Sepia

4.6
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Contemporary American
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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.6
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PP
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I really enjoyed my business lunch at Sepia. The food was excellent and the service very good. The place is pretty quiet which made conversation possible.

PW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. We had the price fix chef’s selection with pairings and it was fantastic.

ES
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I west to dinner at layout 530pm February 16th. I was thinking it would be a great dinner. Firstly the server was one of the worst I've had in a fine dining restaurant. There was no enthusiasm and explanation of anything. I said I wanted a course menu mind you the most expensive thing per customer. Usually in a fine dining place the waitress is suppose to come out and explain the dish. This restaurants server only explained the very first item which was a complimentary from the chef, everything else was just thrown on the table. She never came once to say how is everything, had to flag her for more water numerous times. Also the table was not properly seated so it was rocking back and forth almost spilling my wife's wines. I was extremely upset with the level of service with the amount I spent.

LS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The valantines day tasting menu was disappointing.

TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Valentine’s Day

RG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, conversation friendly and excellent service.

k
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had high expectations for this restaurant, but ended up a little disappointed with the meal. Nothing about the food was bad, but nothing about it stood out. Maybe if we’d been able to order off the standard menu it would have been a different experience. We booked a table during what happened to be restaurant week, and arrived to learn that the abbreviated restaurant week menu was the only one being served. There was an option to include a wine flight, which everyone at my table did. The flight was truly a flight and not a pairing, and so all four glasses were served at once, at the beginning of the meal. Unfortunately, this meant that the white, rose and bubbles were warm by the time we went to drink them. The food courses were good, but really nothing spectacular, and the portions were more meager than we expected, even for a nicer restaurant. Service was average, and the restaurant itself had a nice aesthetic.

K
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

First time I am unhappily surprised with food in a Michelin star restaurant. Food was mediocre at best. Service and the wine was pretty good. I wouldn't go back

J
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was presented beautifully but was SO SALTY. All four dishes.

LS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food & wine and excellent, professional service. Would highly recommend!

L
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Sepia. We've heard wonderful experiences from friends and family. Weve been to a couple Michelin star rated restaurants before, and we were thoroughly impressed with the ambience, plates & presentation, and guest hospitality. The restaurant week menu was simply irresistible. But the service we received was amongst the best we've experienced. From the start, the hostesses carried a welcoming demeanor. Our server, although did not introduce herself, was very friendly and the support staff were attentive. One of the managers, Arnaud, came to our table and introduced himself and asked us about or dinner thus far. He was very personable and very knowledgeable when I had questions about the plates and a little about the restaurant itself.
Everyone wished us a wonderful evening and urged us to come back. I look forward to dining and enjoying our next visit.

SM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Sepia because of their offerings during restaurant week. We were very impressed and plan to return and experience the regular menu.

MH
Chicago
187 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Sepia, took advantage of restaurant week. Loved the food, service is top notch. Only complaint is the lighting in the dining room.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was exceptionally good.
Chair to table ratio is a bit off, and our table wobbled. Table also looked a little worn.

A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reward for my team

OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed having lunch at Sepia during Restaurant Week. We were pleased with the menu choices offered. Sepia is a favorite place of ours. The cuisine never fails to disappoint and the service is exemplary. Our recent visit was no exception. If you haven't dined at Sepia, you're definitely missing
out. Their cuisine is innovative. Food is attractively presented. Service is impeccable.

LH
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place!
It was Chicago dining month with a prix fixe 3 course meal with several choices for each course.
The decor and ambiance was beautiful, service friendly & attentive without being overbearing, and the food.... wow yum!
Had an endive & blue cheese salad for starter, pan seared whitefish for entree & a delightfully light poppyseed cake for dessert. The wine flight complimented it perfectly.
I can’t wait to go back and try the full dinner experience!

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great quality, however service was subpar. Drink orders were missed, staff felt stand offish and snobby at times. Overall Michelin level food but not service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Zimmerman’s food was impeccable and the service was complementary. Jonathan was knowledgeable and anticipated every need. Highly recommend visiting Sepia.

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went there during Chicago Restaurant Week. The ravioli with carrot were exceptional. The beets and tenderloin were good but not worth a Michelin Star restaurant

KT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is beautiful, service exceptional and food is out of this planet, one of the best restaurants in Chicago

B
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Sepia. The food was outstanding, especially the ravioli. The service was wonderful. Loved the room and the ambience. And just felt great at the end of that meal. The restaurant week menu was an incredible value, too, including for the wine pairing, which was so, so good. Thanks so much!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Restaurant Week menu was terrific!

AH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice service. Reasonable price. Nothing to complain.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening during Restaurant week. Attentive service, easy conversation level, and very good food.

B
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Visited Sepia during Chicago Restaurant Week. Bar tender was amazing! His speciality was to create a drink base on your favorite color. The tasting menu was good. Instead of wine pairing, they offered a wine flight at a very reasonable price. Wish they would have made it a pairing base on your meal.

JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was awkward.
Felt rushed out at the end especially when we didn’t ask for the check the service just brought it.

DL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I attended Sepia, one of my favorite places for Restaurant Week. Compared to other high callibar restaurants, I found their portions small, especially the entre. The service was slow and our server seemed annoyed when we asked her for more information on the wine flights. I left still hungry, which was the first time during this annual event.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service for sure! We are kind of surprise that the restaurant is quite full. The wine choice is great too. It isn’t too expensive.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good

TA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, professional, customer focused, enjoyable atmosphere

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fancy food and nice experience.

NN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during restaurant week and the food was fabulous. Really an enjoyable lunch and would highly recommend.

R
SW Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All courses were delicious and very innovative. Rather than a wine flight I would have preferred a single bottle of good wine.

LF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our soup & dessert were great. The fish was not cooked. The service was one of the worst! 15 minutes at our table before we had to ask a host if we had a server (this was during lunchtime, so it wasn’t crazy busy). It took 20 minutes in between each course for RW..

MG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful not trendy, setting. Stunning atmosphere. Attention to all details with cuisines. Professional, pleasant servers. Hostess was professional and personal. Very position experience.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

We tried the restaurant week menu (4 course option). Overall food was good but nothing spectacular or special. Mandatory gratuity of 20% feels a little high.

A
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and dining experience was excellent.
It does seem like they have too many tables in areas.
It felt tight... cramped

MP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places for a nice dinner in Chicago. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us and we had a wonderful evening. The restaurant week menu is an amazing deal, but I would recommend Sepia any time. The food is amazing. You can't go wrong here.

C
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar service in a refined and elegant setting. I partook of the Restaurant Week lunch menu which was a great value: confit de porc terrine, whitefish - excellently prepared, succulent and flavorful; cookies. Honestly, from looking at other tables, all the food looked great.
I skipped their wine flight for a glass of my own choosing and the server genuinely cared whether I thought it paired with the food or not so she could advise others. I was there by myself and received outstanding service, discreet but warm.

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