Epocha Restaurant

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369 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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European
Epocha's modern seasonal menu has strong European roots and showcases the best of local Australian produce. Housed in a charming Victorian terrace you will feel transported to the heart of Europe.

Sit on the terrace and enjoy an aperitif overlooking the beautiful Carlton Gardens before moving into the stunning dining room to sample Chef Gerard Curto's delectable menu. Start with a crudo of tuna with corn gazpacho and cucumber or the just-seared cuttlefish with spring peas and mint. For main course you may opt for duck with beetroots and blood orange or the Flinder's Island lamb with heirloom tomatoes and red mojo.

To fully appreciate all that Epocha has to offer, come with a partner or a small group of friends and take advantage of one of their exquisite tasting menus.

Every Sunday Epocha hosts a family-style spread for lunch with roast beef, chicken, lamb or pork being at the centre of the meal. The meats rotate weekly so be sure to check online to know which is on offer.
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OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food service outstanding. Should have at least two hats. Our favourite restaurant in Melbourne. Xx

J
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are so attentive but not hovering. The food is always exquisite and fresh. The staff’s knowledge on food and wine is extensive and appreciated. And their coffee is THE BEST! Am never disappointed in all the times I’ve been

N
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful. Thoughtfully prepared, presented and delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

LW
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this place. Has never ever disappointed from the greeting at the door to the goodbye, nothing to be improved.

TW
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit to Epocha. Service was excellent, starters and main courses were great, bur desserts just didn't quite get there for a top restaurant. Nevertheless, we will be back.

AF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food. Ambience could be improved with more warmth. But overall a lovely experience.

TP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Needed more dessert options and wine by the glass was expensive and selection was not great.

DB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously one of my favourite places ever. Amazing food and wines. The service is incredible and the space is grand!

SW
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Sunday lunch - was the best - food/value for money - delish!

EJ
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epocha's food is as good as ever - the ingredients reflect the seasons, and the cookery reflect the chef's thoughtfulness. Fantastic!

C
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first experience of Epocha last Sunday and loved the set menu approach. Firstly, the five-course Sunday roast provided a wonderful range of flavours and because it is a set menu on the day allows Epocha to keep the costs lower to provide best value for money. Service was warm and personal without being overbearing and the lovely terrace house setting is just perfect.

RJ
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast with all the trimmings and lovely service, as always. Can't wait to come back!

B
Melbourne / VIC
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent in service, atmosphere and a food quality. Adorable venue, lovely owner and staff members. Sensational and engaging in every visit. They’ve been around for 7 years and it’s easy to see why!

LP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night Saturday 14 September ... amazing food, wine, fortunate to meet the chef who was gorgeous, told us working history and even gave away a couple of his recipes! Not really ... just helped us out with our decipher of the salad dressing ingredients ... we were delighted.
Angela the Maitre d was a great wealth of information, meticulous with our service. Cannot praise our experience highly enough.
We will return!
Lyn Petruccelli

BV
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 course degustation with matching wine was perfect
Great service

PN
London
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Victorian style terrace with simple and elegant decoration. Our five course meal was delicate, well balanced and beautifully presented. Service was friendly and attentive.

JM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything about Epocha is a delight. Situated in a lovely Victorian terrace, the interior has the ambience of that style. Service was friendly and impeccable but not intrusive. Food was really great and the wine list - which focuses on wines of the world - was amazing! It’s a quality establishment all round and you’d expect to pay for that experience. However we felt the cost was well worth it and recommend Epocha unreservedly. Enjoy!

LP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely go there again. We went fathers days with a set menu, would be keen to explore their other menu's

MC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An elegant, rustically chic interior that nods to history with a subtle blush of Melbourne understated cool. Minimal ambient noise and a mix of good music at the right level made for easy conversation. We loved the attentive, timely, and pleasant service across five exquisite courses of seafood, vegetables and dessert. The chef delivered sumptuous joy with every course and sommelier complimented, consulting and matching perfect recommendations our meal and tastes. Most definitely, our new ‘fave’. 5 Stars.

CB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always. This is truly a Melbourne treasure.

TN
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Repeated visits and will continue to do so. Great location, good ambiance

JQ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was brilliant. We had been only once before some time ago. Yet Angie remembered us, we felt the customer service was absolutely brilliant also g with the excellent roast. Differently will go again. Thank you Epocha

LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary Dinner

JE
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall a nice location for catch with friends for a Sunday roast. Now specifically:

The good: the service, the procession of the food, timely, a few nice surprises. The entree of roasted cauliflower and the carrots were both delicious, and I liked that you served them before the main course.

