years whats happened ?
The service was terrible and food mediocre....terrible shame !

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is one of my favorite lunch spots. The view and ambience is serene and the food is always good. This time around I had the butternut squash soup, which was tasty - but the Brussel sprout chips stole the show. I understand the pumpkin old fashioned was quite good as well - it was a bit on the sweet side for me, but my friend enjoyed it. The service was quite good and even though we were in the middle of a shift change, it was seamless.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Beautiful, airy setting with surprisingly good acoustics. Even with a full dining room I was easily able to hear and converse across the table with my date. Creative fresh food and prompt attentive wait staff. We'll be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Ashamed I’ve never been despite giving Wing an award while serving on a national jury many years ago. WOW The staff setting beverage choices and cuisine are all a TEN. The setting is at once open and friendly yet our table felt intimate. Staff is all over you but not overwhelming or pushy. I can’t wait to lunch again and definitely is on my dinner list for a Thursday evening. WOW

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was excellent and portions were the right size (not gigantic like many restaurants). The desserts were very good and small (so enough for one person). And the view of the city skyline makes this an excellent spot to bring out of town guests.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The service was friendly and professional. The waiter was extraordinary in his service and attention

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fun, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love this place! My butternut squash soup was cold. Promised bread and butter we had for desert w rasp jam. Definitely return. Did not want to embarrass waiter for asking for hot soup! My friends meal fine,esp ora he juice!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I have been here several times and always have a pleasant experience. The quiche was something to dream about as was the cheese board dessert and the dates wrapped in bacon. A wonderful restaurant with terrific service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I appreciate their recent renovation. They needed it. Their portions are smaller and more expensive. Pre-renovation they brought olive oil and a bread plate of focaccia and baguette slices gratis. Then the new menu last Spring/Summer post-reno charged $5 for a bread plate but it was a really attractive and tasty combination of breads. Now it’s gone up to $7 and it’s focaccia and slices of baguette. Seriously? Menu is limited and fairly pricey for a la carte lunch items with small portions. I’m heading to the cafeteria next to the members lounge for for reasonably priced (and tasty!) choices. Had great homemade pumpkin curry soup there last week (cafeteria)

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