Sepia
Sepia

Sepia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sepiachicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 441-1920
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner Sunday 5:00-9:00pm Monday - Thursday: 5:15pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:15pm - 10:30pm Lounge opens daily at 4:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Zimmerman
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Randolph
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Sepia
Seamlessly melding refined and rustic, vintage and contemporary, Sepia has the feel of an instant classic. The stylish space is warm and inviting, comfortable yet lively. Attention to detail runs throughout Sepia -- both in the room and on the plate -- from the custom Art Nouveau tile floor to the hand-crafted millwork and the vintage stemware. The easy elegance of the room serves as the perfect backdrop for the inventive American cuisine. Chef Andrew Zimmerman's product-driven, seasonal menu showcases the purity and quality of the ingredients, letting both the ingredients and his passion for what he does shine through. Sepia celebrates tradition – with a modern twist.
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Sepia reviews from OpenTable diners
227 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (167)special occasion (139)notable wine list (106)romantic (104)neighborhood gem (65)good for groups (46)hot spot (41)great for lunch (23)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Ordered the Fried Chicken Box
    Nini
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    It was lots of iceberg lettuce with edges of a chicken tender. so a salad with a salad not fried chicken. Overpriced with very lil portion that wasn't fascinating. No flavor. blunt. Only thing good was Service
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  • Good food not worth the terrible service
    LADinerVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Disorganized and inattentive service made the good food not worth the looooong waits. We were finally seated 30 minutes past our reservation time while staring at empty tables. It took nearly 2 hours to be served 2 courses. Would have liked to have dessert, but we were so fed up with the wait, we left without it. Chicago is a city of great restaurants with great service; go elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    SFLegis
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I requested a quiet table for 3 couples. We were seated in a lovely area under a dramatic basket chandelier where we were able to converse easily. Everyone raved about the food. Most of the others ordered fish, I ordered a foie gras appetizer, collard greens and bronzed cauliflower. I shared the greens and cauliflower, which everyone enjoyed. My foie gras was accompanied by a fruity jam/jelly and brioche toasts. Sublime!! The next day my friends were still talking about how great the meal and evening were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wines, seasoned service but no rush return
    misszee
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    great venue, and décor. very mad men! wine list is excellent. food was 'expensive frou frou'. I'm ok with that if innovative and served hot and with great flavor. Bread was great. Appetizers were also good, but very small. Three of us shared beet salad, and sweet potato dumplings / pasta. Presentation was very pretty! Entrée selection was limited, flavors bland, served room temperature and portion size strangely large. We had duck, chicken and fish. No one raved about their entrées, and everyone left food on their plate. dessert was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I hadn't been here since it first opened, so was delighted by the outstanding meal we had. The room is well designed, and comfortable, however the lighting seemed a bit too bright for the mood. Our dinner was amazing, from the start of the bread course through the remarkable dessert. Nice touches like an amuse-bouche and tiny cookies to end the meal made the evening more special. Service was well timed. I would highly recommend this for a celebratory night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flash
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fantastic and innovative menu, and amazing service together created a wonderful dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    RichVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Sepia never disappoints. We had the five-course tasting menu, with the wine pairings. The courses ranged from merely delicious to truly inspired. The service was highly professional and the courses were well timed. At the end of the tasting menu, we were each given a menu card: I intend to hunt down that Madeira that was served with the dessert course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    gIRL
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food and great service. I liked their cocktails selection as well the wine list. I had made the reservation for a birthday dinner and the restaurant accomadated our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    alwayshungryVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A good early dinner on a Saturday evening. I found the experience a bit pretentious, the food and the service, but overall we enjoyed our supper. I ordered the beet salad for an appetizer, which would have been very pleasant except that it was served on a large plate and just took up a small portion of that plate. A strange presentation. We were asked too many times by too many people if we liked the food. But everyone was nice and helpful, just a little off. Our entrees were very good. I would give it another try. I found the room quite attractive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    VinoFonseca
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were in town for a few days and dined at several restaurants. If we hadn't, I would have rated Sepia higher but in comparison to the other restaurants we visited, Sepia fails to distinguish itself. Service is excellent. The Berkshire pork was excellent. The arctic char and duck were just ok. The duck fat potatoes were just ok - had these at another restaurant and they were to die for. So hard memory to live up to here. The cauliflower was good but for a veggie that is promoted as 'to share,' there's not a lot there for $8. Enjoyed the stickies from Uruguay and Greece but the port list is undistinguished. The oatmeal dessert was the better of 3 and the banana fritters were great though the accompanying pudding not so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening out
    UrbanfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Took some friends from out of town here this weekend. Wonderful ambiance and excellent service. An extensive wine list and excellent sommelier recommendation. Everything we ordered was quite good though the chicken was nothing special. Will definitely be back with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun family dinner
    fiftyishfoodie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Our party of 7 was given an excellent table in a secluded part of the restaurant where we were able to enjoy our conversation and our meal. Our wait staff was friendly and well informed and timed the meal nicely. The cheese and charcuterie had a good variety, the cocktails were interesting and tasty, and the the entrees were a perfect size. The duck was excellent, the fish well prepared and the steak was perfect. We shared some desserts and went home comfortable. Our waiter's suggestion for a wine that would work with our varied choices was spot on. We will definitely be back. Again, having a table for our group where we could easily converse while we enjoyed our meal was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nice ambiance, great staff. expensive and disappointing to spend $284 for 4 peope and have to totally compromise on finding an entree to your liking. Did not enjoy the meal, at all. I had the trout. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the time warp I was expecting
