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The Epicurean

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219 Reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
Since 1991, the Epicurean has been devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure, especially to the enjoyment of great seasonal food and great local wines from Niagara's region and in our dining room and beautiful tucked-away garden patio.

The Epicurean is an a la carte restaurant with a casual upper casual dining experience. From al full menu and an extensive wine list we are here to please and tantalize your taste buds!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 219 people are saying
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StephanieR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

French onion soup lacked flavour and taste, food overall was okay. Service was good but a little slow for what we ordered

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SylviaF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Atlantic salmon with buttered vegetables and light dill sauce was cooked fruit to perfection. Unfortunately it was served with cumin rice, not for my personal preference, which was easily substituted for herbed mashed potatoes. Knowing that a bottle of wine could be bought locally anywhere from $16.95 to $28, bottles that went for $55 minimum were a little steep.

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LatonyaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! we had to get out quick and we got our food on time and got out on time. Sheraz was our server and she was Wonderful!!!!

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LindaH
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don,t usually do reviews, however ! We are VERY fussy re: our fish & chips. These were absolutely thee best ever. Waitress Terry ...outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Drinks were a bit pricey but the food was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Service was mediocre. It was pricy but very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat on the patio and was delightfully impressed. Had a light lunch which was served quickly and tasted great!

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MaryS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service!!!

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KentN
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was average at best with the pasta sauce being way to much drowning the pasta. The pricing is typical for NOTL... a little on the high side.

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LauraK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables where spaced out, all safety precautions where done and yet the ambience was not compromised. The patio was in the back so off the somewhat busy street. Great service and food. Highly recommend.

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JudyB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed salmon with fresh (I swear just picked that day!) vegetables and rice pilaf - excellent meal.

Staff were friendly and efficient.

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Noella
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable lunch on the patio. The tables were spaced nicely apart. The service was very good and the food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. From the staff, to the manager to the food. Everything was amazing. I had the stuffed chicken and my girlfriend had the pesto sundried tomato

For those interested they have an extensive wine list that is very reasonably priced!

Shoutout to Shiraz for being awesome!!

10/10 would recommend

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vipDmitryB
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Been there for lunch. Good sandwiches. A tad expensive for my taste...

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vipLosieran
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Portions were large but the service was slow. Two other tables who ordered after us got their food before us. We were just a party of 2 for lunch so maybe the kitchen had to re-fire something but nothing was communicated to us about it. Overall there was nothing that stood out from here and will likely not return.

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vipJehu
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time there. What a great experience. The staff is excellent. They truly made us feel very welcome. The food was exquisite. The service impeccable.

Thanks!!!!

JD
JackieD
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I have dined here for lunch and it was amazing. This time for breakfast and it was average.

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vipTim2putt
Toronto
121 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Considering the location this place is well below par. $50 for bacon and eggs and french toast with sausage. Ordinary white bread fro french toast? Gotta be better for the price. Coffee was $4.50! Again, not worth the high price. This is a beautiful location and a big restaurant. Has a captive audience with the location but needs to greatly improve to be worth where it is. Very uninspiring and disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Our food was brought to us, and one of the dishes were incorrect (ordered a chicken dish and was brought pasta). We quickly let the waiter know, he asked if we wanted the pasta or the chicken and my guest said he would prefer the dish he ordered. The waiter proceeded to say that it would take 15 mins to get the dish. So the other 4 of us proceeded to eat our meals, the chicken dish was brought out.

When the checks were brought to us, we had asked his the waiter had made the mistake if that portion of the meal would be compensated or discounted (as it was their mistake). The waiter proceed to say... “well you CHOSE to send the pasta back so no it won’t be compensated”. We proceed to talk with the hostess, and asked to talk to the manager.

We were told that the manager refused to come out from the kitchen to talk with us. They proceeded to try and send other waitresses out to talk to us.

After the initial waiter stated “you chose the pasta”, we were no longer worried about the compensation, but rather wanted to discuss with the manager the inappropriate customer service experience and attitude of the waiter.

Overall, the whole experience would have delightful and enjoyable if the staff was more polite and understood the way in which they present themselves to their patrons.

This restaurant is in the heart of Niagara-on-the-lake has great potential but if their customer service is poor then they will like not have repeat customers.

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vipSharperadar
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very disappointing for Niagara on the Lake. Their namesake burger tasted like frozen compliments prime rib with a white kraft cheese slice on it. Condiments are Frenches Ketchup and Mustard, and Heinz Relish. Over $100 for a meal for two with each having one local $10 beer, all of which I could have easily made at home with a stop at Freshco. There are a lot of other and better options on and around Queen Street.

