Proxi

4.6
708 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, highly recommend the pork secrete to anyone who eats here. We had 3 people and got 9 dishes total, which seemed like the perfect amount.

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SM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Proxi is a fantastic date spot with incredible food and drinks.

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TS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We dined at Proxi last night, February 19th.
The food was just ok, nothing too spectacular, it was too expensive. What stood out the most was the service that we received, or lack thereof.
The server’s name on our receipt is Devon L, however there was another gentleman that also waited on us. Both of them were always rushing us and were not too friendly.
Needless to say, we were disappointed and we will not recommend this place to others.
Don’t waste your money here.

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GD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall, Proxi made for a great date night spot. Drinks were good and the food was creative and solid. The server was nice and helpful. The wait time for food was oddly long (30+ minutes), and one plate we ordered never made it to the table. We were okay with that because the other dishes and free birthday dessert left us pleasantly satisfied. Despite the wait and missed item, I'd definitely recommend for a quality meal that you surely can't get anywhere else in the city.

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SH
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fabulous evening from the cocktail to the end. The flavours were outstanding. I just wished I had more people with me so that I could taste a larger variety of dishes! Anyway I’m so glad I was there, keep going until I visit Chicago again! Thank you! Sue H.

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LW
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Went for brunch. The food was pretty good but the server seemed like she was on another planet. Just SUPER bizarre interactions - Could not hear her AT all, she was never around, she recommended the chickpea curry as Gluten Free but then, after it arrived, there was some stuff on there that she said she "couldn't be certain was gluten free".... WTH?

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RS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate at Proxi at brunch. It was an overall great experience. The food and atmosphere was excellent. Service was good, but a little bit slow. I would definitely like to return for dinner.

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

We were celebrating our 15th anniversary. This was an amazing experience. Food was fantastic, ambience was perfect, service was excellent! We will be coming back!

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FD
Chicago
144 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and fun sharing. Limited wine list. Enjoyed a side room that offered good conversation.

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M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went Proxi because of its location to the Lyric. Every dish we had was fabulous. I highly recommend Proxi, but do watch how many of these tempting dishes you order because the price can add up

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Indiana
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent experience. Only downside was that there was offputting fried food smell when we walked in the door. We arrived at 4:00 And sat in the bar which is where we had our reservation. The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic, I was just disappointed that I felt like I was going to smell like grease when I left establishment. We were there for a couple of hours. In the end the smell did not seem to be too terribly bad when we left the premises.

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DR
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was at Proxi for brunch on a Saturday. The menu is eclectic and international. Many of the dishes had an egg on top (hey, this is brunch!) but otherwise came from different, mostly Asian, traditions. My partner had kimchi fried rice which included pieces of turkey jerky and a duck egg on top. Spicy and flavorful. It would be a good dish to share if you don't want to max out on the spiciness. I had the uttapam, a pancake made with rice and lentil flour (not visible rice and lentils, as you might imagine) topped with a flavorful broccoli mixture and ....an egg. I liked it, although the fried pancake was a little greasy. We also shared a shaved zucchini salad, which I highly recommend. Mixed with a minty dressing and accented with feta and pine nuts, the zucchini served as a fresh vehicle for the other flavors. I noticed several other tables ordering it, so the zucchini may be a favorite. It is also one of the only vegetable/salad dishes on the menu. No desserts other than the doughnut and concha pastry on the regular menu. Various drinks of interest, including Vietnamese iced coffee and a Spanish style gin and tonic that included bits of red cranberry and a sage leaf. Service was friendly, a little show a times, especially if something had to come from the bar (like a San Pellegrino requested mid meal). I would like to try Proxi again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will be back 100%, nailed everything. Phenomenal.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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PC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and our server guided us very well on quantity and type of food to order. All in all, an excellent experience I will come back for.

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

Delicious as always. I could eat the Bhel Peri everyday for the rest of my life. Except the didn’t have it on the menu for Valentine’s Day. :-(. However, Chef made me a batch. Love this place. Thanks. Great service from all.

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!

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TE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Proxi is solid and always has a great vibe for dinner and drinks.

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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was fine, service was mediocre at best. $20+ mixed drinks - enough said.

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F
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is like eating all of your favorite flavor profiles in one place done really well. Tempura elote is amazing. The drinks are VERY pricey but also VERY strong. Desserts are spot on. Just a great place.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

All the food had excellent flavor and presentation, but even for small plates/family style/sharable, the portions were consistently smaller than expected. Very nice ambiance and interior, service was decent/what you would expect but unremarkable. Increase portion sizes by 20% and you have a truly exceptional dinner experience on your hands.

