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
215 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (152)special occasion (125)notable wine list (99)romantic (92)neighborhood gem (56)good for groups (41)hot spot (35)great for lunch (24)vibrant bar scene (12)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (8)great for brunch (4)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Food I've Had In Chicago Yet
    iEatfood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Carrot Bisque was phenomenal. Both the Duck and Pork Collar entrees were amazing as well. Highly recommend, very cool place to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was very good -overall experience disappointing. I confirmed with the restaurant on 2 separate occasions that they knew it was my boyfriend's birthday. The waiter handed the check at the end of the night to him and I reached for it and said -it is his birthday -Waiter -I wish I knew - that was it! So disappointing -I would not expect this from this level of restaurant Our table was squeezed in the middle of the room and we were hit by waiters trying to weave in and out of tables all night long -remove some of the tables and let your guest enjoy their expensive food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner
    Runner131
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent, seasonal menu. Attentive and helpful service.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Chicago!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Andrew Zimmerman and his team NEVER disappoint!! He is a master of creating dishes that build off a comfort taste element then elevate it with something(s) new. This way the semi-adventurous diner as myself can take giant steps into an absolutely delectable food experience every time! And I'm not just saying this...when I lived in Chicago a couple years back, Sepia was at least a bi-monthly splurge for me. Love, love, love Sepia!!! And every time I visit Chicago, I have to include it in my itinerary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Sarc
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our evening at Sepia was a fantastic experience. Ben, our waiter, was the best. It was a little dark but the room was away from the rest of the restaurant so our group didn't have to worry about being too loud. Everyone loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    amacbVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went before Opera with a friend. Seated quickly and service was attentive. We shared a beet appetizer, which between both plates was probably a total of one small beet. Tasty, but not special. At the recommendation of the waiter had the smoked trout. Also, fine, but not special. We shared the cauliflower side - with capers, mint & lemon, and that was very good. Overall it was fine. Would not rush back or recommend as anything special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noneVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We sat outside, which made the noise level moderate. Much noisier inside. The food is always good, but this night it was exceptional.
    • Food
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  • Outstanding food and service!
    Tklug
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loved this place! Duck liver mousse on the charcuterie plate was heavenly. Server was incredibly knowledgeable about the wine list. You MUST get the pork collar. It melts in your mouth with great flavor. Ambiance is industrial yet warm. Definitely try Sepia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Choice Every Time.
    DianaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Whether we take clients or go for family celebrations the food and service is always the best!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food, the service, the upscale but friendly atmosphere - everything was perfect. We changed our reservation to add more people at the last minute, then showed up late - with a baby in tow (virtually everything ordained to drive a server crazy) and still encountered spectacular service. The food was divine - the wine list overwhelmingly huge (but manageable with some excellent recommendations) - and we had just a beautiful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    geezy
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Took my girlfriend there for a special occassion, and the overall experience was wonderful. We received excellent service from the waitstaff and we really enjoyed all of the food. They made our experience special, and this is definitely a place we will be going back to in the future. The ambience was excellent. I had never heard of this place before, so I'm not sure about its visibility amongst Chicagoans, but it definitely should be on people's radar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rustic class
    LegalFoodie
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and it was our first time visiting the restaurant. We were really blown away by the food, wine, service and atmosphere of the place (aside from the group of six behind us who brought their toddler). Although the decor is somewhat rustic like an old printing factory, the food is very refined, yet sourced locally, and the wine list is like an old telephone book. This place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    Champignons
    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"
    zini
    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
  • Food a sad disappointment
    NaplesNativeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was awful. We asked for menu recommendations & ordered the 2 entrees our waiter liked best. My shrimp pasta dish almost made me gag when it was placed in front of me - the cornmeal pasta was a dark, unappetizing gray color, shaped exactly like leaches - the texture was gummy, the broth was was a flavorless, murky, mess. The other entree was a chicken dish served two ways - one piece of chicken was undercooked with rubbery, fatty/greasy undercooked skin clinging to it & the other piece was overcooked, like a dry Tyson's chicken filet. No one checked on us while we were dining, our full plates were removed by the busboy without comment. We dined at 6 Michelin starred restaurants during our visit - all were excellent except this one.
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  • Special Birthday Dinner
    NewbieFoodie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A friend raved about her experience so we decided to go again for my birthday. The ambiance is lovely and the service was great! I had a couple of the staples which while very good...Im not rushing back soon to have. All in all a great dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • CharlieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I am surprised it wasn't busier on the Sunday night we went, but everything was flawless. Will definitely be back
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good restaurant
    birds
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a great time, loved the atmosphere, the food was excellent, overall just a good place to go for dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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.
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    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
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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.