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Russian Tea Time

#206 of 8,223 Places to Eat in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Downtown / The Loop
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77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6113
+1 312-360-0000
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've dined at Russian Tea Time a couple of times now. Its location makes it ideal for dinner before or after the CSO which is right around the corner. The service can be a little slow to get going, but once it does, the servers are extremely helpful and attentive, and the food is out of this world. We ordered... More 

Thank David G
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in the Congress Plaza hotel on a short visit from England to Chicago, so this was really close, We had walked past it and noticed the menu, and the vegetarian platter for my veggie daughter. It was really delicious, with a platter of salads and potato dumplings to start, and a delicious selection of bowls for our... More 

Thank Fenella B
Murrieta, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Russian Tea Time after going to the Art Institute. We were seated in the back and received very good service. The vodka flight was delicious, I would recommend getting one or three every time you go. The soups were fresh and hot and the vegetarian dinner was excellent. We also had tea which was never allowed to get... More 

Thank Alexandra T
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a late lunch here. We were promptly seated and offered hot tea in unique glasses. I don't typically like hot tea but it was very good andmthey kept our glasses full. This is an upscale place and not cheap but it was very good. my hubby and I shared the Russian Sampler for two. The salad had a... More 

Thank Retiredrn365
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our family's go-to place for a special tea service, lunch, and even dinners. It's best when you combine it with a fun, downtown Chicago event, like going to the Art Institute, which is just up the street on Michigan Avenue. The tea service is blackberry, a specialty of the house, but you can get other types. We often... More 

Thank TheaterBug
Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Russian Tea Time is a dining destination every time we come to Chicago, and our latest experience reminded us yet once again why we keep returning. The overall ambience is delightful, with wonderful service and atmosphere. The menu offers a great variety of Russian dishes, all of them excellent. Many of these are traditional full dinner offerings, but over the... More 

Thank markers
Ingleside, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took a Limo downtown for my daughter's birthday with several of her good friends. The food is still good but we sat in the back and I should have insisted that we be seated in the front area. Way back in my Salad days with my elderly cousin Agnes, we were always exited to see a Movie Star or... More 

Thank maryjeanne1942
Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

fun, exotic, delicious food. easy to get to - 1/2 block across Michigan from the front steps of the art institute, right on adams. a different experience to enjoy with a menu of Russian items (hot borscht, vegetable uzbeck stew, pilmeni - dumplings, all of which we four ordered and sampled) plus conventional ones - lamb shank, mushroom barley soup(which... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Lots of great choices on the menu. This was my second visit, and I enjoyed my meal just as much. Management is very accommodating, and the location couldn't be better!

Thank Anne G
Goodspring, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Was looking forward to great experience and unfortunately it fell short. Not sure what was going on with our waitress, but in the middle of service she just disappeared. Food was ok, but I have had better at other Russian Restaurants.

Thank dhcoble

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Russian, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6113
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Downtown / The Loop
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
  • Phone Number: +1 312-360-0000
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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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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