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Russian Tea Time

#317 of 8,581 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown / The Loop
Vegetarian, Russian
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77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6109
+1 312-360-0000
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Welcome to Russian Tea Time! The restaurant where everyone feels at home...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delightful for Tea Time!

My friend and I enjoyed a Mom and daughter weekend with our teen girls. Russian Tea Time restaurant felt like an exotic adventure, especially when our server presented our beautiful cups of tea and lovely plates of treats. She was very thorough when we inquired about the sweets due to a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
SVanSanten
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My friend and I enjoyed a Mom and daughter weekend with our teen girls. Russian Tea Time restaurant felt like an exotic adventure, especially when our server presented our beautiful cups of tea and lovely plates of treats. She was very thorough when we inquired about the sweets due to a peanut/nut allergy. We all enjoyed this meal, all the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Stopped in for authentic Russian cuisine and got the royal treatment. The staff was friendly and helpful. When I had a question or needed anything, Pawel was there. The vodka flights were tough to choose from, so many. Intimate atmosphere perfect for date night or dinner prior to the theater. Tea time 2:30 - 4:00 gotta make it next time.... More 

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Evanston, Illinois
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The ambiance, service and food are excellent. Service is prompt, professional, friendly. The owner is on site and visits with you if you'd like. The attentive wait staff has been well trained and cares that you are satisfied with everything. I particularly enjoyed fresh flowers in huge vases, white table linen with NO PAPER TOPPERS. Delicious Russian tea, frequently refilled,... More 

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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Being married to a Russian I can't help but love Russian food! During my business trip to Chicago, I had to stop by and have lunch there. I had borsch and herring for lunch and was not disappointed. My server Aleksandra was attentive and made my experience pleasant. As always you must have the tea and napoleon cake for dessert.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Food is great and well served. Staff was very cordial; however, the manager lacked completely of people skills. I'm still not sure if he was the manager or owner. Please save yourself from failure if you are going with kids. It is NOT a kids friendly place. My kids are extremely well behaved and because of that we could manage... More 

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Bloomington, IL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I've only eaten here once, but I cannot wait to return. Everything I and my partner ate was delicious. Portions were ample. Their menu contains a wide variety of items. The wait staff are very attentive and friendly. You won't go wrong here.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

A wide menu that goes way beyond the beet and cabbage stereotype. We started with several different flights of vodka (served with black bread and pickles and instructions on how to toast like a Russian) so were in a very good mood by the time the food arrived. We shared the asparagus verniki and I went the peasant route and... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Just steps from the main entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago, this is an excellent choice for afternoon tea or dinner. My waiter was wonderful - unfailingly kind and helpful. I had chicken cutlets with mushroom sauce, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and pickles. It was more than enough, so I was completely surprised to be offered complimentary salad, cabbage soup... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I recomend it highly, it´s a combination of appetizers and main courses, that´s enough for 3 people although it´s say for 2.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This was my second time eating here. I came for dinner a couple of years ago and had a pleasant experience and decided to return. The same waiter, Eugene, took care of me, which was fine as he was very nice last time and again this time. They have a complimentary salad which is brought immediately, a nice touch, and... 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>  > Downtown / The Loop
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 to $30
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Russian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6109
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-360-0000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $20 to $30
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Russian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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)!
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

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Staying in Downtown / The Loop

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Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.