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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P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sepia was delicious. The portions look small, but the flavour is big and the food was very satisfying. Our table each ordered an appetizer and a main and we shared a single desert - the food was so rich and filling.
The room is very vibrant and busy, akin to NYC Resturant’s buzz. It was sometimes hard to hear across the table, but the atmosphere lessened the formalness of the experience.
People seems a little more formal than I would have expected. No short-sleeved shirts. Mostly jacket/ no tie - a business casual situation.
Excellent food. Would recommend.

D
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was late. We ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings and they consequently served the wine between the dishes not with. The service personnel was absent and there was a long wait between each serving. The food in it self did not seem to qualify for a Michelin star. The wine servings were disappointingly miniscule. I will definitely not be coming back, let alone recommend this place to others.

HG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding from start to finish. Knowledgable bartender, amazing presentation and delicious food.

LE
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

We had dined at Sepia several months ago and had a good experience. However our dinner Sunday was very sub par. First off the waiter was rude at best. He was condescending and impatient. The food was not up to prior standards. Three people in our party sent their plates back to the kitchen as the meat was almost raw and it was cold.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best resturants in Chicago.

MS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. The host and my server Kevin were spectacular. The food was phenomenal and had me feeling like Remy in Ratatouille when he puts the food in his mouth and visualizes the taste in sounds and colors. Food shouldn't just be eaten it should be an experience and Sepia did a magnificent job in providing it.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food perfectly paired, service is top notch

D
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. We were semi-regulars many years ago when they opened, and were fickle and moved on to all the new spots as they opened... but just went back (with their Michelin star) and were absolutely delighted (as were our clients). Modern, on trend, delicious food, without being so out-there-crazy-trying-too-hard ~ Andrew Zimmerman's food is wonderfully inventive and delicious. Presentations are gorgeous. Service thoughtful and easy-going. Still a beautiful room. AND bonus... we could actually enjoy a conversation WHILE we were eating! Definately you should go.

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience and overall ambience.
Great service and great food.
This is one of my favorite date places, with an amazing wine collection, and a great delectable collection of food options. Loved the lamb chops with biryani!

JO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

As a Michelin-starred restaurant, Sepia is way below my expectations. The only dish I found surprising for the night is the Japanese sweet potato ravioli. Both of the main dish, duck breast and wagyu beef, were quite fair. I can find so much better place in Chicago than Sepia with the same price. The bread was actually good and I really like the ambience. But the food, won't came back for that.

SS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, dessert ok, atmosphere could be more relaxed. staff wasn’t so welcoming. Beautifully designed restaurant respecting the heritage.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place to have lunch! I would love to return for dinner. We had the Prix Fixe lunch and all of the courses were fantastic. The decor is outstanding and the service was perfect. When the noticed that it was a business lunch they did not rush any of the courses. I would recommend to anyone.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

This was our third or fourth time and we have always enjoyed it but not after this past time We waited 45 mins to get a glass of wine. wine was spilled on table while pouring . Duck breast was not cooked as requested but delicious. They were completely understaffed. the staff threre was gracious but I can go any place else and be served in a more timely fashion

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was lovely it really was I just wasn’t blown away by anything in particular

CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was terrible. We were seated for 15 min before a drink order was taken. Another 30 minutes went by and we had to ask a busboy for our waitress, so we could give our food order. No apologies, no explanation. The busboys were quite rough with the water service, water splattering everywhere and reaching over people to refill water glasses. We’ve dined here 4 times in the past 2 years and have considered it a favorite. The level of service has deteriorated. Won’t be back

d
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from first bite to last

n
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We were a party of 5 celebrating a family birthday. We were given a round table off to the side which was excellent. Our waitress seemed a bit condescending and almost hostile toward me. She got my entree order wrong and tried to say it was me - which it clearly wasn’t. This meant 4 people were eating and I wasn’t. Someone came over to the table to apologize which you would expect but there was no offer of monetary compensation which would have been gracious.
The food was outstanding and the periphery service was excellent.

LB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Sepia!

p
Chicago
229 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our meals were excellent. Given the number of waitstaff service was not great. The starter and dessert given were an added bonus.

n
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choice for business lunch. Allow plenty of time. A little “relaxed” on bringing the check which was perfect for our situation.

AG
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Creative menu. Great service. Will go again next time I am in Chicago.

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and staff.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Showed up 10 minutes early for our reservation and was asked to wait in the Lounge area and order a drink while our table was being prepared. Proceeded to wait in the lounge area for 20 minutes (10 minutes past our reservation) while being ignored by the server (passed by our table numerous times). Party of same size that arrived after us was seated first.

