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Epic Restaurant
Epic Restaurant

Epic Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.epicrestaurantchicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 222-4940
  • 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: Contemporary American, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 & Promotions: 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. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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)."
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had a great meal with friends and service was excellent"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Great tasting food & service, portions are small. Had swordfish, veggies all so tasty. Wine was excellent."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food and service were very good but nothing stood out compared to other restaurants in the area"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We ate at Epic the other day. Our server was pretty good, but the prices were a bit steep for the overall value received. My tuna was supposed to be cooked medium rare (according to the server). But when it came, it was way overcooked. Our server said that the kitchen had been overcooking the tuna for the past few days. Really?!? They've been overcooking (and I assume throwing out) pieces of tuna for a few days?!? You might want to get a new kitchen staff. You could probably lower your prices, and provide a better overall experience if the food was cooked properly. Although in defense of the kitchen, it might be easier to cook it properly if the tuna was a steak, rather than a triangle."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was delicious and the attendance by the staff impeccable. Flavors of the various entree's burst off the plate!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This visit was my first and last visit of Epic. We went there for a celebration dinner and chose it because of its menu. I had made reservations for 8:45pm. We promptly ordered as we set down by 9:00pm and after that we had NO word from our server. We had to ask two separate servers in the restaurant to find him because our food didn't come for an hour. We had to ask for the manager and the waiter finally came. There was absolutely no apology nor did he explain why we were forgotten. When we did get our food, two of the items which we requested as "medium" were overcooked. I had never had such an unpleasant time and have never waited OVER an hour to get our food. DO NOT go to this place it will ruin your night."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Absolutely the worst service. We ended up ordering from whoever walked by because our waiter never came to check on us, and we even complained to the manager and nothing was done"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I was here for dinner on June 12th with some work colleagues. First I'll note that we truly enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant and the view from the floor to ceiling windows on the 2nd floor. Our waiter was knowledgeable and had a very friendly disposition. The wine he helped us choose was a lovely Malbec from Argentina, can't remember the name but it was fantastic. As for food, I would not recommend the bone marrow - it was fatty and almost gristly rather than smooth and spreadable as it should have been. That is my only negative comment. The oysters and ahi tuna appetizers were amazing as was the hanger steak entree. We were all pleased with our entree choices. It's a little on the pricey side but worth it!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We happened upon Epic after finding a Groupon just a week before visiting Chicago. The restaurant space is much larger than expected; we were greeted right away and had a few drinks before our table was ready. Make a reservation! Once we were seated it only got better from there, our server was knowledgeable of the special, she provided excellent service without being too noticeable or intrusive of our evening. The food is some of the best we've ever had the pleasure of enjoying; I'd recommend the Hanger Steak and the Lamb... Sit back and enjoy this Epic experience."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Our appetizers, grilled octopus (fishy taste) and Pork belly quite good were mixed. Portion sizes are good for sharing. Main courses; halibut, duck and swordfish were all quite good with nice accompaniments. The ice cream had to be sent back twice due to the wrong flavors being sent but no questions asked and all tasty"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I was visiting Chicago on business and selected Epic since it was located close to where I was doing business that day and I had invited guests to join me that evening. The other amenities or qualities were the Sky Bar as well as the recommendations of the food. My overall experience at this restaurant was great. Unfortunately, to no fault of theirs, the Sky Bar was closed due to weather conditions. The interior was current and the food was good. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a success."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Awesome lunch! You guys never fail me! I have brought clients for dinner before and now lunch. You always take such good care of us! Food and service were exceptional as always. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I both agree, this spot is overpriced and the food was not flavorful. He got the pork roast and I ordered the short rib. Although the food was not to our liking, the rooftop deck was a pretty cool summer hangout spot for drinks."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We choose this restaurant for a special Sat night out. There were several great items on the menu. We chose and ordered. One was the Hanger Steak $33. We ordered it medium rare. It came out barely seared. The waiter never came back to see if our food was as ordered. We flagged down a bus boy and had him get someone to recook it. It came back out and had not even been put back on the grill. Our waiter never came back over to check, nor did the manager. As they cleared our plates we told him it was still not cooked enough. He said nothing. Our server brought the bill and asked if we wanted champagne to make up for their mistake. We stated no, but they should remove the $33 meal that we did not eat. He did not and we will never go back!