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123 N. Jefferson St , Chicago, IL 60661
Near West Side
Style:Andrew Zimmerman


Built in Chicago's thriving Warehouse District in a former print shop from the 1890s, Sepia's sensibility echoes bygone eras throughout both its space and dining experience. From the custom-tile, Art Nouveau floor, to the hand-crafted millwork and the vintage stemware, the easy elegance of the lounge and dining room serve as an ideal backdrop to Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman's inventive American cuisine. Sepia's product-driven menu showcases the quality and purity of its products, letting both the ingredients and Chef Zimmerman's passion shine through. His seasonal menu, while rooted in tradition, embraces modern thinking as he showcases pristine natural ingredients that are primarily organic and/or sustainable. These ingredients come to life in dishes that are indicative of thought and precision honed from years of Chef Zimmerman's classic French training under some of the country's most notable chefs; his pastas, chutneys and jams are also all homemade. He supports local artisan farmers and proudly encourages craftsmanship and the revival of traditional practices. Sepia also offers a private event space, Private Dining by Sepia, which is located next door to the restaurant at 135 N. Jefferson. Designed to cater to any occasion, it serves as the perfect backdrop to the inventive seasonal American regional cuisine created by Chef Zimmerman. The product-driven menus showcase the quality and purity of the ingredients, highlighting the best of the season. The same care is carried through the wine and libation programs, emphasizing artisan winemakers and hand-crafted cocktails. Available seven days a week for lunch, dinner, cocktail receptions and meetings, the space offers the most intimate way to host your Chicago event. The space can accommodate 60 guests for a seated lunch or dinner and 100 for a cocktail reception.

Menu:Recent Reviews

profile image Great dinner

This was my first trip to Sepia and it was a great meal for a more reasonable price than I expected. The menu is seasonal but the sweet corn agnolotti was an excellent and delicate starter pasta. The chicken entree was cooked very well with a slightly crispy crust. The wagyu and pastrami was amazing. If you like peanut butter and chocolate, the dessert is light but rich.

profile image Crashing the Ladies' Lunch

The secret to a successful biz lunch lies in matching the particular restaurant choice to the personality of your guest(s). A couple of uber-intelligent and discerning female clients introduced me to Sepia and I returned recently with this review in mind. I confess that I lacked the foodie street cred to discover this one on my own. But now I know where to go when I have a guest who values quality over quantity, art talk instead of March Madness talk, and privacy versus glad handing. Tucked outside the main Loop, a block west of the awesome French Market, Sepia manages to present fine dining at a lunch hour pace. My expert companions on my initial visit all ordered "the pinto box," so who was I to argue? This is essentially an all-in-one order that includes small portions of soup or salad, entree, and choice of cookies or fruit for dessert -- presented in a stylish light wooden box. The tagliatelle with wild mushrooms was excellent. See below for my favorite Sepia lunch choice.

profile image Elegant and Oh So Delicious

We have something in common with the President and First Lady: Sepia is one of our favorite restaurants. This gem, located in a 19th century print shop just off Restaurant Row, consistently amazes us with their attention to detail in every aspect. The food, helmed by Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman, (whom we first fell in love with at the now-shuttered MOD), is a seasonal delight. Our favorites include the english pea & mascarpone angnolotti (all pastas are made fresh), jumbo marble fluke with fava beans, and the flat iron steak with bearnaise. Go ahead and order a side of the caramelized brussel sprouts, and the duck fat potatoes too. Wine list is spectacular, with several offerings only found in Chicago at Sepia. Service is refined yet comfortable. We definitely feel presidential dining here.