Epsilon
Epsilon

Epsilon

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.epsilonrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8316558108
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Petros
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Petros 8319178108

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Also City Parking garage is available 2 minutes from the Restaurant.
A word from Epsilon
Epsilon Restaurant is serendipitously located in downtown Monterey. For the past 22 years Owner/Chef Petros has been incorporating his mother’s authentic recipes to create a variety of succulent dishes.
You owe it to yourself to try this healthy and nutritiously delicious cuisine. It is our pleasure to invite you to experience this jewel of Monterey and sample our beautiful and tastefully unique Greek cooking.
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Epsilon reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)romantic (6)fit for foodies (6)special occasion (5)great for lunch (4)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Greek in Monterey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We travel to Monterey every year and we never miss going here. The best lamb shanks I have ever had. Cozy,great service and an excellent choice for Greek food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • athenaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ambiance really dated but we went for the food which was large portions of Okay food
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  • Yummy wrapped in a grape leaf
    Adobecurly
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Epsilon always pleases. The food is incredible, staff pleasant and knowledgeable, and the ambiance is fabulous. We love going there before catching a show in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Epsilon is a favorite
    Mare
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Epsilon continues to be a favorite of my husband's and mine. The food is excellent and the staff is friendly. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food and service
    1nightstay
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Solid place with good food, service, price and atmosphere. That said, I wouldn't choose it again for a 1 night stay in Monterey. It seemed like it just lacked something. It might have been my attitude that was wrong. If you love Greek give it a try though.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Greek Food!
    cwilcox
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Authentic Greek food full of flavor! Generous portions. Service was very good. Definitely would return for another meal if in Monterey again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Greek Food
    JackOClubsVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I went to this restaurant with a group of business associates - we were looking for a casual dining experience after a hard day of work. Epsilon does not disappoint. The service was excellent and the waiter was very knowledgable. The food was delicious, and the recommended Greek wine we had with was perfect.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother going to the wharf
    foodiesforfun
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Driving up from LA and wanted something not touristy. I had salmon, and my husband had the lamb shanks. Both were delicious. We also had the the Olympic Torch - flaming cheese. It was fabulous as well. Highly recommend. The prices were reasonable, and the service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply yummy!
    JBSweetsVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been to Epsilon for birthday dinners in the past and they are always great. We've brought our own dessert the past few times and they have been more than happy to cut and serve the cake/cupcakes. Everyone is always so friendly and helpful. We have always left feeling like were part of a family here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Greek Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Epsilon is an excellent restaurant. Very good selection of Greek entrees. All four of us thoroughly enjoyed our food ranging from vegetarian to meat dishes. Service was outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Epsilon reviews archive.
  • Great choice while on vacation
    GininSwanSea
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We enjoyed the meal, the attentive service, a few new ways the chef prepares our Greek favorites! A pleasurable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Greek Food in Town
    jkruofa
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I have never found another place that matches the authenticity of the food here. I did not mark it as kid-friendly because they do not have a kid's menu; however, the staff was more than willing to make recommendations that kids may like as well as make adjustments to their dishes if necessary. The restaurant is very open and may become loud when crowded. My family and I went early in the evening, so we had the place to ourselves. The main crowd starts to arrive around 7:00 pm. Every time I visit Monterey, CA I eat dinner at Epsilon! I used to live in Monterey and ate dinner at Epsilon on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After Museum of Art event 18 folks
    great
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food was wonderful, the service super with great attention to details and knowledge of how to best work with a large happy group!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Greek Food in Montetey!
    Musicguy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Family owned time tested recipes from the old country. Generous portions, reasonable prices, absolutely delicious food in a friendly atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Greek locally
    Laoban
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Pretty good Greek food for such a small market... Owner and son cares about customers Lemon soup excellent and gyros were also very tasty. Home made pita bread :excellent .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food! Great service !
    GlutenFreeTraveler
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My gluten-free son & I enjoyed a perfect lamb meal with rice & veggies. The waiter was so accommodating and friendly! If I lived closer, I would eat there regularly! The food was divine!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • healthyfoodie
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    authentic greek food, family atmosphere but good for romantic too. really accommodated my kids!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stark decor, nearly stark food.
    rickracerVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This place needs some serious work in terms of decor. And, the food was similarly "monochromatic", lacking in depth and any distinction.
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  • Excellent food
    Montereytourist
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    this is a great Greek restaurant close to the wharf and the downtown area. It's small and full of tables and busy... all good signs of a great find. It was a little hard to talk, but that was okay. The food and staff more than made up for it and I would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in Every Way!
    Lovely
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    The service was spectacular, right from the greeting at the front door though the good-bye at the end of the end of the evening. And the food was really fantastic. My wife had the gyros (enough for two or three) and I had the tenderloin beef shishkebob which melted in my mouth. The rice with a hint of cinnamon and raisins was a unique but wonderful surprise. I cannot wait to go back the next time we visit Monterey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epsilon Downtown Historic Monterey
    Flash
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We found Epsilon online and wanted to eat in downtown after many years visiting Pacific Grove. Epsilon was a pleasant surprise with good service and wonderful food. It's just one block off the old main street of Monterey and is family owned. The food was excellent and they have a number of small plate appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic food
