Tanta

4.7
2604 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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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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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Phoenix
73 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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CS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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A
Chicago
257 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Best Peruvian restaurant in Chicago! Start with the octopus anticucho and some ceviche. Dining here makes me want to visit Lima!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went on Fathers Day. Food was great, server was attentive. Drinks were pretty solid. Overall it was a good experience. Will definitely be back

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CB
Limerick
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place!! The food is just so delicious! Authentic Peruvian dishes, beautifully plated, fresh, colorful ingredients bursting with flavor.... yum!
And the craft cocktails are just the best! Pisco sour, of course, fantastic and so well made by the talented bartenders! Also, their Caipirinha was great....enjoyed just watching all the drinks being created!
Lovely, friendly, efficient staff, colorful decor and all around great “ vibe”.
Tanta is a Gem, and shouldn’t be missed!

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A
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place,
Delicious food,
Nice people.
Tanta is synonymous of Peruvian Food.

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C
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service an excellent food!. Everything we ordered was well-prepared, great flavors and fresh!

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l
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting menu. Great food great service. Highly recommended!

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RM
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Octopus appetizer was stunning. We ordered way too much food and were unable to finish it - two small plates and one large would have been enough to feed two people

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X
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful we will return

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KM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We dined on the roof top one one of the very few warm nights we have had. It was delightful and the service was good. Great cocktails. The unusual menu was a bit daunting. We tried to be open to the experience but found some of it too strange for our taste. Cold whipped potatoes with toppings didn't didn't cut it Since we aren't big on fish the menu was limited. We would go back and try the Asian dishes.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!!!!

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and an overall amazing experience. Fantastic option for beginning a night out on the town.

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D
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Peruvian food and it was outstanding. Our waiter explained the menu and even shared some of the history and culture of Peru, which was very interesting. We shared our plates and enjoyed everything we ordered.

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k
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Accommodating staff. When busy, it was hard to find our server to get a drink. Table wasn't clean or have place settings before we were seated. Nice casual vibe in place to be in jeans or dressed up. Pisco sour was delicious but other drinks were weak.

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AP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really delicious. The ceviche sampler was amazing and fresh. Drinks were very good. Setting is hip works for casual date or smaller groups. Good variety in menu. Only issue is that it tasted a bit salty but nothing a beverage couldn't overcome.

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B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The pisco sour was perfect. The ceviche sampler was also very good, though basic and not special. The other things, campesina, solterito caprese, salmon tanta just didn't pop with flavor as I'd hoped. Nothing was terrible, but with Gaston's name on the marquee, and having eaten a lot of Peruvian food, I expected better.

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JR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I have been to Tanta a few years ago and loved the food, going this time around was a bit disappointing. The quality of the dishes have gone downwards. I had a crab Causa. It looked and tasted totally different than before. It didnt look like real Causa and didn't taste that great. The portion seem to be a lot smaller than before as well. The tiradito de pulpo is no longer on the menu either. The only octopus dish I was able to find was the grilled kebab (anticucho).

While the rest of the dishes were tasty, the portions are very small and the prices too high for what you get. We paid about $20-$25 for only 2 kebabs (anticuchos). Each kebab only had 2 pieces. The prices for all the small appetizer plates were about the same. This is definitely not a place to come in if you are hungry and in a budget. During my visit, we were only 2 light eaters... yet it took about 5 dishes to not feel hungry.

There are better places in Chicago at a more reasonable price were you can get the same type of dishes and good quality.

Now, not all was negative. If you would like to try this place there were 2 things that stood out: the drinks and the grilled octopus kebabs. Just don't be sticker shocked!

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RV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice atmosphere. Great service. Fantastic food bursting with flavour. Vibrant scene

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

Came for our anniversary and had a reservation but opted to sit at the bar. Was very cozy and bar tender was great. Food was outstanding with the wagging beef and scallops nigiri, wagyu beef and quail egg nigiri and two empanadas (braised beef check and hockey stew). Everything was fantastic.

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

This was an excellent restaurant experience.
Server was very friendly and attentive.
Food was fresh and very tasty. My wife had the quinoa salad which was excellent. I had the three ceviche sampler and loved it. The sauce was delicious.
I will come back.

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LC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and drinks. We really enjoy the rooftop

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends from different parts of the world being in Chicago at the same tome was the reason for our reservation ... and my love of Peru and Peruvian food. The staff were fantastic as our group few. We were not disappointed with the food. We will all return. Oh and the Pisco sours were great

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I am really upset about my visit to Tanta. First of all as a Peruvian I thought I will have the best Pisco Sour every and what was my surprise it really didn’t taste good. Then my son ordered Tallarín saltado with chicken and they brought a seafood tallarin. They changed it. My husband ordered a Lomo Saltado medium and he got a burned meat. Mine was good I ordered A lo pobre. Very well done and it was really good.
I hope as a great Peruvian restaurant you have to make a very good Pisco Sour

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Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved Tanta. Everything was unique and very fresh. A great variety to choose from. Excellent service, cocktails, and wine selections as well.

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EP
Frankfurt Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tanta is the perfect location if you want to explore Peruvian food. The dishes are fantastic, lots of great seafood and wonderful balance of spices and flavors. The cocktails are unique and I loved the overall experience.

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JG
St. Louis
42 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such amazing flavors!!

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DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This place is okay. The food is good but not exceptional. We kept looking for our server, so I can't give the service a high rating. He was nice when he finally showed up. Overall, there are better options out there.

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MD
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Disappointing. The food was ok, but nothing exceptional. Service was good, but food was forgettable.

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DA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Peruvian spot in Chicago. Period. 😎

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RH
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was tasty, but staff missed a request to remove mushrooms from a dish because of a food allergy.

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d
Minneapolis
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We hadn't been to Tanta for several years and were delighted to discover that it was as good as ever. The food is excellent and the menu is nicely organized to allow sampling of a number of different dishes. When busy the restaurant is extremely noisy, making conversation difficult, but as the crowd dissipates the noise level drops to more reasonable levels. Probably because the restaurant was so busy, our service was quite slow.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catching up with cousin, introducing fiancée

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We only had one night in Chicago and picked Tanta. So happy we did!

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MR
Norway
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, flavorsome and authentic Peruvian fare. The caipirinha cocktail was out of this world. Not to be missed on a visit to Chicago.

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DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Had a really nice, attentive waiter. Get the alfajores for dessert!

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

Great food and atmosphere! Service was great as well!

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JL
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We were very excited to go
To Brunch at Tanta. Ambience was wonderful.
The server was grumpy and rude and it ruined the whole experience for us. The food was good, not fabulous
Very disappointed

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding! The arroz con mariscos was outstanding!

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