Sepia

4.7
3445 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Farm-to-table
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(312) 441-1920
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Zimmerman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Randolph
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Parking details
Valet is available Monday-Saturday after 4pm. Valet is $16 for up to 3 hours and $20 over 3 hours.
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Public transit
3 blocks from the Ogilvie Transportion Center, 5 minutes from Clinton Green and Pink Lines Stop.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

FIRST SEATING | 5:00pm-6:30pm Four-Course Prix-Fixe Menu $90 | $65 wine pairing SECOND SEATING | 7.30pm-10:15pm Six-Course Prix-Fixe Menu $130 | $95 wine pairing Exclusive of tax and gratuity

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3445 People Are Saying
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend in from DC.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant qui mérite son étoile au Michelin.
Service impeccable. Nous nous sommes régalés et le menu 5 plats n’était pas trop copieux: un choix judicieux pour découvrir les différentes saveurs

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They seemed to forget to bring our food. After 45 min waiting for appetizers we had to ask. I like a nice pace but that’s too long to wait. It wasn’t busy.

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PG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

no review, just liked it a lot … ooops, you want 50 character—well, there they are!

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GM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Tables too close together. Wait staff unable to do their job. Gabriel excellent waiter-but clearly limited by his environment.

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WS
Mobile
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Sepia went above and beyond. The food was outstanding. Will be back!

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

The staff was very accommodating.

Although when they brought the cheese, they didn’t explain which one so which. So we had to ask the actual
Waiter for it.

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M
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Recommended for key life event which was barely acknowledged by staff

Service went from very good to poor as nite progressed and larger tables arrived

Food while creative arrived cold or undercooked. Pricing was high

A disappointing experience vs the hype

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service ambiance and food were great. Re Open Table, however, please lmk if I was given points as I haven’t been getting them, including for Open Table reservation in September at RM Champagne.

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JA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tasting menu was impeccable, and the wine pairings were both interesting and spot on with the plates. Lastly, the featured wines were impressive mid-range varietals, demonstrating you don't have to spend a lot to drink great wine.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

went for a work function. The size of the venue is not that and seating is very close together. However in terms of food service the experience was exceptional. We tried the tasting menu and it was a perfect amount of food with a lot of variety in tastes.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly staff, it’s hard to say just how perfect every bit of our dining experience was. Cocktails, flavors, pairing- if you want to impress a boss or a date- Sepia is for you.

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our way to see Elton John and made a last minute reservation at Sepia. It was a delight! The food was among the best I have tasted- fresh, original, flavorful.
WE'LL DEFINITELY BE BACK.

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L
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We visited the restaurant a few weeks ago for the first time and had a wonderful experience! The food was terrific, the service (Alex, waiter), was attentive but not intrusive, and the sommelier, Jenni made our experience really special. My husband and I are quite wine knowledgeable, and Jenni passed our table and noticed the wine my husband had selected for our meal. She commented it was one of her favorites, my husband and she started 'talking wines' and Jenni recommended a few more wines 'to taste' by the glass to accompany our courses. She was 'spot on' with every selection, and made our dining experience perfect. The restaurant itself is very creatively designed, not too noisy...but, certainly not quiet. I would say it is a vibrant atmosphere. You should go!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

For it being a 1 star restaurant i was very overwhelmed by the tasting menu and wine pairing. Service felt very rushed. Better out there in this pricing category.

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OV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

* Food was good.
* Service was so so.
* the ambiance was not from a Michelin Star Rest.
The food - Yes, it belongs to in the level of Michelin, but the ambiance was more of a simple restaurant. Cheap Chairs, the tables looked like a table people use to play Dominos.

* Nothing to be impress of

* we were actually disappointed.

* the problem is when restaurants win Michelin Stars 1,2 or 3.... People have high expectations starting from greeting the customers and that did not happened. :(

* very loud place
* the person putting water, very angry face liked he hated working there. Plus, forgot to put ice and lemons to the water. :(
* again, food was wow!!! Ambiance and service very poor!

* and for more than $400 for two people I been in much better places... Sorry Sepia, but we have no idea how you guys been able to keep the Star, because is not only the food, but ambiance plays a role, service and treatment. That’s why a Michelin Star Rest suppose to differentiate from the non-Michelin Star Rest.

