Intimate, elegant and cozy, the Russian Tea Time has long ago become one of Chicago treasures, offering delicious and hearty food in a beautiful setting. Featuring excellent samples of fare from such former Soviet Republics as Ukraine, Georgia and Uzbekistan, the menu of the restaurant delights and educates.
Nestled close to the Art Institute and Orchestra Hall, Russian Tea Time features a wide selection of dishes that range from refined to rustic. Among special offers are special teas, a first-class caviar selection, and an extensive list of options for vegetarians, with all dishes being served by hospitable stuff in a beautifully-furnished dining room warm in mahogany and rich red tones. Famous for its Russian tea cakes, caviar and vodka, the restaurant specializes in home-style Russian, American and Polish cuisines, where vegetarian meals are common.
Start your meal with chilled smoked sturgeon, blini with Russian caviar or potato pancakes, or if you cannot decide in favor of something definite, there exist a variety of mixed appetizer platters to share. Some of the most popular menu items include the kulebiaka, beef stroganoff and roast pheasant with brandy and brandied prunes and pomegranate sauce.
Established by Vadim and Klara Muchnik who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s, the Russian Tea Time is far from being a traditional tea caf?. It has become a favorite with musicians and patrons of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, so you are almost sure to meet some of its members here. The place is also frequented by celebrities, politicians and visitors alike, who are attracted by its warm and relaxed atmosphere. Two dining rooms of the restaurants seat 110 people, yet booking is strongly recommended.
Most entrees are under $20, ranging from guriev blini - two pancakes served with sour cream, raspberry sauce and melted butter, to braised lamb shank and chicken tapaka saut?ed with paprika. Tea service is available daily, from 2-4 pm. There is also a folk music band playing in the background.
Traditional rich Russian cuisine, lovely ambiance and traditional home atmosphere make the Russian Tea Time ideal for birthdays, romantic evenings, anniversaries, private and business parties and entertaining clients. It is also frequented prior theater and features an appropriate menu for such occasions. Open for dinner and lunch, the restaurant's menu changes twice a year, while some of the most popular items including beef stroganoff, assortment platter, borsch, Uzbek lamb chops, blini with caviar, Russian tea and homemade apricot and plum strudel.
Available in the seated bar inside the restaurant is a wide range of alcoholic beverages with a superb wine selection. Carryout and delivery are available. For customers' convenience parking and wheelchair-friendly walkways have been arranged. Smoking is not allowed.
In 1995 the Russian Tea Time was named one of the Top 10 Healthy Restaurants in the United States, according to Vegetarian Resource Magazine, and a year later it received Four Stars Award for service and uniqueness from Chicago Tribune.