The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar
The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar

The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.epicurean-ny.com/
  • Phone: (518) 786-8272
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Bar open until 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, bar open until 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Dominique Brialy
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater onsite as well as off-site for parties as small as 10 people to large gatherings of a thousand or more. Onsite, our restaurant allows for groups of up to 135 people - with an additional 40 guests on the terrace, weather permitting. We host bridal/baby showers, rehearsal dinners, and weddings, as well as corporate/private events including brunches, lunches, cocktails, dinners and wine tastings.
  • Special Events: Winemaker's Dinners ~ 4-Courses Paired with 4 Wines $75. Usually held the 3rd Thursday of each month but go to www.epicurean-ny.com to confirm the dates & menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Entrance for Latham Farms is 579 Troy-Schenectady
  • Public Transit: There is public transportation less than 100 yards from our door.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We are in a mall complex with convenient parking just outside our door - including handicap access.
A word from The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar
The Epicurean is an authentic French Bistro and Wine Bar. It is sophisticated, romantic, yet casual. From the moment you step in, you will feel transported to the South of France. Award- winning, French born and trained Executive Chef Dominique Brialy creates inspired dishes based on perennial French classics. His menus reflect the availability of fresh, seasonal ingredients. For several years in a row, the Epicurean has been voted best French restaurant in the Capital Region and has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (32)romantic (30)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (28)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • A favorite
    cediner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The Epicurean Bistro is one of our favorite restaurants in the Capital area. It is certainly one of the few that offers French cuisine. My husband and I had a lovely meal enhanced by the free bottle of wine in honor of our Anniversary. Then menu is not huge, but has a nice selection of entrees and small plates. Our server was friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive but poor quality food
    Enjoy
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The restaurant is in a shopping plaza. I had chicken liver pate that was very poor quality that I could have purchased in a cheep grocery store and they put a slice of deli meat ham and called it a appetizer. There entrees where of low quality and high price as well. We ordered two deserts.The creme brûlée was very thin and they did not use vanilla beans to make but cheap extract. The sugar topping was just as thick as the vanilla. The pot de creme was a very gritty low quality it tasted like instant pudding. In summation way over priced poor quality food that is trying to be precious but does not have the chops or complexity to back it up. Also two stars is being very generous,
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Epicurean
    Happyeating
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    It was our first visit to the Epicurean and we were very impressed with everything. Will definitely be back soon. Go...You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely dinner
    Upstatefan
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    From our personal greeting to the amazing service, wine list, and delicious food, The Epicurean is the most delightful dining experience! Our sever, Youssef was warm, personable, and helpful in every way. The menu is filled with brilliant choices and the wine list extraordinary. Perfect from beginning to end!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Quilty /Price
    Francophone
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Nice place for good food and relaxing. One of my Friend has enjoyed the Steak Tartar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Epicurean excels
    Hasan
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The dining experience was excellent. Once we were able to locate the restaurant (in a strip mall), we had nothing but fine surprises, Excellent attention, fine service and care complemented the whole experience: menu, selection, presentation and quality. Wine carte was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stuffy and overprice-grumpy owner
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Two drinks, one ounce of microscopic calamari $49. Owner actually came over to our table and told me take off my hat in the dining area. Like I was a kid. the hat was not a team cap, or offensive. The food arrived burned, and they allowed us to select something else. Both cases it took almost an hour to get served. Then, after I told the owner manager three times to check me in, they reported me a no show. After I dropped 200 dollars in the place. He spent the balance of the evening eyeballing me, after his poor behavior related to the hat. Your in a strip mall man. Place is not special just overpriced. Looking forward to seeing this place close. Any Mazzone restaurant is better than this place. Wish I had more space to keep writing.
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  • Disappointed
    Larry
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We had heard about the great food at this restaurant. So, when Colonie had a restaurant week special, we decided to give it a try. Waited 15 minutes in a not crowded room for any sign of a waiter. Had to ask for help. My soup was tasty but served just past cold. Pate was mediocre. Calamari was good. Risotto was terrible, dry, tasteless. Fish was good. My boudin blanc was ok. Bread pudding was terrible. Pots de creme was good. Probably won't go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The staff were friendly and efficient. The service was also very good. I felt very comfortable there and they were attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    Mormor22
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The Epicurean is perfection. Has it all, ambiance, professional waitstaff, fun talented bartender, a french chef, interesting menu, delicious food artically presented and the the owners make you feel as if you are a guest in their home. This is our go to place for every occasion, big, small or nothing at all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wow!
    traveler
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We just moved to the area and were looking for a good place to go. Coming from the DC area meant we had high standards. Epicurean did not disappoint. The food, wine, service, and overall experience was fantastic! I had expected a dressier crowd, but that's ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ParamusKVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The menu was just changed, the previous menu had more choices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Be prepared- this place is not good! A few friends declined to join our group as they had eaten there before and said "not again". Initially, I thought they were being too critical- well, I do owe them an apology. It was awful! The service was bad, the food was mediocre, the coffee is actually good, but no refills- you must pay for those. Although the restaurant is very cute inside - that's it for good points. We were a group of 8 women who met on a Thursday at noon- we were one of 3 tables that were eating at the time. The place was almost empty. Wonder why???
