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Russian Tea Time

#339 of 8,619 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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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
Great choices of frozen and infused vodka out of the freezer like in Europe.

Good service, great food although the main course portions were huge. Went twice. The first was on their Monday to Wednesday special, free borscht and salad with $25.00 meal. Returned on a Friday night where the food and service was still special.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Vic Z
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Toronto, Canada
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  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Good service, great food although the main course portions were huge. Went twice. The first was on their Monday to Wednesday special, free borscht and salad with $25.00 meal. Returned on a Friday night where the food and service was still special.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Have been to Russia and this restaurant is authentic. Lots of staff who were very pleasant and helpful. Food selection extensive and plentiful (bring your appetite). Owner also stopped by and chatted.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Every time we go into Chicago, we make a point to eat here and it was as good as always. The food is delicious and the beautiful cups with Russian tea are never allowed to get empty.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I started my meal with vodka flights - you can choose 3 different types of vodka for $ 13. A great deal! There is an instruction on the menu itself, so you will know how to have vodka authentically. With a complimentary salad and bread basket, I had borscht and quail. I have a friend from Ukraine, so I had... More 

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was my third visit but finally writing a review. I love to stop in particularly on a winters day. The ultimate comfort food! However, it was a rainy chilly August night and within easy walking distance from our hotel and we needed vodka so we chose to go back to Russian Tea Time. It's old school. White table cloths.... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We ended up at the Hilton Palmer House hotel late one night without dinner plans and my husband and I had both noticed this place....OMG I am so glad we went! It's an old throwback kind of place inside, with fantastic service and a huge menu. We were overwhelmed, and starving, so chose the sampler platter for two. It came... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We chose the house tea, which had a complex but delicious flavor. We ordered afternoon tea for two. We were presented with a three tier selection of savory and sweet pastries. The top layer had fruit scones which appeared to be reheated. The savory pastries were very tasty but unfortunately the sweets tasted a day old. What could be a... More 

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My wife and I are tea lovers and wanted to find a good spot for afternoon tea while in Chicago. We checked all the common places, but the prices were beyond ridiculous. The prices here at RTT were much more reasonable and the location and timing were perfect since we were going to the art museum's late hours for Illinois... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If you want to treat yourself to a special afternoon, go to Russian Tea Time for Afternoon Tea. You'll feel very pampered when they bring out the tiered tray of tea sandwiches and pastries and you can choose from a wide variety of teas. Very nice service and the decor is great - very Russian and opulent looking. Also, this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This restaurant puts service first-staff didn't miss a beat, very attentive. Manager also makes the rounds of the tables to welcome everyone. Decor with Russian samovars. Menu has great Russian specialties with a smattering of contemporary items for the squeamish. Delish chicken croquettes, stuffed cabbage, pumpkin dumplings, kashi, goulash. The Russian tea is amazing and served in glass tumblers in... 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>  > 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: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

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

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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.