Epoch at The Exeter Inn

3.9
616 reviews
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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.
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Happy Hour 3/4/5

Join us daily from 3pm to 6pm for Exeter’s best happy hour! $3 Draft Beers, $4 House Wines, $5 Well Drinks and 50% off our Small Plates section.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 27, 2018

Ends: November 28, 2117

Availability: Daily 3:00PM-6:00PM

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New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

As we are local and have eaten at the Inn on multiple occasions over multiple years. it was surprising how bland/bad the food was. It stated with the bread basket, Olive Bread? A Caesar Salad that was bland, zero flavor. We have in the past ordered dessert but based on the meal, why take the chance. I have used Open Table for 3 years and this is the first time I have written a response.

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k
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mushroom Melt Toast - yum! ............
........yum

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They did not have enough help. After sitting down and then ordering our food, we waited for more than an hour before we decided to leave. We left cash for 1 soup and 1 beer plus a few extra dollars. There were many unhappy patrons. Wrong cocktail being made wrong two times, no bread brought to many, the bill trying to be paid, but no one picking it up! Sad, but also annoying when you pan a special night out! If there is not enough help, do not accept so many reservations! You can’t have it both ways, truly disappointing!

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c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Valentine’s Day dinner. The fixed menu had some items that were not good and served cold. Over priced charged for what was served

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BF
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Our food was undercooked and we got serval wrong orders. The valentine's menu was absolutely horrible. Even having made a reservation the host didn't have our names on the list.

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VL
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very special Valentines Day dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. The evening couldn’t have been any better. As always the food and the entire staff were wonderful. We have never had a bad experience at Epoch. Thank you all for making our evening very special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was very poor
Can tell that staff was not trained properly
When you pay premium for Valentines Day dinner one expects something extra in return
Will not come back again

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We have been here several times for brunch and loved it. I have to say, Valentine’s Day dinner was terrible. The food was cold and not that palatable. Portions were also very small. Very long wait time between courses. At least my company was amazing so it just became a joke. We paid almost $250 and left hungry. Disappointing. We will stick to brunch in the future.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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MP
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As usual, Epoch Restaurant at the Exeter Inn (In Exeter, NH) has a non-typical menu. The chefs preparation is usually very good and atmosphere upscale.

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the ambience with great service and food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The overall experience was good. the salad was over dressed. The drinks were generous. We were sitting at our table for almost an hour before any food was brought to us. We had to ask for bread after the salad was brought. The appetizer arrived with the salad. The dinners were good but not generous. Overall if the attention to detail was better, the experience would have been better.

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RD
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only negative comment I can say is the lunch menu is very limited. The beef short rib stew was amazingly flavorable. Every item ordered was tasty.

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I really wanted to like this place, however, it wasn't meant to be. From a flavorless, watery, Caesar salad to a flavorless tempura (they called it a fritto misto) it was just a downslide of mediocre to bad food. The entrees were no better. Service was okay and attentive for the most part, however, I find it unacceptable to be given to go boxes to pack up myself at the table. This is supposed to be a better restaurant, take it to the back or the server station and pack it up, please. All in all, just save yourself the disappointment and avoid the place. High ceilings with no sound dampening mechanisms added to the din.

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k
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time we've had dinner here since they got a new chef. We were very pleased. I loved the grilled salmon, and my husband really enjoyed the monkfish.

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal. Waitress was very attentive, leaving us with a well cared for feeling. Would highly recommend for any special occasion.

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JR
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My companion and I had a very leisurely lunch. The restaurant was quiet, which we appreciated since it is hard for older people to hear in crowded, noisy restaurants. The food was excellent and service was prompt and attentive.

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C
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Met our “earliest-open, nearest” requirements. Nothing to write home about.

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epoch has a great menu and a very enjoyable Sunday brunch. Bar area is on the small size but very intimate Adult beverages are a healthy portion and they also serve several local craft beers on tap. Nice place for a dinner or family function. I highly recommend The Epoch Restaurant. Always a good time, good food, and pleasant atmosphere.

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We came for what we'd heard was the best burger in Exeter and we did not leave disappoionted.