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E
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Amazing food! Wonderful drinks. Service... no. After being seated for a while in the half-empty main dining room, we were never greeted by any waitstaff and had to actually flag someone down to place an order for drinks and dinner. No one ever asked how our food was throughout the evening. After our first round drinks sat empty for a while, I actually had to get up and go to the bar, ask for a cocktail menu and for someone to respond to our table to take an order for another round of drinks. Unacceptable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

One of the worst restaurants I've ever been too. The service was slow and the food was awful. Very undercooked.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our anniversary weekend loved the staff and good was amazing!

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant, bar area, and overall aesthetics. I would absolutely go back for drinks, but would probably skip most of the food. Tried many items, Tempura Elotes = 9, Shaved Zucchini = 9, Baby Octopus = 6, Coal Roasted Mussels = -0.0000000000000 (terrible sauce, and just as bad burnt sourdough), Stone Boss = 5, Duck Dumplings = 6.5, Grilled Lamb Kabob = 7.5, Grilled Half Young Chicken = 5, for an overall average = 6. I'd say the exact mathematical average is pretty accurate. The Tempura Elotes and Zucchini salad were great, but the lackluster other dishes, and the g-d awful mussels, resulted in a D in my book. It didn't help that the service was a C- also. Thankfully we had good company at our table, otherwise our experience would've likely been a strike out!

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch featuring off beaten path fusion dishes. Wonderful tempura elotes, apple cider donut, and duck egg to start. Uttapam was adventurous and delicious, highly recommend. Also enjoyed the cemita Milanese, a Mexican style pork tenderloin sandwich. The entire staff team was amazing.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were in Chicago for the weekend and dined at Proxi the first night. We had high expectations based on reviews from various sources but were disappointed by both the food and service. The staff was constantly walking around determining what tables are going to turn over. Plates were taken from us with food still on them without asking if we were done causing our waitress to assume we were ready for dessert. My husband and I both felt that they were more concerned in getting us out of there than actually enjoying the experience, which then affected how much we could enjoy the food. The dishes the waitress recommended were considerably better than those not.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there and it was a delectible treat. I was at sepia last year for my birthday and decided to come here when i had family with me and they were also pleasantly surprised with the food, service, and the ambiance of the whole place.

I really enjoyed the food here. Chef anderw zimmerman and the crew have outdone themselves with the flavors and textures of each dish.

The staff was very knowledgable about each dish they were serving and if there was anything special that each dish may be a concern about to anyone with an allergy or a dietary restriction.

I can say that I have found my new favorite place to go to in the future.

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E
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We loved everything except the dessert. The 3 leches was quite dry and definitely not worth the price or calories. We’ll return on a quieter night however- the sound acoustics made conversation difficult. We could barely even hear the server!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fun inventive food and good service!

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f
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service, the tempura elite is marvelous

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OT
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Itis a cool space, delicious inventive cocktails. The food is out of this world - so interesting and very inventive flavors - Asia meets the Middle East. The shared plate experience is well paced so as not to be rushed. We have been there before and it gets better each time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Atmosphere : Terrible, Too Loud, Can Not hear across the table.
Food : Duck Dumpling was bad (dry) Octopus and Oyster so-so. Zucchini , Yuba/Mushroom, Rock Bass, Vietnam Crepe was good.

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HR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Proxi and it was as good as the first time - which was VERY good. It is a huge menu of mostly small shareable plates, and my only complaint is that 95% sounded amazing so it was difficult to decide. Everything we ordered this time - and last - was fantastic.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth visit to Proxi and I continue to be very satisfied. The flavors of the small plate dishes were excellent and contrasted nicely with each other. The service is excellent. Cocktails were generous and delicious. I definitely recommend Proxi.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Terrible service. Rude

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LB
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner at Proxi the other night. Our server was very nice. I will say that soda is sold by the bottle, and that was the only annoying part of the night. Our server said 3 plates per person, and the 2 of us we were stuffed at the end of the night. Started with the burrata - delicious, love how the bread is buttery and toasted - then the tempura elotes - we almost ordered a 2nd batch of these because they were so delicious. For the main courses we had beef shank curry, which had a punch with the spices, and the half chicken which I wish was bigger, but it is called a "young" chicken so they weren't hiding anything with that. The potato carbonara was great with delicious whipped butter (i think), and delicious bacon. Then the mussels which were cooked really well and had a fantastic sauce. Will be back for more!

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PD
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant and great experience. I will recommend to others visiting Chicago!

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EP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Proxi has been on my list as one of the best restaurants in Chicago for awhile and I am so happy they are serving brunch! The menu is very diverse with a mix of small and large plates, giving you an opportunity to try different dishes. It's not your usual brunch fare which is so refreshing. Great coffee and brunch cocktails too!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and drinks were great but the service was a little slow. We had to constantly flag down our server to get anything, maybe the server was newer, not sure. Everyone was very nice though.

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