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The Epicurean

4.2
299 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Our restaurant is located in the heart of Niagara on the Lake across from the Royal George theater with a beautifully decorated interior, great ambiance and heartfelt service! During the spring, summer and fall months you can enjoy our beautiful patio tucked away from the main street and can enjoy your meal or drink in our patio oasis!

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 299 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
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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
35 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
5 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
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great wine list and menu variety
Great garden patio as well

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JohnP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This is a very nice large patio that is nicely landscaped with trees for shade and a great selection of plants for all seasons. The menu is very adequate for most tastes. The staff were welcoming and attentive. We will eat there again on our next visit to Niagara on the Lake

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CamF
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Food was very average but the service made up for it somewhat. Nice server, average food

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Will not go again. Don’t waste your time. Horrible server ruined our night out. She was rude, short and have no knowledge of the menu or wine. I advised I had an allergy which she kept forgetting. Also my main arrived covered in cheese which I’m allergic too. We had dirty plates and glasses on our table almost the whole meal. Lamb was chewy fatty and not worth $55. Crab cakes were good. If you don’t like serving just quit. This horrible service makes this a skip for us. Spend your money elsewhere.

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CeciliaA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yummy food..great service and atmosphere ..pricing a little high but portions are worth it.

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RKBN
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Andrea our server was excellent! She was attentive but overly. Suggested wine pairing with our food choice. The meal was fabulous. I would definitely go there again when back in NOTL and would recommend to others.

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AdamZ
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great tasting food.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

This was our second restaurant in NOTL and was so ever disappointed. The food was well overpriced for what it was. We ordered wraps, and sandwiches for lunch. The wraps were dry and the sandwiches lacked flavour. The dressing for the salad was utterly too sweet and drenched the dishes. The service was slow and no one checked up on us or bothered to fill our water glasses. The order station was right behind our booth and we can hear the hostesses and servers chatting but they didn't bother to actually serve us. I wouldn't recommend this place for the food or service.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice garden patio, good food and impeccable service.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice restaurant. Service was great, food was delicious . And much better value then another restaurant we attended.we preferred this restaurant to others we had visited.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was very hot inside. The air was on the the front doors were open. Food was excellent. It would be nice to have something to cover your wine as there were so many fruit flies I had to keep fighting them off Maybe a coaster
Or cocktail napkin?

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1Food2Service4Ambience1

Music too loud

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OlenaW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely place, warm and inviting. Two large TVs in dining room allowed us to keep up with Olympic news while we ate. Crab cakes were wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Food was mediocre. Calamari were over cooked and bruschetta was soggy.

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TOdiner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Patio was great, nice atmosphere. Food… ehh.. overpriced. French onion soup was decent nothing to write home about. The Roast Beef panini was flat, lacking flavour - for $24

PS - Open table has an old menu on file. We booked based on it but there is a new more narrow menu and 20-30% higher prices

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sphcvzc
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was great everyone was very nice and attentive. Food was good but a little pricey for what it was (we got both pastas, nothing too special), I suppose that’s pricing for NOTL. Overall a cute spot to celebrate a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We had a nice early dinner at the Epicrean, the place is beautiful! The food was good!! It’s a great option when in NOTL… Lunch and dinner ambiance is different.

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vipJenniferR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The waiter was very friendly and accommodating. We ordered salads and they were delicious. This place is definitely a great spot for every day dining.
Also the crab cakes were divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Limited parking in the back. When approaching the hostess stand was asked rudely “where did you park? Did you park in the back?” That’s for reservations only.” A better introduction would have been “welcome, do you have a reservation?” Especially since we had a reservation. Off putting and will not return based on that introduction. Also saw another waitress telling a few gentlemen that they had to order more than a few drinks to keep a table. Was not aware there were table minimums in Niagara on the lake for restaurant patios that are literally in an alleyway. One positive note, Our server was really good. Food was ok. Calamari was mostly batter and had an off taste. Margarita glass was visibly chipped. Would not recommend from the moment we arrived. Not a great lunch for $300 for 4 guests.

FAQs

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

The Epicurean is rated 4.2 stars by 299 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.