Sepia

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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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Our first seating features a four course menu of Sepia Classics. $90++ with optional wine pairing $65++. The second seating is a six course menu $130++ with optional wine pairing $90++. Come ring in the New Year in Style at Sepia. We look forward to your visit. Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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OT
Atlanta
99 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Presentation was beautiful. Service was great. Wonderful experience - thank you!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a special occasion or an exciting night out. Sepia is upscale without being too elegant, giving you a great location/ambience to enjoy a fantastic meal in a rather relaxed setting. All of the food is balanced and the menu covers a lot of ground, and the service is attentive and fantastic!

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We really wanted it to be better! Honestly, their other restaurant, Proxi, is much much better!

ML
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

For some reason, the lights were very bright inside (first time it has been like that in the 10+ times I've been there). The service seemed a bit rushed and busy. Food was fantastic.

TM
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, ambiance and value were excellent! Chef Andrew Zimmerman's menu is outstanding.
We absolutely will return.

LV
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The appetizers were outstanding. The cocktails were very fine. The entrees were obviously cooked in a souvie (sp) they were loom warm and small portions. Dessert was good. For a 100 per person without drinks it wS not what I remembered from the previous visit. Would not recommend again.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding as always!!! Our favorite restaurant in chicago!

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine list! Great rare wines that are hard to fine in a glass.
Food and cheese platter fantastic.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food

MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and staff who knows the wine list. We had a wonder experience!

c
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

9th anniversary

WS
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb lunch and a great value too

CD
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The setting is very attractive. The vibe welcoming and stylish. Our server was pleasant and attentive. And the food was very good. I expect I will return.

BD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Very very slow service. Food was pretty good but portions small.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful lunch. The hosts would warm and welcoming, the server staff was on top of everything -- professional, warm, helpful, and cognizant it was a business lunch. I'll definitely recommend it.

CG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a special event to celebrate a birthday and it was perfect.

TT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent experience been there years ago and enjoyed it just as much. Great food and ambiance. Service is good as well. Wait staff needed to be reminded to bring water couple of times. Otherwise knowledgeable about menu

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Yikes. Arrived early to have a drink in the bar area but no one paid any attention to us. I finally had to wave someone down to get a drink ordered but we were rushed to our table and seated in the middle of a busy walk way (we ended up moving our seats to get out of the way of foot traffic, only to find that every time the server waiting on the table next to us passed by we’d get a face full of her rear end because the tables were too close to one another). Papardelle was delicious but that was the only truly good dish, the rest of our meal arrived very late and very cold (and I don’t like to be rushed when eating but clearly the food had been sitting out for a while before being served). Our server was rude and didn’t know anything about the menu, and I left with an upset stomach. I’m not sure who they paid off to get their Michelin Star renewed. The place was also very dirty and the tables and chairs were grimy. Yikes.

DG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I liked pretty much everything at Sepia except the service from our server. I went there with my friends to celebrate my birthday but I didn’t get the service for the amount of money you spent there. We were ignored, often waiting for her to notice us for over 10 minutes. Since the gratuity was already included, I guess she didn’t care that much about us. The only one who actually deserves that tip was the older gentleman that was serving our food. Overall the atmosphere and food was exceptional.

AR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely time but it was so crowded- not very intimate. This was our first time Chicago from New Zealand and I booked this restaurant because it looked beautiful, intimate and enjoyable however, I felt very squished and rushed.

AB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Portion was small but good for 2. Crew members are super friendly. The only thing I can complaint is that I had to get the party all in there to sit at the table.

J
Phoenix
76 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around! Attentive but not overbearing service. They took our order all at once from cocktails, to appetizers, wine, main course and dessert. But the Dinner was paced nicely.
Food and cocktails have a modern twist to the classics- - deliciously prepared.
Highly recommend!

TS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved Sepia! They just earned their well deserved Michelin star for 2020, I will definitely be back!

S
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little disappointed by the wine list. Close to 1,000 wines on the wine list and only 3 or 4 Napa cabs. Nobody cares about your wines from Croatia. The wine list used to be so much better.

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so delicious! Chef Ian was great! Alex our server was on point and help picked a nice bottle of wine for our table. Pork tenderloin was delicious but the star was the duck!

F
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

You would except better value for money from a * Michelin

AL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it for a special night out. Food and drinks are always excellent. It is annoying that everyone has to get the tasting menu. Other restaurants don’t seem to have that requirement.

CG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for my wife’s birthday. Staff was friendly, tasting menu was very good, and we were able to get out in time to catch our show.

D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, fantastic dessert, beautifully served. My favorite restaurant in Chicago.

RB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lamb pasta dish among the best dishes I have ever eaten

M
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good but in some cases lacking distinction. One of the diners that the salmon was very average. I liked the sturgeon very much. The scallops were there but very overpriced

EM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was kind of slow
Wine service was slow ,food was overpriced for the portions but was tasty
We were charged for water that we actually did not have, we had tap water
Hopefully the restaurant managers read this and respond to our comments if they want us to go back

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant, the server and the food! Would highly recommend this place and thank my daughter for recommending it to us on our visit to Chicago.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The overall taste of meals and service are good but not astonishing.
Staffs are friendly, but the service detail can be improved.
The restaurant does not meet my expectation as an one-star restaurant, but it is a good place to go for fine dining.

EL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful lunch at Sepia. The service was welcoming, courteous and knowledgeable. The meal was succulent, from the cauliflower soup poured tableside to maintain the crunch and textures of the garnish, to the risotto which was a delicious and wonderful palette of Fall flavors! The carrot cake was inspired, perfectly executed, and an impeccable conclusion to the meal. The $24 price tag left me scratching my head. I have paid more at mediocre fast food joints. Sepia rightfully deserves its Michelin star, and you would be remiss if you went to Chicago and didn't dine there. My compliments to the Chef, and to the entire staff. Thank you!

RJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food and service were great, perfect place for a nice lunch

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service but front of house welcome was rude and we almost left before we ate!

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I know I wrote down that it was my wife’s birthday. Some acknowledgement of that fact would have been appreciated. I appreciated how we were treated at Proxi. I expected the same here.

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