Permanently Closed - Epiphany Farm-to-Fork

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Epiphany Farm-to-Fork is a fine dining establishment specializing in New American cuisine with Asian influences focusing on organic meats and locally grown organic produce, as well as sustainably caught or raised seafood. The menu is updated with fresh offerings on a weekly basis.

We have an outstanding wine list focusing on boutique wineries and small production wines. We also feature hand-crafted cocktails and specialize in re-imaginings of often forgotten classic cocktails. Our entire beer selection is exclusively Alabama-brewed.

For larger groups and private functions Epiphany offers a private room seating up to thirty five people which is available free of charge for parties of fifteen or more.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Closing
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Phone number
(205) 344-5583
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tres Jackson
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Private party contact
Rebecca Doss: (205) 344-5583
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Blvd
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Parking details
Epiphany Cafe is located in downtown Tuscaloosa with available parking on the street as well as a free parking garage two blocks from the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.1
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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Despite being the night before their final closing, we expected quality farm-to-table during our dining experience. However, it was poorly seasoned and some items were burned to char (Brussel sprouts, carrots, and lamb). Epiphany was our favorite restaurant when we lived in town, and when we heard they were closing for good we traveled all the way from North Carolina to have one last taste. It is a shame the last taste was an awful one.

LN
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always loved Epiphany and the creative dishes they come up with. It's very unfortunate that they are closing December 17th. I would recommend everyone check out their new project called Animal Butter when it opens.

SH
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ended up in Tuscaloosa because I went rogue with a hotel booking but after eating at Epiphany I am SO very glad that I did
I found it through TripAdvisor and booked it for an early dinner. We arrived to find it quiet and the restaurant empty, however there were many people eating at the bar when we arrived.
Eliza showed us to our table and was with us all evening and was, quite frankly superb - she was knowledgable, informative, enthusiastic, realistic, passionate and honest
The food here is described beautifully and when it arrives it looks and tastes just as delicious as it looks and everything we had was sublime - which included a free dish from the kitchen of shaved scallops with kumquat and chilli
Cocktails were creative, tasty and strong - if you are not staying in town then I would recommend an Uber so you can enjoy the drinks

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a ball game weekend so there were a lot of big groups that were fairly loud, but not rowdy. We loved it. I did think it was strangely bright.

DC
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding, very different (in a good way) combinations of tastes and textures. Brussel Sprouts were a great way to start. You can decide between small plates or big plates for dinner - it was perfect for the evening with old friends, it was quiet so we could linger and chat (Wednesday evening in T-town - - - obviously the students study!) Or it might just be out of their price range. Will go back.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was slow, food was good,and interesting but quantity was too small for the price. Husband left hungry, after spending $45, and angry at doing so!

SH
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been twice in the last month and it was fabulous both times. Love the Brussel sprout appetizer. Great service too!

SF
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whenever we visit Tuscaloosa, a visit to Ephiphany is on the calendar. The restaurant features a variety of well prepared appetizers, small plates, big plates, and desserts. The preparation is excellent, but with a minimalist presentation. The flavors are superb.

SS
New Orleans
74 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had dinner with my husband. Great server, Eliza! Shared chanterelle mushroom small plate - very bland. You could do such great things with mushrooms and the kitchen failed miserably. Had to dump a ton of salt in it. Husband had spaghetti with sausage; he said it was ok. I had hot fried chicken. Liked the hash and pickled collard greens that came with the chicken. Chicken itself was tasty but I thought the batter was too thick - it almost overpowered the chicken. Thought the ambiance was ok - could be much better. It's like they haven't really decided what kind of atmosphere they were trying to create. All in all ok experience.

F
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great small plates and pasta. Will take all my foodie friends!!!!

FA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Some farm-to-table establishments flood you with information as an attempt to set themselves apart. This place did a wonderful job of empowering us as consumers, allowing us to make our own decisions and ask the questions that were important to us. The entire staff was both friendly and knowledgeable. We went on a Wednesday night, so it was fairly quiet. If you're looking for a date spot, this is one of the better places in T-Town. That said, make sure you bring your wallet.

TL;DR: worth it, in terms of customer empowerment, ambience, quality/taste of food, and service.

R
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jake our waiter was great and very knowledgeable. We will most definitely be back next time we are in town.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meal's I have ever eaten! Ingredients were so fresh and used so smartly together!! We ordered several different items.....and each was better than the previous.
Service (Jake) was great.....attentive and knew the menu well.
My only negative critic was that the music was a little loud for dinner conversation.....the food is the superstar so let it shine without distraction.

SH
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gem in the neighborhood! Enjoyed our meal. First timers in town for Alabama's parent weekend. The gnocchi was excellent!

GK
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food...your mouth will feel like its has had a party in it...can't misses include the House Made Cheese, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Eggplant Meatballs and Slow Roasted Lamb...leave room for the Olive Oil Cake! Wonderful presentation and flavors...whenever we visit UA, we make a reservation at Epiphany...

