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Essence Restaurant

Average price $80
8.6/10
40 reviews

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Enjoy 40% off your food bill when you dine with us. Kindly note, this offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offers or events. Drinks remain at full price.

Scores & Reviews

Fabulous
8.6/10
based on 40 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8.4/10
Service :8.6/10
Setting :8.4/10
  1. Carol K.
    Carol K.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    The meal was absolutely lovely and delicious. Everything was just so tender. We both enjoyed our meal. Ambience was a little noisy. Hard to gain a staff member's attention. Had to physically get out of my seat and go to the counter. To top off the service it would be nice if our waiter had offered to lay out our napkins on our lap.

  2. Sue H.
    Sue H.
    • 2 reviews
    7.5/10

    A very friendly reception on arrival. Food was fresh and tasty. Service became slow after receiving our mains and I felt there were not enough wait staff. Difficult to attract the attention of staff and had to ask twice for the dessert menu. However I would still return as I think the quality of the food deserves another visit

  3. Christopher M.
    Christopher M.
    • 25 reviews
    8/10

    Pleasant meal. They were out of stock of the first two bottles of wine we ordered and the seafood platter for two was largely deep fried. Other than this it was pretty nice

  4. Archie C.
    Archie C.
    • 14 reviews
    10/10

    Good food good service 50% made a huge difference with Fork app

  5. Jeff C.
    Jeff C.
    • one review
    8/10

    Nice evening. We have the crispy duck and was delicious although the serve was small. this was followed by the tiramisu which was good too. Staff was attentive and the ambient was nice and quiet.

  6. A A.
    A A.
    • 247 reviews
    9/10

    The staff were friendly and very welcoming and provided us with a good and an efficient service. The menu offers a good variety of dishes and drinks and our meals were tasty and enjoyable. The restaurant is conveniently located in the Theatre district and is an ideal place to go

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 257 reviews
    7/10

    I would prefer no chips with an extra piece of fish. I did not want the chips.

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 271 reviews
    9/10

    Great night out

  9. A A.
    A A.
    • 244 reviews
    10/10

    Was a great dinner to have before the theatre

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 298 reviews
    6.75/10

    Food was delicious and service excellent perfect ! Close to Her Majesty’s Theatre easy walk across road to show.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews
    8.75/10

    Great pre-theatre venue

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 270 reviews
    7.75/10

    Good to eat here for a special occasion, a nice treat!

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 259 reviews
    8.25/10

    Good food, great place to have a business meeting, service could be improved

  14. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    7.75/10

    Overall, the experience was pleasant. The food was enjoyable but not a "wow" - service excellent. Somehow, lacked atmosphere. Great in house restaurant, but not so sure off the street.

  15. Sherri W.
    Sherri W.
    • 10 reviews
    10/10

    Great for pre-theatre lunch or dinner

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 274 reviews
    4.5/10

    Bad service, not so bad food.

  17. Fei O.
    Fei O.
    • 2 reviews
    8/10

    The food was on general yummy. We ordered the grilled barramundi with chimichurri sauce with the salad on the side and the salmon with royal mash. Both were good but the presentation of the food was a bit lacking.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews
    8.5/10

    Good food and service, value

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 265 reviews
    9.25/10

    Food was very good today.

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 263 reviews
    8.75/10

    Good location for a business meeting.

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How to get to the restaurant

265 Exibition Street, 3000, Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne CBD, Melbourne City

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