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About 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.

123 North Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner

Sunday 5:00-9:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 5:15pm - 9:30pm
Friday 5:15pm - 10:30pm, Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Lounge opens daily at 4:00

Cross Street:
Randolph

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 441-1920

Website:
http://www.sepiachicago.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is available Monday-Saturday after 4pm. Valet is $16 for up to 3 hours and $20 over 3 hours.

Public Transit:
3 blocks from the Ogilvie Transportion Center, 5 minutes from Clinton Green and Pink Lines Stop.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Zimmerman

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

The elegant private event space features Chef Andrew Zimmerman's inventive American cuisine. Comfortably accommodating 60 guests for a seated event or 100 for a reception, let Private Dining by Sepia provide the Michelin-starred experience for your intimate wedding, corporate or social event.

Sepia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Good for a Date (37)
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Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Romantic (29)
Notable Wine List (25)
Business Meals (23)
Cozy (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Tasting Menu (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Seasonal (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Fun (7)
Healthy (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Organic (4)
Casual (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great Beer (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Disappointing. They promised us vegetarian choices. They were not very willing to change anything on the menu or add to the menu. So my vegetarian friends had nothing to eat because they did not like smoke cheese

Cavatelli did not taste fresh. The venison on the cavatelli had no wow to it. The rabbit and duck were both cold. There was nothing wrong with the flavors but there was nothing great about them either

We did enjoy the wine list that was well priced. We did not feel the need to bill that is the qpr (Quality price ratio) was not that good.

Hence disappointing in a Michelin starred restaurant

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·Dined 3 days ago

The service was good and the ambience was nice. The food was all very good, but nothing really shone. The best thing we had was the rabbit--a nice marriage of flavors and sauces. The initial lagniappe was also very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Wanted to have a nice long dinner with our teenagers and we all really enjoyed the food, service and ambience .

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been here many times. Tonight we had the tasting menu which was wonderful!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating our 30th anniversary!Everything on the menu looked outstanding. Our waiter Isaac suggested the tasting menu. We chose to do the wine pairing as well. The wine director Jennifer knows what she's doing! The wine was spectacular and went perfectly with the food. We're typically red wine drinkers was learned that we really enjoy white ! The crab ravioli with Meyer lemon was amazing! Every detail is well thought out. The service was spot on!! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Service not good at all. Love the Chicago nightlife and restaurant scene. Very involved socially, this was not a good experience. I was with 9 guests for a birthday celebration and the food took forever. Steak not prepared well. At the end, check issues, a fiasco.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great food and restaurant. Decided to go on a Monday night and it seemed like there were a lot of business dinners going on at around evening time.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great device
Great food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our experience was perfect. The food was fabulous! We ordered duck and rabbit as our 2 main courses, and they were exquisite! We asked the staff to pair our starters and mains with wines and the choices were perfect. Our server was professional, responsive, and knowledgeable. Sunday evening is a great time to dine at Sepia because the restaurant is not crowded. This is a perfect environment if you want to relax, take your time, and talk to your dining partners. We can't wait to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My wife and I arrived at Sepia for a 9:15pm reservation during the restaurant week, and used the valet parking service they provide. Valet parking uses the parche app so credit is available and you can tip on there as well.

We were promptly greeted at the door by two hostesses, and were asked for our coats and promptly taken to our seats.

As we walked through the restaurant to our seats we noticed the beautiful artwork, and chandeliers in one of the most amazing dining areas. The bar was a nice cozy size, for intimate conversation.

The four course meal was impeccable, and I can not even use enough descriptive words to explain how fantastic the meal was. The first dish I had was a smoked rabbit country pate, and my wife had baby beet with bebitas habenero and white chocolate. The second dish I had was pasta allá chitarra and my wife had ricotta cavatelli. The main entre I had was cornmeal encrusted trout, and my wife had beer braised beef shoulder. Finally desert, my choice was the Meyer lemon semifreddo, and my wife’s was Paris brest. Each portion size was enough, not too small and not too big. Just the right amount were I was able to get through all of these amazing dishes and not feel bloated by the end.

Sepia definitely offers a dining experience that tops the list, and I would highly recommend this fine dining establishment to anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I must say the interior decor was definitely done tastefully. However, I to be honest I am not sure it delivers with its food. Nothing tasted particularly offensive; however I would describe it as “uninspiring”, especially for a Michelin stared restaurant. When compared to comparable restaurants such as Blackbird & Boka, it lacks creativity. Also, the effort in the plating and the overall presentation leaves a lot to be desired. I thought a restaurant by Andrew Zimmerman would have more creativity.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great meal and great service for restaurant week!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Beautiful space, fabulous food, attentive service. What more could one want?

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Went for the Restaurant Week Pre-Fixe menu. Everything was delicious. Service was very friendly. Excellent value for the restaurant week menu.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

undoubtedly great value during restaurant week! four courses for 44 which include a variety of options

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This restaurant has great potential, but it is competing in a class- and price point that includes Boka, Avec and Lena Brava. What all three these other restaurants has in abundance, and what is lacking at Sepia is good service.

The service disappointment starts at the bar, where the bartender was inattentive at best (and rude at worst). At the main event, food came out very slowly. Our server was very matter of fact, and didn't seem to notice or care. The only bright spot in all of this were the bus team who were fast and friendly.