The not so good: the roast beef was too rare, which made it tough. Tough to cut, messy (bloody) to eat and it went cold quickly. Overall though, a very nice place and I would return to sample the usual menu.

A
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good wines, limited menu but very well prepared and presented. Very attentive service. Within the limited menu you nevertheless are offered fish, poultry, red meat and vegetarian / vegan.
You can have A la Carte or Tasting menu.

MC
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night at Epocha. The food was delicious, the wines amazing and the service was spot on. We will be bringing people back with us next time!

JG
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful food, highly recommend the ‘surrender’ 7 courses

C
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was excellent except one disappointment. We had a good food gift voucher that we wanted to use but was not allowed becoz we had a discount with our entertainment card. I don’t see what the issue was as the gift voucher wasn’t a discount card.

LW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is equal to the best Melbourne has to offer. The ambiance, decor and service are superior

YR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food is properly done but not exciting. Table area was too dark. Service was good but a bit too personal (waitress touching diners).

KH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was simply put a warm, engaging food experience. We decided to take the surrender option and we where looked after amazingly. The food was great, service was exceptional, the mood from the staff was warm, friendly, engaging, but not intrusive. The wine parings where excellent.
I would recommend this restaurant and will go again.

CG
Melbourne / VIC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful Sunday Roast lunch at Epocha with friends. The restaurant was packed, and continuing to deliver the high quality and innovative food, wine selections, and service that are part of their dna (and have consistently done for the past 7 years). It’s always a pleasure to have a delicious meal in a relaxed environment delivered by hospitality professionals.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would love to come back again.

LL
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Epocha turned out to be a major disappointment. A limited menu, overpriced, poor service and a comprehensive but expensive wine list. We opted for 2 courses for $65.00. Only four options in each course. Choosing the beef , and after waiting a considerable amount of time, we were presented with a piece of chewy, grisly steak pre sliced. This was accompanied by a little sauce. The sides, which were an extra charge, arrived quite some time after the beef, and only after two requests . We were presented with two small, sliced rolls which were delicious but inadequate for four diners. Choosing lemon tart for dessert, we thought we couldn’t go wrong. A tiny tart arrived with pastry so hard it was difficult to cut through. It was accompanied by a meringue the size of a five cent coin. Twice during the evening my sparkling water was topped up with still water even though I pointed out both times it was sparkling. I wasn’t offered a fresh glass either time. We had to request our table be cleared after quite some time.

AH
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I shared our first anniversary dinner at Epocha with the 5 course Surrender and wine pairings and would happily dine here again. We were very well looked after by the attentive and cordial servers, with co-owner Angie Giannakodakis painting an interpretive picture for each course that made for a diverse culinary journey. The food was beautifully prepared and wine expertly matched, championing local Australian wines with their modern European style cuisine. Upon booking, as prompted I let the restaurant know we were celebrating our anniversary, dessert arrived with a happy anniversary message much to my partner's delight. Overall, a high-quality fine dining experience with great atmosphere at a fair price.

AT
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening with wonderful exceptional food. Ang and the team have yet again have taken the menu to another level. Compliments to the chef and the team .Great date date.

E
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue, incredible food and service well what can I say, outstanding.
Thank you for an incredible evening enjoyed by everyone.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have booked the restaurant for my wife’s birthday.
As we have entered into the restaurant, the waiter/sommelier has greeted us and escorted us to the seat in a courteous manner.
We have started the night with a glass of Champaign and Cava with the Oyster. The Oysters are great pairing with the drinks and we had decided to order 5 course degustation menu.
Every dish were carefully chosen by the restaurant staff and all dishes are meticulously made and surprised our taste buds with flavours and aromas that we have never encountered before. All dishes are created to be enjoyed as a whole, so every single ingredients on the dish worked each other and created something truly beautiful and satisfied and expanded our culinary experience.

The sommelier chose us a nice glass of Barbera which was a great pairing for the night’s meal.

We will definitely come back again for our special day in the future!

RC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’d recommend but it wouldn’t be my first recommendation.

k
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Epocha for its food, service and general atmosphere. We come once in a while, especially when we have out of state visitors- Epocha showcases Melbourne food scene perfectly.