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Epoch at The Exeter Inn
Epoch at The Exeter Inn

Epoch at The Exeter Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.epochrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (603) 772-5901
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Daily Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Mon- Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, International, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Peter Agostinelli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Onsite and offsite available call catering office at 603-772-5901 ext 406
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties of 10 or more call to find out about our 5 private rooms for group of 10 to 130
  • Private Party Contact: Shannon Cote (603) 772-5901 x406
  • Special Events & Promotions: Every day is a special event at Epoch. Whether your staying in house and joining us for breakfast or bringing a group for dinner on our patio. Please allow us to treat you with our farm to table menu and hosted events: wine dinners, private parties and and entertainment outdoors on the patio. Our Sunday brunch is a local favorite with a specialty Bloody Mary menu and seasonal menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front Street
  • Public Transit: Stops in front of Inn Coast bus
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in this area of Exeter, onsite parking and street parking
A word from Epoch at The Exeter Inn
We welcome you to Epoch Restaurant and Bar located in Exeter NH. Join us for casually elegant dining featuring the freshest seacoast of New Hampshire products creatively presented. Our award winning kitchen staff takes great pride in serving only the most exquisite food to our guests. Come try this new creative restaurant with great service and outstanding food.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the seafood-heavy menu recently, with great salads and specials, attentive service too!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Sitting in the shade having excellent bloody marys, not rushed, and good food although sort of same old, same old brunch items. A big salad without beef would be a good addition to the carb heavy menu."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The food was great, atmosphere was very nice.( we had a view of a wedding taking place, Which was nice to see. The Service was slow, and every guestion we asked our waitress could not answer our guestions and had to go ask someone. But the staff was nice and friendly. For dinner at 7pm there was very few people in the restaurant. But overall we enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Greatly improved service. Good quality meat, prepared well. Unfortunately all of both our main courses (steaks with potatoes and caponata) were heavily over-salted. A gazpacho with spicy poblano was excellent and thankfully not too salty. It had been a while since we had been too Epoch as the food is too salty for us and found the menu much more limited in choices than it had been."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food and service were outstanding!! Nice atmosphere and quiet. The night before I was at a restaurant where I couldn't hear the person across from me. There were three people in our party and we were all impressed. There wasn't a speck of food left on the plate. I especially liked the fact that you could choose the size of your salad and entrée. Portions were very good even on the smaller plates."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The open table reservations were awesome. The calamari app crunchy and spicy and was out very fast. After we put in our orders the food came out very quickly. The Grilled Swiss Chard was awesome but Steak Au Poivre tough and hard to chew but great flavor, presentation and spices. My mates loved duck (slightly overcooked) tuna (absolutely the best) and daily special pork chop (also the best). But, the waitress did not come back to take our order for 25 minutes after she brought our drinks. Then after we were done with dinner, plates clean, we sat at least 1/2 hour waiting for her to come and clear the dirty dishes and bring us the check. Believe me I had my credit card out when she stopped by because I couldn't take si "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Under new management, the restaurant and hotel have stepped up a couple of notches in terms of service. Great place to visit when in town for Academy business."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Atmosphere was busy(restaurant wk) servers harried and food uneven."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Exeter NH for the weekend; late check in and we thought we would "play it safe" and eat in the hotel restaurant--glad we did! Food was fantastic and the service was extremely friendly, courteous, and professional. We came back the second night for appetizers in the lounge and once again were treated to great service and marvelous food. Ahi tuna was seared to perfection, the pork shank was butter tender. Flavors were perfect. Even the drinks in the bar were excellent; made with fresh fruit and full flavored. We would definitely stop here again."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had a lovely time at Epoch. It was a very slow night (Tuesday) possibly due to school vacation, but we were treated extremely well by the server as well as the host/manager. Our son said that it was very possibly the best steak au poivre that he'd ever had and that seems to be his go-to meal when dining out. The scallops with cherries was unique and tasty. My only suggestion would be to enlarge the salad portion a bit, the panzanella was tasty but tiny. Yum...highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We waited quite awhile to be greeted, as the host stand was empty;then our server could not find our reservation but said "I'll seat you anyway". Vegetable risotto was tasty, but rice was mushy. I left most of it on my plate. Server never asked if we were happy with our main courses, and offered to wrap up the risotto for me. When I declined, she did not ask if it had been to my liking. Restaurant was a bit noisy due to a wedding reception, but not unbearable."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was my fourth visit, and I was disappointed. I had to summon the maître d to find my server. The service was spotty throughout. My tuna was over spiced and the vegetables too tough to chew. The bread presentation was skimpy. Sad to see such a reversal in a previously decent restaurant."