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Russian Tea Time

#117 of 8,785 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 - 9:00 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, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
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
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House tea hit the spot on a cold Chicago day! Delicious mushroom barley soup, herring and potato pirogues! Would recommend to anyone visiting the city and especially to anyone visiting the art institute.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
celticldy3
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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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Richmond Hill, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

House tea hit the spot on a cold Chicago day! Delicious mushroom barley soup, herring and potato pirogues! Would recommend to anyone visiting the city and especially to anyone visiting the art institute.

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Chicago, Illinois
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133 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Met a client here for lunch. At 12:30 we had no problem getting a table. The service here is exceptional. Very quaint space with an old world Chicago feel. The menu had a wide variety of unique dishes. Most of the food is quite healthy! Everything we tried was hot and flavorful. I've walked past RT hundreds of times and... More 

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Thank ChgoJohn
Libertyville, Illinois
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43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I work a block away so visit here regularly. I've never had a disappointing meal and I order my favorite beef blinchiki often. Always delicious. Love the tea service too. Pictures below are from my latest trip with friends from work. The puff pastry had lamb in it and my friend was very happy with it. Can't recall what was... More 

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Thank Libertyvillian
Chicago
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this place--vodka flights with flavored vodka, everything from blackberry to pine (ew) to horseradish (yum!) vodkas. And a great menu for those that love to tuck into serious deli food--blinis with caviar, all kinds of dumplings, fried chicken livers. Lovely service, very welcoming, and a fancy interior--but no dress code. Locals love it!

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Thank L9042SLmichellew
Naperville, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brought my Ukranian sister-in-law here from Detroit...she loved it! Made great recommendations for us and they all worked out. The Borscht is out of this world and you must try their house tea blend...couldn't get enough. Can't wait to go back here.

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Thank Debbie E
New York
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While attending an annual conference at the Hilton, my husband spotted this restaurant and was intrigued by the menu and the reviews enough to suggest we eat lunch. The menu was extensive and the waitress was gracious in helping us decide what to order. Both our dishes were absolutely delicious. What I ordered came with beets which I do not... More 

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Thank Manhattan418
Michigan
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78 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

i love this cozy ethnic retreat..a lovely restaurant with authentic Russian entrees....you can go for afternoon te, lunch before you go to the art institute right down the block or catch an early dinner before a theater showing downtown. I love the beef stroganoff, beet salads,house tea and great desserts. Waiters are very attentive. A bit crowded for seating but... More 

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Thank Carol E
California
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90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One meal can't begin to cover the rich menu of offerings--starters, main courses, and desserts--a wide range of delicious teas and alcohol (saw a flight of vodkas go by on a tray). A nice change from the usual German or Italian Chicago fare and not in an outlying ethnic neighborhood (Chicago has a small Ukranian village). The pumpkin vareniki (you... More 

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Thank kimibar
Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Varied menu with an opportunity to try new and interesting foods. Both times I ordered borscht, latkes, dark bread and sampled many vodkas. Borscht was excellent, latkes greasy, but that's not a dig - I understand they are supposed to be that way. Dark bread was very tasty and complimented the rest of my meal. Vodka, of course. Service was... More 

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Thank Badger210
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40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We stopped by for tea because.... we have never experienced a Russian tea service. It was an interesting experience, but I'm not sure I would do it a second time.

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Restaurant Details

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 - 30
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian, Russian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, 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

Neighborhood Profile
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.