369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410537.790974 -122.389263
Fantastic charcuterie, all made in-house, from rillettes to bresaola to duck prosciutto. For your entree, you've gotta go with beef, though your choices are barely limited: filet & dungeness crab cake, juicy prime rib, charred bone-in ribeye... it's all deadly. Throw in a terrific wine list and some of the best views in the city; what else do you need?
The upstairs bar is a lovely place to enjoy a drink while taking in one of the best views of the Bay Bridge.
VinoServant's Top Wine Values att Epic – If you like steaks in a nice atmosphere then check this place out. The food is great and below is a snapshot of the best wines on EPIC's list that are under $75 a bottle. You can find a full review at the VinoServant site.
Of course, if money is not an object, then start your evening with a bottle of the Krug, Brut Grand Cuvee for $210 (Retail Price: $140 at K&L Wine Merchants) and follow it up with the 2000 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, Saint Julien for $360 (Retail Price: $236 via Wine-Searcher).
VinoServant's Top 12 Wine Values at EPIC Roasthouse
* Domaine Carneros, Pompadour Rose, Carneros, Non-Vintage $48 (Retail Price: $35 at Wine; Wine News 92)
* 2008 Donnhoff, Nahe, Kabinett, Oberhauser, Leistenberg, Riesling $58 (Retail Price: $33 via Wine-Searcher, Release Price $34; WS 90)
* 2009 Solena, Estate, Pinot Gris, Oregon $38 (Retail Price: $20 at Wine)
* 2009 Leojami, Arroyo Seco, Cedar Lane Vineyard Viognier $30 (Retail Price: $22 Release Price; Wine Enthusiast 84)
* 2007 Giovanni Almondo, Roero, Bric Valdiana, Nebbiolo $62 (Retail Price: $34 at Wine; RP 92)
* 2007 Muga, Reserve, Rioja $50 (Retail Price: $27 at K&L Wine Merchants; RP 91)
* 2008 Frank Family, Napa Valley, Zinfandel $48 (Retail Price: $29 at Artisan Wine Depot; WS 92)
* 2007 Kingston Family, Casablanca Valley, Bayo Oscuro, Syrah $53 (Retail Price: $25 via Wine Searcher and $28 WS Release Price; WS 91)
* 2007 Michael Farang, Gigondas, Domaine du Cayron $66 (Retail Price: $33 at Wine; RP 92)
* 2005 Nickel & Nickel, Napa Valley, Merlot, Suscol Ranch $72 (Retail Price: $48 via Wine-Searcher)
* 2007 Les Fiefs de Lagrange, St. Julien, $55 (Retail Price: $28 at Bevmo; Wilfred Wong 87)
* 2004 Narsai David, Cuvee Venus, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon $75 (Retail Price: $75 Release Price Wine Spectator; WS 87)
Epic Roasthouse, A Disappointment – My party of 6 had dinner reservations at 6:30. We were seated immediately and proceeded to check out the menu. Waitress took our order for appetizers first. We nibbled on our first course with the book-like menus on our laps or on the table. It wasn't until we were well into our first course that the waitress came around to take our main menu order. My husband asked for the prime rib in which the waitress said they had run out. My sister requested the whole fish and was also told the same. How could you run out of these two main items so early in the evening? First of all, the waitress should have alerted us ahead of time that these two menu items have run out. Instead, the two of them had to go back to the menu to relook what their second choice would be. Then, waitress came back and said she had good news. There was one fish left and my sister could have it. Another table decided not to order the fish.
The meat items were disappointing. I ordered the lamb. My 3 riblets of lamb were very fatty. It was a good thing I wasn't terribly hungry. My husband's burger was overcooked. The ribeye for two was nothing spectacular and we all said we could have done a better job cooking this at home.
I wouldn't call this restaurant a steakhouse by any means. It's our first dining experience at Epic and our last!
Epic Roasthouse The worest food I have had in months – Epic Roasthouse
From the outside Epic looks like it would offer guest?s a memorable dinning experience
We recently had a group of clients come into town for dinner. What better way to show them some of the best food in San Francisco but to go to an upscale restaurant with a great view of the bay.
We had a party of 8 on a weekday, reservations were fairly easy as we were able to book them that day.
Pulling back the large doors we entered Epic. We were met by some friendly host?s that lead us to the back of the restaurant. As I was making my way to our table I started to wonder if I was still in Epic or a Big Boy restaurant in Florida.
I had to delete a whole pargraph from this review as it was to long with to many bad issues
For diner I ordered the Whole Fish along with Truffle Whipped Potatoes ($9), Epic Mac and Cheese ($9) Truffle Cauliflower (9) spinach(9) & Brussels sprouts.
While waiting for our dinner to arrive the waiter had began to pull our wine glasses with out even asking if we would like wine with a dinner. ( we all wanted wine with dinner)
Once my meal arrived the whole fish needed to be de-boned. I wish the waiter would have told me this earlier as I would have never order this dish because the entire time I was pulling bones from my meal. The brussel sprouts & cauliflower were hard as a rock the Mac & cheese was taste less how can you mess up Mac and Cheese and spinach as just low quality.
For desert I ordered the cookie plate with a cold glass of vanilla bean milk. Thinking a cookie plate would have fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies not my Aunt Helens cookie assortment she bought at Sam?s club left over from 2 years ago.
This restaurant is *WAY* over priced for what they offer & the service was just plain bad. I have had better service at local fast food places. I eat out in San Francisco 5 nights a week and this place is just a poor waste of great real estate and our time.
I will not come back to this restaurant.