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time dining at Epoch. Both times have been since they changed chefs and from what I understand the change is for the better. I certainly did not have any real complaints. Our server, Scott, was delightful; a real gem. The time between courses was a little slow, but I don't believe it was his fault. I like that you can get many of the salads and meals in half portions. I also like that you can buy a 3 oz or 6 oz glass of wine. Good if you just wanted to try a wine without committing. The first time here I had the winter vegetable risotto, which was really yummy. I would have had it again, but felt I should try something new. My husband and I shared a Delmonico steak for 2 and it was quite good. Yes, I would go back."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was great and I recommend the dining room. However, they have one of the slowest bar tenders I have ever seen. We were asked, after about 5 minutes of sitting dead center of bar, if we had been helped. After saying no, the bar tender turned around and worked on something else. Another couple came and sat next to is and after about 10 minutes got up and left. I would recommend only going for the sit down dining."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If you are in the Exeter, NH area, Epoch is an excellent place to have a nice dinner with good atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our party of 4 enjoyed the entire meal, service and lovely setting. A bit pricey but worth every penny."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Two of the party had breakfast items: stuffed French toast on Brioche bread with real maple syrup and Crab cakes with poached eggs on English Muffins with home fries and fruit. A third guest had an open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and mornay sauce. Looked amazing. All food was well-received and delicious."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "This was our second experience dining here. This time it was very crowded but the new manager was very accommodating and made our experience very enjoyable. We will definitely dine here again and recommend it to our friends. Thank you so much!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Sunday brunch was very nice. Good food, great coffee, and a very pleasant dining room."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "We have been here several times before, usally it's great, we went on New Year's eve for dinner and seemed to wait a very long time for everything, we were seated at 7:45 and finished dinner at 10:00. We sat for a long time before the waitress took our drink orders, then salad came before the bread or the bottle of wine we ordered, we were nearly done with the salad before we got our wine, which they had to substitute because they ran out of what we ordered. They did remove the desert charge from the menu to appoligize for the long waits. Food was excellent, I ordered the oxtail gnochi and my wife ordered tornados De Beouf, also excellent. I had the dessert collecton which had a nice assortment of deserts all very good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Last visit to Epoch was over a year ago - had a wonderful meal back then. Not so this time. Food was average, portions were small and prices high relative to the value received. Service, while competent, was slow. Ambiance is great, but doesn't make up for the aforementioned shortcomings. Too many good restaurants in the area to warrant going back to Epoch."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We went for Thanksgiving Dinner with a reservation for 4:00 PM, and were told before being seated that they ran out of Turkey (on Turkey Day! ! ! !) Need I say more? We ordered a la carte, but were underwhelmed by the inattentive wait staff and slow service. As guests, we should not need to feel like an afterthought."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We took our parents out for Thankgsgiving brunch and it was a disaster. They had no turkey - seriously? No cranbury sauce either. They didn't even have the manners to apologize or mention it. When asked, they admitted, they ran out before we were sat. Our table was in a side room that was en masse in a bad way. We would never return for the holiday which is a shame since we will need to do this again. We only recommend for a cozy night at the bar. If this had been my first experience I would not have come back."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "We attended the Thanksgiving brunch. Our res was 4:15, and I was assured they would continue seating guests until 5. But at 4:15 they had already run out of turkey. I got lucky and received one of the last pieces of prime rib. Other guests who arrived at 4:30 didn't even get that. There was plenty of food left on the buffet table. So if you like having salad, potatoes, vegetables and some institutional ham slices on Thanksgiving you're all set. The food quality was at best medium - at $40 I think it was over priced. Advice - skip the buffets at Epoch. I don't know what their menu is like, but after this experience I'm probably not going back to find out."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "One statement: Restaurant ran out of Turkey during Thanksgiving Buffet. Rest of food and bar drinks were just OK........ Probably will not be attending Epoch again as it was very expensive and no where's near what we expected based on their reputation."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "4th visit - 1st time was awesome - was when they 1st opened. 2nd time was buffet - mother's day or easter - very good 3rd time was very good as well 4th time will be last food was ok at best and very surprised at lack of dessert selection service was very bad waiter did not clear empty plates - told us to "flag me down" when plates needed to be cleared had to find him to order milk and coffee coffee was very old, and was only half cup will not be back"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Service was impeccable. Food is excellent and will return soon. Great find in a sleepy little town!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Everything was perfect except the main dish always seem to take a very long time to arrive at the table. Not the first time."