Photography by David Turner

Words by Simon Difford on 01-Apr-2015

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Address: 123 North Jefferson Street, (W Randolph Street), Chicago, Illinois, 60661, United States
Tel: +1 312 441 1920
Website: View bar's website
Hours: 11:30am-2pm; 5:00-9:30pm
Door: Make reservation
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Aperitivos, Cocktails, Food, Wine
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu


Sepia is chiefly a highly regarded restaurant and in our experience justifiably so. However, the front of Sepia is out-an-out bar with the bar itself backing onto the dividing wall with the restaurant behind. The bar area accommodates some 30 people either sat at the marble-topped bar counter, in the seating by the window or stood at the low dividing wall with its leaner shelf. This is a high end but relaxed eatery and the welcoming bar reflects this.

As befits such a restaurant, Sepia boasts a serious wine list with 31 wines available by the glass. In our experience, the cocktails live up to the venue's high standards and include the likes of Mr Fantastic (tequila, Ancho Ray and grapefruit juice shaken and served over crushed ice in old fashion with mint sprig garnish) and South x Southwest (reposado tequila, elderflower liqueur, rosemary, lemon juice, moscato d'Asti wine and old-fashioned bitters).

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