Food is mediocore, service is average, prices outrageous, service charges should be illegal. – Too expensive, even for the good views of the Bay Bridge and Oakland. For better and less expensive food, try any of the Ferry Building restaurants. The Ferry Building places all offer abundant on-the-water tables, no ridiculous service fees, with benefit of cheap parking. Food is comparable in quality. Cost at Ferry Building is much less and servers over there are much more friendly. Enjoy the city, do not waste your money or your time on this fake palace with mediocore food, high prices and undisclosed service charges.
Sorry! not worth the money or the hype! – I went here the other night with my husband. We had heard that the owners of Kuletto's had opened another restaurant(we thought it would be comprable to Kulettos) boy were we in for a surprise! First off, How can 1 cocktail cost $14.00?! I mean come on, haven't they heard how bad the economy is?! Besides that, my husband and I had reservations (we were kept waiting at the bar for 30 minutes!) so instead of "nursing" one drink we had to order another each, that's $56.00 on our bar tab alone! When we finally got to the table the waiter came over and was quite abrupt with us(maybe he had a bad day?) Anyway, our food came (I ordered the Lamb chop) and it wasn't even cooked in the middle(I was reluctant to have him take it back for fear of getting worse service than we were already receiving) I did anyway. I know it is supposed to be a little pink but come on! Dessert was so so, so to sum it up, save your money and avoid Epic, you are better off at Kulettos!
Old-school glitz, glamour and grandiosity abound at this dramatic destination chophouse on the water's edge. – On a patch of premium real estate on the Embarcadero's eastern side, Epic boasts incomparable, seemingly magnified views of the Bay Bridge from both the dining room and its 5,600-square-foot outdoor veranda. A moneyed crowd of bridge-and-tunnel baby boomers and power-broking suits soak up the scene: dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, a bustling, partially exposed kitchen and a seven-foot-diameter flywheel-and-pulley setup that parts the dining room down the middle and reinforces the pump-house design aesthetic. The carnivore-pleasing menu, particularly the entree selection, is mostly traditional roasthouse favorites--think dry-aged New York strip with black peppercorns, coriander and coffee beans or beef short-ribs with truffle potatoes--but the kitchen does make an occasional foray into more adventurous fare with smooth duck rillettes served alongside house-made pickles and grain mustard gelee, crispy pork belly on a bed of wild-mushroom-flecked risotto, and tomato-jam-topped roasted marrow bones. Desserts are passable, though, with flavor combinations (i.e. caramel-and-sea-salt ice cream; blood-orange curd with toffee sauce) that sound better than they taste.
great views, good food – this steakhouse on the bay has beautiful views of the bay bridge and the san francisco sky line. the big windows on all the walls ensure that diners have something pleasant to look at. the ambiance was definitely leaning towards the romantic although groups can enjoy the same without any "romantic pressures" at the upstairs bar called quiver lounge, where it was loud and crowded but still blessed with the same views. word of warning, it was really dark in the restaurant and i could barely see the menu. but the darkness was necessary to truly enjoy the night views.
the service here was fantastic -- at least after waiting 20-30 minutes even though you had a reservation. that being said, the staff was apologetic. once we were seated (at a perfect corner location with perfect views no matter which seat you take at the table), we were attended by an attentive wait staff who gave honest recommendations.
i started off with the squid salad with chilies, beans and tomato confit. the ingredients tasted fresh and crunchy and the squid was tasty.
for my entree, i had the pork porterhouse with coffee bean sauce. i thought the sauce was too rich but that the pork was definitely yummylicious. there was a nice fat cap, which in the dark, could surprise you. but, the meat next to the fat cap was rich and delicious.
i tried my friend's pork belly risotto. the pork belly was definitely very fatty but the crunchiness was perfect. the server warned us about the fat cap though so that was fully disclosed.
for the sides, we tried the truffled whipped potatoes (rich and creamy), sauteed spinach (great), grilled garlic brocollini (great) and mac and cheese (crunchy on top, creamy below).
we also tasted a medley of dessert - a chocolate cookie, an oatmeal cookie, i think a cinnamon cookie and a peanut butter fudge, which was so sinfully good.
this place was great.
Can't even cook a lamb chop. – Another Kuleto extravaganza - overdone restaurant and bar, expensive and mediocre food, sketchy service. It took over an hour for our entrees to arrive after our salads. The meat was cold and overdone. There are no sides included with the entrees, they must be ordered separately at ten bucks a pop. My side of broccolini was limp and tasteless. We didn't bother to stay for dessert, couldn't wait to get out of there. Has there ever been a Kuleto restaurant that has made the top 100 restaurant list in the bay area?
Nice location but don't waste your money. Wait for a better owner/chef to take over.
employee healthcare is a wonderful idea – obviously, if people are going to be upset about a doller upcharge on their bill for employee healthcare, they are cheap bast*rds who DO care about saving A DOLLAR! and obviously, never worked in the service industry. Thanks to all restaurants who are responsible enough to take care of their staff, its a rare occasion.
Interesting All the Way Around – After being so excited to try Epic, we had a truly interesting experience. Initially myself and my wife sat at the bar upstairs for a cocktail and presumably charcuterie before dinner. We were certainly judged by the bartender's standards of our worthiness and deemed unworthy by appearance alone so we were not able to enjoy either at the bar. When another bartender suggested to our bartender that we may want to take a look at a menu our bartender did oblige. Moving to a bar table for dinner, our charcuterie was delicious, the whole fish was prepared impeccably well and de-boned impressively table-side and the duck's temperature was perfect. Our server's missing knowledge was humorous and certainly did not support the tone that was used to describe the menu. Awkwardly, the wine director's stocking of wine over my wife's shoulder seemed unnecessary at the time as we typically go out to dinner to relax. Nevertheless, the restaurant is worth trying. By the way, kudos to Epic for the 4% surcharge for healthcare. I hope that all restaurants and other businesses continue to bring to light to the consumer, how businesses are being penalized and repeatedly bare the burden of an entire city's mission.
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