About Epic Smokehouse

Epic Smokehouse is a modern upscale urban smokehouse, featuring smoke meats and fish with a large specialty cocktail and wine list.

1330 S Fern St
Arlington, VA 22202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11:00am - 10:30pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
15th and S Fern, entrance on S Fern

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(571) 319-4001

Website:
http://www.epicsmokehouse.com/

Catering:
We cater private and company events.

Parking Details:
Free parking on the street after 6pm.

Executive Chef:
Wayne Halleran

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Epic Smokehouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (8)
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Great for Lunch (8)
Cozy (7)
Good for a Date (7)
Special Occasion (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Authentic (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 11 hours ago

Came here for lunch and had the Smoked Combo - includes a piece of brisket, 3 ribs, and a half serving of pulled pork (full serving being what would come on their sandwich). The ribs were good and the pulled pork was pretty good, if lacking a bit of flavor. The brisket was pretty dry and overcooked. The side of "bacon sprouts" (bacon and brussel sprouts) were ok, but a bit soggy and overcooked.

The staff were all great. The guy (who I assume was the manager) greeted me and asked about my party - I came a bit later and when I took a second to tell him the name on the reservation he guessed it and left me right to my table. The server was also very good - making sure my drink was always topped off and offered good insight on several of the dishes (although, I disagree with us assessment of the brisket being juicy).

Overall it was a decent experience but the food wasn't very good. I may try this place again at some point in the future to see if the food has gotten any better, or maybe try something else on the menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Apple smoked ribs were delicious, although my friend who had the fried chicken did not like them. Good place to eat and visit.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Best Barbecue in DC Area. Beautiful layout with delicious food and great customer service. Great for lunch or dinner, family or romantic. I would and do recommend this place to everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Casual, Business Meals, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined early in the evening New Year's Eve. Everything was consistent from our previous experiences with this restaurant. Definitely recommend. Service was awesome.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our credit card statement did not reflect the same amount as our receipt. While it was only a small discrepancy of less than $10 this is still immoral and illegal. Unfortunately our experience was overall poor regardless of this issue. The service and food were both lackluster. I can often overlook food with good service but the service was inexcusable.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was very great & so was the service! I would go back another time

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Brunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My friend and I had brunch. It was awesome. Ribeye, shrimp & grits and bottomless mimosas. Their cornbread muffins with blueberries are to die for!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Loved this restaurant- our server was wonderful. The food was amazing and a really fun atmosphere.
Totally recommend!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 15, 2017

A bit overpriced for the portion. No smoke ring on the meat for a bbq place. Ribs were not fall off the bone tender.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Gathering of friends from different states before Wreaths Across America st Arlington Cemetery.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Arrived on-time and seated promptly by hostess. Had the smoked chili for lunch - out of this world! Service very attentive. I am a regular at Epic and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 27, 2017

This was a return trip to Epic and again met our dinning expectations. Celebrating three birthdays at once can only be done at Epic. Great food, staff and atmosphere. If you love steaks or ribs Epic has to be one of your chosen restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Don’t be drawn in by what’s listed on the menu — your food won’t look anything like it and it won’t taste like anything edible. The staff wasn’t friendly. The kitchen didn’t look clean. Just skip it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Disappointing experience, not bad, just disappointing. The starters were nice, though they did not have the steamed buns that I ordered. I changed to pork rolls, which were tasty, but the pastry was way too thick and undercooked and very doughy.

The two main course dishes arrived just luke warm. My rib eye steak was large, it was not hot and was chewy with little flavour. The leek and potato mash was barely lukewarm and had no sign of the butter that it was supposed to contain. My colleagues BBQ combo was ok, it too was lukewarm, the portion was huge, but the ribs were a bit tough.

When the bill arrived we were charged for three starters - ie the two we had plus the steamed bubs that I ordered but which they dod not have. I had to call the waiters attention to the error. The total bill was $120 incl drinks - not good value. There are many better restaurants nearby.