Food portions were inline with expectations for this type of restaurant, perhaps a little smaller, but well presented and flavorful. Unfortunately along with the poor service, there are also some really odd ways of doing things. Wine pairings were presented as a flight, rather than brought out with each course and guests are left to 'figure it out' by themselves.

Other reviewers seem to view this location favorably, which is odd. Our visit was during Restaurant Week , and one possibility is that we received the "B" team this night as a result. This is regrettable. B team or not, there isn't room for this type of service within the peer group. This was our first, and likely last visit.

Tags: Cozy, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Delicious food and great service

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Service was impeccable. Restau was a little loud due to a rowdy group in the round room. Firsts and pasta were awesome - fabulous! . Shortrib seasoning was overpowering but kale was delish. Paris brest was blah. Wine flight was fun for CRW!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Outstanding service. Amazing meal and beautiful ambiance. Highly recommend.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Portions were insanely small - left still hungry and dropped a lot of money on this dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went during restaurant week. Presentation and taste of food was great. The only down side is the seating is really crowded and the host did not offer to check coats for us.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We went for restaurant week and I was pretty disappointed. It was a step up from wedding food, basically. We’ve been before and it was really good, so it’s sad to see them cheapen everything so much for restaurant week.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

very wonderful experience.everything is nice!food is amazing!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Went for restaurant week and had amazing pasta and dessert. My trout was underwhelming but it was a nice evening with good service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We went to Sepia during restaurant week and thought the food options were okay. They had 3 choices for the entree: trout, beef, and falafel. When asked for a recommendation from the waiter - he didn’t really leave much for a suggestion. I’m fact, he said the beef was heavy so it just depends what you are I’m the mood for - shocker! I know that. Regardless, i ordered the trout and it was OK. If I go back to Sepia, it will be for happy hour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 31, 2018

2018 Chicago Restaurant Week set lunch menu. Spectacular menu. Great lunch - service - wine pairing - wine flight also available.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Really like this trip to Sepia. All the special courses designed for restaurant week are pretty good. And the size of the dishes is perfect. I like the entree especially.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Sepia is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food and service are always top notch. G

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food is not so good during Chicago restaurant week. I didn’t see anything special based on their reputation of ‘Michelin’ restaurant. Quite disappointing. Just regular food. I was hoping there would be a surprise in the food compare my previous experience in michelin restaurant. And the price is not even reasonable based on the food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Went there during restaurant week and everything was so good and the price was reasonable for a 3-4 course meal.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Not bad in totally for the restaurant week. But the food is not as good as a Michelin is supposed to be and the waitress is not very nice to us.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

A taste adventure! The trout was perfectly prepared and the Thai sandwich very flavorful. I like Sepia for a special meal. Their coffee is great with the chocolate dessert full of flavor and texture.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

It was Restaurant Week so we ordered both options on the pre-fixed menu. We enjoyed the ambience despite it being pretty crowded due to the lunch hour. A great selection for restaurant week. We especially enjoyed the Thai chicken sandwich.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This restaurant is just ok. I don't have the taste to evaluate such a good dish. The only thing I mentioned is the environment, dark but not quiet, if you need a place to cackle, it will be good.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

A delicious restaurant, worth to try. Restaurant week menu changed, but I like it. Everything is fine, it's exactly a Michelin one star restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome dining experience we will be back for sure

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My recent experience was the polar opposite of my previous one. There, I noted the creative, well-prepared food but lamented the incredibly slow service. This last Saturday the service was exceptionally quick (almost to a fault) but the food was "meh." I had a trout (steelhead, though not specified on the menu) that was well-prepared but lacking any "wow" factor--I make just as good at home. The rabbit pate as an opener was fine, but nothing special. The wine flight was 4 very small pours with nothing terribly special (and unlike many place with set menus there was no matching the wine with the dishes--you just got a white, rose, red and desert wine). I will withhold final judgment, however, as this was Restaurant Week in Chicago, thereby limiting their menu, though you'd think they'd have shown a bit more creativity if they're trying to expand their customer base (the whole purpose of participating in the Restaurant Week).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Came because of restaurant week. Nice food and sophisticated atmosphere, recommend!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had lunch here during the restaurant week. It was packed at 1 pm. The bread roll was nicely baked, hot and airy with seed on top of it. I had the kale salad with parmesan crisp and it's on the heavy side. For entree, I had trout which was well cooked but not very special. The side salad with bacon bits was very enjoyable. Dessert - Paris Brest was a puff pastry filled with chocolate cream and it was delicious with the rice puffs and cream cheese whip. Overall, the flavor here is lacking the wow factor for me though the ingredients are of good quality, service is standard, and maybe it's because of the restaurant week.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Didn’t realize it was the start of restaurant week. Only pre fixe menu, two choices/three courses available, and this menu only will be available throughout restaurant week. Really?

Upon ordering, no duck fat fries? No I will not be able to order any. (Though they are served with the Thai chicken sausage sandwich). Quietly I asked my guest to ask for extra fries with his meal. Waiter responded he will ask the kitchen. Hmmmm. Response, yes we will be able to have extra fries with a charge.
The four of us ordered the soup and mine was served first (I was the only female) , server over poured my serving and he needed to compensate the last three bowls. Last serving was light, probably only two or three spoons. We wondered if he would return with more, unfortunately no.
The remaining service was fine. Only fine. I will return because I do enjoy my meals there, especially the seafood. I would request a different server if I see the same person. I just felt like I was slighted.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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