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Epoch at The Exeter Inn

535 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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American, International, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 pm
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 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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Executive chef
Benjamin Chesley
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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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Onsite and offsite available call catering office at 603-772-5901 ext 401.
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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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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.
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


Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Chef Ben's Mother's Day Brunch Buffet. We are accepting reservations, but due to volume do not have any online reservations available.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us for Chef Ben's Easter Brunch Buffet. We are still accepting reservations for Easter, but due to volume do not have any online reservations available.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

What 535 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent, but dining room is cramped.

5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was awesome, staff very attentive and accommodating.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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).

3.0Dined on December 24, 2017

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

5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

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

4.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Lunch was delightful, as always. You can not beat their tasty cup of soup and half a sandwich or a salad . Always a wonderful lunch time treat!

5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Excellent brunch, the crispy home fries, $5 Mimosas a plus. We’ll be back!

5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Busy when we arrived but despite the crowd, the service was attentive. Delicious food, too. Love the seared tuna.

4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Epoch Restaurant is consistently reliable, always good food and a very good waitstaff. Management checks in once during a meal, which is appreciated. Always a good "special" on the menu. This is our go-to restaurant!

4.0Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a great time at Sunday Brunch with 3 children and 3 adults. The service was great and the food was very good. Lovely restaurant in Exeter.

5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Great meal, as usual!

4.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Went for restaurant week. Food was outstanding. Ordered restaurant weeks menu plus a few apps and all were fantastic. Can’t wait to go back

4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I are local to Exeter, but we had never been until recently. It has the perfect balance of elegance without pretension, and the food, most importantly, is excellent.

5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

The food and service was great! We have been there several times and then and are very impressed!

5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Very good food - attention to detail - service is excellent. Special place.

1.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We had an awful experience. The manager took the food off the bill. The food was terrible. Under cooked scallops swimming in polenta soup. Awful! Over seasoned to the point it was inedible. Our waitress was rude and inattentive. I just would not recommend this restaurant. To many of the reviews even say the food is to salty.

1.0Dined on October 15, 2017

One of the worst dining experiences ever. Over an hour from order to appetizer coming out.

4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

This place never disappoints us! We always have delicious food and cocktails! Their burger is TO DIE FOR and they had Poutine as an appetizer which was delicious! We love french fries! Definitely recommend this spot!

3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Background noise from a DJ disrupted conversation at our table

5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Consistently delicious food, fantastic service, and warm atmosphere - always a wonderful dining experience.

4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

We have stayed at Exeter Inn twice but never thought to eat at Epoch. We were turned off by the very out of date decor. Figured the food would match the ambiance. We were very pleasantly surprised! The food was very tasty and beautifully presented. The service was good and the maitre 'd was very personable and attentive. It was a very busy weekend for the Inn (Exeter Academy parents weekend) but the entire experience was very good!

5.0Dined on October 4, 2017

I dine here frequently and I am never disappointed. The atmosphere is perfect. The staff is attentive and friendly. The food is fresh and beautifully prepared. The menu is interesting and creative. I often have trouble with my choices. Today I chose the New England BLT with lobster salad. It was all perfect. The home made bread perfectly toasted. The Applewood Bacon thickly cut and perfectly crisp. Fresh garden tomatoes. The lobster salad had huge pieces of lobster meat with a light dressing. It came with a side of home made hand cut potato chips. I also had a side of beet salad with goat cheese. Again, a perfect and fresh selection. I will be back.

5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

We never are disappointed with the food or ambience here! The new menu items are delicious, like the mushroom ravioli, and the old menu items continue to be consistent, such as the fish and chips or the various salads. It's always delicious!

5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Epoch offered a complete dining experience to my family. I highly recommend this establishment!

4.0Dined on September 6, 2017

The service was not good at all. We were there for at least twenty minutes before the pre dinner cocktails were delivered. Everything we had to eat was delicious with proper sized portions. When I worked in the restaurant business, we were told never to go anywhere empty handed - lots of empty hands at Epoch. When I made the reservation, I noted that it was an anniversary event - there was no mention of that by anyone at the restaurant. Would have been a nice touch.

4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

They have very good food at a reasonable price, just a short walk up from the center of Exeter. The scallop dish was delicious!

5.0Dined on August 28, 2017

Great place for friends to gather. Good brunch options nice place to carry on a conversation.

5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

Well received and presented very quaint outdoor option very nice courtyard would return

5.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Lovely atmosphere in a quaint town. Prices were very reasonable and you could order smaller portions if you weren't very hungry.

4.0Dined on August 25, 2017

My husband ordered the larger size of the shrimp risotto which was $25.00. This came with a pathetic amount of 4 smaller sized shrimp. He thought it very bland. Nothing else was included, which he did not realize. When asked about vegetable, he ordered asparagus, not knowing and was not told that this was not included and was $7.00. My food was fine but my martini was gross.

5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Wonderful service and ambiance


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