Epocha Restaurant

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359 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
Epocha's modern seasonal menu has strong European roots and showcases the best of local Australian produce. Housed in a charming Victorian terrace you will feel transported to the heart of Europe.

Sit on the terrace and enjoy an aperitif overlooking the beautiful Carlton Gardens before moving into the stunning dining room to sample Chef Gerard Curto's delectable menu. Start with a crudo of tuna with corn gazpacho and cucumber or the just-seared cuttlefish with spring peas and mint. For main course you may opt for duck with beetroots and blood orange or the Flinder's Island lamb with heirloom tomatoes and red mojo.

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.

Private Dining

Epocha Restaurant and Bar is a versatile venue that can cater for both seated events and cocktail functions for up to 110 guests. We have several spaces to suit groups large and small, and our close proximity to the Carlton Gardens makes us an ideal choice for wedding receptions.

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Special Offers

Post-Theatre two-course menu $60 per person

Looking for a late bite before heading home? Choose our post theatre menu to select 2 courses from our Sustain menu. Available from 8.30pm – 9.30pm daily.

Terms and Conditions: Available from 8.30pm – 9.30pm daily.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 18 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 20:30-21:30

Pre-Theatre two-course menu $60 per person

Our pre-theatre offering is a 60 minute dining experience for you to choose two courses from our Sustain menu before heading off to a show. Available times are before 6pm only

Terms and Conditions: Available times are before 6pm only

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 18 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 17:30-17:45

Sustain Menu (2 or 3 course a la carte menu) $65 / $75 per person

“Sustain yourself…”
Choose your own fate and select two or three courses from our a la carte menu. The Sustain menu is a 2hr dining experience and offers a choice from our seasonal entrees, main courses and desserts.

Terms and Conditions: .

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 18 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:30-21:15

Surrender Menu (5 or 7 course tasting menu) $95 / $120 per person

“Let go…”
Surrender to Epocha with one of our tasting menus and let us look after you.
Choose five or seven exquisite courses showcasing the best produce we can source, handled with care and presented with love.

Terms and Conditions: The whole table must partake in this menu.

Valid For: 1 - 12 people

Starts: 18 September 2019

Ends: 31 October 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:30-21:15

What 359 People Are Saying
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C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

B
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

RJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

LP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

BV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

5 course degustation with matching wine was perfect
Great service

PN
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

JM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

LP
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

MC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

CB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful as always. This is truly a Melbourne treasure.

TN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Repeated visits and will continue to do so. Great location, good ambiance

JQ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The experience was brilliant. We had been only once before some time ago. Yet Angie remembered us, we felt the customer service was absolutely brilliant also g with the excellent roast. Differently will go again. Thank you Epocha

LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary Dinner

JE
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Overall a nice location for catch with friends for a Sunday roast. Now specifically:

The good: the service, the procession of the food, timely, a few nice surprises. The entree of roasted cauliflower and the carrots were both delicious, and I liked that you served them before the main course.

The not so good: the roast beef was too rare, which made it tough. Tough to cut, messy (bloody) to eat and it went cold quickly. Overall though, a very nice place and I would return to sample the usual menu.

A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, good wines, limited menu but very well prepared and presented. Very attentive service. Within the limited menu you nevertheless are offered fish, poultry, red meat and vegetarian / vegan.
You can have A la Carte or Tasting menu.

MC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful night at Epocha. The food was delicious, the wines amazing and the service was spot on. We will be bringing people back with us next time!

JG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful food, highly recommend the ‘surrender’ 7 courses

C
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was excellent except one disappointment. We had a good food gift voucher that we wanted to use but was not allowed becoz we had a discount with our entertainment card. I don’t see what the issue was as the gift voucher wasn’t a discount card.

LW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is equal to the best Melbourne has to offer. The ambiance, decor and service are superior

YR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food is properly done but not exciting. Table area was too dark. Service was good but a bit too personal (waitress touching diners).

KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was simply put a warm, engaging food experience. We decided to take the surrender option and we where looked after amazingly. The food was great, service was exceptional, the mood from the staff was warm, friendly, engaging, but not intrusive. The wine parings where excellent.
I would recommend this restaurant and will go again.

