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“Classy and delicious”
Review of Russian Tea Time

Russian Tea Time
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Ranked #160 of 9,717 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: Russian
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown / The Loop
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)!
Reviewed January 2, 2014

JMJ Visited the Russian Tea Time restaurant after a lovely visit to the Art Institute because it's only 1/2 block away. Had visited it before but now had more family members to enjoy it with. The staff was excellent about the size of our party and the fact we had children with us. Even though it was expensive, we felt the children and guests should experience the cuisine and ambiance of The Russian Tea Time. We tried to order different things and we shared with each other; the staff brought extra plates for the children to share. The tea kept flowing with refills and the water glasses were constantly kept filled. The borst was delicious and all the meat dishes were excellent. Save up and treat yourself to excellent food and excellent service.

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Reviewed December 27, 2013

We were looking for a unique experience on our visit, and Russian tea Time delivered! Our goal was to do something we can't do back home. Authentic vodkas and servers from the Ukraine were delightful! We did the jewel flight, and though I am not a big fan of the flavored vodkas, I enjoyed the experience and the directions. I ate the beef stroganoff, and husband had beef stew. Both dishes were excellent, but mine was the better of the two. I highly recommend!

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Reviewed December 21, 2013

My friends chose this restaurant for a surprise party for colleagues. The staff here made it easy to have fun and chat with friends, while keeping everything moving through the dining experience.
The food was wonderful and the choices diverse enough for a large crowd. They even did their best to help with several dietary needs of some of the guests.
Great food and great service with a down to earth atmosphere.

Thank NinaTrav
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Reviewed December 13, 2013

Careful intuitive service. Excellent Russian tea. Large choice of vodkas and full bar. Wonderful barley soup. Gourmet sauteed eggplant and zucchini. Awesome meat dumplings with sour cream and dill sauce on the side. Their wonderful pumpernickel bread is now available again.

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Thank MarshBruce
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We try to go to The Russian Tea Time a couple of times a year. It is a must after the Chicago symphony Yule performance. Great food in a cozy setting. We love the flights of Vodka and the beef stroganoff. We are going back next weekend. I can't wait!

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