We found the menu interesting, although it is not up to date online. With distant overhead lighting in the dining room, we found the ambiance lacked intimacy; Being in the spotlight is great on stage, less so at dinner. Still, we had an excellent meal and will happily return at some point. The burgers in particular are excellent. The beef is clearly fresh and high quality, and the toppings are not skimped on and if I recall correctly, locally sourced. Worth the trip, without a doubt.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

It was our one year wedding anniversary and we waited 20 minutes after being seated to even have someone come over. I had to tell the hostess nobody came over. It was embarrassing to try and have a nice dinner with my wife to celebrate and have subpar service.

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KJ
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

We had reservations for New Year's Eve (2019) which offered a pre-fixe menu. The food was very good, however, the entrees were the size of appetizers. My husband ordered the tenderloin. The portion was approximately 3 oz., and the potatoes were the size of a butter pat which was under the tenderloin. There were 2 asparagus on the side. We have been to Epoch before for New Year's Eve when they offered their full menu which was excellent. The inn is lovely, but we felt like we had a selection of appetizers for dinner rather than a regular size entrée. I ordered the scallops, which were delicious, however, there were only 4 very small pieces.

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DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, just wish helpings we a bit larger.

Food was very very good

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KL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new years dinner with great service. Flexible menu for vegetarians.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delectable and the cookie skillet simply worth every calorie.

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

I would make the extra trip here just for the food. We dined here during our stay at The Exter Inn and will be returning for sure! The menu was a bit small, however, had a variety of food to choose from. The service was a little weird, we had multiple waitresses during dinner. Other than that, everything was perfect.

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q
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

I made a reservation for lunch....when we got there, there was no one in the dining room to welcome us....nor seat us....I had to walk around to find someone who would tell us what to do for seating....the person behind the bat said...."Just go find a place you want to sit...." It was like, "ok you are here, just find some place and sit....." I was not impressed at all....and disappointed in the service at that point.....

The food was quite good though.....

It was not the quality that I expected from The Inn.....

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m
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous and the service was great!
I would absolutely recommend this restaurant.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

My egg scramble was dry and overdone, and the only gluten-free bread available was toasted hamburger bun. The ambiance was lovely and the wait staff attentive. It took a very long time to get our breakfast, especially since there was only one other party there.

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice time at the Inn. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We have always been satisfied with our time at the Epoch restaurant.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every entree, appetizer, and dessert was delicious. Chef Dez is on point! Thank you to the whole staff. Looking forward to a repeat visit.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! What a great find! Service and food outstanding

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L
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

My husband's fish dish was excellent. My stew was very fatty. My salad was heavily drenched in dressing.
So it was a 50/50 evening.

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WS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

In the past both the dinner & service were very good. However this time nothing on the menu stood out, no specials and people next to us didn't seem overly happy with thier meals. Her salmon looked over done & his steak bathed in gravy not sure why. My double cut pork chop, was ok, but I'm not sure what double cut was about, no inner loin there. The Braised Lamb shank was good, but seemed to be missing something. There is a nice atmosphere and comfortable vibe, though the tables were to close for easy dining & several plates broken due to tightness of seating. We will stop back and try it again, before we recommend Epoch to friends, maybe just an off night for everyone.

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MP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Epoch Restaurant is always good and the menu changes seasonally. The 3-6 Happy Hour is also excellent!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my son out for a birthday lunch. The service and food was excellent. Pricey but worth it for special occasionbs?

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MS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We had the most unpleasant dinner. It wasn't the venue or the staff, those were just fine. The food was just terrible. We actually had to go get dinner somewhere else afterward. That could have been because we ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, which my husband pointed out that no one else in the restaurant was doing. The other tables were all ordering from the regular menu. Unfortunately, we will not be back to see if that was the problem.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The service was much better than other times, but the restaurant changed the menu and our food was disappointing. The steak was fatty and over cooked, and the pasta dish lacked flavor and was also over cooked. Not a good idea to put fresh onions on cooked pasta with roasted vegetables!

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R
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our 3 nights there. All the personnel were genuinely friendly and interested in us. Loved the rooms. Great location for professional seminars.

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