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Customer service could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was good with a nice wine list, but the dessert we shared was dry and bland. Only saw one waiter literally almost jogging through the restaurant, handling the front and outside, appeared to be a private party in an adjacent curtained area. Entire dinner service took 2 1/2 hours. The waiter accidentally threw out half of an entree that I purposely had wrapped to take home. Although he apologized, he made no attempt to rectify his mistake, only stated, "I'll buy half your entree next time you come in." Sure! We decreased his tip to compensate! Don't think we would return for a long while at least.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, attentive service
    Colonie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went for the pre-fix menu and it's a great value for the price. The selections are varied and delicious. I highly recommend the escargot or the calamari to start and any of the mussels as the entree. The servers are attentive without being overbearing. Our server, Bryan, was very knowledgable about the menu, drawing my normally reserved husband into a informed discussion about wine pairings for the the different courses. All in all it was an excellent evening and we look forward to going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem...
    njmdesigns
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    LOVE the Epicurean. It's become one of my favorite restaurants. The chef is fabulous and inventive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like French food
    AlbsettledFoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is the best one in the area. The Capital District is not known for its French food but the Epicurean does a great job and is probably the best in the region.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was amazing and the wine list is extensive. Just plan on taking your time, we sat down at 7pm and didn't leave until 9:20pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Locals Only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were late for our reservations at The Epicurean Bistro and Wine Bar because we spent ten minutes aimlessly driving thru Latham Farms Mall. The directions on the website don’t make it easy to find. We entered just as the bar erupted in a wave of loud laughter and forceful complaints about the game on television. The restaurant is clearly a local hangout. In general, the place has the feel of a sports bar that serves French food. Our server was marvelous but he couldn’t make up for the appetizers. The two small pieces of pate that came with a rye bread were too thin and lacked the richness of the brand I buy at the Price Chopper. My spouse’s oysters didn’t carry that fresh scent of the sea. They were a little old.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    maxtheflash
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went for our anniversary after reading reviews on OpenTable. I probably wouldn't have picked it otherwise, given it's location in a strip mall, but it definitely surprised us. The atmosphere is great, nothing like what we would've expected based on it's location. Food was amazing, wine was great, service was great! We will definitely go back. (side note: we normally take our toddler out with us, but didn't because it was our anniversary. good call, would not recommend bringing small children here)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out!
    njmdesigns
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We recently dined at Epicurean Bistro and it proved to be a fabulous evening. The menu is inventive and VERY well executed. We had a few 'picky' eaters in our party, but even they were able to find something to please them and they were very pleasantly surprised. It's a great 'special occasion spot' and I highly recommend giving it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UpstatePat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dinner was delicious and the prices were fair, not over the top. The wine list is phenomenal. We asked ourselves why we don't come here more often- we will make a point to do so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner experience!
    Mixitup
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant ambiance is warm and inviting, our service was excellent, and portions were just right. We all had fish entrees which were cooked perfectly in lightly seasoned sauces and accompanied by appropriate portions of vegetables and a starch (potato or rice). Just beautiful and delicious food. My dinner companions have spent a lot of time in France and said this is what dining in Paris is like every day. Will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Albany12208
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great service with superb recommendations for pairing wines.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Great dinnner
    Monc
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Epicurean. Beautiful restaurant. Exceptional food, great wine & great atmosphere. Service was just a tad slow, it appeared that maybe some wait staff did not show up that night. Our waiter had to make the drinks. However, that did not hinder our great dining experience. The best meal of the night----Steak Tartar ( recommend). Spices were right on point, good size portion & great salad and fries to go with it. Also wonderful, Veal Oscar. Dined with a party of 8 and everyone said their food was just as good as the others. Baby clams were juicy, fresh & seasoned just right. Escargot, perfect. Shrimp, plump & tasty. Overall a great dinner enjoyed with great friends. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised in a mall
    InSA
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    True to other reviewers, the ambimace and decor is unlike for a restaurant in a mall! The wine list was great.. Worked thr Roc 2009 with some veal medallions, tiger shrimp, oysters and choc cake! Yumm.. We had a slow dinner and enjoyed the pace.. The way french food must be enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Epicurean continues to please
    NotesOnNapkins
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I hosted two out-of-town food friends at lunch, their first visit to The Epicurean. They live in the Washington D.C. area and travel widely, so they know quality when they experience it. All three of us were pleased with the omelettes and crepes, the white wines, paté, bread -- and they were enthralled with the atmosphere. While our server was genial and helpful, he did slip up on a few things, including submitting the wrong dish for one of us. However, he quickly apologized and offered to have the kitchen make anything the guest wanted. The cheese counter also intrigued my guests, who walked out with quite a few selections plus a warm baguette. Overall, the usual excellent job by Claire, Sandy and Dominick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • French without pretentiousness
    Navh
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food--flavorful and fresh. Great service by a very helpful waiter that was very patient with us. French cuisine without being pretentious. We used a Groupon, which made the experience more affordable and us happier. Most entrees were $25-30; I would normally feel guilty spending so much on a meal, but with the discount I could enjoy guilt-free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the little things!
