Terzo Piano

4.3
3713 reviews
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  • Scenic View
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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 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 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 side, to the third floor.
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JC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Felt more like nice cafeteria ambiance. Food was good but not outstanding. Service was gracious

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w
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Terzo Piano is a beautiful restaurant perfectly situated on the 3rd floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Service is great, but the menu is very limited. We had the poached chicken salad with miniature summer vegetables. The salad consisted of a few discs of poached chicken and the tiniest of vegetables. The greens were the carrot, turnip, and radish fronds. There was very little to the salad, and we were happy we had ordered a plate of bread for $6. Bourbon vanilla ice cream with peaches was delicious, and the chef kindly split it for us. It was a lovely lunch, but I would not order the poached chicken salad again.

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D
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 1

Yes, but...... The ambiance took away from the enjoyment of the delicious food. Unfortunately, the terrace was under construction which detracted from the experience, the table set up seemed empty and sloppy, the noise from organization which gathered in one end of the dining area were noisy. The food is delicious but I didn’t enjoy sharing your restaurant with guests.

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YM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. The menu is somewhat limited, but there was something for everyone.

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MS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My only criticism is that the prices are too high we had sandwich and soft drink one desert and one espresso and it came to 80 dollars.
Other wise everything was delicious and fresh.

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j
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The food on this visit was not as good as in the past. The breaded pork and lamb burger were a bit dry. But maybe it was just those items.

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KH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant to talk about art with unique menu and reasonable wine list.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had brunch following our viewing of the Manet exhibit on display at The Art Institute. Great service and we sat outside. Only disappointment was that the menu was fairly limited. Otherwise we had a great time.

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JT
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We sat on the terrace and it was lovely, quiet even when mostly full. this is my go to place if I'm going to the museum and want to stop for lunch.

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m
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always eat there when we are in Chicago. It’s a joyous occasion we looking at the museum and do lunch or dinner.We’ve never been disappointed. The food is great as is the ambiance.

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b
San Diego
142 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you go to the Art Museum of Chicago and need a little rest, or are in the vicinity for lunch or dinner , this is a very relaxing place. Service is great and the choices for lunch are way above regular museum cafeterias.

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NY
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Summer whole steamed lobster woth frisee salad, perfect, refreshing on a hot day

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LL
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu, wine list, views, and service! what else do you need? 👍

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S
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Met a friend for lunch before Manet show at the Chicago Art Institute. Food is always eclectic and sitting outside was a treat on a beautiful day

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S
Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food in a wonderful location, with views overlooking Millennium Park.

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Three of us went for lunch. The service was fast, but unfortunately, a little too fast. We ordered bread and hoped to enjoy that with some wine before they brought our main course, but the food came within minutes of the bread. We all ordered the shrimp crab salad. The watercress was fresh but the seafood was too blended into the salad and the sesame flavor of the dressing overwhelmed the seafood. We have dined there before and the food and service had been impeccable so we were somewhat disappointed this time.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So beautiful! And they went above and beyond to celebrate our wedding day!

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R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Het is een goed restaurant voor een museum. Prima kaart.

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Responded on 7 July 2019

Danke fur die ruckmeldung!

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SB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

most of the time, this place is fine. For whatever reason, the service was VERY SLOW on July 5th - not sure if people called in sick or were not coming in that day, but it took a long time to get our food. It's usually not this bad. They may want to have extra emergency staff on hand for those that don't show up especially on holiday weekends.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 7 July 2019

Hi SherylB, Thank you for review Terzo Piano! we value each and everyone of our guests and appreciate you taking time to write your feedback. We take every review very seriously and will discuss your review on our daily meetings. We hope to serve you on your next museum visit.

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J
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Food was extremely disappointing and service was terrible

Terzo Piano
Responded on 7 July 2019

Hi Joesco, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience. We appreciate all feedback and use it as a tool to improve every day. We sincerely apologize if our service and menu did not meet your expectations. We always encourage our guests to express any issues right then and there to make your experience a great one. In order to be effective, we would appreciate if your review was a bit more thorough to enhance our overall lunch service.

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B
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food tasty. Children’s menu excellent. Setting lovely.

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LH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an oasis! This is my go-to place to take out of town visitors -- it's quiet enough to talk, with lovely views of the city and delicious food.

