Sepia
Sepia

Sepia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sepiachicago.com/
  • Phone: 3124411920
  • 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 May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (159)special occasion (137)notable wine list (105)romantic (102)neighborhood gem (52)hot spot (38)good for groups (38)great for lunch (27)vibrant bar scene (13)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Have not dined here for a few years. Why, I don't know. The artistry of the appetizer and dessert out shadowed the entree but still a fine experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was decent enough -- although the fois gras was disappointing -- but just not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service Should Have Been More "On"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our service at the beginning of our meal was very good and then we fell off the face of earth. Had to wait and wait for check, which really irks me because at the end of a meal you want to be able to make a decently quick exit. Instead we sat, got tired, felt ignored while the server saw to everyone around us and whipped by. Not cool after dropping $200 for two of us and it was our anniversary to boot (which they knew). Also, avoid the chicken special, super dry, over fried and just a little odd. disappointing and it was a server-recommended dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lives up to it's ratings
    Maidmarryn
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Presentation was great, food for the most part was exceptional. Out of the four of us who dined together, three were different entrees and all were superb; from the chicken and smoked trout to the smoked tea leaf duck, we were all extremely happy with the both the flavor of the food and how it was plated. Mixed crowd which was actually quite nice to see. Atmosphere is dark but pleasant and noise level very conducive to dining. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    SteveP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I took my wife and daughter to Sepia for lunch. The food and service were absolutely outstanding. The meals came to the table hot and were made to perfection. Wonderful atmosphere and an A+ meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Meal
    austinknight01
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The place was empty on a Sunday evening, but that just meant we could linger longer over our wonderful meal and chat with the knowledgeable server while sampling wine. The fresh seasonal fruit and the tea-smoked duck were definite stand outs. Service was friendly and attentive but still allowed us to have a long conversation with minimal interruptions. I would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sleek Sepia
    cjcass
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always enjoy Sepia, great food in a sexy space.. Top notch service, can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Great service.
    irish1
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I took a client to a Friday lunch. Our meals were unique but tasty. Mayor Emanuel arrived just before us. This is a trendy, fun restaurant. I highly recommend Sepia for client entertainment and/or special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    Wayne
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Sepia is a restaurant with a great menu and the food backs it up. A lovely setting matches the superb food that they offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicago Dining Destination
    Oldtimer8
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Certainly one of the top dining destinations in Chicago, Sepia maintains high quality of cuisine and service at a price a bit below other restaurants of equal quality, while maintaining a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The menu is limited to about 10 or fewer choices for both appetizers and entrees, but there is sufficient variety and originality to make choices difficult. The wine list is both broad and adventurous, with enough quality choices in the $40-$50 range to appeal to a broader audience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Night
    Birdi2
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We choose this restaurant to celebrate our wedding anniversary because my son had gone there and said it was amazing. He was right, the food was spectacular, with a great presentation, and very unique menu. Peach Gazpacho was incredible, and my husband had a pork collar that he could not get enough of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vintage Vibe and Amazing Food
    foodiewannabe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The dining experience at Sepia is top-notch. The ambiance is very classy with a vintage vibe. The food was superb and clearly deserving of its Michelin Star! The tea smoked duck and the smoked rainbow trout were out of this world. And how could i forget to mention the duck fat fried potatoes?! Delicious. It was the best meal we've had all year. They also have an interesting selection of libations and an extensive wine list (by the glass and by the bottle). The day after the dining visit, I received a call from Sepia thanking me for dining with them and ensuring that I had a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Remember every visits at Sepia. If you get a close friend wants to find some cool or private place for special taste experience, I believe Sepia is a good choice. The entree here is not too large but decorative, with their cocktails. Cannot request more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    MAMA
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nice and friendly waiters. Great bar selection and cocktails. Service is nice and servers are friendly and very knowledgeable. Food took a little while to arrive, but the quality was as if every dish was hand-made by Chef Zimmerman himself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terribly Slow Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    30 minute post reservation before actual seating. 1.5 hour wait for entree. Drink orders from bar in excess of 20 minute wait. When asked, server blamed it on the "10:30 dinner rush" - never in my life have I heard of such a thing, nor did the relatively empty dining room validate that excuse. Food was good, but absolutely not worth that kind of wait - I will never go back and caution you to spend your dollars elsewhere.
