Epocha Restaurant

4.6
313 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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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The staff were fabulous and recommended a very good wine. We did the 5 course degustation menu but the 2 entrees were cold. The pumpkin was bland, the canneloni was not pasta but wrapped in cucumber.
The fish was very nice but l did not enjoy the pork. Dessert was a chocolate and banana delice. The chocolate was very good but the banana was a terrible texture. My friends enjoyed everything but l would not recommend.
If you go make sure you have the duck fat potatoes

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VH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent night out, delicious food and wonderful service, would definitely visit again.

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I
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely setting for a weeknight dinner. Service is attentive and smart. 2- and 3-course a la carte options are good value. More vegetarian options would be welcome. Will be back!

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AS
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, great service. Outstanding value. Interesting wine list.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

This is a nice room with attentive and rather formal service. However since I was here last (more than a year ago) the menu seems to have been slimmed down. We were rather disappointed with the food and felt there are plenty of other places at a similar price range doing more inventive and tastier food. We started with cured salmon - three small strips that were quite nice but with only the merest hint of dill as a garnish - it needed more. The fish (hapuka) was very nicely cooked but very under-seasoned and accompanied only by a spoonful of silverbeet and a few chickpeas with a small slick of cauliflower cream - all were undersalted and very plain. The menu said with mussels and there was a single mussel on each dish. Desserts were ok.

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CK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food and service, would recommend to everyone. Certainly top of the list of best restaurants in Melbourne.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this place. A wonderful Sunday roast lunch, lovely staff and very well organised. Will definitely be back

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
11 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've been here a few times now and it consistently impresses.
The food is outstanding. The Sunday Roast lamb just fell apart and tasted out of this world. Spuds = epic and all other dishes were top notch.
I love the fact that on a Sunday you simply turn up, sit down and the food starts to arrive. No need to study menus. You can just enjoy the time with your friends/family/loved ones.
If you love hospitality done well, then you'll love this place. The team make you feel like you're visiting friends as opposed to customers. You feel welcome, looked after and loved from start to finish.

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JL
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Me and my partner visited Epocha for dinner on a Friday night and decided on a 3 course meal for each of us.

First of, the layout of the space could get a little tight when the restaurant starts to get crowded. Upon entering the restaurant, you get a sense of coziness in a dimly lit dining area. Everything was really inviting and comfortable except for a slight smell of dust in the air. I guess that's part of the classic Victorian terrace ambiance.

On to the food, straight out of the plate, you can tell that each course is well thought of and considered, from portion to presentation. We had the privilege to experience two options from each course. We were pleasantly surprised by most of the courses. If we had to rate them in order, deserts were definitely our favourite: Apple Tart & Tiramisu. Both winners and excellently presented. Next would be mains: the Pork and Wagyu Beef. Pork was amazing, beef left a little more to be desired. Appetizers were the ones that sort of missed the spot for us. Overall, we left on a high note after desert.

Drinks menu were decent, but again, presented beautifully with meticulous attention to details.

Service was top notch. With explanation by servers on each course. Friendly and very approachable.

Will be looking forward to return, and trying out the new menus.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as usual!
Food, drinks and service all above expectations
Thankyou Epocha!

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AV
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
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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CB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and well matched wine. Generous pours of wine. Great service.

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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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