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always enjoy Epic

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Vinegar-Based BBQ sauce. I wanted a sweeter variety in addition to the house sauce. Ribs were flavorful, but dry. Excellent service though.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our orders were incorrect and when we sent a dish back it came back incorrect again. Then the salmon was presented extremely poorly with the skin facing up. It looked like they just flipped on a plate. Brisket was dry. Waitress never came back to refill our water or checked on our drinks. We would have ordered a couple more rounds but never had the opportunity. I had to get up and get more menus myself as they didn't give us enough. It was just poor all around.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A very nice restaurant, and a good source of BBQ in an area with few meaningful options. Service professional and prompt. Bar serves good mixed drinks, but narrow and crowded.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Don't hear for Sunday brunch. Very interesting menu good choices. Food was great. Service was not great barely acceptable. Like this restaurant will be back just wish Sunday bartender / servers were better equipped

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Tasty but SLOW! We had a 7:15pm reservation and we did not finish our food until 9:20. Took over an hour for the kitchen to prepare the main course. We may go back as the food was tasty and innovative.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 22, 2017

A hidden gem. Food was good and service was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Second trip in one month to Epic and was excellent just like before. George served us and treated us like royalty. Excellent fresh food and generous portions

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Stopped by for a small business lunch. Great food and variety at a reasonable price. Excellent service. Will be back and will try out their dinner menu as well.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Food was plentiful and well-prepared.The tomato-mozarella salad was creatively presented. Would like to see a smaller order (1/2 rack) of ribs available as a small plate. The tables are close together but the noise level was acceptable. Would have liked to have received moist wipes after eating ribs. I would return.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Enjoyed dinner with friends. Food was very good. My friends had never been here and will likely come back since they live in the area.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

came here with 9 people to dine the night before the army ten miler. made reservations via OPEN TABLE but had to increase the number of our party, which was easily done. great food, wonderful service from Kevin, our server and Chris assured we had all we needed especially with consideration of our handicap request. we are returning to dine there again the night before the MCM!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was Meh. Smells great, strong BBQ scent. The pulled pork salad was too hot with Sriracha ranch vinaigrette. The ribs were a bit too dry.
I'd recommend the kahlua pork rolls for appetizers, delicious!
Chocolate dessert was great!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Service was excellent, the meat had a good flavor and was properly prepared. My primary objection was the limited range of flavors. Carolina only barbecue and fixins vs. an option of say Memphis style or Texas style (or both). If you are a big fan of vinegar and mustard-based sauce you'll be fine. If you prefer other flavors not so much.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great service and delicious foods!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Smoked Prime Rib- best prime rib in city. Great waiter was easily able to answer questions about dietary restrictions. We will be back, already told a few co-workers about it

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

I've been to better smokehouse places and coming from Texas it was just alright.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 8, 2017

I would recommend the pulled pork salad - It was very flavorful. The burnt ends were okay and we also had the pulled pork platter - pork wasn't very warm and the coleslaw was not a flavor I was a fan of. Overall it was good.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wow - these were the worst ribs I've ever eaten. I've had better from a sandwich wagon. Definitely NOT worth the $30 bucks they got me for.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Nice after work spot. Food was good but the brisket was a little dry. Service was okay. Seemed like they were not equpped to served.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I would NOT eat here again! Ordered: Apple Wine Smoked Ribs
They were terrible, days-old-dry and completely flavorless. If a $30 "Big Plate" is this poorly prepared, served and flavored I don't have much hope for the rest of them menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Pleasant setting, diverse menu, good food and engaging service.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The smell of meat when I walked in was an immediate turnoff. Drinks were good/strong which was a plus. Fried chicken and asparagus was good. Steak was tender but not what I expected taste wise. I had the 10oz but it was a lot of fat when I got it. Not a bad place, I personally wouldn't eat here again. Oh, the key lime pie was amazing!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was awesome! Syndey made me feel welcome and carried a good conversation and the good very tasty! Thanks Sydney

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

It was amazing experience for the first time vacationing in DC. Food was great place was amazing when we come back to DC we will come back

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Had a great meal with friends. Nice steak with veggies

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great Beer, Good for a Date
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