    Foxy
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Food and service was fastastic. Even if you've never had Greek food before, the wait staff is more than ready to help you in selecting the perfect meal. Definitely will be going back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always amazing
    corgibug
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I consider this our favorite returant..its amazing..hidden in old town..a gem. You are greeted with welcoming smiles and open arms the service IS wonder fuel the waiters and waitresses are very good and making u feel taken care of. The food is out of this world..I recommend their combo plate everything on it is mouth watering food. We have dates there because. The ambiance is perfect for for a romantic dinner..we have sat in the front window a few times it is the most intiment spot. LOVE this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Greek meal with full
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good Greek meal with full flavors and generous portions.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FIRST TIMERS
    AllGreektoMe
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    First 'Greek' restaurant dining experience. This is a family owned restaurant. Enjoyed meeting the owner who made some nice menu recommendations for us to try. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was relaxed the restaurant was neat and clean. No loud music to keep us from having a nice conversation. Seemed like a lot of the other diners were returning customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all Greek to Them
    OccasionalEpicure
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Epsilon has be the special occasion restaurant for my wife and me for years. Downtown Monterey, short walk to Osio theater, wharf, shops. Dress is casual. Service is excellent but unobtrusive. Chris, our server last week knows the menu and wine list well, can be relied on for a good suggestion if you are not familiar with Greek food. On pleasant days there are two sidewalk bistro tables. Quiet enough to hear you dining partner without straining. Go. Eat. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth returning..
    CT1119CA
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Succulent Greek dishes; order an appetizer & share an entrée, leave room for desert to round out a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorite restaurants
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    One of our favorite restaurants in Monterey. Delicious food, Greek specialties (of course), generous portions. Good service, friendly staff. The owner always makes us feel special for allowing him to host us.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey workers cafeteria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The place is quite expensive however the food there is only OK. The kitchen is authentic, but it's not a restaurant food, it's more like workers cafeteria. The dishes come with huge portion of rice and beans so you'll feel your stomach, but it's so-so on the quality. The service is bad. We ordered several dishes and appetizers and on of the many we didn't like. The calamari were deep fried, and we couldn't eat them, but when I said it to the waiter he reacted as if they doesn't understand me and asked if someone else (not the person who ordered it) would like to box it!! No compensation, coffee, exchange - nothing! However the price would be similar to a good quality restaurant!
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Big quantities. Food ok. cold peas even if they are served this wY in greece not a fan same on cold beans.Salads very very acidic- don't order. Dissapointed. Should have stayed in Carmel and returned to Demeter cafe on ocean. No reason to return here or recommend to try. Service good,
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  • Cozy downtown Greek cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Nice, airy decor and pleasant service. We went during a weekday, and enjoyed a nice quiet dinner after a long day's work.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Greek Food
    Andro
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    I've been travelling to Greece many times in my life and my neighbour owns a Greek restaurant so I know how Greek food has to be. They had a good Greek salad prior to the entree. Unfortunately some parts of the entrees were almost cold on every plate of our group. Moreover the Gyros was rather like Kebap meat, as it consisted of really thin slices instead of cubed meat, but it was tasty anyway. The other components of my mixed plate were quite good, except of the Greek rice. None of our entire group (6 people) liked it and it had nothing to do with Greek rice. No Greek would ever put cinnamon at his/her rice, and it was awful as it was also salted and the combination of spaced made it rather tasting like a salty desert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    MtyFoodie
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    A friend and I had a great dinner at Epsilon the other evening. The staff was very attentive without being overbearing. All of the food was amazing and the portions are very generous. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Middle-Eastern food, or food in general.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average restaurant
    VenusVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We love Greek food and were hoping for a wonderful experience. The restaurant is small and the wait staff are attentive. However, the food is just not that great. I had the lamb kabobs, which in my mind are a classic Greek dish, and the meat was tough and done from rare to medium, when I asked for medium rare. The rest of the meal was pretty unremarkable. We did not try dessert.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OldFriends
    Dined on 11/12/2013
    Epsilon has wonderful food. Authentic Greek! Good service and good location. We stayed for a couple of hours.....laughing and chatting, and were never pressured to leave! It is an excellent restaurant. I've been many times over many years!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service not.
    Deelish
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    I've walked by this restaurant numerous times and finally decided to try it. It's small and intimate - good for date night or a relaxing evening with a friend. My friend and I both had the spanakopita and it was good enough to make a meal in itself. My kabobs were cooked just right and flavored well. Tasty sides, too. Our waitress forgot our bread until halfway through our meal and was not appropriately attentive throughout. Perhaps understaffing was the issue. In any case, will give this restaurant another try at some point because everyone deserves a second chance and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winner
    FridayDiners
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Excellent food and outstanding service for 12 seniors asking for separate checks... We were celebrating a birthday and they adorned the table and gave the birthday diner a delightful complementary dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Greek
    HowardHalmVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    If you love Greek food, you'll enjoy this restaurant whose food if very down home Greek.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best part of this meal
    PamD
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    The best part of this meal was the dip they served with the bread - garlicky and amazing. I ordered the Greek salad and calamari for dinner which is just what I was craving. The salad was great. The calamari was different than anything I have had before - it was almost fried like a wonton - but it was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food, friendly service...
    HamrickVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The food was decent, the servers were nice but rushed us to make a menu choice. The restaurant decor is way out of date with plastic flowers hanging from the ceiling. Time for an update to the decorations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate