Tanta

4.7
2418 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Peruvian
Tanta is dedicated to sharing the flavors and culture of Peru with Chicago, serving authentic Peruvian dishes and beverages in an approachable, fun and casual downtown setting. We provide service that is casual yet knowledgeable, genuine and attentive, utilizing locally sourced products and vendors that are sensitive to sustainable farming and fishing.

Tanta has two Chef’s Tables that each seat up to 10 people. These tables are located in our main dining room in between our open kitchen and cebiche bar which allows you and your guests to experience our chefs creating Peruvian cuisine while you dine.

The menu, created by Acurio and Tanta Chicago Chef Jesus Delgado, takes diners on a voyage through Peru via its food. From the Pacific Ocean, through the Andes, to the desert, to the Amazon, Tanta celebrates the diverse landscape and ethnicities that make up Peru’s culture.

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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.3

High-end Peruvian food that will cost you a bit but is worth the price.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
What 2418 People Are Saying
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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous overall experience. There were 6 of us, including 1 vegetarian. We were all satisfied, but there could have been a few more vegetable choices. The chebiche was quite good, and I would usually choose raw meat over raw seafood. Our server was terrific; quite the guide, as this was only the 2nd Peruvian restaurant we had ever eaten at. You only get 1 chance for a first impression; he was successful.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server did not give us proper change and hardly checked in with us. I eat at Tanta at least once a month. Perhaps he was too busy? I am not sure why he would have shorted our change.

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NW
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely brunch-great cocktails & delicious Peruvian breakfast & lunch items!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good drinks and nice ambiance

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very helpful and knowledgeable. The food was awesome. The dessert was spectacular 😋

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p
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We came all the way from MI for this. The food was pretty good and so was the service. Portions could be bigger for the prices you pay though. I understand this is an upscale restaurant, but come on, peruvian portions are generous! It'd be nice to have pollo a la brasa with the classic french fries. Also, you're totally missing tamales in your menu! Overall, it was a good dining experience.

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h
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

La atención es pésima, la comida es relativamente buena, pero yo espera encontrarme con unos platos de alto nivel, es decir excepcional; pero la atención sin duda fue simple y descortés... me dejo sin ganas de volver

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Great flavors and presentation. Will definitely go back.

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F
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

lunch was great. the noise level at lunch is perfect. at dinner is can be had to hold a conversation.

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Would definitely recommend!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was awesome and cocktails were great too. Server was great in the beginning, but unfortunately became rude towards the end of dinner. We got the impression that she just wanted to go home- we were her last table. Would return hoping for a better service experience.

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LJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waitress was annoyed by our questions and didn’t really want to help. Good we ordered was ok. Not worth 100 for two people to eat.

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a
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pizza was amazing! I recommend the breadsticks

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Now my favorite restaurant in all of Chicago. Fantastic food and service.

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BL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Drinks are on the pricey side but well worth it.

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b
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visit to Tanta. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by the food. The portions were large enough to share and everything we ate tasted great. Don't go there if you want a salad, they don't serve one. Also, the amount of wine they serve is kind of skimpy.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Better cocktails.
Would recommend without hesitation

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Disappointed with service. Had to find waiter myself for everything.

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SF
Chicago
100 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

First time at Tanta, and we would not rush back. Food was flavorful, not much on presentation. Service was slow and seemed disorganized. Waiter was nice, but the serving process there just did not seem to have its act together. Too many other good places to go to keep this on the list for revisiting.

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CD
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time going after years of wanting to try it. It did NOT disappoint! The entire meal was amazing - my favorite bite was for SURE the "Pobre" - it was incredible. We also had the criollo cebiche (amazing) and the toreado (also incredible). Don't skip the empanadas - all three were amazing, my favorite was the chicken which I did not expect to like! The drinks were all super yummy too. Overall - I can't wait to go back, and that doesn't happen often!

