Tanta

4.7
2643 reviews
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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 2643 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! One of the very best restaurants in Chicago!!

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. The food was perfect.

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JO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It was recommended as “amazing” but we were underwhelmed. Not awful but not “amazing” either. Overhyped.

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DS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Innovative menu and tasted even better than we anticipated! Everything was prepared to perfection. We loved our waiter--he was really friendly and made great suggestions. Overall, a fun night. We can't wait to go back.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at tanta is incredible. Every bite was like traveling to Peru and have the most exquisite food. All the plates were delicious, there was NOTHING disappointing. The service was great!!

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

We went to Tanta in Peru and the Chicago location was just as good. We enjoyed our time, especially on the rooftop!

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We very much enjoyed our return to Tanta. It was the first time to Tanta for the couple who accompanied us. They loved it, and we will be back in a few weeks to celebrate our son’s 33rd birthday. The food and service were superb. Our only disappointments were that upstairs seating was booked out by a private party, and the room downstairs is very noisy/conversation challenged.

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SD
El Paso
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and ambiance. Food was delicious, though some dishes were too salty for me. Definitely want to go back and try other dishes.

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C
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Staff was welcoming and eager to explain different items on the menu

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d
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful!! Loved everything and every minute!!

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Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were surprised that Tanta was so highly rated, because we found nothing special about it. We had not tried Peruvian cooking before so it was an experience. The food was good but not outstanding, the service was attentive , the price was high for what we got. I would not go back, but am glad that I tried it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farewell to our son

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TG
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food seemed very authentic and explained well. Encouraged to share and courses brought out in progression, so did not feel rushed. Will be back

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MZ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my fave places in the city. We made reservation, were seated immediately and the cocktails, ceviche and lomo saltado were good quality, perfect size to split and our service was excellent too.

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AG
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food is of high quality, and the bar is fantastic — good upscale Peruvian restaurant. Service is not excellent, longer waiting times and the servers are friendly, but they need to improve the way they take care of customers.

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NU
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High energy restaurant - popular. Wait staff did an amazing job; very busy time and meeting our needs. Enjoyed. Would recommend. Would return.

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

Perfection in every dish as always.
We are Peruvian living in The US, and Tanya is our favorite Peruvian restaurant.
The service this time was outstanding. One of my cousins is vegan and they accommodated meals for her.
Thank you Tanta!

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R
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was slow to start, but very smooth once food orders placed. Food was excellent- empanadas, tomito, broccoli, cebiche. Too noisy for most date nights- almost need to scream to be heard.

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Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Family style service, very nice to the kids. Another A+ experience at Tanta

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great ambiance, A+ service

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N
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we loved this place... the food was terrific and very varied.

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R
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening with great service and exceptional food.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some miscommunication with the staff led to my order being incorrect but the staff at Tanta more than made up for it! The caipirinhas were amazing and so was the food! Can’t wait to go again!

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RY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Jo was an excellent waiter. The thing I didn't like was we were hoping for a relaxed evening and not rushed. We mentioned this to Jo and the minute we ordered the meal, it was out really quickly. Is this a bad thing? Not at all and it really shows the kitchen's response to the current culture in dining. As a Latina, I hate it when my meal is rushed. Any ideas your staff has on this conundrum would be ideal. Thank you overall for an amazing meal.

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I
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I strongly recommend this restaurant if you want food that is unlike any other in Chicago!

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DF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, the drinks were just okay defiantly could be stepped up their cocktail game. It was very easy to make reservations and we were able to enjoy the rooftop.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Live the food, however, the server wasn’t friendly or very good.

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OM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Exceptional drinks! Atmosphere was great. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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CC
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Perfect for date night or a business meeting

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JJ
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food and great summer rooftop. Took a little while for our entrees to come out after we got our appetizers but overall great place.

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was OK. Overpriced. Bone in my fish. Better places in the city, quite frankly.

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CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was outstanding and excellent food!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Rooftop is the best! So are the empanadas:)

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GA
Calgary
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

food was outstanding
Server not as attentive and helpful as we wished. Seemed to be preoccupied.

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J
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

An upscale Peruvian restaurant with very solid food. The menu confuses a bit and you need to understand what's an appetizer and what's not. The ceviche (national dish of Peru) is terrific (and there are several variations). I enjoyed the causitas but then again I like potatoes. The pobre was recommended but as not that exciting. Empanadas solid but unspectacular.

I do recommend by entree, lomo saltado. It was a beef stir fry superbly done with good meat and the onions and veggies prepared perfectly.

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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and drinks. The wait staff was very helpful Due to the weather the patio was closed but looks like a great spot

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AN
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place! The food was amazing. Ambiance very nice. Pretty good cocktails... but the food itself is superb.

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Y
Phoenix
73 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Except for a small snafu with a new hostess every minute spent and Tanta celebrating my spouse's birthday was perfect. Our server, Oscar, was friendly and professional. He made sure we understood the menu and made some suggestions based on our taste. The entire front of the house staff (new hostess exception), have been well trained. Attentive but not overbearing. We skipped the first course and went straight to the entrees and were glad we did. Both the seafood skillet and the special of the day, Picante de Costilla (beef short rib stew) were hearty and delicious. The kitchen staff pulled off having each type of seafood cooked perfectly and that is not easy to do. The short rib was fall off the bone tender. For cocktails I recommend the Pisco Sour or slightly sweeter La Rusa. The dessert menu is very unusual. We had the Manzanas Borraches. A kind of apple crumble with quinoa in the crumble and served with quinoa ice cream. Jury is still out on the desserts but I can’t speak highly enough about everything we experienced at Tanta.

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IN
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Amazing Peruvian food

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Really enjoyed the ceviche however we were a little disappointed with the other dishes.
Service was ok although would have liked our drinks (cocktails) to have arrived before our starters. Pleased we have been but wouldn’t necessarily return.

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