The Epicurean

4.2
227 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 227 People Are Saying
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AmandaS
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Great food, service was wonderful. Only thing would be to revamp the beers available on tap to more craft /IPA beers.

Excellent overall experience especially during COVID

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demiluna
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were all alone in the restaurant.
Great dinner service by server Shiraz. Very friendly and attentive.

Pasta delicious. Carbonara and sundried Chicken pesto great.
Calamari delicious as a starter.

Nice wine. Window seat. Nothing but a few skunks walking by outside. A quiet Thursday night in NOTL.
Will be back.

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LMDS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was great. Patio was a bit dark and cold but not much to do about that in November!

DN
DanielN
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We weren't sure what to expect and we left completly impressed and satisfied, highly recommended, try the spaghetti carbanara.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Just okay. I wish they served breakfast on the weekends.

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VanessaV
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When we got to the restaurant, even though we had reservations, they had to accomodate some walk ins so at first we were assigned table right by the door. I asked for another spot. Service by Natasha was great. My daughter had the salmon and loved it. I had the chicken pasta - pasta & sauce was delicious but the chicken had no flavour and felt over-cooked. Dessert was great - chocolate lava cake and peach creme brulee.

MS
MaryS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was very good with a good selection. It's one of our go to restaurants when we're in NOTL for lunch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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StephanieR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 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 19 September 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.

LB
LatonyaB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 September 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!!!!

LH
LindaH
1 review
Dined on 17 September 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 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

MS
MaryS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Fantastic service!!!

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KentN
1 review
Dined on 27 August 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.

LK
LauraK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 August 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.

JB
JudyB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 August 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 23 August 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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 March 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

DB
vipDmitryB
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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vipLosieran
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 30 December 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 10 December 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 24 November 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 13 October 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 11 October 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 6 October 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.

ED
EdwardD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

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

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vipTerrysart2
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 25 September 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.

GP
GailP
1 review
Dined on 24 September 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 21 September 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 21 September 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.

LC
LindaC
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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

BV
vipBillV
Atlantic Canada
31 reviews
Dined on 10 September 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 7 September 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...

CL
CityLunching
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 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!

RM
RocketMan
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 August 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.

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

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

VH
vipValerieH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 August 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.

FAQs

The Epicurean is rated 4.2 stars by 227 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 bookings at the moment.