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  • Very nice food
    fun2dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very nice experience. The wine the waiter recommended was at a bit pricy side (probably x4 of the store price), but it was very good. The food (smoked duck & pig collar?) was perfect. The service was comfortable, but could be better at this level of restaurant. I may come back for the excellent dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Experience at Sepia
    Sepiadinning
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    - Overpriced drinks, anticipate $15-20 per drink & not all made well. - foie gras royale was excellent, needed to be served with more brioche. - butter lettuce, pickled ramp ranch was good but nothing special. Can get a ranch salad anywhere. - burrata had AMAZING FLAVOUR! Could have eaten the app myself. - ny strip steak cooked perfectly but the steak itself had no flavour what-so-ever. Sauce was good but had it not been present meat was flavourless. Would like to enjoy a steak without drowning it in sauce. - sea bass was too salty - duck excellent - duck fat fried potatoes were amazing. Presentation was beautiful. Loved the amuse bouche, burrata & the dessert. - Excellent service - Chairs are ugly - Soft music preferred to nothing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We sat in the private area for a small group. An extensive beverage list for everybody's taste. For apps, we tried the cavatelli with bone marrow butter, eggplant tortoloni, foie gras, charcuterie board. Everybody was thrilled. For my entree, I had the smoked trout which was flaky and perfectly cooked and I would definitely return for it. However, 2 people in my group had the steak which was difficult to cut and neither guest finished their meat. Another guest had the duck which she said was okay. Our server was attentive but seemingly frantic. Overall, the experience was a good one but not everybody left content. I would say that half my party would not return again. I'm not sure the food was at par with how much our bill ended up being.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • looking for a nice spot go to sepia
    davessss
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    sepia was tag best 'nice' meal I had in Chicago in 7 years. spend $100-$200 dollars and absolutely crush the date with incredible food ambience drink list, the entire package. service was great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service was amazing - food was delicious - no complaints here! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Gem
    AlwaysgetsVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We ended up checking out Sepia and have been hitting the foodie scene a lot. I did not realize it was a michelin star rated restaurant and it delivered and did so at a great price point!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but speak up!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food at Sepia is great. The portions are just right, the menu is varied but not overwhelming, and the flavors are interesting and fresh. It's a beautiful restaurant, too. All the staff, from the friendly woman at the door to our server, were accommodating and gracious. I'd give it 4.75 stars if I could, deducting 0.25 of a star for the unbelievable din of conversation filling the room when we were there. If you want to have an in-depth conversation during dinner, ask to be seated near the perimeter of the room where it's a bit quieter, or (I guess) bring a dining companion who's loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food. Upscale classics.
    OldStyleVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fried chicken, served two ways was simply amazing. Soft tender breast and some of the best milanese-style thigh ever. NY Strip was prepared excellent, at a perfect medium-rare. A good steak doesn't really need anything, but the presentation here and accompanying dishes only heightened the experience. Chocolate-bourbon pudding to finish with fresh banana pastries wrapped up the evening nicely. An then, the complimentary bite of house brownie will put you over the top! Well done, sir.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food and Service
    Diana
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We took a very experienced group of diners out for a business dinner. They were very impressed and enjoyed themselves tremendously. They will be more likely to dine with us again if we treat them to caliber places such as Sepia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing peach gazpacho
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The peach gazpacho was amazing! Do not miss it. I will back for more.
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  • solid place
    Matsui
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    pretty pricey; service was good when available; very quiet place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    When you have so many restaurant choices in this city, I found the restaurant to be very mediocre. The ambience is nice, but the food was nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ideal evening out...
    NORNVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything was flawless...menu, service, prices, presentation, and pace of the meal. Best anniversary dinner - we will definitely return. Thank you for a fabulous evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent burger at lunch
    mjm814VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Quiet Good service and a great $15. burger at lunch and they cook it the way you like it Very nicely decorated
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The only reason that I don't give it 5 stars is because it's rather pricey. However, the food, service, and décor are all excellent. Thanks very much for a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    Newbie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    From the moment we walked in we felt very special celebrating our anniversary! The ambiance was really cool, the food was amazing and the service was perfect! The only down side was how were seated for a table of two was awkward and extrely close to the people next to us. They were chatting away about their day- and we felt like we were just sitting with them. I would absolutely recommend for you to try it out, but I don't think we would head back there for dinner again, but would stop in for a drink at the bar!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Special
    Secureadine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Took my wife there for our anniversary. Ordered the taste menu with wine pairing. Food and wine were excellent. Waiter was professional and knowledgeable. Special requests were no problem. Overall excellent experience.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    SnackAttack
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I made 6:45 pm reservations an hour before dinner, which is quite odd for a Michelin-starred restaurant. Even stranger was that we had the entire outdoor patio to ourselves for the first half of the meal. Thank you Lollapalooza!! The service was impeccable. We began with cocktails and ordered the peach gazpacho and toasted masa cavatelli to split. The in-season sweet corn mixed with perfectly prepared noodles provided a wonderful textural contrast. Combined with the succulent shrimp and doused in bone marrow butter, this dish was a winner. The peach gazpacho played good cop to the 'bad' cavatelli. The in-season peaches played nicely with the black cardamom froth, which finished the dish with a kick. Very refreshing. Want more characters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PizzaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was fantastic. Our server, Taylor, was phenomenal- knew her stuff, made the evening great. Still dreaming about all the deliciousness we had.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding+Eclectic, big wine list
    MuddyDogCoffee
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Sepia was recommended by one of my Chicago foodie friends. She recommended several places, and I was a bit apprehensive that Sepia was the only one with a reservation available (how good could it be, right?). Well, as someone who eats in 25-50 fine restaurants per year, I rank Sepia in my Top 5. For some reason, it seems to be under appreciated in terms of reservations. Food was seasonal and creative. Wine list outstanding. Service attentive. No negatives at all to report.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    CHIfoodie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Sepia and it was hands-down due to the great waiter that served us. I went for a business dinner with my boss and our client. Our server was extremely knowledgeable yet nice and humble. He had great suggestions to offer when we described what we were looking for (from food to drinks). The food, drinks, and wine was spectacular, but our server (Tony) really was the value-add. If the rest of the wait staff is anything like Tony, you are guaranteed to have a great and memorable meal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    GSPVIPVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Worst service we've experienced in a long, long time. And, as dedicated opentable VIP members, we have a very good appreciation of what good service looks like, should be. Apparently, this restaurant did not understand, that we ( wife and I) have this good, experienced understanding. In turn, unfortunately, would not return to this restaurant, based on bad service, driven mainly by far too long of a wait for entrees to be brought out, etc.
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  • Great, but...
    RichH
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Like so many restaurants these days, they prefer to build buzz and energy rather than spend money on softening the noise level. We enjoyed the restaurant, but frankly as the room grew more crowded, all of us were looking forward to leaving so we could hear again. Table top conversations were difficult. The food and wine were excellent, the service took care of our dietary needs, but frankly, if you want to talk across the table, this isn't the place to go. They may call it energy, I don't.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Duck time
    Sepia2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Got roasted duck, halibut, and duck fried potatoes. Roasted duck was amazing, halibut was clean and tasty. Duck fat fried potatoes were slightly salty but made a good pairing with halibut. Cocktails were well made (sazerac and gin martini) and got my friend drunk. Overall good experience as it's a Michelin level meal for $100.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing...
    RyllVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Consistently amazing each time we have been here. Highly recommend the Wagyu beef. Appetizers, entrees and desserts are all equally amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate