Tanta

4.7
2345 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 2345 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing night trying the small plates and cocktails!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was unique, authentic and delicious. Cocktail program was equally unique

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here for my birthday. The menu is outstanding with so many good options (friend is pescatarian) and great cocktails. Seafood cebiche was incredible. Our server was attentive and walked us through the complicated menu and made great suggestions. We shared everything so plates came out as ready, tapas style. We mentioned in passing it was my birthday and he brought out a cake and sang, it was very sweet gesture and it was so good. They went above and beyond. Ambiance is dark yet chic, good for date nights. It was moderate noise level, not too bad for how busy they were. I’ll be back!

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

Wife’s birthday

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Exceptional service.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here was something very special. The flavors are something you can’t get anywhere in this city. Was very impressed with the Octopus dish and the Red Crab dish. Service was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable about the food. Can’t wait to go back

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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Sorry, i try not to write negative reviews for restaurants because that’s the hardest job. A complete overpriced disappointment. The only good thing was the service. I’ve had good peruvian food, this was not good.

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AE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for authentic Peruvian food, cebiches are amazing, lomo salteado delicious and cheesecake to die for!

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KS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Interesting food and a good vibe. Lots of good Peruvian dishes.

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K
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. This time, though, I went on a Sunday night and for the first time ever I was disappointed with my main dish. Ordered the salmon dish which was overcooked (salmon was actually hard /burnt on top and too dry). I never send thimgs back so did not say anything.the appetizers we ordered were all terrific, as always. But for a dinner that was almost $130 per person, this was very disappointing. The one consolation was that noise levels were.less on Sun than on Fri and sat pms (when I usually go)....

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DP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely unbelievably the most delicious tasting dinner from start to finish! Great atmosphere. Great value.

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

wonderful service, creative menu, incredibly tasty food and beautiful plating! we love tanta!

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C
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My first Peruvian meal. Very fresh and testy seafood. Nice service. A bit expensive for the portions, but we had a good time, was worth it.

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VR
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tanta is my favorite restaurant in Chicago and one of my top five restaurants in general. The food is brilliant; always fresh, perfectly seasoned, gorgeously presented. Start with a perfect Pisco Sour and then dive into the food menu. The bright acids of the amazing ceviches prep you for the savory richness of the empanadas and larger plates. You can explore a myriad of flavors in small bites or really commit to a complex and hearty Peruvian main dish. Either way, you’ll leave satiated and dreaming of your next trip to Tanta.

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is fantastic. Our server was not the greatest, she forgot one of our side dishes and it was brought out as we were finishing our meal, but still the experience was great. Nice wine list and great food.

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D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

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

Thank you so much for making my day extra special! My friends and I were amazed at the food presentation and how tasty everything was in the end! We are definitely coming back soon! :)

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Calidad y servicio inferior a lima o santiago.
No vale el alto precio

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

New Years Eve

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

Easily my favorite restaurant in the city. The food is phenomenal, as are the drinks.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for New Year’s Eve and it did not disappoint. The food was absolutely incredible and they even passed out party favors and champagne at midnight. Great experience!

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KC
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here for dinner on New Year’s Eve and everything was outstanding! We had fantastic cocktails and tried almost every category on the menu. We loved the Pulpo and the Lomo Saltado! Definitely would go back again!

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DP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Attended for NYE dinner. We did not get seated at our reserved time but that is to be expected on NY. Wait staff was attentive, food was delicious. Shared plates for the table & our waiter explained everything well.

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B
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Thanks atmosphere was perfect, allowing for my wife and I to enjoy conversation with one another

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MF
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Tanta for a date and everything was perfect! Loved the restaurant, loved the service, loved the drinks, I’ll definitely go back for some yummy food!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Incredible value- we had several plates of food and 2 cocktails for less than $130. The nigiri and the ceviches are MUST HAVE’s if you love seafood. Also for cocktails- el chingon is amazing!! The ice is made with chile that makes the drink spicier as you go.

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j
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is a very interesting hybrid, a difference I always am looking for. Especially enjoyed the octopus. For me, the moderate heat somewhat diminishes my pleasure of the experience. But for those who value spice, this is a place to go. I personally prefer less hustle and bustle and less noise. But that's hard to find.

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RM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every single item was delicious. The service was excellent. I look forward to coming here again and again!

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M
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

5th visit. Always excellent ceviche and fried whole fluke. Professional service from Vanessa. Recommended!

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a
Detroit
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. I went to the original in Peru. The Chicago one holds up to that. The flavors were phenomenal. The service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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TN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Dining Experience, Food was excellent however a tad bit salty and drinks were amazing. Would definitely recommend.

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BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went in without much experience with Peruvian food but looking forward to trying a few different things on the menu. We started off with some drinks recommended by the waiter which were quite good. They have a great selection of authentic cocktails and beer which definitely appeals to me. We then got 3 different dishes on the menu: a causita, ceviche sampler, and the veal heart skewers. All of the dishes were prepared well and were tasty.

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r
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We stopped for an early dinner before theater. Because we had been to Peru, we were looking forward to some of the delicacies we had enjoyed there (although, we did not expect the food to be the same as it was in Peru). From the Pisco sours to the ceviche and wonderful dessert, we were delighted. It felt like we were back in Peru. The small plate options gave us a chance to sample many dishes, and we enjoyed them all. Waitstaff was very helpful and friendly. There was a problem with the credit card machine, which delayed seating and payment, but I assume that was an isolated issue and not a regular occurrence. All in all, great spot, great people, great food, and a convenient cab ride from the theaters, and a real treat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The only thing that was sad is one cocktail pre mixed with gin I would have liked better than vodka but my mezcal was on point

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Loved the ceviches and tiraditos.
Whole fried fish was overly breaded and sauce was too sweet.
Super friendly service.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The shine has faded at Tanta. Service was generally lackluster. Plates cleared too quickly. Food quite good but is overpriced. Can easily get better for less. Would only return in Summer for the rooftop.

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r
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fresh tasteful food. A nice change from the same-o same-o

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L
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this restaurant. The food is delicious. Can’t wait to go again.

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GY
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was amazing. We started with a drink and appetizer at the bar. The ceviche was heavenly! The food was outstanding in everyday --- delicious and beautifully presented. The service was excellent. The waiter was helpful and had the art and skill of service down, which we really appreciate. He kept an eye on us, checked in ---- but not too much. Great place! Can't wait to go back on a next trip to Chicago. Highly recommend!

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JR
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate at Tanta on the Sunday before Christmas. It was relatively busy, but not packed. It had a nice ambiance- colorful and vibrant.
The staff was warm and welcoming and I appreciated the high level of service. Food came out relatively quickly and drink orders were quick as well.
Many of the dishes were small plates/ tapas- which I like. It was fun to try several dishes. I particularly liked the beef empanada.

My friends loved the rolls- a combination of Peruvian and Japanese flavors.

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