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Russian Tea Time

4.5
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425 reviews
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$30 and under
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Russian

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Welcome to Russian Tea Time! Russian Tea Time offers a variety of dishes from the diverse regions of the former Soviet Union Republics. Afternoon Tea Service is available every day from 1pm to 6 pm. Our guests can indulge in an extensive assortment of vegetarian dishes – Tashkent Carrot salad, Eggplant Orientale, Beet Caviar, and Golubtsy (cabbage rolls) to name a few. Some of our signature dishes include Pelmeni (meat dumplings), Ukranian Borscht, Russian Blinis (thick Russian pancakes), Caviar and many more.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 425 People Are Saying
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnyaN
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My mother and I had a lovely time here for dinner. I was really sad though because I wanted Pelmeni but they didn’t have those. It sort of ruined our evening. Our waitresses were very friendly. Thank you for still holding our reservation even when we were a little late. Your food reminded me of home. (Kazakhstan)

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 13 July 2019

Thank you Anya, for your review, we appreciate your support. We will make sure to have enough pelmenis for your next visit, please visit our website for renovation pictures and dates and sing up to be invited to our Grand Opening Events.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just loved it as always and service was amazing!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 13 July 2019

Thank you for your review, we appreciate your support.

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vipCapers
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

The food was terrible - this place is not what it used to be.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you for your review.

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gourmand
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Quality, authentic Eastern European specialties, beautifully presented

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here several times and always order our favorites. There was a new option on the menu for tasting platters for two. We ordered two for our table of six with an extra carrot salad and order of 6 pelmeni. The amount of food was generous and we got to try more things that we normally wouldn’t have. We are so glad that we did because we now have a few more favorite items that we now would order. The service is wonderful and atmosphere makes me feel like I am in a different world from the hustle and bustle of Chicago. Highly recommend Russian Tea Time!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you very much for your loyalty and for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again. Check out our remodeling plans for this summer and the beginning of fall in our website

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PattyP
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

We looked forward to our dinner at The Russian Tea Room but we’re very disappointed in the experience. The Host seemed overwhelmed with the crowd of diners. The service was slow. It seemed there were not enough waiters to service the customers and the few were harried. The food was tasteless, we ordered a salad, the potato stuffed dumplings and the latkes. Everything was void of taste. Would we return a second time? I don’t think so.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you for your candid review Patty, we are sorry to hear about your unpleasant experience. We have been proud of our recipes for over 25 years and always paid a close attention to their quality. Our menu selection is very unique from the parts of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russian. We would like to invite you back to try our classic entrees like Stuffed cabbage rolls and Beef Stroganoff.

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vipFoodieLove
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my mother for tea time and it was wonderful! We loved everything about our experience. We want to go back for a meal in the future.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you very much for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again to try our classic dishes. We will close for a major remodeling and will be back before holidays. Please visit our website for photos of a new design.

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cacaraca
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my go-to restaurant for special occasions, when I have family or friends in town, or when I visit the Art Institute or Chicago Symphony. The dishes are from all parts of the former Soviet Union, and taste great. There is a good selection of vegetarian and meat meals. They make their own tea that is served in traditional Russian glasses, and they flavor their own vodka in many yummy, authentic tastes. (Their best seller is horseradish vodka--try it!) For dessert, try their honey cake. Very perfect service, too.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you very much for your loyalty and for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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Taylor
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful service and excellent eastern European comfort food. There was a mixup with our Open Table reservation for 8. Our party came from all over the country. They went out of their way to pull tables together for us. Thank you Russian Tea Time!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you very much Taylor. It was and always will be our pleasure to host your parties from every corner of the world. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating my friend getting into law school. This was a great place and we loved every second! Thank you!!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you very much for this amazing review and Congratulations to your friend!!! We wish him all the best in his new endeavors . We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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vipMyGoToPlace
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Their honey cake desert is something so unique and exquisite. Highly recommended.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you very much for you review, honey cake never disappoint our customers. Hope to see you again.

