Terzo Piano

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Restaurant (312) 443-8650 terzopiano@artic.edu
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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
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Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

The only thing worth it about the restaurant is the view. The menu is limited and not very special.

DM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service. Great choice when at or near the Art Institute.

DP
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the elegant but relaxed atmosphere and I've never had a bad meal. The acoustics make conversation easy and it's conveniently located in the modern wing of the Art Institute. If you're going to catch the current Andy Warhol exhibition, you'll be delighted to find that each entrée, drink and dessert is inspired by one of Warhol's works. The menu features his paintings and you can, as it says in the menu, "try your hand at matching meals to masterpieces." Everything about Terzo Piano is 5 stars.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This is a real gem in the heart of Chicago! You can enjoy world class art and outstanding cuisine all in one visit.

J
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It is the place to eat at AIC. A fantastic place. Food is good but portion are small so expensive.

Overall it is worth the experience.

VM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the connection to the Warhol Exhibit- spectacular!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We made telephone reservations for their Sunday Brunch but upon our arrival and after being seated we were told “sorry during the Andy Warhol exhibit we are not offering the brunch”. Our waitress apologized and said that they will make sure that all the staff knows so they don’t mislead people.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 5 November 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano. We sincerely apologize if our staff did not communicate the correct information to you upon making a reservation and rest assured we will review your input on our next daily meeting. Thanks again for your valuable input.

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CG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience4

No recommendations to anyone until you change or devise a much better menu, and offer better value for the price

Terzo Piano
Responded on 5 November 2019

Hi CarolG, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano. We really value your opinion and will consider your input when producing our Spring menu. Hope to impress you on your next visit!

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S
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Good for public venue

SH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

A little pricey but delicious. It's the perfect lunch while exploring the amazing Art Institute of Chicago.

P
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Creativity with the use of seasonal ingredients is the star. Mafaldine with kale and pancetta was bathed in a steamy fragrant broth. Salmon was nested on root vegetables and a lightly spiced squash purée. Both were delicious. Only misstep was the Marilyn, a Warhol inspired cocktail—the banana cotton candy garnish dripped down the side of the coupe, making my hand, the glass stem, and the table a sticky mess. Fortunately our waiter was ready with an extra clean-it-up napkin.

CP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Andy Warhol themed menu was a fun finish after viewing the exhibit.

D
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food - limited menu but interesting and varied dishes. Limited choices for my allergies but worked to make an adaptation which was much appreciated.

P
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

I have been there in the past for valentines day and had a great meal and experience. This time it felt like they were more focused on the wedding they had coming up that evening than the restaurant. Massively understaffed. We had to wait 25 minutes for our table and their credit card machine was down. Food was good, Desert was amazing. Our server was great even with the massive amount of tables they sat for him all at once. The view from this place is always amazing.

CW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Love the windows, nice view. Expensive though.

2
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy lunch there while visiting the Art Institute and using my member discount.
We ordered from the "Andy Warhol" themed menu. Marilyn cocktail was a hit!
See you again soon.

K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Friends here from out of town - we all loved it not rushed good food but slow service. I think the computer was down so that might have been why

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Even with reservation we were seated at a table with a lot of traffic even though window tables were open. Out server never greeted us or asked how food was. Food was brought out in wrong order and given to wrong people. We told manager nicely who dismissed all of our very quietly worded concerns about this not being how we are usually treated there. He did not care at all. Very very disappointing

Terzo Piano
Responded on 20 October 2019

Hello there, Thank you so much for joining us for the Warhol Members' preview on Saturday 10/19/2019. We sincerely apologize if your experience at our restaurant wasn't up to par. Our team is aware of your review and has reviewed it in our daily meetings to ensure future guests will have a more attentive and accurate experience. We hope to change your mind on a future visit!

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OT
Chicago
159 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

An excellent place for a meal when visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. The food is good, and you get an excellent view of the Chicago skyline.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 20 October 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for your positive review. We hope you will join us again on your future Art Institute visit!

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RS
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and it has great views.
The food is good but the menu is VERY small and a bit difficult.
Not a lot of options especially or picky eaters.
The portions are small and the price is a bit high for what you get.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 20 October 2019

Hello RonytS, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano. We appreciate your time and are disappointed our Warhol inspired items along with our Fall/Winter menu did not meet your expectations. May we offer to visit us at Museum Cafe for a cafeteria style menu? The food is just as outstanding in a different setting. We hope to serve you soon!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

Terrible service our waiter was the bartender.
We went for a special dinning experience instead of the other restaurant options at the Art Institute.
Waited forever just for water.Very unpleasant experience!
Sad because as a member of the museum a fine dinning
Destination would have been nice.
No I am sorry how can we do better.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 19 October 2019

Hello, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano for the Warhol Member preview. We sincerely apologize if service was not the best it could have been and have taken your review and comments very seriously. Thanks to your feedback, we have updated our floorplan to ensure our bartenders are not overwhelmed but more importantly that our guests such as yourself leave with an awesome experience. We look forward to changing your mind in the future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

👍🏻 great location to have lunch and immerse yourself in culture.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 19 October 2019

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! we will be sure to share with our team on our daily meetings.

