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Russian Tea Time

#180 of 8,342 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 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Des Peres, Missouri
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our tea time at the Russian Tea Time restaurant. They, our waiter, recommended a Russian tea, which turned out be rather good. All 3 of us actually enjoyed it. They then brought out two three-level carrying trays of pastries and finger sandwiches. It was all very good. I practically waddled out of the restaurant when we left.... More 

Thank Bill H
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101 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

A must try ! The food is delicious with a long list of choices, and an equally long list of artisan and import beers.We did not sample the traditional small bites that accompany their tea serving as we were hungry but people around us were enjoying them and they looked very appetizing. Servers are friendly and aimed to please.Good spot... More 

Thank strattera
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 September 2015

We like this restaurant a lot. It is offering a very familiar dishes for our taste and very good quality too. Needles to say, that location is perfect near the Millennium Park and Chicago Art Institute. Visiting this place every time while in Chicago.

Thank yabloko
Reston, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2015

The borscht, piroshky and infused vodkas (my favorite was horseradish) are terrific. The atmosphere seems authentic, perhaps in part due to the fact that I always hear guests speaking in Russian. The wait staff has always been friendly, attentive and willing to make food recommendations. They also have a Russian Caravan tea that I just love. Every time I go... More 

Thank BillyDfromVA
Palatine, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 September 2015

The positive was the service. The waitstaff was very attentive. Did not like the crowded feel of the room. There was very little room between the tables. Very disappointed in the food. It was extremely salty. I craved water for the rest of the night. The sausages were exceptionally greasy and the mash potatoes had no flavor. Also, the food... More 

Thank puffins2015
Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015

Food especially beef Stogg is exceptional...old Eugene is a treasure and the wine list well priced...great little low key place well located in South Loop Not sure why the carrott goes with everything but the old age ambience is the only down

Thank Terry H
Saint Louis, Missouri
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48 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015

Went for the experience. Vodka sampler was great! Recommend that you order the variety plate to get a sense of the food. Overall, the food was OK, nothing great but the atmosphere was nice. Maybe a great spot for a light dinner butgo for the vodka!

Thank reitj
Chicago, Illinois
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2015

I have been going here for years and have the joy to tell you that this food is made fresh and with quality ingredients! Service is professional and efficient. I have never had a bad meal here. They have lightened up the menu for some new summer dishes but the core menu items are fabulous. From appetizers, to drinks and... More 

Thank lunareist
Plymouth, Minnesota
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

We come here every time we are in Chicago. This was a disappointing visit, we usually come for dinner and their food is incredibly tasty and authentic. This time we came for tea and it was disappointing. Selection of real teas is limited an there were no flavorful teas at all. House blend is weak and watery. The tea service,... More 

Thank ipekur
Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2015

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.

Thank Vic Z

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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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
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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