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Russian Tea Time

77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6109
+1 312-360-0000
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Ranked #230 of 8,264 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
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
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Never been to Russian Tea Time. Can't wait to go again. It exemplifies that which is, sadly, ignored in the American Culture: antiquity, and the European "slow food" experience. Sergio gave us the exact seating we wanted, was attentive, and the authenticity of the food (including an entire menu page dedicated to Beets) was paired with the delicious house vodka... More

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US native
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I popped in after walking past Russian Tea Time on a trip to Grant Park. Our impression from the street was "eh -- let's try it". On the inside the restaurant was elegant, somewhat formal, and had a real ethnic feel. We ordered wine, beet soup, a lamb pastry, and versions of chicken dumplings. The wine was... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Lots of atmosphere, and good service did not make up for just average food, which all of our party of five agreed upon. Even if it is convenient to the Chicago Symphony (our reason for going), recommend skipping this one.

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

For delicious authentic Russian food, I highly recommend Russian Tea Time. Located 1 block from the Art Insitute it is perfect for dinner after visiting the museum. The dumplings and potatoe pancakes are delicious starters. The beef stroganoff is amazing and is enough for 2 people if you have appetizers and wine. Reservations are recommended. Enjoy!

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Apopka, Florida, USA
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

I think this place trying to take its customers back to soviet times , if this the intend then they doing GREAT job !

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South Florida, Florida
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190 reviews 190 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was my treat on a recent business trip to Chicago. A dear Russian friend swore that I had to go, and vouched for the authenticity of the food and experience. Service was formal and reserved, and quite efficient (Spaseba, Pawel). I started off with Russian Dumplings (Pelmeni) filled with ground beef and onion, with sour cream and horseradish dipping... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I'm always looking for Lithuanian food but when visiting Chicago without a car, we tend to go here to have pelmeni. They are little meat dumplings that are very similar to Lithuanian koldunyi. I like this place - within a block of the Art Institute, bottomless tea service, and attentive waitstaff. We had a nice beet and bean salad, and... More

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Dominical, Costa Rica
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Was here for a bridal shower luncheon and it was lovely. The food was nice and the service friendly.

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Boulder, Colorado
Top Contributor
183 reviews 183 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We lunched here on a Saturday in June. We had heard mixed reviews, but found this venue to be really good. The waitstaff is efficient and friendly. Nice ambiance. Place was full, but noise level was low. My shish Kabob chicken was excellent, my friend's stroganoff also very good. The menu is Old Country Eastern Europe, much of which we... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I thought that this place was very average. I have had much better food at hole in the wall places in Chicago for WAY less. Maybe you need to go for lunch or high tea to get the experience, but I was there for a group dinner and it was just blah. The service was just okay....the guy was slow... More

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