CG
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful Sunday Roast lunch at Epocha with friends. The restaurant was packed, and continuing to deliver the high quality and innovative food, wine selections, and service that are part of their dna (and have consistently done for the past 7 years). It’s always a pleasure to have a delicious meal in a relaxed environment delivered by hospitality professionals.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Would love to come back again.

LL
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Epocha turned out to be a major disappointment. A limited menu, overpriced, poor service and a comprehensive but expensive wine list. We opted for 2 courses for $65.00. Only four options in each course. Choosing the beef , and after waiting a considerable amount of time, we were presented with a piece of chewy, grisly steak pre sliced. This was accompanied by a little sauce. The sides, which were an extra charge, arrived quite some time after the beef, and only after two requests . We were presented with two small, sliced rolls which were delicious but inadequate for four diners. Choosing lemon tart for dessert, we thought we couldn’t go wrong. A tiny tart arrived with pastry so hard it was difficult to cut through. It was accompanied by a meringue the size of a five cent coin. Twice during the evening my sparkling water was topped up with still water even though I pointed out both times it was sparkling. I wasn’t offered a fresh glass either time. We had to request our table be cleared after quite some time.

AH
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I shared our first anniversary dinner at Epocha with the 5 course Surrender and wine pairings and would happily dine here again. We were very well looked after by the attentive and cordial servers, with co-owner Angie Giannakodakis painting an interpretive picture for each course that made for a diverse culinary journey. The food was beautifully prepared and wine expertly matched, championing local Australian wines with their modern European style cuisine. Upon booking, as prompted I let the restaurant know we were celebrating our anniversary, dessert arrived with a happy anniversary message much to my partner's delight. Overall, a high-quality fine dining experience with great atmosphere at a fair price.

AT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a beautiful evening with wonderful exceptional food. Ang and the team have yet again have taken the menu to another level. Compliments to the chef and the team .Great date date.

E
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing venue, incredible food and service well what can I say, outstanding.
Thank you for an incredible evening enjoyed by everyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have booked the restaurant for my wife’s birthday.
As we have entered into the restaurant, the waiter/sommelier has greeted us and escorted us to the seat in a courteous manner.
We have started the night with a glass of Champaign and Cava with the Oyster. The Oysters are great pairing with the drinks and we had decided to order 5 course degustation menu.
Every dish were carefully chosen by the restaurant staff and all dishes are meticulously made and surprised our taste buds with flavours and aromas that we have never encountered before. All dishes are created to be enjoyed as a whole, so every single ingredients on the dish worked each other and created something truly beautiful and satisfied and expanded our culinary experience.

The sommelier chose us a nice glass of Barbera which was a great pairing for the night’s meal.

We will definitely come back again for our special day in the future!

RC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I’d recommend but it wouldn’t be my first recommendation.

k
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love Epocha for its food, service and general atmosphere. We come once in a while, especially when we have out of state visitors- Epocha showcases Melbourne food scene perfectly.

CM
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Saturday lunch at Epocha was one of the joys in life.
It was the perfect venue for a long-overdue catchup with a friend.
The service was perfect, attentive but not over-bearing.
The food was exquisite to taste and the perfect size for lunch.
I would highly recommend this restaurant – I know that we will be returning.

SJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We are so glad we found this little GEM. They truly understood the complete dining experience, from the moment we entered until we left. The staff were attentive, the food so delicious and plentiful and the atmosphere relaxing. We will definitely go back.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just great. We
Love going to epocha

B
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding on every level. We are regulars here and we return because of the consistently thoughtful service, delightful food and drinks, ambience and experience. The benchmark example to others. Why can't all restaurants do the basics consistently well? Epocha is the gold standard. Go and enjoy a visit there!

SF
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely location, great atmosphere. Really excellent service and wine recommendations. Food delicious. Look forward to eating there again.

CM
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Epocha's sunday roast is truly one of melbourne's best kept secrets. Thank you once again.

BR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place but overpriced, charging fine dining prices and it’s not fine dining place

J
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, service and place. Very happy with the choice.

F
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Yummy food but small serving. Pricey. Dessert was divine. Recommended and would return again.

M
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful decor, ambience and service. Quiet enough to enjoy conversation. It should be, but amazingly wasn't, crowded out with loyal fans. Ange was a consummately professional host. She allowed us to bring a special Barolo to the meal which she set up on an adjacent table, decanted into a carafe, and served in Barolo glasses. The Waygu rump steak was superb, the lamb only a little less so. A memorable night.

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