RB
Birmingham
77 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

In Tuscaloosa for the football game and wanted fine dining. Everything was very nice. Not super hungry so did not sample a lot on menu. The waiter was very enthusiastic about the menu. He made the dining experience wonderful

OT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST FOOD EVER!! Fresh. Healthy. Pairings were like a rainbow in my mouth. Flavors orgasmic.

c
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always make a point to stop by when visiting the kids at UA. Servers are the best. Food is excellent and inventive.

KC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!! I love all the different flavors that you can taste in the food. Fresh!! My favorite place in Tuscaloosa!!

ST
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great atmosphere; incredible service. A must-do in Tuscaloosa!

T
Orlando
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went in while in town for work. Ended up sitting at the bar (my choice) for happy hour specials. AMAZING food and prices were low low. I would definitely recommend and go back again!

LV
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, go for sure and treat yourself! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great 3 hour dinner with new friends. Food and service were outstanding.

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Planning to eat here every time I come to Tuscaloosa!

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome, unique, fresh flavors with a variety of options. A flavor explosion! Perfect for our anniversary.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are 3 travelling foodie friends and stumbled across this incredible find! We loved everything we had, just amazing!!! Thank you for everything, I so hope we make it back someday

P
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Compliments to the chef for his creativity in bringing fresh food, perfectly prepared, to the table. The offerings are familiar foods, but not your run-of-the-mill fare. It's definitely fusion cuisine. The Brussel Sprouts with kimchi, blue cheese, and raisin are to die for! The Hot Chicken has such a flavorful crisp crust! We cannot wait to go back for more!

Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and how each dish is prepared and was helpful in making recommendations. The service was excellent!

OA
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Returned for another visit while in town, and again had a really enjoyable evening. Epiphany always seems to offer something new and creative on the menu. When combined with excellent service (thank you Anthony and Cam), it makes for a great evening. I wish we lived closer... but will return next time we are in town if we can.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We started with 2 small plates from the garden & grains portion of the menu. The fried Brussel sprouts were fabulous - and I don't like this vegetable! The grain salad was a beautiful mix of kumquats and other citrus flavors, but the grains were undercooked and crunchy. Then we ordered prawns with a sunflower seed hummus from the meat & fish portion of the menu. Very disappointed. It had been sprinkled with sea salt, but rather carelessly so a few bites were super salty, but otherwise very bland. Definitely needed some Tony's and lemon to perk it up. Our server offered us something else, but we didn't want to chance it on another dish. Nice ambiance, but I expected better food for the price.

C
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Expected a bit too much. Nothing bad just no wow. Scallops were warm, not hot. Cornbread and ancient grains pudding were excellent desserts.

OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gourmet small and large plates. Food bought from local farmers. Fresh, wonderful, unusual combinations of food and herbs. A must-go!!

OT
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

You do not want to go to this restaurant if you want the standard steak and potatoes.

However, if you want excellent, innovative dishes that are farm to fork, this may just be the place for you. You can order smaller plates or larger plates. We ordered several smaller plates to share.

The Baked Cauliflower Souffle was excellent as was the Ricotta Gnocchi. The House Made Chorizo Tamales were good but could have used a little more spices in my opinion. Also had the Crispy Pork Cheeks. The pork itself was very good but again the Smoked Yogurt-Pickled AM Red Pea Salad-Charred Sweet Peppers could have used a few more spices.

Oh, and the beet and expresso dessert was very tasty.

Overall, a very nice meal and experience.

OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good. We enjoyed every part of our meal.

OT
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The ambiance and dining experience overall was great. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs and welcoming. She wasn't that knowledgeable about the drink menu but she did check in with the bartender to ensure every question we asked was answered appropriately. The downside to the restaurant was the price point being on the high end for a Tapas style restaurant and the farm to table concept was never explained (a new person that has never been to a farm-to-table concept wouldn't understand the difference from a regular restaurant and Tapas style was never explained either if you are new to this style of dining). Fortunately we have experienced both but a person new to this experience would not have been able to appreciate both concepts they offered. Tapas usually consists of sharing 6-8 small plates sometimes even more. The prices were on the high end and the food was good but not great enough to justify the price point. Overall we had a great time for our anniversary.

S
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I liked it but I could see if it wasn't for everyone. I love the fact that everything is local but it is also very pricey. You will not get fully satisfied also unless you order a lot of food. Service was good and very Friendly!
I will do happy hour next time and get half off appetizers.

CD
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All of the food was source from local farms. It was fresh and cooked like no other and perfection. The dishes are amazing. The wine select was great and our waiter had knowledge of ALL. Wow what a great dining experience! !

CW
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service!! Unique food. Not kid friendly at all.

A
Mobile
33 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and lots of variety. Service was excellent as well

HD
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. I wish they would bring back the shrimp spaghetti though.

Can't wait to try the new restaurant, "ab" next year!

DD
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner. We started with bread and pork butter (think bacon butter) YUM. All three of us ordered a different entre - the winner was the flank steak, but the pasta and pork dishes were great as well. Highly recommend this restaurant for the fresh food, ever changing menu and stocked bar.