    Desertfox
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The ambience of was very nice but I wasn't taken back to the 1920s. The staff was nice especially the person confirming my reservation. The food was excellent !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    JCBL
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've lived in a suburb for forty-one years ad ad never been to Sepia in its seven year existence. We eat out often and somehow missed this compact, welcoming efficient and interesting place. Our misfortune. Goingtoa show, we ate early. As patronage increased so did the noise level but not to unacceptable levels. Special was the service which was exceptional from "Ben" to the wonderful fellow filling the water glasses, all could not have been nicer. Thanks for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Celebrated my birthday. Love this place. Perfect cocktails,food and service. Classy not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Surprise
    downtown11
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I have walked by Sepia a few times and finally decided to try it out. I was very pleasantly surprised. From the front of the restaurant it was hard to see the charm of the place. I tried the Duck and it was cooked perfectly. The service was also great. I had ordered a bottle of wine and I did not have to ever pour any of it in my glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service, + atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food, service, and ambiance are always solid here. My only recommendation is healthier lunch options. The only side offered on the menu was duck fat fries. Fortunately the chef made me brussel sprouts, but that shouldn't have to be a special request, especially during lunch when business persons don't want a heavy lunch on their stomachs.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A sentimental favorite
    EatHere
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Still a great restaurant and although expensive it's not the top of the top--by comparison it almost seems reasonable. The service was very good, excellent even until the end of the meal when suddenly I felt rushed. Overall though a very professional staff and a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    MQMQ
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    It's good. Duck breast is cooked to the perfect medium. But I don't like pork collar, which my friend ordered. Too dry. Bread and butter is great. But not a big fan of the starter, side (fried potato), or dessert (pear coconut crisp - too sweet for me, but it's ny friend's favorite). Considering the price, I won't go back very often. Black bird is slightly more expensive but the food is better. Ambience and service are all perfect. We ended up spending 3 hours there though it was supposed to be a casual dinner. But that's not an important consideration for this dinner as it's not a special occasion. It could be a good destination for a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All-around great
    meandfood
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Over the last few years this has become our go-to Chicago restaurant for any special event. The food is imaginative and well-prepared; the service is pleasant and friendly; the prices, while not cheap, are not exorbitant. We had a wonderful charcuterie and sweet potato pasta for appetizers, then super-tender duck and redfish for entrees. All were excellent and of adequate size--no tiny servings, these. We finished with a cheese course and decided to bypass dessert, though no doubt that would have been excellent as well. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food and setting, but...
    chuckmac07VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    just plain weird service. we loved the building, the decor, the menu and the food preparation (from starter to dessert), but the employees were just 'odd'. a bartender with almost no personality and a waiter dressed sloppily who felt compelled to interject while we were eating and add odd comments. just weird. i don't mean to be rude with this review, but this would be a 5-star review if the staff were a bit more 'traditional' for a high price point restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I've been here a few times but it's my first review. The place is great- service was good, food was great and the prices are reasonable.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service, Great Food.
    Sallyj
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Your restaurant was recommended by the concierge at the Hyatt and we are so glad we went. The food, service and décor were all wonderful. We were a little concerned at the location as the taxi dropped us off at the corner because it is a one way street, however once inside no problems at all. The hostess actually came outside and hailed us a cab. What a great evening, next time in Chicago we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    First time at Sepia and it was awesome. The service, food and wine were superb and we will definitely return. Specialty drinks at the bar were very interesting and fun too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; service just okay
    EastSider
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was excellent; but we were seated in a corner near the entrance because I think we were older than many at the restaurant. Requested a change and they did move us a table over, but said that's all they could do even though we saw other open tables. Arrived early for our reservations, and were waved over to the bar and had to ask to be seated at a table, since some in our party preferred. Request for additional bread during the meal never came. Enjoyed the food, but would probably try other options next time.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    In recent years, I've suggested different restaurants for celebrations (birthdays, Valentine's Day and anniversaries) to my wife. My two most recent suggestions have left much to be desired. To avoid a third strike with my spouse, I selected Sepia. It did not disappoint. The seasonal menu was quite good, the wine and spirits list extensive and the service was superior. It is good to have a Michelin-starred restaurant in Chicago whose name ends in the suffix -ia on which I can rely.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    KennethVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Place is great if you have money burning a whole in your pocket AND are on a diet. Trust me - you won't walk out stuff. The portions are ridiculously tiny.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Celebration
    extraX5garlic
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I took my boyfriend to Sepia for his 24th birthday. Everything was perfect, the hostess were friendly and very accommodating. I asked them to write happy birthday on the plate for him, and I didn't even have to remind them. They brought his dessert out with a lit candle along with the message on the plate. I would definitely return here. I also would highly recommend Sepia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a keeper!
    SophieHVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We arrived early and sat at the bar and enjoyed a bottle of bubbles. The interior is very cool - color scheme reminded me of an old sepia photograph. Dinner was quite lovely wth foie gras with toasted brioche and then a roasted beet salad. For main courses we split the duck breast and the pork collar - both were delicious. Now keep in mind - the collar is a little bit on the fatty side but is delicious. For dessert we split a wonderful tart. Wine list is good - a bit light on the American pinot side so we brought a bottle from our cellar. $25 corkage and one is allowed. Our server April was amazing! She was attentive without being overbearing - just perfect!! Will go back again and will definitely recommend to others!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Care
    connorjw
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Hadn't planned on asking for special service as it was our anniversary, only thought we would enjoy a superb dinner with great wine and call it a night. However, Sepia went above and beyond! The hostess briefly asked if we were there for a special occasion and I mentioned it was our anniversary dinner. Much to our surprise the pastry chef herself came out with our dessert all glammed up with an anniversary note written in chocolate sauce. Multiple Sepia employees wished us happy anniversary (waiter, pastry chef, hostesses)--none of whom we told directly about why we were there. The hostess even gave us two small boxes of fresh baked treats on our way out (for free!). I must say, we felt well taken care of!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great palad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Went in for my anivesary, great ambiance for a quiet romantic night, food taste great, although some to small entrees, the mix of so many flavors in it were splendid. their home made chees selection with caramelized nuts was really good. For main course ny strp steak, very good rare cooked point, soft as butter meat, the only detail it came a litle bit on the cold side, and the butcher left two strips of nerves in the meat cut that made it a litle unpleasant. Service was above excelente. We enjoyed our dinning experience and would recomend it.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it!
    Richo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Arrived a bit early but the staff accommodated us happily. Enjoyed the food and service and will go again when the opportunity presents. Only negative for the night was a very loud and vulgar patron but the staff eventually had him tone it down.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothappycamper
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I took a date and they sat us down right next to another couple, no privacy or intimacy. Lots of noise and too much lighting.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Staff Responsiveness
    KPLNeighborVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our meal was gently innovative and our server was kind. However, when we expressed concern that our shrimp had "turned" (it had an ammonia flavor), after 2 queries, our server explained that their chef assessed the flavor we sensed as shrimp that was unusually "sweet." That seems a disappointing conclusion noting that no efforts to correct the dish or offer of apology was made. So, this restaurant has potential, but we hope for greater culinary honesty.
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  • Kaper
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Beautiful ambiance and a nice feel to it. Not too noisy. It works well as a date spot so that you can talk. Overall it was a good experience. But for the price, I expect awesome. I ordered savignon blanc by the glass. $20 per glass, and a super small pour. The pork collar was creative and had great flavors, but I expected a juicier meat. It resembled a pork chop. The redfish was nice, but not as phenomenal as suggested. The foie gras was amazing. Sweet potato tortellini was also amazing. But the two main courses were not awesome. Our bill was $270. Once you add tip, we were at $320 for a meal that we did not think was amazing. Tangee our waitress was very nice and did a great job.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Great dining just off Randolph
    Travel2EatVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I've been here twice for lunch now and both times it was very good. I need to try it for dinner too! My guest had the lamb burger and it was out of this world. I had the "box lunch" and it was also good. Not a lot of food, but you get to try a variety in three small courses . Regular sandwiches and entrees are more than enough!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Food, Terrible Service
    KT6884
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My wife and I dined here for our 2nd anniversary. The food was excellent and I do not want to detract from the talent of the kitchen. The squid ink garganelli & berkshire pork collar were outstanding. The service, however, was the worst I've ever experienced at a restaurant of this supposed caliber. Being a Monday evening, it was certainly not peak capacity, and it took 15 minutes for the waitress to arrive. My wife's carrot bisque arrived, sans-spoon, so we waited another 5-10 minutes until I flagged down the sommelier. Finishing our entrees, we waited 40+ minutes for anyone to even acknowledge us. Obviously not getting desert/aperitifs at this point, I embarrassingly had to walk around the restaurant until I could find our waitress.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sepia
    Luv2dine79
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sepia is a definite must try in Chicago. We began our dining experience with unique cocktails from the bar. Our appetizers were all amazing. I highly recommend the cheese and charcuterie plates! Everyone's entree was just as remarkable as our first course and the server was extremely knowledgable about wine pairings to work with each dish. Quiet and cozy ambiance makes this a perfect spot for a small group or romantic dinner for two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining Defined
    FineDiningDefinedVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Sepia offers exquisite food in a coversation friendly atmosphere. We enjoy sampling a variety of a chef's creeations and appreciae having dishes split in the kitchen and served one by one so that we can enjoy at least three courses before dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.