Epocha Restaurant

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390 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European

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About

Epocha's modern seasonal menu showcases the best of local Australian produce in a charming Victorian terrace overlooking the leafy Carlton Gardens.

Sit on the terrace and enjoy an aperitif before moving into the stunning dining room to sample Chef Gerard Curto's delectable menu. Start with a stunning entree of air-dried tomatoes with ajo blanco, smoked eel and shiso or opt for Freemantle octopus with tarama, smoky paprika and charred onion. For main course choose a premium grass-fed beef fillet with piquillo peppers and yellow roots or Mooloolaba swordfish with pipirrana, parsley and lemon.

To fully appreciate all that Epocha has to offer, come with a partner or a small group of friends and take advantage of one of their exquisite tasting menus.

Every Sunday Epocha hosts a family-style spread for lunch with roast beef, chicken, lamb or pork being at the centre of the meal. The meats rotate weekly so be sure to check online to know which is on offer.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.3
Value
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vipSarah
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Insane food and quality for the Sunday roast. Pricier wine...watch out for that. So good - will be back lots!

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PaulineK
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely for a date or night out with a group of friends.

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EmilyB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I booked Epocha for my wife's birthday dinner. The menu looked great and the reviews were promising. However, we did not enjoy our meal at all. My wife's pork was lukewarm and my marlin was quite tough. The only dish we enjoyed was the octopus. We also ordered duck fat potatoes but they were overcooked and not seasoned at all. Perhaps we caught the kitchen on a bad night but we will not be returning.

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StuartF
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The wine choices by the glass were limited. My meal was good but as I had the swordfish i felt it was a bit bland.

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Sjb20
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I loved my dining experience at Epocha. The service was friendly, accommodating and measured. Not too much fawning, which gets annoying & yet never far away when needed. The food was superb. Delicious and interesting Spanish influenced starters including super tasty razor prawns, steak tartare with a twist and braised baby leeks.. followed by perfectly cooked and surprisingly juicy roast chicken, gravy and duck fat roast potatoes with a fresh and interesting cress salad to balance out the richness. I will come again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love coming here!! The Sunday roast is just beautiful and staff are just as beautiful as well!! Thank you ♡♡♡

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Wishidhadcoldtakeaway
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

Subpar and overpriced food. No concept and mediocre service

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LizH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always go to Epocha for St Valentines and our wedding anniversary Aug14th

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GarthT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Sunday lunch. The lamb was amazing and roast potatoes were perfect. Will be back again soon to sample the weekday menu.

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KateW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

I’ve been to Epocha three times now and my husband four times. We visited on Friday 7th Feb. on that particular night I just felt the entrees weren’t quite as good as usual. I had a prawn horseradish dish and my husband a steak tartare. But the main swordfish dish and duck potatoes were outstanding and the waitors/ waitresses service was excellent given our time constraints in getting to a live show.

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RobertaA
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner at Epocha. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. Our wonderful waiter went out of his way and took special care of us. And to top the evening we received a complimentary birthday dessert complete with candle. I highly recommend it.

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Glenn
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love returning to Epocha, the service is always friendly and attentive.
The food is great.
Look forward to returning

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OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a family meal here and it was excellent in every respect. Highly recommend.

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Gabri16
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

We chose this restaurant based on the good reviews
We certainly must have gone on a bad night
The food , service and general feel was pretty ordinary

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HannahC
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific meal. We went for the Sunday lunch special which was delicious and excellent value at $50. Lovely feel

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AussieCraig
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great location, Great food and GreT service. Highly recommended

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TVarNor
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We have a wonderful dining experience at Epocha. It has very stylish and interesting decor. The Wait team were all brilliant ... the service was truly excellent. Seriously delicious food. The only thing that was a Letdown was the Wine List ... it is prohibitively expensive. It is also 95% European wines which is something I personally find irksome when Australia produces so many exceptional wines ... support for one's own producers is very important.

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Local
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A gem. Great food, wonderful people. Definitely returning.

