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1330 S Fern St
Arlington, VA 22202
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Epic Smokehouse Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
We cater private and company events.
15th and S Fern, entrance on S Fern
Free parking on the street after 6pm.
A word from Epic Smokehouse
Epic Smokehouse is a modern upscale urban smokehouse, featuring smoke meats and fish with a large specialty cocktail and wine list.
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Food is excellent. Booths in the
bar are more comfortable than tables in the dining section. Somewhat noisy, but food is delicious, and service was outstanding"
Dined on 4/10/2014
...this is the place for you! The
chefs at Epic know how to do bacon! Pancetta mac and cheese, bacon red velvet cake, and my favorite, the bacon app! I'll definitely be back!"
Dined on 4/11/2014
We dined here earlier this week
while my fiance's father was in town. Our server was fantastic and very friendly. The food (we had two orders of the pulled pork and one brisket) was all great as well. We will definitely be back."
Dined on 4/7/2014
Everything was good, but not
spectacular. I'll still go back"
Dined on 4/6/2014
We had a group of 8 for a birthday
reservation. The staff seated us immediately, which was very impressive for a Friday night. The downstairs bar area was very vibrant. We were taken to the upstairs section, which would be great for groups of any size. My two complaints were that it took over 15 minutes just to receive water, and then another 10 before bread came out. The second issue was the temperature in the restaurant. Twice, the server was asked about turning down the A/C, while other patrons were noticeably cold as well, and yet nothing was done. It's too bad b/c it was a great place to enjoy some great food, and good drinks!"
Dined on 4/5/2014
This was our second visit and we
tried all different dishes: burnt ends appetizer, pulled pork platter, scallop special, short rib entrée. Everything was delicious. I really like that they have a limited menu of stuff they can do really well. I also love the corn bread muffins that come with the meal. We sat in the bar but the other part of the restaurant looks like it would be really romantic."
Dined on 4/5/2014
Epic used to have a happy hour
that started at 11 a.m. Mon-Fri, and they had great $5 glasses of wine at lunch, but "nobody was taking advantage of it," our waiter explained. So what's the harm in leaving it in place? Happy hour now starts at the more traditional 4 p.m. Chopped salad is outstanding. Shaved prime rib sandwich lunch special usually delicious but on this visit, seemed like 50% less meat on the sandwich and VERY fatty. Really disappointing. Hoping this visit was an anomaly and not a trend at Epic."
Dined on 4/2/2014
The idea was great. A traditional
smokehouse, but with a modern twist like open kitchen, fine wine selection, a fish option for those who like their arteries unclogged and great service. So where did it go wrong? The menu was not well balanced and quite limited. For example no burgers, or baked potatoes. No killer deserts. No exciting sides. The French fries just would not come our crispy, even on our second order."
Dined on 4/1/2014
We tried the pork belly appetizer,
chopped salad, and pulled pork. The first to courses were up to par and enjoyable. But growing up near Memphis, I have to say, “Cumin does not belong in pulled pork.”"
Dined on 3/15/2014
Maybe because we went on a Sunday
night, it was dead inside. My food was okay, my befriend loved his. His meat was really big more then half the size of the plate. So you get a big amount of food. I'm a vegetarian so my food was okay but not healthy at all."
Dined on 3/9/2014
Food is always great. Love the
short ribs and the breadpudding. Just wish you got more for your money..."
Dined on 8/21/2013
I ordered a simple dish (pulled
pork) but it was outstanding. The menu was creative too with just enough that was different to make it unique. Loved the sushi bar style setup (watching the chefs at work). Well run shop, worth the visit and I'll return when I'm in the area. Good stuff."
Dined on 2/24/2014
I am a teacher and brought two
exchange students and 3 of my American students to Washington, D.C. for a long weekend. We wanted our last night in the area to be amazing and then we found EPIC. The name is very fitting. The service was phenomenal, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere very friendly. My 5 students stood at the counter and were able to watch their food be prepared masterfully by the chefs in the kitchen. They loved it! They tried new flavor combinations they've tasted before and enjoyed every minute. The brisket is amazing and I've never had brussel sprouts with so much flavor. The chocolate cake is to die for! Wonderful place to dine!"
Dined on 3/3/2014
The overall experience was FAIR
but I would offer that the chef needs to find a new home. The location is nice, for a local spot, but the interior was an attempt at New York chic with LA habits. It was decorated well but too cramped for it to be a spot I would take the group regularly. It was the food that was the highlight. The ceasar salad was a treat and the brisket was some of the best I have had in awhile. The major issue was the service. It started off wrong with the host seeming annoyed that he had to deal with us rather than wanting the business. That just placed us in a fowl mood and no one was fixing it in our mind. Our server was friendly but did not know the menu nor the whiskey at the bar."
Dined on 2/14/2014
over priced and over smoked.
160.00 for 4 entrees -pulled por 2x pulled chicken and a portabello mushroom, 1 desert and one appetizer plus drinks. Got it, CC is expensive yet this was so not worth the money. the smoked pulled meat entrees were disappointing, small portion of meat burried under fried onions and fries. Chicken was over smoked to the point of unrecognizable type of meat. disappointed all around. by the way i own a smoker and am no stranger to the smoke flavor."
Dined on 2/25/2014
The service was great. The food
was really good. I would dine there again and recommend it to friends."
Dined on 2/14/2014
This was my 2nd visit to Epic and
again the food, service, and drinks were outstanding! Love the Berrytinis ! I came with my sister for a fun evening and we had a great time!"
