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Russian Tea Time

77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6109
+1 312-360-0000
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Ranked #296 of 8,292 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Russian, Vegetarian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Welcome to Russian Tea Time! The restaurant where everyone feels at home and everyone is welcome!Owner and Chef, Klara Muchnik, and her son, Vadim Muchnik, opened Russian Tea Time in 1993. Centrally located in heart of the Chicago’s Downtown, Russian Tea Time has earned the distinction of being one of Chicago’s culinary “landmarks.”Russian Tea Time patrons enjoy neighboring attractions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Millennium Park and many local theaters. We are delighted to host long-time regulars, tourists, dignitaries, celebrities and fellow Chicagoans who wish to enjoy the exceptional food, house-blended tea and warm ambiance Russian Tea Time offers.Russian Tea Time offers a variety of dishes from the diverse regions of the former Soviet Union Republics. 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), Borscht (Ukranian soup), Russian Blinis (thick Russian pancakes), wild Game, Caviar, and many more.Experience our Afternoon Tea Service, offered daily from 2:30–4:30 p.m., with our hospitable staff and cozy environment. Indulge in Russian Tea Time’s homemade, delicious, and savory desserts!Rich mahogany and birch wood finishes, brass samovars, heart-warming balalaika music and impeccable service create a uniquely warm atmosphere that is perfect for celebrating any special occasion or just enjoying one of Chicago’s treasures!We look forward to hosting you at your next visit!Thank You! Спасибо (Spasibo)!
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English first
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Last weekend our group had lunch at the Russian Tea Time while visiting Chicago. The only bad thing is that living in Iowa we don't get to go as often as I would like. The service was spot on, our food delicious and our tea cups never empty. A delightful time with delicious food once again.

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80 reviews 80 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a traditional Russian themed restaurant with a varied menu and efficient service. The food arrives promptly and is that combination of heavy and light flavourful food to be recommended. A long established restaurant it is not relying on its past but continues to provide good interesting food at a reasonable price.

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91 reviews 91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Being of Eastern European heritage, we decided to try the Russian tea room for dinner one evening during a recent five day visit to Chicago. The restaurant is very conveniently and centrally located, just a couple of blocks from Millenium Park. At the height of tourist season on a Sunday evening in the middle of August, our experience thus far... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A nice diversion during my walking tour of the Loop, the opulently decadent restaurant interior harkens back to the days of Catherine the Great and only serves to add to the Old World charm of the place. The chopped beef liver and braised lamb sealed the deal and insured that they would see me again in the very near future.... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The restaurant was nice and the service is not too bad. The food was okay. I don't think I will return because I don't really enjoy it as much.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Wide variety of excellent Russian and related country dishes; staff is very attentive. Food is served in an orderly fashion, not rushed. Good selection of foreign vodkas.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I had one of the best meals at a restaurant I have ever had, the waiter and staff were wonderful and our meal was great. Had the Chicken Medaly, Very delicious and filling. Very clean and nice place.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Long one of the most elegant restaurants in Chicago, Russian Tea Time keeps getting better. The staff is extraordinarily friendly and accommodating; even though I go only a few times a year, they remember me and treat me as a regular. The house-infused vodkas remain a special treat. On my last visit, I learned that owner Mrs. Muchnik had put... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Never been to Russian Tea Time. Can't wait to go again. It exemplifies that which is, sadly, ignored in the American Culture: antiquity, and the European "slow food" experience. Sergio gave us the exact seating we wanted, was attentive, and the authenticity of the food (including an entire menu page dedicated to Beets) was paired with the delicious house vodka... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I popped in after walking past Russian Tea Time on a trip to Grant Park. Our impression from the street was "eh -- let's try it". On the inside the restaurant was elegant, somewhat formal, and had a real ethnic feel. We ordered wine, beet soup, a lamb pastry, and versions of chicken dumplings. The wine was... More

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