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MC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent. The lamburger was cooked to perfection.

OT
San Francisco
102 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with excellent, creative food and professional service.

I
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food in a modern, light filled environment. Service was a bit slow but otherwise all was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch. Everything was excellent!

DC
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

Some of the portions are extremely small for the price.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 14 October 2019

Hi DianefromChicago, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano! We really value our guest feedback and regret your experience with our menu was a negative one. Your review will be shared with our team on our daily meetings. We look forward to sharing our new seasonal menu with you in the next coming weeks.

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SF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance. Food is delicious. I recommend this to anyone!

FB
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience5

The first time we had lunch at Terzo Piano, many years ago, was wonderful, the setting, the view, the food. The second time three years ago on the occasion of the Fashion and Impressionists exhibit, the food was very disappointing. As was true on this our third visit. The special menu of Mexican inspired dishes was set for the Modernists in Mexico exhibition. The lobster in the lobster salad was over-cooked; the lobster fritters were gooey and inedible. The view is increasingly spectacular as the Chicago skyline continues to grow. Hardly anyone was having lunch there on Wednesday. I think that might be the consequence of the poor cooking.

That said, the desserts were amazingly creative and delicious.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 11 October 2019

Hi FresnoBob, Thank you for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. Our team really values our guest feedback and consequently will be discussing your review on our next team meeting. We regret that you did not love our menu as most our patrons do. We strive to offer the best food and service on a daily basis and always encourage our guests to let us know how their selections taste to fix any issues right then and there. We look forward to having you in the future.

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OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rachel was our server. She was an absolute doll, so personable and professional. Food was really excellent.

SS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great brunch with work colleague. Delicious salads and unbelievably gorgeous views of the city.

S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

This is a lovely restaurant with beautiful food in a very inviting space in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute. Food and service are very good. However, I would be careful in recommending this restaurant because they have a tendency to treat everyone like a tourist and that's not something I love, especially in my home city. I called ahead to asked for recommendations and communicated that I was dining with a party of 10 people all of whom where food and culinary professionals. The wines recommended were the most pedestrian of choices based on "they were well received for their catered events." They have a limited but very nice wine list, why would they make a cookie cutter recommendation? We made our own choices and looked upon everything with a bit more skeptical perspective and could see that they try hard not to offend or challenge customers, which might be ok for their mass audience, but not ideal for a special dining experience.

GB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Food was great, company I was with was even better. It was quiet, which is good because as an old person with a deaf wife, loud spaces mean we can't communicate except with American Sign.

JC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Terzo Piano.

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B
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow. What a stunning space. It was mild and bucketing rain but we were comfortable outside under the pretty glass roof enjoying the gorgeous city view regardless of the weather. Tried the cactus salad from the exhibit themed menu. Delicious. Sorority sister enjoyed the tuna tartine where the chef helpfully seared the tuna. Will definitely return.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi Blueskies, Thank you so much for your positive Terzo Piano lunch review! Our whole team works very hard to provide a wonderful menu and experience. We will be sure to share your positive feedback on our daily meetings. We look forward to having you back to try our seasonal menu!

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LA
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The cactus appetizer and the fettuccine were divine. Beautiful view sitting out on the terrace, the staff was exceptional. This place is a must if you are visiting the museum.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi LeahA, Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to review your experience at Terzo Piano! We love to hear great things as our team works very hard every day. We will share your review with our team on our daily meetings. We look forward to having you join us for our upcoming seasonal menu. Cheers!

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JC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience.

OT
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely setting with great views and food to match. Our waiter was very good and we were lucky to sit on the terrace on a very nice day. Don’t skip dessert!

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback of lunch at Terzo Piano. Our teams works very hard and loves positive feedback. We will sure share your review and can't wait to have you back!

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IT
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful waitstaff, great food, price and atmosphere. Spend as much time as you want no pressure to turn over tables

BP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

It’s a beautiful outdoor space. Our friend’s dish looked great: a fried green tomato Benedict. Unfortunately the 63 degree poached egg dish—with the exception of the delicious over-sized crouton—was a weird, soupy consistency, and the eggs were under cooked.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 October 2019

Hi BlinkyPalermoll, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your lunch experience at Terzo Piano. We take our guest reviews very seriously and will make sure our chef team is aware of the quality of the dish you enjoyed at the restaurant. We always encourage our guests to give us feedback right then and there to ensure we knock lunch experiences out of the park in case something goes wrong. We look forward to impressing you with our fall menu in the near future.

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