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JC
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

menu a little too creative...ordinary items missed

Terzo Piano
Responded on 3 July 2019

Hi Janice, Thank you for providing feedback on your Terzo Piano experience. We sincerely apologize if the salads did not meet your standards and we are glad that we took care of the issue right then and there. Our menus are inspired by the current museum collections so consequently our plates are carefully crafted to reflect creativity. We will take your feedback into consideration and hope to impress you with our futures creations.

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BM
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

Sunday brunch. Not busy. Error in flatbread order backed up service to remake correct item. Steak and eggs main started in kitchen then apparently sat there while flatbread redone. Steak very tough by then, potatoes became potato chips, the eggs (scrambled) was edible. Server was great by taking off the poorly made main.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 July 2019

Hi Barbara, Thank you for sharing your experience at our brunch service. We appreciate your review and expressed your feedback to our chef team on the day you had brunch. We look forward to serving you soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Best flatbread ever! Loved the atmosphere and vibe!

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 July 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback! Hope you tried the Al Pastor flat. It’s delicious!

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MV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the ambience: cool crisp, contemporary--and then you have a stunning view of buildings on S. Michigan with elaborate stonework. Service was swift, smart and friendly--and wait till you try the crispy eggplant. I've never had eggplant taste so good and so subtle. They'll tell you their secret if you ask. Presentation was lovely but un-fussy, wine choices were very good, and my friends and I have a terrific long lunch that made our weekend great.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 July 2019

Thank you for sharing your Terzo Piano experience! We love to share all our feedback with our team on our daily meetings. Look forward to impressing you with our upcoming seasonal menu.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

What a lovely day to be outside at the Art Institute! Our waitperson (Amy) was so lovely, and made our visit even better! She went above and beyond for every request even though she was clearly busy. Nothing rushed, nice menu choices and a perfect sky blue day after seeing the Mandy exhibit. A perfect visit!

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 July 2019

JulieM, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Our team was very excited to hear your review on our daily meeting. We hope to serve you again soon.

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

This was a really disappointing visit. I’ve had much better food in the past

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Dear Bzb1, Thank you for reviewing your Terzo Piano experience. We will share your review with our Chef Team to ensure they're aware of our guest feedback and experiences. We are glad your server made up for your negative experience with your salad and hope they made it right.

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n
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

So , Trying my best to communicate a clear message about my experience. First off, Adam our waiter was excellent. The Menu , however needs to be rewritten. My husband ordered the Monkfish lunch for $22.00. The menu stated "monkfish: baby bok choy, peas, bacon dashi, crispy pork" Well...The person that delivered our food was not Adam, He stated tartly that this was our lunch even though we showed confusion because we had not ordered soup. It was a bowl of soup with 2 half dollar sized monkfish floating! Nothing crispy, no peas whatsoever and just not suitable for a meal. Adam, when he came on over suggested that the menu was not accurate and brought us 2 more half dollar sized monkfish pieces.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello Nodiet4me, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at Terzo Piano. We apologize if our menu did not meet your expectations. Our menu does share that our Monkfish dish comes with bacon dashi (a class of soup and cooking stock used in Japanese cuisine) as per your review. We will be sure to use your review as a learning tool and train our serving staff on using clear menu descriptions. We look forward to your next visit.

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b
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Very good place for lunch at the top of the Art Institute. There were some nice choices for lunch - mainly sandwiches and salads. I had the Waygu beef on a crustless brioche (would have preferred the crust or a baguette). They have a good wine list including a good rose which went well with lunch. Service is very good and the setting is very pleasant.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello Brooklynheightstony, Thank you for posting a review on your Terzo Piano experience. Our team loves to hear what our guests have to say and we will be sure to read your review to the whole team on our daily meetings. We look forward to having you at Terzo Piano soon!

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L
Seattle
118 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Our reservation was for 1:30. It was a long time before our server acknowledged us, took our order, and it was nearly 2 pm before I had my drink. So slow......And there are so many employees walking around, all totally ignoring the fact that we aren't being taken care of.

My biggest complaint with Terzo Piano, which I eat at once a year, is they auction off the food when they serve it. I have provided feedback in the past to management, and they say" No, not in our restaurant," but in fact it has happened every single year since they opened.

