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Russian Tea Time

#335 of 8,443 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Russian, Vegetarian
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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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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
  • 29
    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
Most recent review
Russian Tea Time, Chicago

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.

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Benjamin I
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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124 reviews 124 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 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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126 reviews 126 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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Wichita, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We stumbled onto this restaurant, in the same building complex as the ChicagoSymphony. We had lunch there. I have been to Russia several times, and can vouch for the authenticity at Russian Tea Time. The food was superb.

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Top Contributor
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63 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I felt like I was on vacation in a local Russian tea room ! What a neat place to have afternoon tea. I loved all the chandeliers and the servers all spoke Russian! They came around and refilled your tea from carafes like they do with coffee! Fantastic!! It's a bit pricey but I loved it and will return.

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Villa Park, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

My second time here and loved it just as much as the first. Afternoon tea is elegant and something different. The sandwiches and pastries were delicious and the tea is lovely. I bought some loose tea to take home. I brought my grandson with me on this second trip and he said he felt like royalty!

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Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We had the afternoon tea service for two. The decor is heavy reds and dark woods, as you would expect. The dining room is crowded and loud, especially around tea time. (I think I may have had a more favorable experience had I not had to endure two hours of a gauche woman talking loudly about how much she loves... More 

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Chicago
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128 reviews 128 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

What a perfect, intimate yet lively atmosphere. This conveniently located loop restaurant is just steps away from the Art Institute or Orchestra Hall and offers the understated elegance of a European café. The dark walls are lit by shining candelabra light fixtures, and are accented by white linen table cloths, huge colorful fresh flower arrangements, gleaming flatware and delicate china.... 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: Russian, Vegetarian

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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