Russian Tea Time

Chicago, Illinois

3.5 / 6 votes

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Veg-Friendly Russian Restaurant

This elegant restaurant, decorated in old Soviet style, is located right in the center of the arts district of Chicago. Russian Tea Time has a surprisingly large selection of vegetarian/vegan dishes that originated in former Soviet countries (which the menu will tell you how to pronounce, along with a few basic Russian phrases). Many of the soups and side dishes (which can be ordered tapas-style) are vegan, as is the pomegranate sorbet.

Added by Eric Purdy on Aug 14 04 (last updated Jul 2 12)

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I had the vegetarian stew here (made with vegetable oil, not butter), and it was delicious. For some reason the food/atmosphere doesn't look all that impressive to me (maybe it's trying too hard), but the taste is there.

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This place is quite expensive and the food just isn't worth it. I really loved the bread they served, dark pumpernickel with onion on the crust. However, the rest of the food I had was okay at best. My appetizer, the zucchini and eggplant, was decent, though the eggplant was cooked with some sort of too-sweet sauce on it.

My main dish, however, was totally bland. It was a big pile of stewed vegetables with barely any spices. Maybe I just don't like Russian food.

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Blue Line or Red Line to Jackson.

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$$ - expensive


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  • American Express Diner's Club Discover MasterCard Visa


  • Russian


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Live Music
  • Quiet
  • Romantic


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11am - 9pm
11am - 11pm
11am - midnight
11am - 9pm

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