Epic Restaurant
Epic Restaurant

Epic Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.epicrestaurantchicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122224940
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Lounge: Monday - Wednesday 2pm - midnight, Thursday & Friday 2 pm-2 am and Saturday 4 pm-3am, EPIC SKY: Open Seasonally, Monday through Saturday 4 - 12 am, weather permitting. EPIC is closed on Sundays.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: DJ's on the first floor lounge Thursday-Saturday 10:00pm until Close
  • Special Events: Epic offers 14,000 square feet of event space for both private and semi private events, with food and beverage package options. The grandeur of the 1st floor lounge offers guests a voluminous space with a 40-foot bar. The inviting lounge is an ideal spot to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, with a separate menu. The 1st floor mezzanine overlooking the 1st floor lounge area is ideal for semi-private functions. Epic's main dining room, located on the 2nd floor, is a dramatic space with 23-foot tall floor-to-ceiling windows giving the space an energetic yet intimate city vibe. The 2nd floor mezzanine overlooking the main dining room is ideal for private event functions. The roof deck lounge provides an additional 4,000 square feet of breathtaking views of Chicago's downtown skyline. It's modern design makes it a perfect space for a cocktail reception. For information contact Tenae at tenae@epicrestaurantchicago.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clark & LaSalle
  • Public Transit: We are located steps from the Merchandise Mart Brown Line stop and Grand Red line stop.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Epic Restaurant
Epic brings three levels of dining excellence to Chicago’s River North neighborhood, offering a modern American menu. An industrial chic décor serves as the dramatic backdrop to signature dishes such as Braised Short Ribs, Seared Duck Breast and an extensive hor d'oeurve menu. An eclectic wine list and extensive cocktail selections, welcome guests to Epic’s first floor lounge; a voluminous space with exposed brick and intimate seating. A dynamic glass and steel staircase winds its way up to the second floor, revealing an elegant dining room. The energy, sights, and sounds of the room continue up to Epic Sky, a rooftop destination showcasing skyline views and an eye-catching crowd. Day or night, Epic Sky provides a sophisticated rooftop experience with the option of luxurious seclusion in one of the private cabanas.
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Epic Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)romantic (51)hot spot (51)good for groups (48)fit for foodies (47)vibrant bar scene (46)scenic view (28)late-night find (25)notable wine list (24)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (18)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Poor service, the food was below average, the soup was bad ,there were 2 flies in our white wine . they brought the bread after we finished our meal. The manager was very nice apologetic bought us a free drink and desert
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  • For the price - needs work
    SlauVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The atmosphere is nice. Our waiter was very attentive. However, for how expensive this is the service should be much better than it was. All of our party ordered appetizers. The place was pretty empty so it was easy for the staff to see us. We were all clearly still eating our appetizers when the waiter and busboys came out with our entrees. Then they stood there looking perplexed and asked if they could get some things out of our way to make room for the entrees. When they could clearly see we were still eating they should not have even brought it out. Then they were like, uh, do you want us to take it back to the kitchen. We took the food. One entree was good but the other two were cold and had to be sent back and re done.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was terrible. Totally different than the last time I ate there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Epic Failure
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The service and cocktails were great, but the food was not good, especially for the price. I had the duo of duck which gives a new meaning to the phrase rubber ducky. It was cooked medium rare and was very tough and flavorless. The same with husband's grilled hanger steak. It wouldn't be so disturbing if it wasn't so expensive. Exquisite prices for less than mediocre cuisine.
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  • Bird
    Kathy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This was a great dining experience. Food was great and the location was convenient. We thought the food was excellent, but bit pricey for the quantity. Presentation very nice also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Hubbard St. find
    hannahbananaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My experience at Epic was great from the food, to the service, to the ambiance. Our waiter was incredibly friendly and super helpful and suggested a great wine for us. The best part of the meal for me was the oysters. The oysters at Epic are phenomenal and I couldn't get enough. I also ordered the kale and mushroom salad and a side of brussel sprouts. The brussel sprouts were cooked to perfection with bacon bits. But I was a little disappointed with the kale salad which wasn't chopped so I had to awkwardly eat or cut up these huge kale leaves. Otherwise my girlfriend and I had a very good impression. It is on Hubbard, close to all the clubs and bars so it's a great place whether you want dinner beforehand or drink on the open rooftop.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Disappointed
    RooftopONLY
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    There is valet but you have to WALK around the corner. The staff was so busy preparing for the owners to come they forgot about us. It took 25 minutes for a crab cake appetizer to come. The food is alright but not for the prices. You can have a better meal at home. The steak was tough and chewy and the salmon was too buttery. The only thing we like was the rooftop.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Restaurant!