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We frequent Epoch every few months and usually have a good experience so we thought we would try them out for restaurant week. We were disappointed in the quality of the food for sure. I think they took on too much with having a wedding going on, participating in restaurant week and having a large party in a private function room. The cheese plate was very skimpy, beet salad had a very bitter taste and the desserts were not edible and we retuned them to the kitchen (panna cotta looked like a scoop of chocolate pudding plopped on a plate and the flourless chocolate cake tasted like burnt plastic). What a bummer!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We went during Portmouth Restaurant Week to give it a try. A special menu offered but they are items on the regular menu. Started with PEI mussels - fantastic. The salad however was rather plain. Entree of mushroom ravioli were excellent. Came with fresh peas and cream sauce. The other entree was a brick chicken. I tasted it and chicken was moist. My wife thought it and the accompanying apple stuffing were very good. Dessert was a wild blueberry sorbet that was billed as having a shortcake but was just 2 scoops of the sorbet. Still was very good with the berry flavor very distinct. The other dessert was a chocolate terra cotta. While it is very nice and worth a return visit it probably won't be a frequent place to go."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "I am five months pregnant and have been craving duck for weeks. I found their menu online and it had duck! Although it came with a pricey tab, double what my husband and I usually pay for dinner, it was just what I needed. More menu options would have been nice for my husband, but he liked his meal. The dessert was delicious, but we were so full we couldn't finish it. Be sure to reserve your table, they were turning people away all night due to a party they had coming in."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The restaurant week menu was a good value. However, it should be criminal to harvest mussels as small as the ones served. The decor is strange and gaudy. The service is slow, and the hostess is disinterested. Won't ever go back, because there are so many excellent restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "New fall menu is welcome; reasonable mix of meat, fish & vegetarian choices. Steak au poivre & veal chops were excellent quality & cooked just right (i.e. as ordered). As always at Epoch they too heavy on the salt . Vegetables with entrees were good but far too few. Amounts could easily be doubled and even then wouldn't approach a proper serving size. We had questions about bottles of wine but they couldn't find anyone who really knew anything about the wines(i.e. could only speak about wines in general). On a Saturday night not to have a knowledgeable wine person in the house? Really? Our waitress was pleasant but disappeared for long periods of time - this happens every time we've been to Epoch. Where do they go?"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Most hotel restaurants are over price and over rated. I've put off going to Epoch for almost 2 years for that exact reason. Last week we decided to "bite the bullet" and check it out. First, I was surprised by the size of the restaurant and bar area. Clean, friendly and unpretentious. We were greeted quickly and sat at a nice table towards the back of the room. Wine list was ample, nothing special, good selection of beers and cocktails as well. Salads were very good. My wife had Salmon and I had the Veal Porterhouse special. We were both very happy with our choices. The veal was cooked to perfection and wasn't over sauced or under/over seasoned as is usually the case. The salmon was beautifully cooked and moist. We will return!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "The restaurant lacks the ambiance of days ago. The chicken was a bit on the dry side and the tournadoes were not very tender. It was a disappointment to half of our group."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "After a 45 minute wait. Crab cakes,salad and chowder were good but top sirloin was ruined overcooked and tough. Server started clearing before everyone in our party had finished eating."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "The chef seems to have some on-nights and off-nights, but the food here has improved and there's always something good that comes out of the kitchen (I mean, at least one superior dish out of four: two appetizers and two main courses, never to be called entrées, of course). And the room is nicely laid out and conversation thereby unaffected by noise of any kind. So the only real complaint might be that when one walks up to the reservation desk, there has never been a warm greeting. Not once has anyone ever said anything approaching, "Welcome," or, "Nice to see you" or anything else. There's usually a kind of grunt and then a walk into the pretty room (sans conversation). Let people know you're glad to see them--you may see them again."
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "The food was delicious, but the service was terrible. We waited at least 20 minutes to get out drinks from the bar and towards the end of our meal, our waitress was nowhere to be found. The dinner was expensive and would have been worth it if our server was more consistent."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Dined at this restaurant for the first time and were pleasantly surprised by the contemporary menu. On most dishes half portions are offered which we appreciated the most since it allows you to have several courses without getting full already after the entree. Tables are far enough apart to have some privacy and keep the noise level down. The food overall was very good and seasoned well. The only slightly negative part was the very friendly but rather slow waiter.He never refilled our wines and could not remember what the specials came with. Overall a very nice and comfortable restaurant right in town we will go back to. It was already too cold for patio dining but we definitely will do this next time."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "In an area with a lot of good-to-excellent restaurants, Epoch stood out to all five of us as head and shoulders above the rest. The service is very attentive without being overpowering; it's the first place I've been to in years where they replace your used silver between courses without being asked to. Food was beautifully prepared, as we're drinks. Well worth going out of your way for, and the inn itself would be a lovely weekend destination."
    Dined on 9/13/2013