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Chicago Restaurants

Russian Tea Time

Updated 06/11/2013

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Exotica is on the menu and in the air at this spot that's favored by visitors to the nearby Art Institute and the Symphony Center. Mahogany trim, samovars, and balalaika music set the stage for dishes from Russia and neighboring republics (the owners hail from Uzbekistan), including Ukrainian borscht, blinis (small, savory pancakes) with salmon caviar, Moldavian meatballs, and classic beef Stroganoff. Chilled vodka flights (three shots) certainly do help the herring

go down.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

77 E. Adams St., Chicago, Illinois, 60603, USA

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312-360–0000

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  • Credit cards accepted

Updated 06/11/2013

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Feb 17, 2009

Just squeeze in

We've dined here several times and although I wouldn't call it exotic,the atmosphere is unlike any other place in Chicago.It is crowded most times,but you might get a table without a reservation if you're willing to squeeze in.The food seems Eastern European/Russian and is very tasty and filling.The service ranged from friendly but where is she to downright rude. One time the waiter demanded to know where his tip was(we left it on the table!) The

prices are what you should expect for a Loop restaurant-expensive,but average for the area.Go for the "Exotica" but don't expect lots of room,or service.

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Jun 15, 2004

Dr. Zivago revisited

Wonderful elegant dining experience. Loved the pelmeni and borscht. We would go back again and again.

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Jul 21, 2003

mmm...borscht

Possibly because of its Loop location, this restaurant gets street traffic unprepared for the cuisine and atmosphere. I always recommend the traditional Russian options (stroganoff, stuffed cabbage) and the delicious borscht.

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Nov 9, 2002

Plenty to sample

What a pretty place, and a fun menu. We like places where you can order multiple starters, platters and take your time enjoying your meal. Try the tea -- it is delicious. Sample stuffed mushroom caps, dumplings, a mixed veggie platter. Oh yeah, and GREAT black bread on the side. We enjoyed so many starters that we asked to split an entree (two yummy squab in a black cherry sauce which they served us neatly on two plates!) I went with a cinnamon

vodka for dessert....other diners seemed to enjoy the "flights" of three different 2-oz vodkas over the course of their meal! Well, perhaps if I were younger...

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Feb 11, 2001

A Lovely Difference

Beautiful place with delicious food and some of the most elegant desserts downtown. A bit formal - you won't feel comfortable in shorts here.

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