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Terzo Piano

$$ - $$$
Downtown / The Loop
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159 E Monroe St, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL 60603 (Michigan Ave)
(312) 443-8650
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Wed 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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137 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dropped into the Art Institute’s café, Terzo Piano, for a quick lunch before moving on to the museum itself. Had lunch there one more time a few days later. It’s an exceptionally attractive space consisting of both indoor and outdoor areas done up in white carrying through on architect Renzo Piano’s white motif for the Institute itself. The café overlooks... More 

Thank ScottInIndia
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

It is located on level three of the art institute of Chicago which doesnot require you to visit the museum as it has a public access lift. The menu is limited but service and food quality was excellent! The Angus beef burger, vegetarian pasta and tomato basil soup was uplifting on a lazy sunny day with a few drops of... More 

Thank drmikewong
Bellaire, Texas, United States
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567 reviews
303 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

Located on the third floor of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, this is a more complete restaurant. Respected chefs share the responsibility for the selection and quality of the food and the selection of beverages. The dining area is open, with high ceilings, modern and simple furniture, but comfortable. There is a full bar and a... More 

Thank Gabriel H
Geyserville, California
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137 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

My sister and I walked to lunch at the Art Institute, this was my first time, but she has been many times. The server was so so and just got progressively worse, three times I had to ask for water, then finally just held up my glass until someone came. This senecio happened 3 times, it was a warm day,... More 

Thank theWineMaven
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

While the food menu is relatively limited, the selections for our 4-top were all fresh and prepared to perfection. Salads stand out, as does the deconstructed tiramisu. Attentive wait staff despite the noontime rush. At no point during our meal was it anything but relaxing and lovely on the outside patio.

Thank Scott H
Vero Beach, Florida
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Enjoyed a lovely lunch while relishing in a gorgeous view of the city. Had a scrumptious salad, flatbread pizza, and wine, with awesome service, great presentation, and priced well. The restaurant's modern, upscale surroundings were basically all-white, which served to accent the dramatic historical downtown architectural landscape. The views reminded me of Shanghai's Bund district while the menu highlighted American... More 

Thank Dorothy4344
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

I usually like this place. Well lit room. A little pricy, $18 salads. But the food was not up to par on this visit. A fried chicken salad had dried out chicken, also tasting like it had been cooked earlier in the day. An octopus salad with arugula looking so dis-arrayed that I thought it had been dropped on the... More 

Thank ellie1162016
San Jose, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

I was in Chicago for a conference and luckily a friend of mine, who lives in Chicago introduced me to this spot. Nice to know you don't have to pay to be in the museum to go to the restaurant. It was a perfect day - sunny and not too warm so we sat outside and it was so lovely.... More 

Thank Lindsay L
Evanston, Illinois
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

A friend and I had lunch at Terzo Piano recently. The setting is lovely, although it was a warm day and a little too warm under the awnings where we were seated. We both ordered the octopus salad. The octopus itself was delicious, however the bed of arugula it sat in was tremendously over salted. The service, though, was the... More 

Thank CAM515
Boulder, Colorado
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793 reviews
318 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

After walking and walking through the museum it was such a treat to be able to sit down and recharge. Lovely lunch, none of us had any complaints, and the food was delicious. Even though it was at the end of their serving time,, they made no attempt to rush us. Very classy

Thank Miriahm D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 159 E Monroe St, Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL 60603
    (Michigan Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: (312) 443-8650

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.
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