During dinner the steelhead was woefully undercooked- I expected the fish to be medium rare but the fish had barely been cooked at all, resulting in a less flavorful and texturally unappealing dish.

Solid wine list and overall the food (apart from the trout) was slightly above average, but not worthy of the Michelin star in my opinion.

Overall there are MUCH better options than Sepia for a $500 dinner for 2 in Chicago.

m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere, ambiance, food was perfect.

DP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! Highly suggest the wine pairing menu!!

WB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second time to visit Chicago and the restaurant scene had never failed us so far. We tried Sepia and its sister restaurant, Proxi, and both offered very good food, value for our money and the service was excellent. Alex, our server, gave us recommendations on what dishes to try, and engaged us in a genuine conversation without trying too hard to please us. Everybody was welcoming and made sure our visit to the restaurant would be memorable for us, not just because of the food but also for the excellent service. Definitely worth another visit next time we’re in Chicago.

D
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Wonderful service, we did the tasting menu,really enjoyed it.
Fun cocktails and great wine list.

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of the best lunches I have ever had. Try it you will be glad you did

M
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I really wanted to like Sepia much better than I did. We were there for a 5 p.m. dinner reservation and at 4:58, hostess said she would have to check if she could seat us, because the dining room officially did not open until 5 p.m. 🙄 Our waitress was lovely and helpful and explained the dishes very well. I was not impressed by the menu. It was very limited, IMHO, and expensive. My trout was not cooked as well as I would have liked it, but it tasted fine. My husband had a falafel dinner and it was fine, but expensive at $22. We ordered charcuterie plate and also a cheese plate for an appetizer and there were four small cheeses and a brioche for $15 on the cheese plate and limited meat on the charcuterie plate also for $15. The drinks were good. The dinner for three was over $300 and I thought it was not worth the price. I also felt the chairs were not particularly comfortable - lower to the table. Again, I wanted to like this restaurant and food, but it was just okay.

D
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timers with a party of six. From "soup to nuts" the meal and experience was exquisite. We were seated in a small private dining space that was adjacent to the main dining area.
Knowledgeable staff, very comprehensive wine and spirits list and of course the food was delicious.

d
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Dinner here on 11/3. I put together a 5 course tasting. The highlight? The 2nd dish of my evening - a Japanese sweet potato filled ravioli. It was amazing. Distinct flavors, great balance and smartly plated. The lowlights? EVERYTHING ELSE. Indifferent service, dishes served cold. Poor timing (some courses were served about 5 min apart, others about 35 min apart). There was a lack of any genuine spirit in either the food or the service. The Team was very ready to talk to each other (and about guests) but not so engaged in actual service. Its so rare that I disagree with the Michelin guide about starred restaurants? But in no way, by ANY measure is Sepia deserving of a star IMO. There are fantastic restaurants in Chicago. Restaurants that are relevant, innovative, sincere. Restaurants that care about the quality of experience that they provide. Sadly, Sepia is not one of those.

a
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried the tasting menu which was fun and delicious. We would definitely go back.

C
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely dinner and service - I highly recommend the tasting menu/wine pairing! We'll definitely be back.

KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sepia staff was extremely attentive to the notes we placed during our reservation. Overall, we received outstanding service and had a fantastic experience.

3
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well constructed dishes and flavor combinations

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good, the staff makes sure you have a great time and the food is top notch I couldn't recommend enough.

SB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A Fall season tasting nenu. Delicious. Casual but attentive service.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Wine service was very disappointing

A
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, will come back again next time I'm in Chicago.

K
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My husband and I decided to go to Sepia to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. We were greeted warmly by the hostess upon our arrival and seated quickly. However, we then waited over 10 minutes to be greeted by our server - she was friendly but did not acknowledge the delay. We ordered drinks and then placed our entree orders. Our server was occupied so another staff member came over to take our order -- we didn't mind that and appreciated the team effort but it reinforced the fact that they seemed to be understaffed.

Our food was delicious - we ordered the pork and the trout and we finished all of both entrees. The only problem was that by the time our server came over to check on our meals, my husband was completely finished eating and I was almost done. Our server asked if we wanted more bread to which we said yes (it was delicious), but then by the time the bread finally came out both of our entree plates had been cleared from our table so the nice gesture fell flat. We didn't order dessert but I did order an espresso, which took close to 10 minutes to make it to the table but it was nice to have with the mini macarons that we were given.

Overall, we really enjoyed the food and everyone was friendly enough, but the extremely slow service and lack of attention was disappointing on a night that was supposed to be a special celebration for us.

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