Dined on 2/22/2014
Met an arriving passenger and went
straight to our waiting table . Exciting 'smoke' menu -ribs, etc. And simpler American choices too. Dishes provided hot and promptly and good service."
Dined on 1/4/2014
Pros: Management was around
checking on and accommodating guests. We had excellent service from our waiter who also gave great recommendations. The Bacon App appetizer was incredible. The duck was perfect on the special and the dirty rice was straight-up New Orleans in my mouth. The brisket was deliciously smoked and tender. Cons: Bar was busy so it took a while to get our tab, they needed more staff that evening I think. A bit noisy. The mac n cheese was good but it could be better. FYI: The BBQ sauce was spicy. Suggestion: Add a whiskey tasting flight to the menu."
Dined on 2/21/2014
As always, service was impeccable
and food consistently very good."
Dined on 2/14/2014
I enjoy the food everytime I go
here. The one small downside are the two person tables. They are a tad too long to carry on a decent conversation while others are around. Only a moot point compared to everything else."
Dined on 2/15/2014
Very good experience. Sizeable
portions prepared well."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Great food and great service with
Dined on 2/6/2014
I thought the food was just
mediocre, nothing really special. My steak was undercooked and I had to send it back to the kitchen for a bit more doneness. The staff was friendly but the service was also kind of slow. One person at my table ordered a cocktail and the server never got around to bringing it. I don't see myself returning to this restaurant."
Dined on 2/8/2014
The food was great and the service
was even better!"
Dined on 11/20/2013
The experience of dining for lunch
at Epic for lunch was excellent, and let me say significantly more satisfactory than dinner. The service was friendly and very prompt. The portions were generous and served hot. And it seemed like an excellent value. The dining room was full, but the noise level was moderate, and the staff seemed prepared to handle the crowd. I am likely to return for lunch."
Dined on 2/6/2014
Food okay, but not spectacular.
Same for service. Likely will not return."
Dined on 1/27/2014
It’s great finding a BBQ place
that has the usual BBQ standards as well as great steaks and other elevated selections and specials with a more refined environment. The wine list was good and the service was terrific."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Being situated next to Costco, I
didn't know what to expect from this place. Turns out, the food was spot on and the service was outstanding. I've been twice, both times it was as if I was the only person that mattered; the wait staff and even the GM came by to check on the food and to make sure my expectations were being met. The food is very well prepared. Portion sizes are good / leaning to 'large'. Steak was cooked perfectly, the bread pudding was very, very good. My only comment on the desert was that it was more of a 'two person' sized item; if I tried to eat that whole think I would probably explode.... In short, I'll be back here many, many more times."
Dined on 12/24/2013
The best I can say is it wasn't
bad. The ribs were fairly meaty and well cooked but no favor at all."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Great food and excellent service.
Staff super friendly. Wine and food prices very reasonable for the DMV area."
Dined on 1/16/2014
The bacon app is one of the best
appetizers I've ever had. The food was delicious and in great proportion, even enough to take some home (which we didnt expect at all). If you can make it to desert I strongly recommend the bread pudding, it was completely different than what I assumed it would be, but far exceeded my what I originally expected. The ambiance was great and you can even take a view of the head chefs while they prepare your meal. And while you're waiting for you meal, their specialty cocktails are worth the price."
Dined on 1/16/2014
This brunch was a winner. $5
Mimosas were great also."
Dined on 1/19/2014
Made reservations here after
coming up from Virginia Beach for a friends birthday. The waiter was very informative and prompt to the tables needs. The food had great flavor and came out promptly in a good portion size. Definitely going to stop by again."
Dined on 1/18/2014
The appetizers are outstanding -
try the fried oysters and the pork rolls. The salmon entree and the sea bass entree were scrumptous."
Dined on 1/5/2014
Food is very good though not
fantastic. The menu is limited but diverse. Very cool bar scene as well. Great place for couples."
Dined on 12/31/2013
Welcoming, friendly, helpful and
knowledgeable staff in a very comfortable, low-key setting. Staff attentive without being intrusive. Interesting appetizers--my wife had the fried oysters which were very good; I had the appetizer special, called "Burnt Ends" which was excellent. We went with prime rib and the filet, both perfectly done to order and very tender and flavorful. A small but well-thought out wine list, and an excellent selection of bourbon. The manager stopped by and we had a good conversation with him, including his wine recommendations for our next visit. We were left with an overall impression of good attention to detail and successful execution of the menu. We look forward to working our way through the menu."
Dined on 12/21/2013
I've been to this restaurant
twice. The first time was for Saturday brunch and my entree (I can't recall what it was now) was served on the best grits ever. They are melt-in-your mouth wonderful and worth the visit. Then at a recent dinner the Burnt Ends (brisket ends in barbeque sauce) were a nice surprise -- that is, until I chewed through a chunk of fat on one of the pieces. I also had the pulled pork in a salad that was also very tasty. Unfortunately, the culinary excitement slows considerably after that. It also seems loud with bar and counter seating lining most of the room. I'll go back and try the happy hour which looks promising. I'd stick with the grids and other barbeque entrees and leave the salad and other entrees alone."
Dined on 12/19/2013
The short rib sliders were
fantastic. The prime rib was OK."
Dined on 12/20/2013
I'm lucky enough to live in the
building above Epic Smokehouse, the temptation to eat there instead of cooking at home is powerful. Good food, decent prices, extremely friendly service. The smoke theme becomes almost gimmicky -- I tried the "bacon old fashioned," but will order the regular kind in future -- but the food is very good, the portions are generous, and I recommend it heartily."
Dined on 12/12/2013
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