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77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6109
+1 312-360-0000
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Ranked #341 of 8,419 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
Villa Park, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

My second time here and loved it just as much as the first. Afternoon tea is elegant and something different. The sandwiches and pastries were delicious and the tea is lovely. I bought some loose tea to take home. I brought my grandson with me on this second trip and he said he felt like royalty!

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109 reviews 109 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We had the afternoon tea service for two. The decor is heavy reds and dark woods, as you would expect. The dining room is crowded and loud, especially around tea time. (I think I may have had a more favorable experience had I not had to endure two hours of a gauche woman talking loudly about how much she loves... More 

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127 reviews 127 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

What a perfect, intimate yet lively atmosphere. This conveniently located loop restaurant is just steps away from the Art Institute or Orchestra Hall and offers the understated elegance of a European café. The dark walls are lit by shining candelabra light fixtures, and are accented by white linen table cloths, huge colorful fresh flower arrangements, gleaming flatware and delicate china.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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77 reviews 77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Very quaint little restaurant in the heart of Chicago. Linen tablecloths, tables close together, old world charm. If you are looking for a hearty meal or afternoon tea, this is the place. Food is served hot and portions are large! Both Russian specialties and American fair are offered. They have a large variety of Vodkas to sample which made it... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Great selection of pastry, sweets and savories. Each person gets their own choice of tea and individual pot. Plenty of food that can take the place of a meal. The food was a little different from the standard tea service at most places. Ingredients and choices reflected Russian influence. Everything was wonderful. Excellent service. Will definitely return. Highly recommend.

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Auburn, Alabama
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

After visiting the Art Institute we stopped by here for a late lunch and some tea. The overall atmosphere was great as well as the food and tea. We had the some appetizers (latke and potato dumplings) the lunch specials (stuffed pepper) as well as the chicken and pork schnitzel. The portions were large and the food tasty. My only... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This was such a special experience. We got the sampler platters to try as many dishes as possible. The chicken croquettes were heavenly. The stroganoff was great. All the side dishes were excellent. But you MUST have the borscht. Best soup ever. Russian tea is delicious as well

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182 reviews 182 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

There is no shortage of places to eat in Chicago, and while we didn't have a bad meal during our visit; this was easily the best meal we had and one of the best meals I have had out. The atmosphere is amazing, it really does feel like an old classy restaurant from another era and place. The wait staff... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This place is steps from the Art Institute of Chicago, in a part of town that is so expensive you'll mostly find chains or very expensive restaurants. This and the Berghoff are two excellent places with a lot of soul that are somewhat affordable. Russian Tea Time is odd--Russian, but not Russian--with kitsch and dignity. I was ready to retch... More 

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Harvard, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

There are lots of places to go in Chicago but only a few have a reputation that makes people say, Ohhhh..... you went there? How was it? The answer is, Wonderful! If you have the funds and want to go to a really nice place you should go at least once. I'm a thrifty person myself but for the special... 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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