Epocha Restaurant

4.5
241 reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
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Private Dining
Dining Style
Elegant Dining
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Cuisines
European, International, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Thursday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Monday Night is Pasta Night: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(03) 9036 4949
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Gerard Curto
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Victoria Street
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Parking Details
Street parking, IMAX & Melbourne Museum parking also available.
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Public Transit
Bus Routes 250, 251, 402 - Rathdown/Victoria Street Stop.
Tram no. 30, 35 - Stop 8, Exhibition Street.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

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 241 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ST
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

service was incredible. our waiter was amazing!
Wine list was amazing too

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r
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, and a great wine list... what more could you want!

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WM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again another amazing dining experience at one of Melbourne most beloved restaurants. The service was (as it always is) impeccable. The moment you walk in the door you feel welcome and like you're walking into your own home.

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JA
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend Epocha for any occasion or just to go for delicious food, fabulous wine and friendly service.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and ambience were amazing, the service was top notch. Highly recommend!

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TS
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Great service. True home cooked quality . Wines were too expensive. Needs some lower priced in the selection . $160’per bottle was at the ‘lower ‘ end .

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MM
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular service, delicious food and we were guided by our server in wine parings. We were particularly impressed by the discretion displayed when we asked for the lamb dish to be cooked a little more. Every element of the experience from booking to paying was completely seamless! We have been telling everyone who will listen how impressed we were, will most definitely be back.

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MK
9 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely time on a Friday night. They were very accommodating to dietary restrictions and it was set in a beautiful victorian home. Highly recommend.

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VG
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great. Wines by the glass limited but very expensive.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great staff and food. We have been a few times now and have done the ala carte and the degustation. World class cuisine

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PG
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I found the chairs to be the most uncomfortable seating I have ever experienced in a restaurant - so uncomfortable that it spoiled the whole experience. I became quite sore as the night proceeded.
We were disappointed that the lamb we ordered was undercooked, especially when we requested medium.
Everything else, including the other food choices, was excellent especially the service.

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B
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning as always. Best Sunday lunch in the city. Beautiful setting, attentive staff and my absolute favourite!

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E
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very lovely dinner, food was amazing and the staff were so friendly and accommodating!

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A
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal with lovingly matched wines and we were beautifully looked after.

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K
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful building and cosy atmosphere. We had the 'Surrender' degustation menu which was delicious and not too overwhelming in terms of the amount of food which you often get with a lot of courses. A highlight was the crepes where they prepared the syrup and set it alight at the table. Only docked one star as some of the courses took a bit of time to come. But otherwise a great experience and would recommend.

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NR
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

A few of the dishes were really delicious, but some were average also.
Atmosphere is really good...and the staff are really friendly and lovely
I got asked twice (once when I booked on open table and also when I rang to confirm) whether it was for a special occasion and I said yes for a birthday, however no mention of it at the dinner.
Overall a nice experience, just didn’t wow me to the point I would rave about it to all my friends

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KV
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I organised a mid week business lunch at Epocha based on the reviews online. We had a table of 9 and ordered the set tasting menu. To say we were blown away is an under statement. The highlight's were the beef cheeks and chocolate dome for dessert. Every plate was clean at the end of the meal. The wine list is vast and exciting and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend this beautiful restaurant for anyone who appreciates good food, great wine and the effort from the Epocha team that goes into creating such a special experience for their diners.

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WM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went to the Truffle Dinner and to say it was an outstanding evening would not do it justice. Intimate group of 16 including the truffle grower who added so much to the evening. We also went for the matched wines which were great and well explained by the sommelier. Each diner had their own truffle to shave at will and then if that wasn't enough we each got a truffle to take home. Highly recommend the experience.

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J
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing

words cannot describe how good The truffle dinner was

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VC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The fantastic Sustain meal set worth the deal. It is to share. Enjoyed the beef.

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DG
9 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Most service very good except the male wine waiter often did not pay a lot of attention to filling glasses up etc

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect

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JH
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambiance, great food, greater service! Would definitely recommend to a friend. Good for a date.

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A
5 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food! Delicious. Well portioned. Friendly staff.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere that was out matched by the even better food that we had. Every course was on point and the wines matched perfectly. Great experience and will be recommending it with out hesitation.

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JL
4 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I wouldn’t call this dinner; this was an experience! The service was impeccable, the food was simply amazing, and the location itself is just beautiful. This made our anniversary something truely special, and I don’t doubt that we’ll be returning soon.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and detail to dinners without being noticed...
We will be back.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite restaurant! Love it here. Beautiful food and the service is amazing.

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J
2 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were a small group of friends who met at Epocha for Sunday lunch We had been there previously and were very happy with it so it was a no-brainer to come back. Sunday roast was lovely - slow roasted shoulder of lamb. Must say I was not overwhelmed with the kingfish as a small starter but the others - roasted pumpkin and chicken liver pate more than made up for it. Altogether, it was as good as we had previously experienced and we will certainly return before winter is finished

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AS
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Sunday lunch. Set menu (roast) very relaxing for a change. With friends, so easier than worrying about prices, what to choose, whether to share etc. Apparently they do cater for food intolerances but none of us had any. Food yummy. Atmosphere great - not noisy so we could talk. Decor felt cosy, intimate, special occasion, timeless. Very pleasant staff - helpful, friendly, professional but not pretentious. Good wine list. We will be back. Recommend for more intimate dining or smaller groups who want to talk.

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C
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

Terrible service. Meals took over an hour to come and took 30 minutes to be offered a drink. Very inattentive waitstaff. Had to ask for every 2-3 times and was difficult to get their attention. For the price we expected significantly better service.

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GB
4 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food and service. Always a family favourite. Great attention to dietary requirements

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CB
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Great food but a little too tightly seated on Sunday lunch. Didn’t get to properly relax until it cleared out a little.

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RW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I went for a delicious Saturday night dinner at Epocha and we were not disappointed.
The restaurant ambience was wonderful. Not too many tables in the restaurant and not too noisy on a very full Saturday night.
The food was incredible (we went for the 7 course degustation) and when paired with the matching wines, we were really treated! We opted for the additional caviar and truffle too which was a real luxury.
Staff were really friendly and fun. Their female sommelier was very knowledgeable and gave great explanations about flavour and what to expect with and without the food. We got to try wine that we hadn't previously considered and the paring with the food was impeccable. The degustation menu was beautifully presented, very yummy and their Rum Baba was such a surprise to finish off the night! Epocha, thank you for a lovely evening. We will be back for more!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful night and meal at Epocha. Went with some foodie adult children, tasted fab wines. The staff were v.accommodating of some various food preferences as well as sensitivities. Great for a special occasion when you have a bit of $ to spend.

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L
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely restaurant
Great staff
Beautiful food
Every thing is made by chefs including bread and butter

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LP
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a superb meal - very high class cooking and beautifully presented.
Service was so delightful too.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We where disappointed that two items from the set menu where sold out

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LN
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I dined there for roast sunday lunch with a big group. Epocha was really accomodating with all the changes in numbers and dietary requirements. i definitely look forward to dining there and would recommend to other friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My mate Mike and I were both celebrating our 73rd birthdays and hoping for many more. The joint was empty except for us, but our host Steve made our time eating good food a very pleasant one.

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