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Charles
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for the Sustain two-course meals (initially planned for three-courses but were too full to have the dessert), the service is fantastic, and the food is delicious! We love the beef tartare and tuna crudo. We also enjoyed the cocktails specially made by the staff!

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SophieG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always great food and service by the team at Elyros.

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vipMiles
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Following Angie's advice, I surrendered to Epocha and had a really excellent five-course meal. Guy was a very attentive host and sommelier, and the wine pairings were really on point. I think the first dish — some kind of puree with something related to almonds — really stole the show, with a really interesting texture. That said, everything was great.

The ambiance of this place is really something.

Strongly recommend (I've already convinced a few people in my office to swing by soon!)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food service outstanding. Should have at least two hats. Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Xx

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Jedda
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff are so attentive but not hovering. The food is always exquisite and fresh. The staff’s knowledge on food and wine is extensive and appreciated. And their coffee is THE BEST! Am never disappointed in all the times I’ve been

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Nicholas
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delightful. Thoughtfully prepared, presented and delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

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LeahW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just love this place. Has never ever disappointed from the greeting at the door to the goodbye, nothing to be improved.

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vipTerryW
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our first visit to Epocha. Service was excellent, starters and main courses were great, bur desserts just didn't quite get there for a top restaurant. Nevertheless, we will be back.

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AliF
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Excellent food. Ambience could be improved with more warmth. But overall a lovely experience.

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TPeats
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Needed more dessert options and wine by the glass was expensive and selection was not great.

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DanielB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Seriously one of my favourite places ever. Amazing food and wines. The service is incredible and the space is grand!

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vipSarah
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had the Sunday lunch - was the best - food/value for money - delish!

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EdJonSun
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Epocha's food is as good as ever - the ingredients reflect the seasons, and the cookery reflect the chef's thoughtfulness. Fantastic!

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Christopherv
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had our first experience of Epocha last Sunday and loved the set menu approach. Firstly, the five-course Sunday roast provided a wonderful range of flavours and because it is a set menu on the day allows Epocha to keep the costs lower to provide best value for money. Service was warm and personal without being overbearing and the lovely terrace house setting is just perfect.

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RoJo
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday roast with all the trimmings and lovely service, as always. Can't wait to come back!

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Britpop
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently excellent in service, atmosphere and a food quality. Adorable venue, lovely owner and staff members. Sensational and engaging in every visit. They’ve been around for 7 years and it’s easy to see why!

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LynP
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful night Saturday 14 September ... amazing food, wine, fortunate to meet the chef who was gorgeous, told us working history and even gave away a couple of his recipes! Not really ... just helped us out with our decipher of the salad dressing ingredients ... we were delighted.
Angela the Maitre d was a great wealth of information, meticulous with our service. Cannot praise our experience highly enough.
We will return!
Lyn Petruccelli

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BenV
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

5 course degustation with matching wine was perfect
Great service

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PeterN
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice Victorian style terrace with simple and elegant decoration. Our five course meal was delicate, well balanced and beautifully presented. Service was friendly and attentive.

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JimM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything about Epocha is a delight. Situated in a lovely Victorian terrace, the interior has the ambience of that style. Service was friendly and impeccable but not intrusive. Food was really great and the wine list - which focuses on wines of the world - was amazing! It’s a quality establishment all round and you’d expect to pay for that experience. However we felt the cost was well worth it and recommend Epocha unreservedly. Enjoy!

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LoriP
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Would definitely go there again. We went fathers days with a set menu, would be keen to explore their other menu's

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MarkC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An elegant, rustically chic interior that nods to history with a subtle blush of Melbourne understated cool. Minimal ambient noise and a mix of good music at the right level made for easy conversation. We loved the attentive, timely, and pleasant service across five exquisite courses of seafood, vegetables and dessert. The chef delivered sumptuous joy with every course and sommelier complimented, consulting and matching perfect recommendations our meal and tastes. Most definitely, our new ‘fave’. 5 Stars.

FAQs

Epocha Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9036 4949.

Epocha Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 390 OpenTable diners.