The Epicurean

4.3
316 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 316 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an excellent experience and will be happy to return.
The food was hot, flavourful and the best I've had in a while.
Service was courteous and prompt, the restaurant was warm and inviting and the cost was where I expected it too be. Given the food quality and service level, the cost was quite fair.

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LieB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delightful! The food, the service, the ambiance... All make me want to go back soon.

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SandraS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Very friendly staff. Food was delicious. Love going there any time of the year Highly recommend this restaurant 👍

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Nice location with friendly staff. Downfall is very average food a real dussapointment

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Anniversary dinner

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JanetL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. We went with another couple and we all agreed that the food, service, and total experience was excellent. We will definitely go again!

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vipviscount
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This establishment is a hidden gem.
The food is amazing. The penne arrabiata is to die for. Atmosphere is nice Phillip our server was excellent

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Mark
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly and courteous servers and the food preparation and presentation is excellent! Best ribs and pasta bolognese I’ve ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

Our experience at the Epicurean was okay; there was nothing wrong, but also nothing outstanding. The food was good, the service was friendly, the atmosphere was fine but nothing special. I found the prices to be a bit on the high side for the overall experience.
I wouldn’t say don’t go, but if you are looking for something special or different, this isn’t it.

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Averyunhappycostumer1234
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Horrible service. Waitress was very rude. Once she realized we wouldn’t have a huge bill as we don’t drink alcohol, she stopped acknowledging us. Didn’t say two words to us all night. Tossed the cheque on the table at the end of the meal and walked away.

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DianneT
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A warm, cozy place to have lunch with a friend in NOTL. Service was quite attentive and the roasted veggie panini with fries and salad were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was quite good. We did have to wait a decent amount of time for our food and then felt a little rushed at the end as our 1.5 hour time slot was almost over. We did show up on time for our reservation. One of our group had a food allergy that wasn’t handled well by the kitchen unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Food— Amazing! Food was perfectly made, presentation was great. Price was ok point for quality.



Service - TERRIBLE! If it wasn’t for the food I would give 0 stars. First they had 2 teenage girls who were a bit too immature to be at the hostesses. I could go into more detail but honestly, they’re kids and I don’t want to bash kids.

Second they sat us by the washroom….no one wants to smell the washroom while eating. They did have other spots. Yes I know social distancing makes it more difficult, BUT there were more tables. We did end up getting a spot, obviously.

Third, the part that is unacceptable, when I asked to move tables they were so rude!! I was even told “do you want to just go somewhere else?” Who says that?!? She seemed to be a manager maybe, no name tag so not sure. But she was EXTREMELY condescending.

BTW : This was a a reservation, not a walk in, and it was our wedding anniversary dinner.

So yes the food is really good, our actual server was very nice. But the other people I interacted with were off putting.

So no I won’t be going back or recommend it.

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JamesA
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food, nice ambience – have been here before in the summer time and always enjoyed the garden patio.

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PedroO
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food and service! Exceptional pasta!!

If the lights were dimmer the atmosphere would have been better.

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Billybunter
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service were good.The ambience was O.K.The printed menu was stained from previous use to the point that I moved it around with my serviette.It was Sunday night and very quiet which made it good and bad.Not their fault.I think you need a little buzz going on around you.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fantastic experience. Never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The location is what allows The Epicurean to charge the prices they do. The service was poor, we sat at the bar and the bartender was friendly, but didn’t know what he was doing and forgot a number of items. When the food came, it was hit, but that’s about it. My wife had the pasta, and for the price it needed a lot of works. I had the 10oz steak, which at best was maybe pushing 6oz; I’d have no issue if the quality and flavour was there. However, the steak had a lot of silver skin and little seasoning, the peppercorn sauce had no peppercorns and was thick like glue.

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Verno
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service with timely delivery of delicious food food . Would recommend !

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RobynR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend. We will be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely meal with great service. Quite a change from our experience at other restaurants in Niagara in the Lake.

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CeliaS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great with portions just right. Servers were friendly, attentive and fun

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ChristineP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place, food was amazing! All staff were very friendly and very pleasant!! Will go back again!

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TerryC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The decor and seats can use some improvement but overall a good experience. The food, presentation and service was very good.

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ChristinaR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a delightful dining experience. Hope to try the patio next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

The back patio is nice, the food we ordered was good and the service was also quite good (our waitress Lorenza was very friendly).
Unfortunately, we realized immediately after paying that they had overcharged us by 33.3%. We asked for a reversal and a recharge of the correct amount, but the server did not have the authority. We were made to wait 1 hr and 15 minutes and then we had to leave (I left my contact info). In the late afternoon, they had not contacted me, so I called them and then went back to the restaurant. I asked that the problem be rectified immediately. The owner informed me that she was unable to void all three charges unless she had the other credit cards. I told her that she had ignored us for well over an hour earler in the day when the issue could easily have been rectified. My friends had had to leave and under no circumstances could they return. I asked her to find another solution, since I found it deeply embarrassing that my friends had been overcharged so much by a restaurant that I had selected. The owner became quite abusive and started to shout at me. I was absolutely shocked. I have never been treated in my town by a business owner this way. I told her that I understood that mistakes can happen and that I did not blame the server in any way. I was only upset with the owner for ignoring us and then treating her customers so poorly. I ended up refunding the amounts to both my friends myself, since the restaurant had not done so as requested. This experience is truly unfortunate, as I like to recommend friends and family to local businesses and I honestly could never recommend this restaurant to anyone again.

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TeeN
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waitress was very friendly and made great recommendations

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Anne
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Relaxing atmosphere for a lovely lunch just steps from great shops. Our new favourite place in NOTL.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely evening!! Spent dinner with a great friend of mine and the ambiance was so nice! We sat by the lighted tree! Waiters were cute too!! 😉 service was quick and food very delicious!!

Rose was excellent!!

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vipMonicaS
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

The restaurant was virtually empty, but then we did have an early reservation. The food was good and what we had expected, not gourmet, but well done: salmon, in my husband's case, and pasta for me. Our waitress was outstanding, good recommendations on wines and on the menu.

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WILLIAMC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere and food.
Staff was excellent

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vipBillV
Atlantic Canada
38 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The best patio in town. Exceptional service. Large portions.

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Darya
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing, we ordered pasta and the portions are big! Crab cakes were a bit overcooked though. But great choice of drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

Amazing food!! But they badly needed more lighting on the tables after the sun went down for the tables that weren't right next to the one central lit up tree. It was way too dark to see my food.

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PaulT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Not sure if my last review went thru. The evening was excellent. It was just the little stuff! We were told that the next day was a shopping day and that was why you were out of butter, hot sauce and zhirracha. Your bread rolls were and are delishes - just needed butter. There is a grocery store so close by. Our bill was significant yet all we could talk about was butter and hot sauce.

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GlenS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food. Extremely friendly and personal service from Rosemary.

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GabrieleJ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great!

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ByyL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food selection was very limited, menus were grubby, service hohum. Not the experience we were used to based on previous visits.

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CarlosC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was very good.
The Patio dining area was very nice and is a recommended option.
However the food was below what one would expect. The pasta was overcooked and parts of it were not warm.
I found it also too expensive for the food they presented.

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JohnL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great wine list and menu variety
Great garden patio as well

FAQs

The Epicurean offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 468-3408.

The Epicurean is rated 4.3 stars by 316 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.