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KS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I hosted guests from New York and Germany and they loved Sepia. Great room, outstanding food, terrific value.

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FH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Server apparently selected the pricest glass of wine in the restaurant for my client....cost restaurant as I was prepared to order more but due to his greed (apparently seeking a better tip), he acturally cost himself and Sepia!

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PM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Truly disappointed. Once seated and ignored for fifteen minutes before being offered a drink we ordered their tasting menu with the wine pairing.
The food was okay but certainly not a Michelin standard.
When they poured the one wine and filled my glass with sediment the waiter told me they usually only decant the wine if serving the whole bottle but not by the glass..What??
The service was slow, reactionary (we had to ask for everything) at no point did they anticipate our needs, like butter with bread.
If service matters to you at any level, do yourself a favor, go to Denny’s, the service will be 100% better.

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MG
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tried the tasting menu. Wonderful food. Gracious service.
Highly recommend. Well deserving of the Michelin star.

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JH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good. My friend and I had the tasting menu, which was very good and lower priced than many of the other local fine dining options.

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d
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was efficient but not overly friendly. Was there for a business lunch and it didn't really feel very welcoming. I would go back for a date or with a more reserved group.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb from start to finish. Dishes were creative and could not have tasted better; unique blend of flavors. Waitstaff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The restaurant has a comfortable, elegant feel. I will return often.

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AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would have liked it a bit darker and a bit more music/background noise rather than people talking, but staff was incredibly professional and pleasant and wonderful and the food was delicious that it made up for it. Very good thing going! I love the place!!! Dope Wines!

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CW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Client Business Dinner

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NM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had very pleasant experience. Service was very professional knowledgeable and friendly. Food was very tasty and artfully presented

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entrée choices (at lunch) are interesting, elegant and tasty, without being off-putting. The service is warm and unobtrusive and the room is quiet enough for relaxed or business conversation. All my guests are impressed. Really enjoy this place!

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RA
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

we arrived early but did not have to wait. very attentive staff, but it seemed a quiet night. excellent food and relaxing atmosphere. easy to talk without being drowned out by noise.

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NC
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really good, fancy place and the service is amazing!

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Waiter brought white wine glasses for red wine. The ambiance is not energetic. Place needs some green plants and lively music. Couple of waiters were big enough that they could not get through between chairs without bumping them every time. Either provide for more space between chairs or hire skinny waiters.

Overall, not impressed. If this continues, I would prefer to dine at Blackbird or Monteverde any day.

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DV
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place and amazing food. Exceptional service.
Only downside of it is that tables are really close to each other. We were at a table for 2. Some bigger tables were more private.
Menu was one of the best we had.

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KA
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location and friendly staff. Always a fun and enjoyable meal.

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DG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place was lovely. The ambiance was beautiful and elegant without being old and stuffy. The menu was creative and the food was delicious. Our waiter was helpful and accommodating with my dietary restrictions. My husband had duck but did not love it. My falafel was delicious but the confit potatoes were not anything special. Extensive wine list by the bottle. We had by the glass because we like different wines . Our waiter was fantastic, friendly and professional. I would love to go back next time I am in town.

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very special, chicago style (i.e. ethnic vibe but very high level cuisine.

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RB
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sepia has become our favorite restaurant for fine dining in Chicago. It meets or exceeds all our criteria for a great evening. Most recently, we dined early on a Sunday evening, following a matinee performance at CSO. There were a number of new items on the menu. We started with hamachi and grilled octopus, and then chose pork tenderloin and redfish for our mains. The preparations in every case were creative and delicious. Wines by the glass were recommended by our server and they worked well with the dishes. Service was professional and attentive, but relaxed. The room itself is beautifully appointed and the tables are spaced to allow for easy conversation. We felt satisfied and renewed at the end of the meal and look forward to returning.

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ES
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was beyond remarkable. Just fantastic!!!

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, attentive service, excellent food. Portions are a bit modest even for a higher-end restaurant. As with most restaurants of this caliber, cocktails are overpriced - have two and it will double the price of your entree. Nonetheless, very much enjoyed my dinner and would return for a special occasion.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food amazing time

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for our party. Food was excellent

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is unreal. Food was terrific and the staffs incredible polite. Love it !

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