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Russian Tea Time

#199 of 8,223 Places to Eat in Chicago
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77 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603-6113
+1 312-360-0000
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Central City, Kentucky
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015

I'm not always the most adventurous eater, and I can be a little picky. So eating at new places makes me a little nervous, especially when it's a cuisine I'm not already familiar with. We had never eaten at a Russian restaurant, but the menu was intriguing and looked like several of the dishes would be good for me, so... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

I had a truly wonderful dinner at this restaurant recently. The service was impeccable, the atmosphere subdued, cozy, and warm. We had the Russian Tea Time dinner for two and shared a flight of vodkas. The beet caviar, carrot salad, and cracked wheat salads were outstanding, but in reality everything was incredibly tasty, even the after-dinner tea and the hearty... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

Tea time served from samovar is beyond Russian Tea Room next to the Carnegie Hall. Fantastic Place to stay an afternoon or evening. If you can speak some Russian, it makes your lunch or dinner there to an extreme fun and unforgettable! Most staffs are generous enough even to teach you some Russian. For me a second home in Chicago.

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Nashville, Indiana
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

We went to taste some of their vodkas and spent almost two hours enjoying their food and the their vodkas. The best was the standard Russian vodka. The have some very interesting flavors including a horseradish one that was pretty good. If you go make sure you plan on staying awhile. Make sure you get the Blinchiki with beef. It... More 

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Virginia
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92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

I travel to Chicago for an annual conference and have walked past this restaurant numerous times on our way back and forth from Michigan Ave. This year decided to venture in for dinner (made online reservations)..and glad we did for did. The front dining room was sparsely populated -my thought: its the middle of the week, in the middle of... More 

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Lake Zurich, Illinois
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

Decided to have lunch there after cso concert . That was a big mistake. Food was very average but expensive . We paid $ 125 for Lunch for 3people. But the worst part was the service at this place. Our waitress. Olga wasn't nice at all. We had a feeling that we back to Soviet Union with rude unsmiling service.... More 

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Beatrice, Nebraska
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015

My wife and I went for dinner and the entries were excellent. We had vegatarIan dinners and the food was delicious. We could not eat it all, and took the leftovers back to our room to eat the following day. We would highly recommend the Russian Tea Time restaurant.

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Carterville, Illinois
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

I stopped by this lovely restaurant on a cold rainy day in December. Once I walked in, I had a feeling of warmth, quiet, and peace. There were not many customers, so it might have been different if the restaurant had been full. However, the staff spoke softly and the feeling of elegance filled this small restaurant. The was an... More 

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central Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

Went there before a show at the Chicago Symphony. Very convenient to the symphony so it was crowded. We had the Russian Tea Time platter for 2 and a bottle of Russian sparklng wine. Total cost about $100 so not bad. The food was excellant as was the service. Wine was good. Atmosphere was great, it was crowded so we... More 

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Herzlia, Israel
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015

We went there for high tea, expecting good tea with the usual various extras. Service was impatient and irritable, not to say arrogant. The tea was of average quality and the scones and desserts nothing to write home about. The place definitely is avoidable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 30
Cuisine
Russian, Eastern European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
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)!

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