Chicago >Food & Dining > Epic
112 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065441.890175 -87.631958
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Not all that great there r much better burgers in town
Great experience! – Overall- GREAT dining experience. The service was impeccable. Very attentive staff and the food was out of this world. The bill was $150 before tip for the two of us... only 3 drinks were ordered... Great for group dining... or a romantic date for two. Very cool scene too... the bar was hoppin!
Great food, amazing service – I have probably been to Epic about 4 or 5 times since the opening in October of 2009 and have always been a fan. And it's because of their scallops.
Probably one of my favorite things about the restaurant is that it is a little of everything, a great cocktail lounge and bar, restaurant, and now with the addition of Epic Sky, a rooftop as well.
Other notable menu items to try are the House Gnocchi made with lamb sausage, swiss chard and a fennel beurre blanc-which is outstanding (and has been ordered as an entree in the past-because why not).
Citysearch Editorial Review – Everything about Epic is decadent, from the massive downstairs bar always packed with trendsetters, to the upstairs restaurant draped in dark wood and floor-to-ceiling windows. The River North restaurant feels rich and luxurious, and the same can be said of chef Stephen Wambach’s menu of contemporary American dishes with a French twist. The menu is reminiscent of a steakhouse with a raw bar and a light and refreshing tuna tartare for starters. As would be expected, the selection of steaks is top-notch (strip, rib-eye, filet), but fish gets its due with the halibut en croute, garnished with artichokes. Most of the sophisticated diners end the meal with something sweet--the raspberry-filled sugar dusted doughnuts, perhaps--before heading downstairs for a cocktail in the lounge.
An Epic Evening – I brought my parents into Epic while they were visiting Chicago and we had an amazing time! I'm surprised to see bad reviews on here, we thought the food was delicious and our waiter was really nice. My favorite thing was the house made gnocchi , it was melt in your mouth good. I think this place is going to get really popular really fast, go on a weekday before it fills up!!
Bad News! – Last night-A man pushed a woman down that was dancing too close to him. I told security, but they allowed him to stay after they realized how drunk the girl was. Really? The jerk & his friends were making rude comments to me the rest of the night and trying to intimidate me...I told a manger and he said the girl was really drunk & the guy was not, so they had to believe him over her.
I told them I didnt know either one & my whole group saw it happen...and I said "If you think the girl is too drunk, why are you still serving her more to drink?!!"
This place is a joke!
tis a shame – It is such a shame that a place with such a great face is a pure farce. after a 20 min wait quote and 1.5 hours worth of drinks we left hungry...hope they know who let walk out very uphappy.....in Chicago word travles fast in well connected circles.
Gouging out our wallets – Who charges $14 for the “house” pinot? $16 for three pieces of grilled octopus? $18 for a single crab leg? 3 infuriating dollars for 2 ounces of horseradish? The same people who bring out desserts we didn’t order and then charge for them.
Seated 15 minutes late for a 9:30 reservation, we knew that things could have been worse. The bar was packed and the staff had trouble navigating since management thinks patrons shelling out $13.25 for a half-filled martini would appreciate having none of the precious liquid spilled en route and asks the hosts to carry drinks up on a tray. This multiplies seating time by 3X.
We took out time deciding which was no problem at all since our server, Tony, was without a doubt one of the best waiters to ever work in a new and trendy restaurant. He suggested when we needed, pushed items but not too far and delivered nothing but courteous assistance to what would have otherwise simply been a price-abusive dinner. He also never let a drink go empty and never took one away with anything left in it.
Main courses for the evening were mostly good: Smoked Rib Eye, NY Strip, great: Sea Bass and not acceptable for the price: Yellowfin Tuna. Overall, the entire meal was unacceptably overpriced with little dings to insult even the most extravagant of diners. Charging $3 for a bottle-cap of horseradish when the steaks are already in the 40s is abuse of a high order. $18 for a single crab leg cut in two is nothing short of gouging and $14 for the “house” wine is just comical. Dear management: This isn’t a resort. You have not a captive clientele.
But a manager did seem to care enough to make his rounds at the tables and we told him the truth. We also complimented the waiter as is our practice when deserved. He said he understood. To our delight, out come 2 excellent desserts: a crème brulee and a chocolate/hazelnut ice cream. How about that? The floor manager truly heard what we had to say and was trying to make the pain of Epic pricing hurt a little less. A+ for service – I thought. It was not until the following day that I stood corrected. There, on the bill, were two $10 charges for each of our “free” desserts. Nicely done gentlemen. I’m sure a lot of people won’t ever notice.
Dear Management, a restaurant isn’t an airline serving a unique route and although it may be tempting to invent charges for condiments and coat checks there are 10 thousand places downtown that don’t and never will. They can expect our speedy return whereas you, alas, cannot. Just please don’t charge us a non-returning customer fee.
WOW! – I went to Epic for opening night and it was, well, epic! :) I can't wait to go back and actually sit down for dinner. We had appetizers and drinks and it was fabulous. Definitely a place to take the visitors from out of town, the significant other, parents and a place for a fun night out!
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