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CB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We hadn't been to Chicago in a long while, and chose Tanta as a restaurant that was new to us. It was perfect after a day of travel with no evening plans, so we could enjoy our meal without rushing. Miguel, our waiter, explained Peruvian cuisine and other nations' culinary influence. He guided us through the menu so we could enjoy a variety of small plates (4) and still have room for dessert. Everything we ate was delicious, the service was excellent, and the ambiance was fine. The tables are fairly close together but not uncomfortably so, the noise level is a bit high, but we were able to hear each other without having to raise our voices.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Vanessa our server was rude, and doesn’t have customer service skills, when a customer says the drink doesn’t taste as always (specially if the customer (me) has been at Tanta several times, and is Peruvian), don’t argue, just offer a new drink. The food tasted off, and I had a piece of shell that I bite from the arroz con mariscos. I’ll wait a couple of months to see if it gets better, as the other times I was there were truly amazing, food and service.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good our server was super helpful suggesting different options. Food was delicious!!!

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Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Tanta! We started off with delicious Pisco Sours during happy hour at the bar. Next, we moved to our table and selected a variety of dishes from across different sections of their creative Peruvian/Asian menu. We shared everything, so all four of us had an opportunity to sample each delicious preparation. Highly recommended!

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JB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Peruvian tapas restaurant in River North. Unique drink menu. Nice rooftop terrace for summer outdoor dining. Come with a group so you can try more of the offerings!

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I
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A wonderful experience, very unique Peruvian food with a wide range of options. Especially liked seafood/fish/cebiches appetizers. Yuca(?) chips are incredibly good. A very nice selection of cocktails, we didn't order wine but the menu apparently has a wide selection. Beer selection was OK but relatively narrow. The organic quinoa salad with beets, baby arugula and a lot of flavours was a pleasant surprise. The traditional beef tenderloin stir-fry with red onions and rustic potatoes was very good, meat is quite tender and all ingredients played together quite well. Additional rice for this dish was in this setting completely unnatural to my taste, I left it untouched.
A modern design and look, friendly atmosphere and waiting staff (I think many are actually of Peruvian decent which makes it even more authentic) and chef who comes to talk to patrons, explains the concept behind this restaurant makes this place even more attractive to spend time in

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L
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for restaurant week. The food was ok; a but disappointing for what I know of Peruvian food. Portions were very small ( even for small plates). The ambiance was ok; way too noisy to have meaningful conversation.

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b
Chicago
94 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Unique flavors and fun atmosphere !

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favourite restaurant!!!!!!!

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PK
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This was our second visit to Tanta, this time for lunch rather than dinner. Again, we enjoyed excellent food, and good service. My wife chose from the Restaurant Week prix fixe menu, and I chose the tuna ceviche and chicarones. We will be back.

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L
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Unable to handle their business. Long wait between courses and to clear plates. Food not well prepared. Got sick that night and believe it was due to undercooked food . Will not go back.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood entry for restaurant week is awesome. Love the seasoning. Will be there again.

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1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents visit

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RM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, Everything about our experience at Tanta was amazing. We were enthusiastically welcomed, our server was knowledgable about the menu, but also invited the chef to visit our table and go through a few items of the evening, the drinks, Pisco Sour and mezcal cocktails were very flavorful, refreshing and balanced (not sweet) and the food was off the charts great. The dishes were interesting, fresh, and flavors combined well together. We had a few of their traditional dishes and tried some of their most popular dishes as well. And don't pass on dessert. We really enjoyed a desert with toasted quinoa as well as one with a raspberry sorbet. We'll be back.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food and atmosphere were great but service took too long.

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f
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met friends for brunch, service helpful and attentive but allowed us to visit without rushing us. Seafood dishes were excellent, cocktails creative and desserts yummy, and good variety. We will go again

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D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ceviche was very good, and the seafood chaufa was excellent as well. The waitress recommended some good cocktails for us, and food came out at appropriate intervals. The empanada was not anything special, but inexpensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was good

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