Epoch at The Exeter Inn

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561 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, International, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Bar
Daily 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 5:30 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(603) 772-5901
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
For parties of 10 or more call to find out about our 5 private rooms for group of 10 to 130.
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Private party contact
Laura Sterritt: (603) 772-5901 ext. 401
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Catering
Onsite and offsite available call catering office at 603-772-5901 ext 401.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
90 Front Street
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Parking details
Plenty of parking in this area of Exeter, onsite parking and street parking
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Public transit
Within walking distance of Coastal Bus Stop and Amtrak Train.
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Entertainment
Live music on the patio every Wednesday in the Summer featuring local artists.
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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 brunch cocktails and seasonal menu.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 561 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Things got off to a rocky start but improved along the way....server had a large party nearby which rcvd most of her attention. Never a good excuse for not being greeted and getting beverages.
Never having been before or knowing portion sizes, we ordered too much.
Small ceasar is good for 2 sharing,- large for 4.
Both entrees very good.
Next time we will order entree after finishing starter.
Entrees very good.
Will return....remain hopeful !

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Outstanding food and service, both for dinner and breakfast. Might drive the two hours for another meal.. the food was that good!

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Food was excellent. Outside table which was very nice until the mosquitos showed up. Quiet quant setting conducive to having business discussions, or with a friend.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Very nice atmosphere. Excellent food & service

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Service started off nicely, but at the end when we were getting eaten by mosquitos our server seemed to disappear. My husband and brother in law never ate their meal - the scallops were terribly overcooked and the crab was so fishy tasting that it ruined the whole dish. For $30 a meal we were very disappointed. The guys moved to the bar and the server continued to clean up around us without even looking at us. We were waiting for the bill and I finally had to flag her down to get her attention. The appetizers were delicious, the margarita was so incredibly tart that I almost gagged with every sip, my meal (pork tenderloin) was good but nothing to rave about. Overall not impressed with how much we spent we really wanted a special evening. Will not return.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always great food at Epoch!!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

A fabulous dining experience. I booked a hotel room and made a dinner reservation to celebrate our twenty-second wedding anniversary. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable.
The presentation of the food was fantastic and the meal was cooked superbly, We would highly recommend the hotel and restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We went for Father’s Day. The food was excellent and the setting/ambiance was perfect. It was not loud so my family could hold a conversation. The only negatives were the coffee tasted stale and the waitress was not very personable. She was very abrupt with us even though it wasn’t busy. She was not unpleasant, she just seemed to want to move on.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The Epoch restaurant has become one of my favorite breakfast/brunch place to go in Exeter. Their dinners are also excellent. The food is very good and the atmosphere and service are great. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The food, service and atmosphere were great. The server and chef handles my wife's food allergies. We will be back soon.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Nice to bring a visitor to view the wonderful building....adding a great meal made the evening even more special.

One thing that could be considered is lowering the level of entertainment....it was sometimes difficult to hear our table conversation with the music in the background....

Otherwise ,a nice evening.....

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We were there to celebrate our anniversary and it couldn’t have been a better evening. The staff is always superb, the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is great. We love Epoch!!! Thanks for making our evening special.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I have eaten here often, it is consistently good. I like the food choices, the drinks, the view of the garden.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Unfortunately the quality of the food was less than expected in a restaurant of this level and price range.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We came for dinner the night before our daughter's graduation from UNH. It was lovely! Service was great, bread basket had bread and crackers and three options for spread/dipping (I love options!), drinks, food...everything was great. I also experienced by far the BEST cappuccino I've ever had!!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were dining on Mother’s Day. The setting was formal and nice and the food was delicious with healthy portions. We did not leave hungry. They also have a nice outdoor seating area which I am sure is great in summer. Oddly, they did not have a hostess present while we were there or the hostess was also serving tables, so it took some time before we were greeted. The entrance is a bit awkward which may have been resolved with having someone man the front desk. The service was just ok. It may have been that they were short staffed. Worth another visit, the food was really very good.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at Epoch last week. The salads were excellent - fresh, crisp and creative. The soup was also outstanding. The show stopper was the sirloin steak - generous portion, tender, tasty and exceptional sauce, asparagus and starch. This really was an excellent meal!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We loved the new menu. Excellent variety. Our waitress was very helpful and professional.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

A delightful venue adjacent to the garden. Lovely brunch spot!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My sisters, my mom and I all went to Epoch to take advantage of the Portsmouth Restaurant Week special menu. The options were varied and the food was fantastic. We enjoyed a Sauvignon Blanc and a Malbec off of the wine list...both were wonderful. The Restaurant Week menu was a great value and we enjoyed ourselves very much. Would definitely recommend Epoch to anyone looking to dine in a really interesting historical building with a nice atmosphere and delicious food!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Good food in a great ambience

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We always enjoy dinner at the Exeter inn . The food is excellent and the people are very welcoming and friendly. Nice table setting and the wine is reasonably priced.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The food was wonderful-we waited for a while before being greeted and having our drink orders taken but after that the service was good

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was great and the presentation was creative . We were a group of four friends, some with hearing difficulties and the dining room was quiet enough so that all could enjoy the conversation . Not always the case in most restaurants lately . We will definitely be back .

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

In my online reservation I noted that this was for a birthday. Evidently staff didn't get the message

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was a great meal. My husband had the scallops and I had the veal. My veal dish could have used more veal but it was very tasty. The salad and appetizer were very good too. Everything overall was good. It was a nice evening.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was excellent, but dining room is cramped.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was awesome, staff very attentive and accommodating.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We eat here every couple months. One meal was sent back twice to get the steak "Well Done". It came off the bill and didn't ruin the night. Staff and manager were very accommodating. For the other three meals they were outstanding and they sent beignets for dessert. It was a great evening.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was outstanding, as was the service. The room has high ceilings and nothing to absorb the noise. When it's crowded it is very noisy and hard to carry on a conversation.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Special occasion dinner.
Table was long and narrow. Felt like we were dining with the table next to us. Nearly impossible to have a private conversation.
Waitress was unpersonable and unattentive. No bread or extra water.
Salmon entree was very good but small and pricey. Steak was good and cooked to order.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was very good and came out hot and in a timely fashion despite being Valentine's Day and extremely crowded. We arrived 45 minutes early expecting to wait at the bar for a glass of wine. The maître de was able to fit us in immediately without having to wait at all. Limited menu and fixed price for the evening but the entree choices were diverse as were the other two courses.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Chose Epoch for a special Valentines Day dinner. The meal options were preset but the choices were all interesting. We both enjoyed what we ordered; the lamb was the best I have ever had. Management was around regularly to see that all was well. Pricey but worth it.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

The food was good. Did not blow me away.
Our waitress was very good but the food runner was subpar. Brought our entree and did not clear our bread or appetizer plates. We had no room in the table and my entree plate was half in my lap. As soon as our waitress saw this it was rectified.
The cocktails were ok. The bigger issue was for $13 I would expect A FULL DRINK. both my husband and had half glass cocktails over ice. Not worth $13.
Ambiance was very nice. And even on a busy Friday it felt cozy and relaxed.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great meal. We’ve been quite a few times and have never been disappointed in the food. Compliments to the chef!

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Our food was amazing, however our bartender was terrible. Bad attitude. Bad service, overheard her gossiping about us to a coworker. Will not return as long as she's there...I think her name was Stacey. Thin, older, brown hair.

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2.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We arrived for our reservation and NO ONE was in the restaurant or the bar area. No bartender, host/hostess or waitstaff. No customers- obviously they were not open.
Checked with the front desk of the Exeter Inn and the receptionist “didn’t know”. Found another great restaurant for lunch in Exeter

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We had our first kid-free New Year's Eve in years and we wanted a romantic, quiet dinner. Too bad there was a wedding happening in the next room and it was VERY loud. I'm all for a fun wedding, but maybe get better sound-proofing or warn dinner guests that there is an event happening when the reservations are made? If we didn't have to deal with the thumping sound like we were at a rave, it would have been a very romantic dinner. If we had known there was a wedding happening, we would have eaten somewhere else that night. Also, my husband ordered the crab cake appetizer for $8 and it was one tiny crab cake barely bigger than a silver dollar - not worth it. On a good note, I had the sweet potato bisque which was delicious and we enjoyed our entrees (salmon and flank steak).

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3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Poor experience, would not do it again. Bad service , leaking ceiling.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

We had a wonderful time at the Exeter in the service and the food was outstanding

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