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vipSuzetteM
Chicago
115 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience3

Food was very good. Ambiance was nice. Service was awful! Sergil was terrible. Acted like he didn’t want to be there, no checking in, long wait in between courses, had to call others twice to get what we needed. I even told him I didn’t want to be rude but he was acting like he didn’t want to be there. Then he disappeared for a long long time with our credit cards and had to ask for them back. It was not very busy.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you for choosing Russian Tea Time, Suzette. We are very sorry to hear about this pleasant situation you had with us. Thank you for letting us know and putting a spotlight on it, we will have a training with our servers and make sure that you will receive an excellent service next time you visit Russian Tea Time.

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AlleenC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Atmosphere seemed a little tired. Menu has all the expected Russian foods. Borscht was good, but not as good as what I had in St. Petersburg.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you for your review Allen. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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XingPing
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Food tasted like it was from the frozen aisle at the grocery store.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 25 June 2019

Thank you for your review. We would love to see you again and hopefully we will deserve 5 stars next time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Really enjoyed our tea that began w/ scones, then savories, & then sweets. Lovely intimate space that’s a respite from bustling
Chicago summer scene of festivals etc.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 15 June 2019

Thank you for your review. We appreciate your support.

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vipMusician
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our service and waiter

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 15 June 2019

Thank you very much. Spasibo.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Not terrible but also just not very good. Many items were listed as sweet and sour, I was ready for pickling and some tang but everything was soooo sweet! Without collaborating my date said “this tastes like bland cafeteria food” and I had been thinking the same. The Beet soup was actually quite good because it had a better balance but overall not very distinct flavors and very mediocre. The bread was good but if that’s the thing you take away from a dinner how good was that dinner really? Wish I had better things to say I really wanted to love this place.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 15 June 2019

Thank you for your honest review. We apologize for your unpleasant experience at the Russian Tea Time.

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DirkS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our family has been been going to the Russian Tea Time for years, but I must say I'm always amazed at the level of excellence we experience our last visit. From the food to the service we were pleased beyond words, and I would recommend this establishment to anyone looking for a great dinning experience!
Dirk & Jan Swiderek

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 15 June 2019

Thank you very much for your loyalty and for this amazing review. We appreciate your support and would love to see you again.

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vipvladB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Starting with stale bread and finishing with inedible appetizers and main course, then adding painfully loud music, the overall experience was dismal. This is not what Russian food tastes like. Disappointing.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 6 June 2019

Vlad, thank you for your honest review. We apologize for your unpleasant experience and would like to invite you back to our grand reopening on October 1, 2019. Hope you will give us another chance and we will not disappoint you this time.

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Amaliya
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We dined here in May.
I have to admit that I was underwhelmed by the ambiance of Russian Tea Time.
The restaurant was very dated and overflowing with the Geriatric set. Picture the Golden Girls complete with mauve, green, and burgundy accents. We learned that they would be closing soon for renovations. I hope chose well.

The Russian Tea Time is apparently the go to restaurant before the opera or a play. What they lacked in ambiance, they made up for in food. We started out with bowls of Ukrainian Borscht and fried potato and chicken dumplings. The soup tasted very much like our Grandfather's and made me teary eyed. The dumplings were simple. I ordered the Classic Beef Stroganof and my husband ordered the Lamb Shank. Both of these were absolute Heaven. There are no words to describe how rich, creamy, and tasty these dishes were. It was amazing.

Do not skip dessert. Treat yourself. Seriously. Their Napoleon Bonaparte is the best.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 2 August 2019

Dear Amaliya, Thank you very much for your kind words and review. We appreciate your support and would love to host you again after our renovation. Russian Tea Time will still have its old world charm and the classic dishes will stay on our menu. Please visit our website to see the new design inspirations and sign up for our reopening events.

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vipStephenB
Raleigh
33 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal. Flight of vodka lets you try several

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 6 June 2019

Spasibo Stephen! Vodka is always a good idea at any time of the day. Hope to see you again.

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KathrynV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an enjoyable lunch. There were three of us and we shared the Russian Platter. Every item was delicious and we loved all the different tastes...especially the stroganoff. Even though the platter was to be shared by two, we had plenty of food for the three of us. I would definitely go back.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 6 June 2019

Kathryn, we are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. We highly value your support and would love to see you again.

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G2303
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Definitely recommend the restaurant to friends and family.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 6 June 2019

Thank you very much, we appreciate your support and would love to host you again.

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vipvela
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really nice atmosphere and food is good quality with simple ingredients

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 28 May 2019

Thank you Vela. We are glad to read that we met your expectations and hope to see you again.

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vipJRomulus
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a unique dining experience. The food is consistently good.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 28 May 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate your support.

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vipJJLL
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is quite a unique place to dine. The ambience is great, the staff is super good. Food is super delicious. Only wish they have longer hours for tea.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 28 May 2019

Thank you very much for such an amazing review. We appreciate your support and we will take into consideration to extend Afternoon Tea Service hours. Hope to see you again. Spasibo!

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LyndaC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant for lunch or dinner...and one of the BEST afternoon teas one could ever happen upon. I have been enjoying RTT from the day they opened...they do not compromise their standards.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dear Lynda, Thank you very much for your review, we appreciate your support and hope to see you in Fall, after our reopening. Spasibo!

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vipsteven
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always enjoy going to the tea house. Brant has been wonderful for the 20 years that we have been going there.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 May 2019

Thank you Steven. We are closing this summer for remodeling and will be back in Fall for another 25 years. Hope to see you again after remodeling. Spasibo, we appreciate your support.

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vipBunny8Bear
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a great place if you like real good food and elegant wines from Georgia. It’s an experience not to be missed with the house infused vodkas.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 May 2019

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate our support and hope to see you again.

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vipGrishmaS
Chicago
67 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful lunch!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 17 September 2019

Thank you very much Crishma. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again after our renovation.

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RenanD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Liked it very much and would come back again when I come back to Chicago

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 28 May 2019

Thank you Renan. We appreciate your support and glad to read that we did not disappoint you. Hope to see you again very soon.

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vipMusicLover
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The duck breast with duck strudel was fantastic!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 May 2019

Spasibo! Very glad to see that you enjoyed your meal and were satisfied with the service. Hope to see you again.

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SusanneF
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always excellent. Service is friendly and attentive.

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vipJean
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It was okay. Been there several times and don't feel I need to go back again for a few years. Food was good but not outstanding. The vodka flights fun and tasty especially the horseradish vodka. The Russian potato salad, nothing special. Carrot salad delicious. Ambiance is nice, gets a bit crowded in there as tables are close. Some dishes are good and would recommend to a friend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Sample platter

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DonM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Four of us- an Australian, a Scotsman, and two from the US enjoyed the experience at Russian Tea Time restaurant. One of us was a vegetarian and found plenty of choices and he said that his dish was excellent. All of us enjoyed our meals. The ambiance was nice and comfortable. The noise level was low enabling us to have a pleasant conversation. If you like high, fast paced, loud music and conversation, where the waitstaff does not know who you are, this may not be the place for you. However, if you enjoy a leisurely, quiet atmosphere, good attentive service, and good food, give it a try.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 April 2019

Don, thank you very much for such a great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your experience. Hope to see you again. Spasibo!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Visited for tea with friend-disappointed in quality of food.
Tasteless-seemed pre cooked.

Thank you

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 April 2019

Thank you for you review, we appreciate your honesty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was really good as well as the service. The service is more like service in Europe, which I actually like. They give you your space so you can enjoy time with your friends. Food came out in a timely manner and our water glasses were filled when empty. Also make sure you get a flight of vodka while you are here.

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 April 2019

Thank you, we appreciate your review. Hope to see you again.

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vipLeeS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My daughter and I had dinner at Russian Tea Time just prior to going to The Auditorium Theater. It was a great meal! We each had a vodka flight... which you really must try! We then split the Russian Tea Time Platter. This was a great deal and gave us a chance to try a wide variety of their delicious dishes. Our fav's were the carrot salad and beet caviar, potato vareniki, the stuffed cabbage and the beef stroganoff. Everything was delicious, but these stood out for us. Don't miss dessert... the honey cake is widely recommended, but we actually preferred the Kalinda Malinka! Their signature Black Currant tea was also yummy. We will be back!

Russian Tea Time
Responded on 24 April 2019

Thank you very much, Lee. Indeed, our honey cake is very popular. Next time you are here for the Auditorium show, please show your ticket to get a complimentary glass of tea or shot of vodka.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Not impressed by the food or the service (very slow given that the place was almost empty). Food is very overpriced for what you get. Would love to find a decent Russian restaurant in the central Chicago, but that is definitely not the one..

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Russian Tea Time offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 360-0000.

Russian Tea Time is rated 4.5 stars by 425 OpenTable diners.

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