Haute Dining SF: Epic Roasthouse

Set in a gorgeous restaurant space overlooking the Bay Bridge and the shimmering water below, is Epic Roasthouse. Their motto is “beyond the traditional steak house”, where they embrace a dash of modern flare to what most consider the typically stuffy atmosphere of conventional steak houses.

Epic Roasthouse is a gorgeous venue with dark woods, steel accents, and dimmed lighting, which adds an extra element of romance to a restaurant that already boasts a spectacular view. When I dined, restaurant was decorated for the holidays, with festive garland winding through the stunning columns, light by the glow of the fireplace.

We started with the very seasonally appropriate squash and gourd soup. It is served with much of pomp and circumstance as it’s poured by the waiter over a glazed cipollini and spicy pimento pepper coulis.

My guest ordered the petite filet of beef, which was cooked perfectly medium and opted for the side of truffle whipped potatoes. The potatoes were delicious, as most truffle delicacies are. I choose the oven roasted fish, which for that evening was the branzino, a European sea bass. It was presented whole and then delicately deboned by the waiter and served with orzo pasta, portuguese chorizo, clam broth, and fennel and saffron aioli. Though I found a few rouge bones, the fish and accompaniments were delicious.

The service at Epic Roasthouse is perfectly attentive without being intrusive. The moment I finished a dish it was whisked away without interruption, so I was able to fully enjoy the gorgeous atmosphere of the restaurant, the phenomenal San Francisco view, and the satisfying cuisine.

Epic Roasthouse is located at 369 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. For reservations, call 415.369.9955 or visit www.epicroasthousesf.com.