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Russian Tea Time

77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6109
+1 312-360-0000
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Ranked #318 of 8,344 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
Cincinnati, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

We chose Russian Tea Time for late lunch after a long visit to Chicago Art Museum. Despite of the "19th century Russia" infused decor, none of the restaurant employees we talked to actually spoke Russian and our waiter was unpleasantly surprised to hear a request for a soft drink other than Pepsi products (I was trying to go for "kompot",... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Deeeelicious! Being Russian, I'm actually very skeptical about Russian restaurants. Best borsch (beat soup) I had in US so far. If you are up for trying a new cuisine, but nothing too exotic and crazy - this is a place for you! Everything we tried was super tasty. Amazing bottomless cup of tea. Got a desert with a candle for... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Whether for lunch or dinner, it's always a treat to travel to another world of exquisite service and delicious, authentic cuisine with an exciting beverage menu. Don't fear that vegetarians or those looking for lighter fare will be disappointed. The preparations are fresh and delicious and there is plenty of variety- hot, cold, cooked and raw. I've often dined here... More

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have never eaten here and was intrigued by a colleague’s suggestion to try it. I am usually a standard steak, Italian or seafood type of diner, so the Russian Tea Time in Chicago was out of my comfort zone. I did not know what to expect. I love the ambience. The host and waitress was nice, pleasant and helpful,... More

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173 reviews 173 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is a very nice restaurant that is right across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago. We had a very nice lunch of mushroom barley soup, pumpkin soup, and beet salads.All were great and not too pricey.

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Normal, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We chose to attend the afternoon tea service. The ambiance of the restaurant from our location was nice - though a bit congested. The food was very good; and presented well. The wait staff service was just ok. In that we were served well, but not overly engaged. The amount of food for the tea service was perfect bite-sized sampling... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Its a little old fashioned, but I had the stroganoff and it was very tasty. Nice white table cloth service instead of all this take away cardboard rubbish people eat these days.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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143 reviews 143 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Order up a flight of vodka and a vegetable sampler it all comes with lovely dark brown rye bread, some beautiful flatbread and a small arrugala salad. It has the biggest sampling of pickled vegetables I've ever seen and we enjoyed every bit of it. The restaurant is the perfect stop after spending a few hours in the Art Institute... More

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London, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A daughter of Ukrainian immigrants I know how to make traditional eastern European food, but with the kids at college I rarely make the effort. On a recent cold Chicago day I invited some friends to celebrate my birthday at Russian Tea Time. I was a bit concerned by the name, (Tea Time? Would they make a good dinner?) and... More

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Usually, when someone mentions "having tea," it refers to a mid-afternoon snack served with tea. I went in to Russian Tea Time expecting the same, but got so much more! Not being terribly familiar with Russian cuisine, I went in with no real expectations. The atmosphere was a bit more casual than I expected (not an unwelcome finding for me!),... More

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Additional Information about Russian Tea Time

Address: 77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6109
Phone Number: +1 312-360-0000
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
Cuisine: Russian, Vegetarian

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