Sepia

4.5
3664 reviews
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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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JC
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I have been to better restaurant that aren't Michelin star. The food was ok but didn't have a wow factor. Very disappointed.

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GF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiter served our red Burgundy in Bordeaux glasses, which typically wouldn't be so bad, except that a table next to ours did get the appropriate Burgundy glasses. It also seemed odd that other tables received an amouse bouche but we did not. The food was good, though I found dinner the night before at Bistro Campagne to be far superior in all respects.

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GN
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The team at Sepia was spot on. We had theater performance to follow our evening meal, and I have never seen such prompt or efficient service. Each dish was immaculately prepared and yet arrived nearly instantaneously. Our server was friendly, and everyone went out of their way to accommodate our family despite three generations of guests at the table (ages 13-77). The menu was creative, the cocktails well crafted, and the every dish was delicious.

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DR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and so was the service. The restaurant is small so it can get a little loud very quickly.
It is expensive but worth the money to celebrate a special evening.

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M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting menu and ambiance

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall experience was good.

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Loved the service! Overall, it was okay. Food was fine, atmosphere a little uninspiring. Glad I went simply to check it off my list.

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C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening. The chefs tasting menu was superb.
Service was spot on, our server was very knowledgeable and attentive!

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J
Chicago
62 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre show dinner was so wonderful. Wines picks by staff perfectly matched beautifully prepared meal. Cavatelli w morels and black garlic. Yum. Asparagus soup. Sturgeon entree. Cod entree. All beautiful. Will make a point to return here!!

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EB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been at Sepia two times with my husband and we have always been very pleased with everything. The service is outstanding. Staff is attentive, but not hovering. I highly recommend the endive salad with horseradish dressing - definitely to die for. I had the chicken and my husband had the beef - both dishes looked and tasted delicious! Our friends ordered old fashions and commented that this was the best old fashion they'd every had. Go to Sepia - you will not be disappointed.

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DK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Last evenings experience at Sepia certainly was not the same as we enjoyed in the past. Our server was overly pushy to get our drink and food orders, when we obviously were engaged in a business discussion. So much so that colleagues from Switzerland commented upon it, and when the server was asked if the table had to be flipped, the response returned was "no"...so why the frequent interruptions.
Those in the group whom have dined at Sepia previously, felt that the quality of the food was not what was experienced in the past. Sepia certainly is a favourite for my wife and I and we will be back. However, based on this, our most recent experience, we would be hesitant to recommend it to others.

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was there at all times and was attentive to all our needs.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience! The food was well-presented, but maybe a bit overpriced. The service was great!

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HM
Chicago
133 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still going strong, this dining experience by Chef Zimmerman always delivers. With seasonal ingredients combined classically yet with modern flourish, we’re always surprised and delighted. The Bartending team pay similar attention to their signature cocktails. Embrace the fantastic wine list with help from the sommelier team; it will result in terrific pairings be it one bottle or part of a tasting menu. The service team is excellent.

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JO
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were just fabulous. IT was pricey, but well worth the cost.

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks were inspired, food was excellent and well paired, and Roxy was an exceptional host!!

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AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was goooood. Lovely experience. I took my wife here for Mother's Day and she already wants to come back. It's a pretty pricey but well worth it.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing honestly. The food was mediocre and the service had it's off moments. We had the tasting menu and my fiance's salmon was undercooked and they had to remake it. And there were multiple times that dishes were cleared before our entire group was done eating. The wagyu was the best savory course but the dessert definitely outshined the whole meal...and if it were with a better meal overall it probably would have fit better. The pappardelle was oily and flat, the crudo was quite dry and mundane, and the salmon was just eh. For nearly 200 dollars a person we really expected to be wowed and we were far from that. Definitely dont plan to return

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S
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

The food was absolutely amazing. Very creative and unique dishes. The service was poor and extremely slow. We did the tasting menu and waited 30 minutes with no food between two of our dishes. Our waitress checked on us once during our over 2 hour long dinner. For the price and reputation of this restaurant I expected much better service. The food made the visit worth it though.

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f
San Francisco
171 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely, refined space with inviting lighting and decor. Service was relaxed but thoroughly professional. In particular, our waitperson was very knowledgeable about the wine list and made excellent pairing recommendations. Also helped our gluten-free member find suitable menu items. Food was terrific, especially the cod. Not cheap, but worth it.

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P
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very well prepared, and perfectly portioned (Well, I could always go for more dessert, but that's a personal problem). We went on a Wednesday for my Birthday, and did the tasting menu. Dishes were brought out at a comfortable pace, and the our servers were all very attentive.
We did not try the a la carte menu, but if the quality of food is as good as the tasting menu, then I will for sure be coming back to try every single dish.

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D
Chicago
96 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Tempura asparagus not that great. Scallops and salad good and the cod was done perfectly

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ES
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at Sepia. Our server was great. I have a difficult food allergy and they managed it perfectly. It limits what I can order. The food was very good but not "OMG" outstanding. It was plated beautifully. They brought complimentary amuse buche before dinner and a little sweet ( macaron and strawberry marshmallow) at the end.

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MR
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine for the tasting menu were superb. Each of the items were beautifully prepared and designed to please all of your senses. Each course was larger than expected although still a tasting menu and not a full course. The best part was our waiter Gabriel Alejandro. He was helpful and friendly without being intrusive. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the food and the wine and we had several excellent conversations about what we were eating and drinking. It was an exceptional meal and an Extraordinary dining experience

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CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I very much enjoyed Sepia, but had I not eaten at Boka just before, I think I would have enjoyed it more. It's not that Sepia is not a very good restaurant, but for another restaurant that is similarly revered to be so noticeably better is shocking to me. That said, the pappardelle appetizer was amazing, as was the single barrel old fashioned. The fallafel was also a big hit at our table. The service was good, but a bit clumsy at times, though I liked that they waited until everyone finished eating to remove any dishes from the table - classy. Overally it is very very good. But for the same price, go to Boka. For sure.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Lived up to the expectation!

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little noisy
But food was ok excellent

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CC
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine at Sepia never disappoint! And they were very conscientious about getting us out in time for the play we were attending after dinner.

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DH
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of our favorite places to dine in Chicago.

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J
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Maybe I caught them on a bad day, but the food was bland and prices were high. Not a good combo. Service was fine. I had the tasting menu and about the only good item was salmon. But the rest was blah.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Ridiculously small portions service terrible service took over 3 hours for the meal waited excessively long between courses

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CL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything from the ambiance to food and service was outstanding. I enjoy the seasonality of the menu; adds variety. The short rib ragu was a bit salty would be only negative. Other than that, everything was great and Sepia remains a preferred dining location for business meetings and gatherings with friends

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r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!!

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MB
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall, very good food carefully prepared. The food is creative. Portions on the small side. Drinks and wine by the glass are overpriced at $16 each.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Chef was accommodating of dietary restrictions and the duck was phenomenal. Wish I had come to dinner with a bigger appetite!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continues to be our favorite restaurant in Chicago

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g
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the spicy grilled sturgeon and the tempura asparagus!

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JA
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

VERY small portions (which is ok w me) but extremely expensive for a petit entree w zero sides.

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FC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a client here for a late lunch and everything was just as I have come to appreciate over the years. We both appreciated the respectful, high-level service, the delectable menu choices and the ability to have a conversation without shouting. This is my go-to business lunch location and once again, you did not disappoint.

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RC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sepia is my favorite restaurant in Chicago.
The tasting menu is one of the best I’ve ever had.
I highly recommend requesting one of Tangie’s tables. She is incredible and always given us a top notch dining experience.

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