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Sepia

New American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
West Loop, Chicago
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  • Chicago magazine
    "Andrew Zimmerman's evolving menu specializes in quiet..."(2 Tips)
    Time Out Chicago
    "... the form of a holiday prix fixe, with dishes like farmer’s cheese blintzes,..."(3 Tips)
    Hank C.
    "Fancy place but food was excellent."(3 Tips)
    Larisa G.
    "Nice selection of interesting wines"(5 Tips)
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  • Eater
    EaterMay 7
    Sepia continues to be one of the most consistent restaurants in Chicago. Andrew Zimmerman's menus paired with a cutting-edge beverage program makes it a complete experience. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 3, 2012
    The Easter offering takes the form of a holiday prix fixe, with dishes like farmer’s cheese blintzes, a breakfast strada with ramps and shiitake mushrooms, and French toast with bacon butterscotch. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterMay 31
    2014 Clos Cibonne Côtes de Provence Cru Classé Rosé ($15). "An extremely versatile rosé that is more than freshness and approachability,” says advanced sommelier Arthur Hon. Read more
  • SCOTT B.
    SCOTT BARRApril 11, 2015
    Everything was great! The kale salad, the char, the chicken, the peanut butter and chocolate coconut cake, the ambience, the great service, all great👍👍
  • InterContinental Chicago
    InterContinental ChicagoSeptember 7, 2011
    Located in what used to be an 1890 print shop. The Chef seeks to bring back traditional cooking practices while staying at the cutting edge of taste. Dinner only served on Saturdays & Sundays.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    No time for dinner? Opt for the lounge, a gingery Sepia Mule cocktail and the sweet-salty-smoky flatbread of fresh peaches, creamy blue cheese and bacon Read more
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Sip a retro cocktail with spaghetti and crusty bread. For dessert, it’s malted milk and peanut butter feuilletine. – Green Guide Editor
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Crain's Chicago BusinessSeptember 14, 2010
    Frisée salad with poached duck egg and bacon is our go-to for a smaller lunch. Here it is simple but well-executed, the salad's vinaigrette and lightly pickled shallots setting off the richer flavors. Read more
  • Tyler C.
    Tyler CollinsOctober 6, 2012
    Definitely make a reservation with Open Table. We still had to wait for our table even when we were early for the reservation, so it is definitely a good idea.
  • Adam T.
    Adam TAugust 26, 2014
    Slightly stark (maybe Starck, given the light fixtures?), the apps were not quite spot on, but I had the most technically proficient salmon (with amazing crispy skin) ever.
  • Chicago magazine
    Chicago magazineMay 8, 2012
    Andrew Zimmerman's evolving menu specializes in quiet standouts packed with big flavors and fun details, like brûléed miso or smoked potato gnocchi. Read more
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Buttermilk ice cream adds an unexpected but welcome tang to white chocolate mascarpone tart scented with cinnamon, and coconut ice cream sets off tropical fruit compote with passion fruit rum sauce. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    No time for dinner? Opt for the lounge, a gingery Sepia Mule cocktail and the sweet-salty-smoky flatbread of fresh peaches, creamy blue cheese and bacon
  • Bobby K.
    Incredible food and drinks. The duck breast and the red fish were fantastic, and the wine list is encyclopedic.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 3, 2011
    I just hung out at the bar by my lonesome and I felt pretty cool doing it. The old fashion is pretty good, though not the best I've ever had.
  • zoomvacations.com
    zoomvacations.comMay 31, 2011
    go early and grab a drink at the bar before your dinner. Sepia has some of the best, most creative and tasty cocktails in the city.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzAugust 11, 2013
    Very good charcuterie, and the most generous charcuterie I've seen in Chicago. Easily enough for a couple of people.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Dark and sultry, Sepia is great for a date. Things should go especially well after a few of their expertly stirred cocktails. - Inspector
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 6, 2013
    The winner: the Sepia Mule, the bar’s take on the Moscow Mule, made with ginger-infused vodka for a spicy-yet-refreshing sip: http://tmoutchi.us/13EV7jr Read more
  • C. T.
    C. TibbsMarch 30, 2014
    Staff is very friendly. Good environment. Try the SeaBass.Ask for Andres or Sal to serve you
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DrogosNovember 30, 2011
    The vegetarian options are very limited, but the root vegetable pot pie was unique and yummy!
  • Kerstin D.
    Kerstin DAugust 23, 2013
    Order the Cat's Pajamas, the house version of a Manhattan. It's, well, the cat's pajamas!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MerschOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mr. Pearson serves up some perfectly balanced creations at this gem. True classic cocktails.
  • Shave R.
    Shave ReviewAugust 30, 2010
    Making reservations for 5 or more? Ask 4 table 60 or 70. Both are private w a view. You're in for a treat
  • Matt G.
    Matt GodboltJanuary 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome cocktails. Sit at the bar and enjoy watching the process
  • Chicago Realtor M.
    The drinks at the bar are amazing. The decor in Sepia is beautiful!
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GaldiApril 14, 2014
    Amazing food, amazing service! Definitely recommend!!
  • Janet J.
    Janet JohnsonJune 7, 2010
    a classic Bombay sapphire martini comes in a classic coupe. and it is simply delicious.
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth TowleMarch 8, 2011
    Beautiful food, great service. My new go-to place for a working lunch!
  • Hank C.
    Hank CoutureApril 14
    Fancy place but food was excellent. Somewhat loud environment
  • Maya R.
    Maya RubalcabaAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good cocktails, sadly they don't have all the great brands Read more
  • J.J. W.
    J.J. WilliamsAugust 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Like Manhattans? Drink the Cat's Pajamas it's triumphant.
  • Oh S.
    Oh SusanMay 17, 2015
    Tasting menu is great value. Good wine list.
  • John M.
    John MiddlebrookAugust 18, 2011
    Kerry the hostess was awesome and accommodating after tough time finding restaurant
  • Jake C.
    Jake CrockettMay 25, 2012
    Make sure you or someone you're with know what the fancy terms for the dishes mean.
  • Ken
    KenOctober 27, 2015
    Sit down for the trading menu and wine pairing
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaMarch 15
    Been here 10+ times
    Unaccountably posh. But happy hour is a good deal
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnySeptember 5, 2013
    Great experience really good food
  • ~eb
    ~ebSeptember 6, 2011
    OMG The porterhouse pork chop is AMAZING
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShackletonAugust 6, 2014
    Most underrated fine dining in Chicago.
  • Kirstjen L.
    Kirstjen LorenzAugust 6, 2013
    The chilled pea soup is really bright and flavorful.
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I recommend the French 75
  • Bryan H.
    Bryan HerbJune 1, 2011
    tasty food, dreamy owner. :)
  • Jeff
    JeffNovember 15, 2012
    2013 - 1 Michelin Star
  • Roderic M.
    Roderic MontreceApril 2, 2010
    Get the bacon wrapped trout and the French 76 drink
  • Larisa G.
    Larisa GrollemondDecember 27, 2015
    Sunchoke soup was the hit of the evening, plus all the fish dishes are great. Nice selection of interesting wines by the glass and a nice atmosphere overall.
    Downvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Tati
    TatiOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Simply flawless.
  • Cristina L.
    Cristina LawrenceFebruary 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Joshua to make you his cynar/champagne cocktail. It is magic.
  • Caitlin
    CaitlinJune 24
    patio is great
  • Adam G.
    Adam GuthrieApril 8, 2013
    Tasting menu is ANZAING.
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