Tanta

4.7
2554 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 2554 People Are Saying
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Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were way early. Hostess said to give her a moment and sent us to the bar. She forgot about us. I had to re-promt as the restaurant was half full. Waitress took 10 minutes to then show up. Surprising as the restaurant is cool and humming. Waitress only takes the order. Food is delivered by bussing staff, who clear the table right in front of you, down to the separation of silverware and loudly. Food is far from transporting, mediocre at best. I am not sure how it has all these positive reviews. It could be the area of expensive restaurants serving meh food and that what people expect. Not me...siguiente

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SC
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience. Food overall was very good. A couple dishes could have used a bit more seasoning. Service was attentive in general, but server did disappear at times. Overall, i think it is 4.5 stars.

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JK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was underwhelming, outside of the chicken skewers.. nothing else really stood out on the menu. Wine selection wasn’t great and the service was average. I wouldn’t go back

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EK
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every bite was memorable. Coming back as soon as I can. The Rice Aeropuerto is one of the best dishes I’ve had in years.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! The causa and the Jalea we're amazing!

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AC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Upscale Peruvian restaurant with positively incredible food and drink. The waitstaff was fantastic. The bar was humming. I can’t to return!

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BF
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

This was my second time at Tanta and the food was really good, like the last time. However, the service was below average. We were a group of four, sharing all the entrees and appetizers. The server forgot to include serving spoon every time. The server also did not do a good job of explaining the portion size and whether the items were sharable.

My favorite item was the ceviche sampler and the skewers (chicken and octopus).

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SW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere and service! The nigiri, empanadas and chocolate mousse desert were phenomenal.

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ceviche is great and the salmon was outstanding I will go back soon

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

Good ambience, great taste, very clean. Food has a nice presentation.

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JN
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed an outstanding selection of ceviche, small plates and one entree. The service was impeccable, and the Pisco sour was almost as good as the ones we had in Lima. My only regret is that we did not have sufficient appetite to try more of the small plates. This is the third Gaston restaurant we have tried and we will look for others.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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SZ
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love their vegetarian "power lunch." It's absolutely delicious and satisfying.

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R
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to restaurant in Chicago. Every time I go (twice a year) it is a new and better experience. Great cocktails, ceviche, sides and main dishes are perfect. Don't forget to get desert. Even the valet person was great.

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b
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, authentic Peruvian cuisine. Enjoyed the food until the last bite. So yummy

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RR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Love Tanta. The food is amazing and service is excellent. Drinks are also fabuloso.
The noise level can be a bit high but worth it.

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent! Will definitely recommend to friends going to Chicago!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday. I recommend El Chingon!

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S
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food and ambiance!

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e
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

There is loud and then really loud. The noise level in the dining room just way too loud to enjoy a meal with friends. Staff wear tee shirts not fitting of a quality restaurant.

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H
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the various small plates, pisco sours were wonderful and service was awesome!

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SS
36 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good. The Peruvian wine was interesting. The vibe was hipper than thou. A huge crush at the bar. A few too many big parties squeezed into the room. Mind numbingly loud.

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K
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first experience was a winner! I loved the buzzy atmosphere and friendly service, and the food was exceptional. Start off with a Pisco Sour to set the mood, then dive in and experiment. Cannot wait until the rooftop opens. I'll be back!

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ER
Monterrey
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff really tried to accommodate our group of 16 and they managed it with great service! Food was delicious! Would come back and recommend!

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RM
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been here 4 times. I'm sure that I'll be back. Each time has been a unique full tour of the menu. Excellent Peruvian food. Well executed with lots of variety. Very good service, and room decor/ambience. Sound level permits conversation. Warning, prices are a little high across the board. But the James Beard pork belly tamal special at $32 took that to an unreasonable level especially for the portion size and was not as good as the rest of the menu. The pork belly was a bit dry (which shouldn't happen) and the tamal was a small puddle of grits/polenta like stuff.
chicken skewers and cebiche were good as was the arroz con mariscos. Regarding drinks, Paloma was good, but Caprihna was a disappointment and did not have muddled limes.

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food great time

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a
Caribbean
56 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good overall

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked Tanta! It’s a very vibrant and modern place! We ordered two entrees, however one of them (chicken with shrimp, noodles and egg) was very mediocre. I would still give it another try though, because the other plate (steak cubes with vegetables and dark sauce) was delicious.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed. I had been wanting to go here for awhile, but needed to make a reservation! We would normally just be downtown and try to get in, but it's busy every night it seems. For good reason, everything we ordered for the table, everybody loved, including the drinks. The server also made great recommendations on the menu. Will definitely be back, with a reservation :)

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f
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! We consistently love the food here

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EK
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We haven't been in years and raved about it to others - seems to have lost its charm. Underwhelming but decent for brunch.

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VN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was amazing!!!
We cannot wait to bring our friends.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks!

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CC
Raleigh
38 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Watch for the noise. The food is worth it. Great unusual flavors.

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J
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was very helpful & friendly Service was quick & pleasant Food was delicious & fairly priced

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Very fresh and interesting. We were accommodated at a quiet table in the back because we had a baby with us. It was perfect. The service was attentive and the wait staff could not have been nicer.

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k
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience all around

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M
Minneapolis
30 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reminded me of all the flavors I grew to love when I visited Peru. I definitely recommend to all. Everything was incredible!!

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IU
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

I have been many times to Tanta in Lima, Peru, and was looking forward to eating their food again. The only real Peruvian flavors I tasted were in the Alfajores and Lucuma Ice Cream. The Maracuya Sour did not have the fresh Maracuya taste it should have, the food was so fusion with... my best guess would be american(?) that the Peruvian flavors were almost non existent.
Either the cheff is not Peruvian or he/she should stick to the good classic Tanta dishes that are so great and flavorful.

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GP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Creative variety of dishes. Small but approachable wine list with plenty of high-quality, moderately-priced bottled.

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