    dineoutoften
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Epicurean appears to be trying to be an upscale restaurant. We had a group lunch there and there were a number of issues which left me feeling unimpressed! Of seven of us two received something other than what was ordered. Though just three tables were occupied our service was very slow and not attentive at all. We requested dessert menus and though our waiter said he'd be right back with them, we waited a good ten minutes and received them only upon flagging the waiter down requesting them again. This is a perfect example of not getting what was paid for. The food itself was good though the portions were small.
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  • Excellent couples dinner
    SteveP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food is out of this world. A beautiful, romantic evening for couples. Definitely not for small children.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 14 reviews are from the The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Great night out
    RonnieH
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    When eating french food, I generally go to Provence. I bought a Groupon for The Epicurean and invited friends out to dinner to give it a try. One of my guests and I ate pork tenderloin and my other guest had the fish. Ny friends are long-time gourmet cooks. We all agreed that the food was superb. I would even venture to say that I prefer the food to Provence, which I think is another excellent restaurant. The Epicurean will definitely see me again.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Outstanding, as ever
    Dishinginstyle
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Epicurean is an outstanding restaurant. The food, the service, the ambiance all combine to make one's experience there memorable. We are never disappointed. Don't be put off by the location in a suburban mall. This is fine dining at its' best. We both enjoyed the beet salad with lime-balsamic dressing and warm goat cheese. My pork tenderloin was superb. My husband raved about his chicken dish. And the melange of roasted vegetables which came with both dishes were wonderful. We finished with Creme Caramel and Pot de Creme. Scrumptious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Nice Place, great food!
    MDBlues
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Compliments to the chef for delicious, well-presented dishes for all 3 courses. The wait staff was typically indifferent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always an excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The Epicurean Bistro always provides great food, atmosphere, and service. Great wine list and bar - we come here often, either for drinks or dinner, or both. They always provide a great evening out - an exceptional culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Merveilleux!!! (Marvelous!!!)
    JemmyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    What an unexpected find! Delicious French country cuisine in a restaurant in a mall anchored by a Walmart and a Sam's Club and next to a Michael's?! The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar more than delivered. The first surprise was the wonderful ambiance that immediately transported you to a very nice European bistro as you walked in. The bar area was spacious and stunning and the dining area was intimate and you immediately forget that you were in a strip mall! Then there was the food - definitely kudos to the Chef and kitchen staff. The menu was French country and prepared expertly. It was both delicious with exquisite flavors and served at the proper temperature. The cheese selection was world class. Can't wait to go back for more!
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Terrific food and service! The pate of the day was spectacular and the calamari is not to be missed!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Exceptional!
    Mormor22
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Don't let the strip mall address fool you. Walk through the doors and be transported to a fine french bistro. Excellent food, well prepared and artfully presented. Top notch service. Wine Spectator awarded wine list. Beautifully appointed interior with comfortable seating either at the bar or in the dining room. The Epicurean is our "go to" place for speical ocassions, dinner with friends or a glass of wine and fine cheeses at the bar. Add Epicurean to your restaurant list, it's not to be missed!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horrible service! go to tala
    lovemyvino518
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Horrible service - first question asked was if our party had a groupon (which we did not) and turns out there is a different menu and service for those who purchased one. Wait staff was terrible and had many rude comments throughout the whole evening even commenting on our orders and food when taken and delivered- ok food and beverage. Will never go back - go to tala down the road for a fabulous dining experience and wonderful service.
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  • Wonderful Evening
    ChefDiesel
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Wonderful ambience and attentive service. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and wanted to go somewhere with great food and a solid wine list - The Epicurean more than delivered on both accounts. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great neighborhood find
    fussydiner
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised to discover this gem in a shopping plaza. It has a serious wine list and good to see so many locally sourced items. Especially loved the poulet roti - comfort food elevated to new heights. Everything a French bistro should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate