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Down Italian Wines and Bistecca Fiorentina at EPIC in Sherman Oaks

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The former lounge reinvents itself as an Italian steakhouse.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

The awesome overhaul of EPIC (previously Epic Bar & Lounge) in Sherman Oaks is now complete. Once heavy on the lounge side of its concept, EPIC has since revamped itself into an upscale Italian steakhouse catering to a Valley set that wants to dine well.

The ample patio space, which was less of a selling point at the old EPIC, is now front and center in the design scheme. There are two al fresco dining options: a covered space that runs alongside the main dining room and another out front, circled in by open air arches and ringed with heat lamps. The dining room, for its part, gets the white tablecloth treatment, while a laid back lounge area offers padded seating by way of several couches and even involves a piano, with live music every night of the week.

Of course there's also a bar, fully stocked as always and lined in marble, making EPIC a great all-night resource for both dinner and drink. Food comes by way of chef/partner Kevin O'Connell, and moves from simplified lounge options to sit-down revelry. Expect a full slate of pastas, mains like short ribs and salmon, plus steaks — including a $125 42 ounce porterhouse for two (or four, really).

The redone EPIC is open now, with daily hours from 5 p.m. to midnight.

14755 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403