    BarronC33
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went here for My Girlfriend's Birthday. The Ambiance was elegant, warm and inviting. The Food was great! I would come back for sure!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patio dinner
    Leke
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Nice dinner date with a Groupon; patio choice was a good option. Also enjoyed the new menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not deliver
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Promised something and did not deliver! I found the Epic Restaurant on the Comedy Bar's website and when I spoke to a representative at the Comedy Bar they said if we show our tickets to the server at Epic we would get a 10-15% discount off our bill. So when I made the reservation I inquired about the discount. After double checking with her manager, Debra from Epic, said that yes it is confirmed that we would get the discount. Well, long story short, Epic did not follow through with any discount. It was quite embarrassing and we were told that they would not honor that discount. That was wrong and just for that I would not spend another dime at that establishment. The food was good but pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice for a birthday dinner!
    Herron03
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Everything was great from the food and drinks to the ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but not wow
    raygunVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Visitors to Chicago. First and probably last time at Epic. The evening got off to a bad start with my Martini which was watery and weak. It didn't dawn on me until we were gone that they had most likely assumed that I wanted a dirty martini which I hate. Things improved quite a bit with the raw oysters which tasted like they had just come out of the sea. They were served with four interesting sauces which the server did not bother to idnetify. One was cocktail and the other was the traditional mignonette but I don't know what the others were. The Duck 3 Ways is a commendable and tasty dish but it was on the level of tavern or gastropub food not fine dining. With so many other great restaurants in this area, go somewhere else.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jdoylekwartaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was terrible and no one was in the restaurant part. The rooftop had a lot of action but service was not good.
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  • Surprised...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was second visit. And it was nothing like the first. 6:30 on a Friday. Place was 90% empty. Food was ok. Definitely not worth the price. They had a ton of wait staff standing around. And still they were not quick to clear plates. Our server was polite. Bit overall experience was surprisingly below the expectation of the price point.
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  • A great spot!
    BirdieVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a delicious meal, with excellent service. Wait staff was very attentive. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Very enjoyable
    Rmgeorge
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Good food, great service, value, easy to hold a conversation at your table. I'd come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was GOOD but not GREAT
    4theLuvOfFood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was pretty good and the prices were normal for the things we ordered. (I had the Rack of Lamb 38) But nothing was great enough to have an after thought about. I've had better well seasoned lamb and this we just good, had some flavor just did't wow me. The service was pretty fast at first but once it started to get busy that changed. Once we were done our plates got cleared from the table and we waited for about 5mins before the manager (I believe) to drop dessert menus at our table. We glanced at them but didn't want any so we put them to the side. We waited about another 5mins until we got our checks. Overall the food is service was good and being that all of our first choices for restaurants were booked this wasn't too bad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good
    Gratefuldiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We made our reservation on open table and since it was our anniversary we requested a spot that was a little quiet and a little more private. They told us Happy Anniversary when we first arrived, which was nice but then brought upstairs and sat us at a table for 2 in a long row of 2 top tables. Our waiter looked at the notes and moved us to a booth for 6 and had it all to ourselves. It was very nice. Our waiter and our food were excellent. The roof top is a very young clubby crowd. We were not interested.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was delicious
    HectorP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We went here for our wedding anniversary because it's noted as the top restaurants in chicago and is at a prime location. If you love downtown, you will love this location. The food was good and drinks were custom and delicious. The restaurant knew it was our anniversary and even went as far as making our own menus that they let us keep plus champagne on them. After you finished your meal, you can go up another level to the roof where you can end the night with a nice view and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Order the duck!
    jjchicagoVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Outstanding duck, good food overall, although potatoes weren't cooked through. We ate an early dinner and the service could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not-so-Epic
    expensive
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Although the food was good, it took about 45 min for our appetizer to arrive and then another half hour for our main dishes to show up. I started getting tipsy off their strong drinks because our food took so long to get to us. The service was slow and I believe that had to do with the fact we told them we were using a Groupon that evening. Also, the tables are so close together it's like you're sharing a table with everyone next to you. I would have enjoyed more of a private dining experience - at least with a few feet separating the table next to us. Speaking of, they arrived an hour after us and got their food the same time we did.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Several of us were in Chicago for an annual training event, and I found this online! Awesome place & service with rooftop bar!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Amazing Bar on the roof
    LaCabrera
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had a great drink at the bar, having an Argentinean beer "Quilmes" great memories, then we had a delicious dinner, we recommend lamb and duck are exquisites. Service: great and very friendly. I will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for a special occasion!
    MarciaMarciaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Everything was perfect. We were there for our 40th anniversary, & were treated like royalty. We had cocktails on the roof, & we were late for our reservation. A beautiful table was waiting for us when we got down to the dining room. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    For $150 dinner for 2, I was really expecting dinner go be outstanding. Sadly it was not. My sea bass ($39) was overcooked and lacked flavor, my husbands dhort ribs with noodles was ok but for $35 was pricy. The appetizer gnocchi which the waiter highly recommended was bland, and the two sides: broccoli ($9) was average at best (pan seared with onions-nothing special) and the mushroom risotto ($12) was too thick and bland as if overdone and lacked flavor (and I know my risotto). We only had 3 drinks total so $150 for 1 app, 2 small sides and 2 dinner plus tip brought us to $175.
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  • Good Food / Good Party
    Tjack
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our experience at Epic was good overall. Aside from the valet no longer accepting cars, things went pretty well. The place is open and pretty, with really good music piping throughout. The food & cocktails were very good. The pork belly and the Buffalo Carpaccio & Arugula were excellent, as was the duck three ways and the hanger steak. The service was a bit slow, however our server was very personable and made great recommendations. Apparently at night the first floor turns into a club. When we left there was a line to the end of the block to get in. I would recommend having a late dinner if you want to club. That way you avoid the line and get a chance to have a good meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some Shine is Off
    ChicGourmetVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Some of the shine is off;the third time was not the charm. Though the food was still very good, some of it was missing'when asked, the server told us that Epic has been making changes. The luscious beet salad had been reduced by at least half if not more (but not the price) and the small portion was 'bulked up' by a couple of kinds of tiny, annoying to eat greens. Bring back the large portion of beets on the rectangular dish!Duck 3 ways was enjoyed, including confit, but could be more generous as well. Tender short ribs on a bed of rice noodles with green beans are still scrumptious, but one of us wanted at least 50% more ribs. We all enjoyed the yummy Banana-Chocolate Stack for dessert;the Sex Panther drink was just ok rather than dreamy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Past it's prime?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Ate here for the first time for my husband's birthday. It was a Thursday night and we were there early. The place is huge, and was only about 1/3 full. Waiter was friendly. We started with the tuna appetizer, I had lamb (overcooked, but not worth sending it back) and my husband had the escolar. All of the dishes were good, but nothing outstanding. We did enjoy our meal, but without wine our meal was over $150 - overpriced for the quality. There are much better restaurants to spend that kind of money at.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Overpriced mediocre food
    foodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Epic is a great place to go, if you only care about ambience. I was a little surprised to see that a simple SIDE of beets risotto was at market price, then when the bill came it was $16! There's no reason that a side of risotto should be at "market price." For 2 people, we spent $150. You can better spend that at other tastier restaurants in the area (eg,Naha, Sunda).
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  • Don't pass up
    JRod
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Don't pass this place up. Amazing flavor of food. Portions are perfect. Not too small but just enough. When dinner is over you can enjoy the amazing views on the rooftop bar. A win win.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epic for Epicurians
    ChicagoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, never fails to satisfy. My lamb chops were among the very best. All around food, service ambiance great, and if w/groupon, fantastic value. You will enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Not Happy
    Fthj
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was overly priced and definitely not worth visiting, if I didn't have a groupon I would never visit this restaurant. The food it self was over cooked and very salty, and dessert was so so don't waste your money here!
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    hot spot
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  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Had a great meal with friends and service was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food melts in the mouth
    CMS1
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great tasting food & service, portions are small. Had swordfish, veggies all so tasty. Wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bday blast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Had my birthday celebration there and they did an amazing job!! Our waiter, Patrick was incredibly pleasant and patient with our big group. The food and service were wonderful and I felt very special on my bday!! I would go back in heartbeat after that experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Good place to start the evening!
    GMarie
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This restaurant is beautiful and the food is good. They have a nice selection of cocktails and it's much more energetic than "Celeste" across the street. Apparently, it turns into a nightclub later, but usually it's just older men with young women. It's a nice place to go for dinner because it isn't overly crowded and the service is good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Epic was okay, the food was fine, drinks were fine, but just nothing special that would make me want to come back, especially for the cost. far better options in River North. Had bad service because they had a private party. Honestly, you should prepare for that in advance, thats not an excuse to give me slow service.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Would go again
    willtravelforfood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was delicious. They ran out of scallops pretty early in the night which was a disappointment but the waiter recommended the Hawaiian escolar which was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    chilaur08VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Place was nice on the inside. The service at the bar, seating in the dining room, and upstairs on the roof was horrible. Would never come back, your money is better spent for a nice dinner out at another River North location.
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  • Good but Pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food and service were very good but nothing stood out compared to other restaurants in the area
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic