Proxi

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Global, International
Through a fresh and innovative American lens, Proxi, a sister restaurant to Partner and Executive Chef Andrew Zimmerman’s Sepia, scours the most culinary-rich corners of the globe to inspire a menu that celebrates the bold flavors of multicultural street foods through pristine ingredients. Located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood along Restaurant Row, Proxi unites an award-winning team to transport its guests around the world, beginning with cuisine and extending to an eclectic beverage program focused on worldly inspirations and diverse, exotic ingredients. Casual, yet fast-paced service guides Proxi’s international culinary experience, with fine-dining standards and in-depth product knowledge leading the charge, balanced by genuine energy and enthusiasm. Designed by award winning Meyer Davis, the restaurant’s undeniable elegance sets the stage, yet its raw industrial elements and warm, inviting furnishings find middle ground in a chic, mid-century brasserie.
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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is amazing and the service was excellent. We came to celebrate a friend's marriage but this is not just a special occasion place.

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Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service! Very noisy restaurant, but cool vibe. We shared 7 small plates and a dessert - all but two of them were definite repeats!! Really creative and delicious food!

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m
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance, service and food. Server made great recommendations and offered up some off menu specials that were delicious. Lots of options. Will be back. Tables are spaced well and well sized. Music is good and not too loud for conversation.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious foods in unusual- but fabulous- combinations. Great service. Staff was able to accommodate a change in reservation time when afternoon plans finished early.

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

Way too salty. Every single thing we ordered...salt bomb.

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H
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. The way they stagger your order so you have a chance to enjoy each plate is great. The music playing louder than most restaurants makes for a fun atmosphere. My favorite was the smoked pumpkin hummus

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J
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding venue with exceptional cuisine. Owned by the same proprietors of the Michelin started Sepia.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

food was really good, dessert was vanilla flan and it was exceptional

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

It's not too often that I can say every dish I tried I was impressed, but for Proxi I could say this emphatically. Had the pumpkin puree appetizer and the mussels too (you can't beat $16 for a big bowl of grilled mussels and levan bread). Also had the duck leg with hint of curry that was very flavorful and the waygu short ribs that were sliced thinly and very tender and not chewy. The strawberry tres leches was probably my least favorite of the dishes, but that's just because I'm not into sweet foods that much.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Devin was unbelievably amazing. I didn’t even order after our first appetizer dish. He helped us decide that and we just let him take the wheel for the rest of the 6 dishes we ordered. The food was unreal and I can’t wait to come back! Definitely go and if you do, ask for Devin. He’s amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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k
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar and bartender. Wonderful menu for sharing amongst a party of 6. Thanks and well done!

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G
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my fifth time at Proxi. It has not disappointed even once and I could eat there several more times before I tire of it. Delicious every time.

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m
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative, satisfying....
We went for my birthday and were thrilled with the cuisine, specialty cocktails and friendly knowledgeable service. Highly recommend!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Proxi! From the manager, Mallory, to the bar manager, Jess, and literally every member of the team - they could not be more welcoming every visit. The food is phenomenal - fabulous flavors, interesting combinations and plenty of variety. Definitely one of the best brunches (and dinners) in the city. Thank you again!

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always

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L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the counter -the best place to sit. Watching all the action in the Kitchen and the servers.
Food, service was above and beyond.

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HR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Disappointed- service was disjointed, staff were either confused or brusque. Food was ok - would not recommend.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

The serve was the worst we have had at Proxi. We have typically had very good experiences but this server wasn’t careful when it came to my severe dairy allergy (that results in hospitalization) and I had to point things out to him several times that he wasn’t accurate on. Had I not double checked two of the items (after he first told me it was safe) there could have been a very bad result,
In addition he forgot to put food items in we ordered.
We will come back but never want him as our server again. I would like a manager to follow up with me.

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DA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative, delicious cuisine served by congenial, knowledgeable staff made for a delightful evening.

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in the far western suburbs and dont get downtown for dinner much, but to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we decided to splurge. Two of our foodie friends both recommended Proxi and we were not disappointed. We had a truly delightful evening. Our waitress was wonderful and dealt with our noobness with great patience. The food was spectacular, especially the scallops, and the tres leche cake for dessert was to die for. Just thinking about the experience puts a smile on my face!

