Epocha Restaurant

4.6
302 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
Epocha has strong European roots and it shows in everything from the Old World décor to the menu items that will make you feel transported to the heart of Europe. Sit out on the terrace and enjoy a pre-dinner drink over looking the beautiful Carlton Gardens before moving into the stunning dining room to sample Chef Gerard Curto's delectable seasonal menu. Epocha offers entrées like the Kingfish crudo or the Tasmanian scallops with jerusalem artichoke and guanciale. For main course you may opt for the Snapper fillet with celeriac and king oyster mushrooms or the Strathdownie Venison with raspberries and brioche. 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 the tasting menus.

Every Sunday Epocha hosts a family-style spread for lunch with roast beef, chicken, lamb or pork being at the center 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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What 302 People Are Saying
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AV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always so special. One of our favourite places with fresh local cuisine done perfectly and the friendliest staff ever. Thanks team!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service is always amazing! I couldn’t recommend this place more. I will definitely be returning as always

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EG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable service and food was clearly cooked with love as well as technical prowess.

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NB
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Most restaurants that serve tough steak provide sharp knives. Epocha should visit one to see how its done if they must use cheap food cuts - the waitress seemed to agree but she didn't offer to tell the chef, probably knows there is no point. Relaxing background music encourages talk - we didn't come to compete with "energetic" music. Somewhere over the past year you seem to have lost your way. We won't be back

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PG
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food I’ve had for a long time. I really enjoyed myself.

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

Food was amazing! Much more than we anticipated for the advertised $50 roast! My only comment is to be more transparent on extra costs as it can leave a bitter feeling at the end of the meal, eg the communal sparkling water which is served out of a decanter cost us $20 when only two people had it, not something you would quibble over. Small bottles of beer also cost $17!!

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TK
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food, great value and perfect service. Will definitely be back for another Sunday

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G
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our party of 7 dined at Epocha on a Wednesday evening. There was only one other party in the restaurant so we received very timely service. The waiter was patient, efficient, pleasant and accommodating. The food was delicious and looked stunning. Ambience in this old Victorian building is very romantic and the decor has been tastefully handled. Vintage glassware and candles on display help to make the evening beautiful. The modern music didn't seem to fit the overall theme of the restaurant, but it was quiet enough that it didn't impact on the overall enjoyment.
A couple of us said we'd definitely be back with our respective partners for subsequent visits.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Gorgeous food, service & ambience. Epocha is our favourite Melbourne restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Was ok. Slightly disappointed with the food as was expecting a bit more easpecially with the prices. I found a peice of plastic in my brownie which made a great end to the meal! Don’t think wil be returning anytime soon.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Faultless.
Best dining experience we have ever had. Perfectly attentive and knowledgeable staff.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stopped in to take advantage of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival express lunch offering. Food was excellent and so was the service which was attentive and helpful. Great place for a spot of lunch and I Should have looked at the dinner menu for a future return visit.

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B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Restaurant is in an old converted home with great front porches. The atmosphere is great with the downstairs being more lively, and the upstairs being a more romantic setting. Food was pretty good overall, but could've been a bit better value.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had never heard if this restaurant before, but cannot understand how - it is awesome. The food was terrific (had the tasting dinner menu with paired wine) but the service was just exceptional. Really friendly, like you were in their house. The wine service was spectacular - the description of each wine was not the normal wannabe snobbery of sommeliers, but was like listening to poetry. And the wines were so well chosen. I can not fault a single thing, it was the best night out at a restaurant in forever.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely food, delicious wine, impressive service, cosy atmosphere and terrific company - BINGO!

Highlight- The Service. We were blown away by the amazing attention, the next level care to serve and present.....so impeccable the performance that my comments serves as a poor reward to the services rendered. Bravo! And thank you.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Whilst we had a great dinner we were a little surprised that we were offered a 2 or 3 course fixed price meal...when the entertainment book specifically showed that we could order of the menu and they were large dishes that we could share. This was little disappointing especially as the management would have requested the content as it appears in the entertainment book....and then change things with out giving us the opportunity to choose either
The food was excellent and well presented however we felt it a little rich to request that we add a further $ to the dish (cannelloni and rice dish) when it was included as part of the two or three course at a fixed price.
Wine prices a bit on the high side

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AW
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful room with well-thought out design, menu was interesting, seasonal and delicious. Service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Overall a wonderful experience.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a beautiful building epocha is located in. We were greeted warmly at the door and shown to our table. Service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list and catered to our allergies without issue. Very attentive without being overbearing. The food was delicious and wines were chosen by the staff at our request to match our choices. They were excellent wines that went beautifully with the food. All in all a great experience. We will return.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An exquisite dinner, served by attentive staff, prepared by chefs with an eye for detail. Interesting combinations of flavours, dishes cooked to perfection. Simply delicious!

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TP
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous all around. Food was cooked to perfection. Will be back.

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A
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A most enjoyable dining experience with superior service

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KB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, excellent service and gorgeous period-style restaurant. We will be back!

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Food was average, steak had a lot of chunky fatty bits in it - see photo, was promised a glass of rose at the start of dinner but never got it.

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CF
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superlative in the extreme. Come here for that special occassion

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LL
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall we enjoyed our visit - the food was great, but on the pricier side. The service and setting of the restaurant were very good. I just think for the price however, some people may leave feeling disappointed, particularly since many items on the set menu require additional spend.

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MO
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Can’t wait to go back and try the Sunday roast.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and quality of food, good value for money also

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ZZ
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A perfect birthday dinner with attentive service. We enjoyed sitting outdoors and watching the world go by.

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JA
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we walked in, we felt so welcomed. Service, food, wine - everything was just wonderful.

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RR
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our 4th time at this restaurant and has not doesn't disappointed on service and food. Staff were very attentive. Wine noted to be on the expensive side.

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AS
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere and staff. Was a lovely New Year’s Eve

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

We had the three course menu to celebrate a birthday. There was no option for two courses only, which was on the website. I don't like being forced to eat three courses. It was too dark, with uncomfortable chairs and cold inside. Therefore it was difficult to relax completely to enjoy the food. Food was nice and tasty, nothing exceptional though, which makes it hard to feel the value.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service! Chateaubriand steak was tender and delicious! Must order the duck fat roast potatoes too!

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KC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Epocha team always ensures they take care of you! So, sit back, relax & be merry!!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

It was great, but I’d been there before and I just say the changes to the menu are not in its favour. The cocktails and wine list are great, the staff are great but it is now a lot more expensive for less food, and frankly while the food is amazing it’s not different enough to warrant the price hike. Overall I’d still recommend it,

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BH
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Epocha is one of Melbourne's best restaurants. Amazing food, lovely ambience, great service.

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ED
Melbourne / VIC
39 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Epocha has the special advantage that it is NOT on the main Carlton food strip - instead it enjoys serving delicious food from a beautiful terrace house overlooking the stunning Carlton gardens! Win/win really!

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Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

OUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS BACK!
After a disappointing meal 2 months ago, we had a lovely meal tonight - great food, spectacular service.
It was a delight to dine at Epocha - it was the Epocha we had grown to know and love.
We will be back!
Thank you for a lovely evening

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LC
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a warm, but sophisticated restaurant. The food and service is exceptional. Stunning interior and ambience. The owner goes above and beyond to make everyone feel special, and personally making sure that they have everything they need.

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SG
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came here for our anniversary dinner and greatly enjoyed the three course menu. The service was excellent and helpful with any questions and requests we had -- they even threw in a little bonus tipple for the occasion! Highly recommended as a cosy night with someone you love.

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