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Russian Tea Time

#328 of 8,487 Restaurants 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 145
    Excellent
  • 99
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Definitely worth a try!

I'm not always the most adventurous eater, and I can be a little picky. So eating at new places makes me a little nervous, especially when it's a cuisine I'm not already familiar with. We had never eaten at a Russian restaurant, but the menu was intriguing and looked like several of the dishes... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
awaltrip
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Central City, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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291 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Central City, Kentucky
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I'm not always the most adventurous eater, and I can be a little picky. So eating at new places makes me a little nervous, especially when it's a cuisine I'm not already familiar with. We had never eaten at a Russian restaurant, but the menu was intriguing and looked like several of the dishes would be good for me, so... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I had a truly wonderful dinner at this restaurant recently. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere subdued, cozy, and warm. We had the Russian Tea Time dinner for two and shared a flight of vodkas. The beet caviar, carrot salad, and cracked wheat salads were outstanding, but in reality everything was incredibly tasty, even the after-dinner tea and the hearty... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Tea time served from samovar is beyond Russian Tea Room next to the Carnegie Hall. Fantastic Place to stay an afternoon or evening. If you can speak some Russian, it makes your lunch or dinner there to an extreme fun and unforgettable! Most staffs are generous enough even to teach you some Russian. For me a second home in Chicago.

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Nashville, Indiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We went to taste some of their vodkas and spent almost two hours enjoying their food and the their vodkas. The best was the standard Russian vodka. The have some very interesting flavors including a horseradish one that was pretty good. If you go make sure you plan on staying awhile. Make sure you get the Blinchiki with beef. It... More 

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Virginia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I travel to Chicago for an annual conference and have walked past this restaurant numerous times on our way back and forth from Michigan Ave. This year decided to venture in for dinner (made online reservations)..and glad we did for did. The front dining room was sparsely populated -my thought: its the middle of the week, in the middle of... More 

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Decided to have lunch there after cso concert . That was a big mistake. Food was very average but expensive . We paid $ 125 for Lunch for 3people. But the worst part was the service at this place. Our waitress. Olga wasn't nice at all. We had a feeling that we back to Soviet Union with rude unsmiling service.... More 

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Beatrice, Nebraska
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My wife and I went for dinner and the entries were excellent. We had vegatarIan dinners and the food was delicious. We could not eat it all, and took the leftovers back to our room to eat the following day. We would highly recommend the Russian Tea Time restaurant.

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Carterville, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I stopped by this lovely restaurant on a cold rainy day in December. Once I walked in, I had a feeling of warmth, quiet, and peace. There were not many customers, so it might have been different if the restaurant had been full. However, the staff spoke softly and the feeling of elegance filled this small restaurant. The was an... More 

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central Illinois
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Went there before a show at the Chicago Symphony. Very convenient to the symphony so it was crowded. We had the Russian Tea Time platter for 2 and a bottle of Russian sparklng wine. Total cost about $100 so not bad. The food was excellant as was the service. Wine was good. Atmosphere was great, it was crowded so we... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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129 reviews 129 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We went there for high tea, expecting good tea with the usual various extras. Service was impatient and irritable, not to say arrogant. The tea was of average quality and the scones and desserts nothing to write home about. The place definitely is avoidable.

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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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.