It was 2:30 before our lunch was served. So slow.......The food was delicious. I had a crab and shrimp salad with watercress and avocado - such delicate flavors. And paired beautifully with the glass of rose wine.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 1 July 2019

Dear Lily, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review for Terzo Piano. Your feedback is very important to our team and we’ve used it as a learning tool to improve our service. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and look forward to serving you on your future visit.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, beautiful and delicious food. The staff was very accommodating for one of our party who had food allergies.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello AlinaC, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience. Our staff loves to hear what our guests have to say and are always appreciative of positive reviews. We look forward to having you on your next museum visit.

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SL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The service at this place is generally slow, which isn't great for business lunches.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 5 July 2019

Hello SilL, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience. Our sincerest apology if our speed of service is not up to your standards. We will use your feedback to improve our speed of service. If you would like to secure a business lunch we kindly ask that you advise us as we have a wide array of guests that come in to lunch on their leisure time.

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BG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The view is great. I think many people may expect larger portions, but I thought they were right. The server was kind of aloof, except for when he was blatantly hitting on my wife.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello BGNeu, Thank you for sharing your Terzo Piano experience with us! We always welcome our guest feed back and reviews to learn from and do better! We will review your feedback with our servers to ensure they are more professional with all of our guests. We look forward to serving you in the near future.

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CG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

They decided that we did not have a reservation and told us that they seated reservations first and walk-ins last. We had a reservation. The table who were seated after us and after our ordering received their appetizer first and when we were finally served our appetizer they brought the appetizer with the second. The wagu was “chewy” and the pasta lacked flavor. They have a nice wine selection. One of the museum employees warned us “it’s expensive.” Not expensive. $15 per dish. My recommendation. Have a glass of wine. Forgo the food. Please get a new hostess.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello CatherineG, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience. Our staff is working very hard to provide excellent service and food. We have discussed your feedback with both our Chef and Manager and are using it to improve every day. We thank you for giving us a chance and we look forward to serving you again!

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DK
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Hostess staff were rude, condescending...food was good, but not worth the price. It was a huge disappointment.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello DeborahK, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano Experience. We appreciate all feedback we get as we use it as tools to improve on a daily basis. We have met with our host staff to ensure they are offering the friendliest most professional service. Thank you again, and we look forward to impressing you in the future.

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BA
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We arrived for a 1PM reservation; they were extremely busy and we were seated at 1:45PM. There seems to be a significant amount of room in the space and perhaps, if this business is occurs often, they need to expand staff and tables. We had an appetizer of goat cheese balls which were a little strange from a presentation and texture but tasty. Just 5 or 6 balls rolling around on a bowled plate. We each had a lovely soup. And then a nice dessert of chocolate mousse and another of a blue cheese ice cream. They delay in seating and serving shortened our overall tour of the Art Institute though.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello BenAroundDiner, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience! We are thrilled that you enjoyed our menu. Unfortunately we cannot control the amount of guests that want to have lunch at Terzo and we do the best to accommodate everyone. We will use your feedback as a tool to work from and offer better service on busy days like the day of your visit. We apologize for the delay in your tour and look forward to your visit soon.

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P
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Menu has good variety and food is very good. Ambiance pleasant overall, although we were seated on the side where the view is the railroad tracks and could not see the park or lake. Server was pleasant and deserved the good tip we gave her. Major disappointment on this particular visit is that our reservation was meaningless — we waited more than half an hour past our reserved time.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 2 July 2019

Hi Paula, Thank you for taking the time to review Terzo Piano. Our team has taken your review as a learning tool and is working on improving our host experience for our future guests. We look forward to impressing you in the future.

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J
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Mediocre food and mediocre service= meh. They don’t even answer their phones. On the plus side, it’s a nice view.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Dear Jeba, thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano experience. Unfortunately, we cannot use your feedback as it does not give us enough information as to why your experience was meh. We always encourage our guests to let our servers know how their food is tasting to correct issues right then and there. We hope you give us another chance on your next museum visit.

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DF
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Seating is so close that it's hard to have a conversation over the voices on either side. Even with reservations, we waited 55 minutes for a table.

Terzo Piano
Responded on 26 June 2019

Hello DarrellF, Thank you for taking the time to review your Terzo Piano Experience. Unfortunately, Thursday was a busier day and the weather did not permit for outdoor seating which offers us at the restaurant more seating. We will be take your review as a learning tool to prepare for busy rainy days in the future. We hope to have you for lunch soon!

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