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Essenza Italian

8.1/10
516 reviews

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Scores & Reviews

Very good
8.1/10
based on 516 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Food :8/10
Service :8.5/10
Setting :7.8/10
  1. Alexandra A.
    Alexandra A.
    • 3 reviews
    6.75/10

    Good value but definitely not fine dining

  2. Louise R.
    Louise R.
    • 2 reviews
    9.75/10

    The set menu with 30% discount was fantastic value

  3. Scott R.
    Scott R.
    • 3 reviews
    8.25/10

    Excellent food and service. Will definitely dine here again!

  4. A A.
    A A.
    • 262 reviews
    7.5/10

    I really like this restaurant. The atmosphere is great and so is the service. The food is good

  5. A A.
    A A.
    • 273 reviews
    6.75/10

    Food was nice. Cocktails were very average. Friendly service.

  6. Colleen W.
    Colleen W.
    • one review
    8.5/10

    Really lovely meal and the staff were great. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Lovely night out. The children's menu was very good too!

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 279 reviews
    8.75/10

    Lovely restaurant with Italian vibes

  8. A A.
    A A.
    • 260 reviews
    7.75/10

    The food was WONDERFUL. The atmosphere lacked.

  9. Peter L.
    Peter L.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    The restaurant has a number of tables, but the open air section at the rear, and the back half of the inside section were not that appealing to us - due to thew wet weather and a large group seated inside - so we were left with the front section. On the night we visited, the front section included two tables overlooking the light rail construction (including two men in hi-vis working literally right outside the window) or a few table along the wall, which was in direct line with the open kitchen, that used one of the arming lights that blasted a light across the room. Unfortunately the lack of private and/or intimate seating took away from the food and service. We would probably go back again but as a group rather than a couple.

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 280 reviews
    8.25/10

    Good hearty food and lovely atmosphere

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 293 reviews
    9.5/10

    Great food!!! Recommended!

  12. A A.
    A A.
    • 258 reviews
    10/10

    Was celebrated my gf birthday. Friendly staff, great service and yummy food that makes an amazing night for us both. Thank you :)

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 275 reviews
    5.5/10

    The have a kids menu and weekly specials plus a lovely courtyard.

  14. Michael D.
    Michael D.
    • 2 reviews
    9/10

    Food was fantastic

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 256 reviews
    5.75/10

    A bit disappointed by the food. We ordered Chicken and Salmon.

  16. Pip N.
    Pip N.
    • 6 reviews
    7.75/10

    Food lovely, service great....although we just weren't hungry enough to really appreciate the full deliciousness of their beautiful fresh bread and generous portions of pasta. Our 10 year old had fun running around outside. We'll be back.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews
    8.25/10

    Nice food, good portion and great service. We will be back.

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 281 reviews
    5/10

    We didn’t enjoy the marinara. Seafood a bit off. Below average quality.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 279 reviews
    7/10

    Beef ragu was ok. Didn’t enjoy the bread so much...

  20. A A.
    A A.
    • 279 reviews
    10/10

    Marvellous ! We had a wonderful experience last night . Food was stunning , wine was great and the Service was spot on . Even though they looked quite busy Food came out really fast which was much appreciated as we were hungry !

More information

How to get to the restaurant

560 Crown St, 2010, Surry Hills, Australia

Directions to get there

Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Sydney City

About the restaurant

Essenza Italian Kitchen & Rogue Italian Cafe

Continues the story of food, service and hospitality within the historic J.Grocer building which dates back to 1912 and originally sold groceries to Surry Hills locals.

The inspiration for our chapter is founded upon the warmth and welcoming atmosphere of this grand old building, teamed with the fundamentals of authentic Italian cooking, passionate chefs using contemporary Australian produce, and a floor team delivering great old school hospitality. The restaurant is a warm and welcoming local trattoria that will make you feel like you've been transported

right back to Tuscany from the heart of Surry Hills.

Essenza Italian Kitchen go to dishes -

Yellow fin tuna carpaccio, watercress, popped capers & lemon oil

Kumera, nutmeg & provolone ravioli, watercress & artichoke reduction with parmesan crisps

Rogue Italian Cafe

(By Essenza) operates on weekends for breakfast and lunch from the serene and rustic Tuscan courtyard on Devonshire Street. Rogue Italian Cafe plays off Essenza’s signature dishes along with other Italian influenced breakfast and lunch options.

Go to dishes -

Eggs Salerno - Hunter Valley free range poached eggs, buffalo mozzarella, spinach, roma tomatoes & red pepper relish on sour dough or

Tiger prawns olio, linguine, chilli, basil, cream & cherry tomatoes

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