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Best to call for reservations I think. I did it on line and didn't get much choice though it was clear that we could have had many choices of dining times. Great and imaginative food. Don't miss the rooftop bar. Friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Met some people at an adjoining table; liked them so much we had a drink together after dinner at the aforementioned rooftop bar -- which is noisy but fun -- and exchanged cards for later contact."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Our waiter (Patrick) was awesome with terrific recommendations. The food was phenomenal and we only regret having to leave to go to our show versus having a leisurely cup of coffee with dessert. The dinner made my husband and my evening out the best we've had in years! We showed up before our RSVP and we're told to sit at the bar until our table was ready. The hostess FORGOT about us until we went back to ask why we ha not been seated. Once seated we couldn't figure out why we had to wait since there were only 6 tables with people. The manager came over to our table once for maybe 10 seconds to ask how the food was. Later he wished us good night and was clueless where the Chicago Theatre (it's 5 blocks away!). "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was delicious. The service was so so but the atmosphere left something to be desired for. The music was club music that blasted throughout the meal. It was difficult to maintain conversation. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was definitely outstanding. From appetizers (had the crab cake and pork belly) to the salad (heirloom tomatoes) to the main dish (I had the duck three ways with the best dirty rice I have ever had in my life and my bf had the lambchops), it was deliciously amazing. However, the wait time for the food was too long. I am not sure if maybe because we had a groupon, or it is a Friday night and it was busy or the chef were making sure that the food was perfect but then again it was worth the wait. We celebrated our 8th yr anniversary and ahead of time when I made the reservation I made this so when we arrive, our waiter knew and greeted us and they even personalized the menu with a greeting as well!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My companion and I arrived at 6:30 per our reservation, and began eating after 7, in spite of ordering right away. They had a large private group party and apparently had no idea how to handle this in addition to a relatively light dinner crowd. The waiter was a pretty good guy, but not exceptional. So a party's food cam out and four people of the staff stood over it for probably two or three minutes trying to figure out what to do with it next. Then as our orders were delivered what followed was a group of about 10 placed next to us, but instead of having them sit down, they stood, hovering over us and having their party conversation virtually right over us. Food good, not fab, but good. Hospitality lousy."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "It didn't start off well -7:45pm reservations on a Tuesday. The hostess sat us at a table between 2 other tables so we were all crammed together. It was hard to hear what my husband was saying across the table from me until 2 dinners left. There were plenty of empty tables nearby so why seat us there? We sat for 15 minutes. Another waiter asked us how everything was - we told him we hadn't ordered anything. Credit to him because he apologized & took our order. Our drinks came out shortly but we waited quite a bit for our appetizers & food. Food was good & it was served nice 'n hot. However, the side order of potatoes we ordered didn't come to our table until we were almost done eating our entre."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Staff is very professional. Everyone seems to be on top of things. This place is huge with a nice rooftop view. If you're looking for a classy place to hang out either just for drinks or dinner, this is the place to go! I'm a fan of a lot of the entrees on the menu. Thank you for a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We had an incredible dinner at Epic for our 1st anniversary-- the staff went out of their way to make the evening memorable by printing a "Happy Anniversary" message on the menu, all of the staff we encountered also wished us a happy anniversary. The food was incredible, the building itself is incredibly large and very impressive, and at the end of our meal our sweet waiter brought us two glasses of champagne. I was extremely impressed. We will be back. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Epic is undoubtedly my favorite fine dining experience when I visit Chicago. From the multiple levels, each offering it's own unique ambiance, to the exquisite variety and presentation of the quisine, the delightful wine pairings, and the vibrant and chic nightlife on the roof-top terrace, Epic provides guests the finest that Chicago has to offer in a single venue. The General Manager, Agim, is always superb in his attentive and comprehensive quality of service and dedication to ensuring a first-rate experience. Lydia is also a delight. Epic is my first stop for dining when I am in town either for business or personal.Thank you"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Service was slow. Took a long time to get our drinks and food took forever to come out of the kitchen. Our server told us it was coming right out and we waited 9 more minutes for our entrees to be delivered."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is the fourth meal we've had at Epic. The previous three were excellent. I ordered items I've had before. Although the description was the same on the menu, the flavors and combination of ingredients were completely different and disappointing. Additionally, we pulled up to discover they no longer had valet parking. The staff told us it was a move by the alderman to prohibit valet in their neighborhood, but we saw valet parking in the next block. Don't think we'll go back."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "we had several appetizers and I am not sure why but every single one was just tasteless and the only reason behind the dryness was that they were prepared way way earlier. Foie Gras was the worst ever and octopus dish was just again tasteless. The server was pushing the "Scottish Salmon" as a specialty but then it turns out it was just a regular farm raised salmon....Also my colleague had NY Strip and it was just bad at $52. The sad thing this place has been here for awhile and the menu has not changed at all. Net net, OK social/drinking spot but stay away from food and choose other newer places in the area. These guys should turn this into a great night club and get out of the restaurant business. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014