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EdwardD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed breakfast ; nice menu selections reasonable prices and very friendly wait staff.

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vipTerrysart2
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was a perfect evening to sit out side. We were seated on the back patio which was wonderful and quiet. The food was very good and our server was both knowledgeable and friendly.

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GailP
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first visit of my friends to The Epicurean. I had been on 3 previous occasions. We enjoyed the great choice as 2 in our party were vegetarian. Each one of us commented on the great taste. The service was exceptional. We truly enjoyed our dining experience. Thank you.

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vipMichele
Northern MI
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good, but nothing special. It took over an hour to have our food served. The server was very gracious and kept us updated. We really miss the cafeteria style Epicurian; it was unique in NOTL.

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vipNearAndFar
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Staff were overwhelmed so service suffered. Generally the food was decent but we weren't informed about any specials, and water was never replenished. Even though delivery of the food was slow, we felt rushed. We really enjoyed the calamari. The Caesar was nothing special. We felt that the desserts and coffee were overpriced for what we received. Beer selection was very good.

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LindaC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pastas were great. Decor was fashionable. Not very busy on a weekday in September.

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vipBillV
Atlantic Canada
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The new owners of the Epicurean have returned it to its former position as one of the best dinner choices in Niagara On The Lake. The renovated facility and the food quality are great. The quiet outdoor seating area has also been revamped make it a quiet oasis for dinner and conversation. Our server was experienced, knowledgeable and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately after we left the restaurant our party felt ill from the food that we ate. I don’t think we will be returning...

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CityLunching
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Website menu didn’t match restaurant menu. Apparently this is due to a dispute with the prior orders but was a little disappointing given we chose the restaurant based on the online menu. Service was fantastic!

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RocketMan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our food was good but should have been much hotter and server was new and didn’t know much but was willing to get answers to our questions.

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vipTravisW
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed conversing with our server Charlotte who provided excellent and friendly service. The mussels and Caesar salad were delicious. Wonderful atmosphere.

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vipValerieH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation through Open Table for a time that was listed as available. We got to the restaurant and were told there were no tables available at the moment. And as an excuse, we were told “we only got your reservation in the last hour.” This is unacceptable. If a restaurant lists availability on Open Table, it should be able to accommodate patrons. Very disappointing.

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vipMammaBear
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a very nice meal, and great service from our server. The restaurant is extremely well situated close to the Royal George, making it a great spot for pre-theatre dining.

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vipRonF
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is a nice ordinary restaurant with a very limited menu and expensive wine by the glass. Service is good and prompt.

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mccelik
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Yes and no place. Yes, you sit outside enjoy the good weather. No, you wait long and have a food ordinary.

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DianaS
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My husband and I ate there August 12, 2019 out on the patio. The area is nice enough but the cushion-less chairs were a bit uncomfortable, and the music coming from the next door restaurant (though not loud) felt intrusive. Our server was attentive, but not very responsive when I found a dead fly in my pasta, that had obviously flown in during the preparation of the dish. The server took it away, and when she came back, said the kitchen would make another. However, I had already eaten half (and had enough) so declined the offer. In most restaurants, that dish would have come off the check, but she made no offers. I suggested dessert and coffee instead. She said yes only to a coffee. Really????

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Really disappointed with our experience. Made a reservation and were seated right away, then proceeded to sit for 15 minutes with no waiter. We saw the outdoor waiter frantically attending to other tables but never stopped by ours. When we were about to leave, another waitress came outside and took our order. I only felt bad for other tables around us, one hadn’t even gotten their food by the time we left. 2 tables near us were seated and ended up leaving because no one came to take their order. And a large scene occurred in front of the restaurant when a woman walked out and said she wasn’t paying the bill because she had waited over an hour and still hadn’t gotten her food.
The food was alright, but I will never be back to eat at this establishment unless management steps in and corrects the issues.

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vipIsabel
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Horrible service. No food after 1hr 10 mins after arriving. Had to leave hungry to see a 2pm theatre show, after taking 3.5hrs to drive from Toronto.

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Thetechlady
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great apps and great wine. Karen was super courteous to us and helpful on the local area.

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vipAnaAllan
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Staying in NOTL it’s a place with a front and back patio which we wanted to eat outside. Have to say waiter wasn’t listening when we substituted the mashed potatoes for the fries on the lamb shank which was good but didn’t offer to take back just said the mashed spuds were real good BUT you should listen first to what customer wants. Also ordered the ribs and wife asked to sub carbs for coleslaw and chef made coleslaw which wasn’t on menu. So that was good. So that’s why a mid rating.

FAQs

The Epicurean is rated 4.1 stars by 219 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.