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BS
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Yes, but the server seemed like she didn't know the menu. When we asked for a wine list at brunch, she didn't seem to know which wines were white or red (the menu wasn't very clear). There were 3-4 wines on the list, so it seemed odd that she didn't know.

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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value. One of only a few restaurants in the immediate area taking reservations for Saturday brunch. That said, to book a table for any meal, do it early, not on the day you wish to dine, as I tried on Friday evening; they fill up fast. Food (at brunch) seems mainly Far Eastern cuisine, (not Chinese), but a good variety and well prepared. Am from out of town and unfamiliar with the area, but enjoyed it.

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BB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and easy for family dinner.

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m
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner celebrating an anniversary. Meal was quite good.

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EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I have been in Chicago in the last 3 years.

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SH
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ended up sorting dinner on short notice for 6 people total on a Thursday night. I was thrilled when Proxi popped up as an option. Every bite was amazing, and the shared plates were great to let people try things, share, interact and discuss!

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There wasn’t a dish that I didn’t love! The amount of detail that went into each bite gave each small plate a unique flavor and texture. I enjoyed trying multiple cuisines rather than going to another restaurant and getting one large plate of the same dish. One small but important aspect that I appreciated was the half moon shape tables that allowed our larger group to easily chat with one another. All of these combined made for a wonderful dining experience!

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fried elote is a must! Everything we had was amazing.

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VM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fun dishes, we really liked it! Highlights were the charred oysters, black pepper pork and the whole grilled fish. We sat at the bar which is fun but we were at the end and it took a while for our server to come tend to us. I would definitely go back!

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JS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went here prior to a play and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The space is amazing. The drinks were superb and the food is slightly overhyped but VERY good. My favorites dishes were the potatoes carbonara and the kalbi beef. Would definitely go back.

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AJ
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was phenomenal all around (Steve was our primary server)!

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FD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and were seated in a lovely tan color booth with a great view of the rest of the restaurant. Love the design and the lighting. Immediate service with great drinks both cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks for my teenagers.
As for the food the Elotes were so good ... from here we consistently got served wonderful dishes such as Vietnamese crepe, yellowtail and pomelo salad, pepper chop pork... also had amazing desserts.
Can’t wait to come back and try more

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were loving our night at Proxi. Seated on time for a 5:30 reservation on a Monday night.

The plates were all outstanding. Enough said. Everything.

Drinks were over priced and small. 😞

But, it was the service that was surprising. Our waiter disappeared and three others came at different times and it felt like they were “hustling” us.. we didn’t understand since there were empty tables, PLUS they never said anything to us. We would have stayed longer just to annoy but had trains to catch.

If you need our table, two things to consider:
Tell us and offer to buy us a drink at the bar
Have a time limit posted at reservation time upfront.

If you were considerate to us and talked to us, of course we would have been considerate in return.

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L
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Very meat/fish focused. The waiter said there were,"vegetarian options off menu", but there was just one- the crepe that they prepare without the pork belly.... Not super interesting as described. We tried the dumplings, the zucchini, the tempura elote, and the pumpkin- all delicious. We also tried the "potatoes carbonara"prepared without the bacon. Bland and even on their own, didn't taste fresh. My friend had the lamb kabob which she said was like basically gyro meat, she wasn't thrilled. The tiki cocktail was a bit overtly infused with Chile, making it slightly complicated to drink. The summer salt cocktail was much more delicious. The one ingredient that could've elevated our experience was probably our waiter. He was awkwardly unfriendly. Disappointing. Might try this place again with some more veg options and request someone a bit more interested in the guest experience.

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SM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting food and good service but the portion sizes are very small. Despite ordering the recommended 3 dishes per person with dessert in addition, we left hungry so ate elsewhere afterwards. Desserts were correctly portioned.

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f
Detroit
167 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was terrific. Try anything on menu and you will be happy. Server seemed like she’d rather be elsewhere. Okay wines by the glass. Restaurant noisy but you could hear people in your group pretty well.

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. As was the service. And we loved the space. Also the drinks are outstanding.

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JB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with two friends and enjoyed about 10 plates. Everything was full of flavor and server was spot on with the recommendations. Only thing holding back 5 stars on the food was the lack of quality desserts. I wish more attention was paid to the dessert menu as the main menu. Highly recommend.

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OT
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Everyone was attentive. Very creative touch to international traditional items.

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KJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Sad that they ran out of the drinks I wanted to try. But overall, we had a good time.

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