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Russian Tea Time

#363 of 8,461 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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

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    Very good
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    Poor
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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
Most recent review
Delicious Fare-Ode to Veggies-Vodka- (Caviar too)

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
lv2travelVirginia
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Virginia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
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104 reviews 104 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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San Antonio, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The high tea is a treat. Be sure to try the house tea. It's amazing. The scones are really good and the sandwiches and desserts give you a taste of Russian cuisine. My daughter especially liked the lemon pound cake. Service was exceptional and the atmosphere is enchanting.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Husband's 60th birthday dinner with family. Excellent food, good wine list and very attentative staff. Definitely going back.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Tea Time is a good place to eat if you're going to Orchestra Hall, the Art Institute and some other area places. The prices are very good for the location but the service can be less than wonderful.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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125 reviews 125 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I've had some of the best borscht I've ever had here and I grew up in an Eastern European family so I know my borscht. I also love their cold vegetarian appetizer plate which is enough for 4 - the variety of salads on the plate are all delicious.. I don't eat sour cream or beef, but I my husband... More 

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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
  • 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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