Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
  • Address:
    The Palms Hotel & Spa
    3025 Collins Avenue
    Miami Beach, FL 33140
    Neighborhood:
    Miami Beach / South Beach
  • Cuisine:
    Global, International
    Price: $31 to $50

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.essensiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3059085458x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:30am, Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Julie Frans
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Essensia at The Palms Hotel & Spa can cater to private events of all sizes, with private venues available from 30 up to 200 persons, including the tropical Poolside Terrace, covered Veranda Terrace, elegant ballrooms and other outdoor venues around the hotel’s lush tropical gardens.
  • Private Party Contact: Michelle Cannici 8776341035

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 30th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Discounted valet parking available:
    Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch: $15
    Dinner: $15
A word from Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Essensia Restaurant follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of wholesome global cuisine with emphasis on premium local and sustainable ingredients. Working with local farmers and carefully selected purveyors, Essensia’s menu features healthful and flavorful dishes made with produce, meats and seafood primarily sourced from within the State of Florida. Essensia’s exclusive wine list is committed to being sustainable, organic or biodynamic and has been selected for sharing Essensia’s mission to be good for you and the environment. Essensia is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Essensia offers discounted valet parking rates for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Groups up to 40 people can be accommodated in one of our dining areas.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Essensia Restaurant & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
63% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)romantic (26)special occasion (24)fit for foodies (14)scenic view (12)great for brunch (11)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (6)neighborhood gem (6)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Not what I expected
    Dpie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was cold, not flavorful and service was awful. Will not ever return
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh food subpar service
    Setti
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I dined here with 3 friends on a Saturday night. Though the restaurant was not busy and we had 9:00 reservations, they still had us wait at the bar. It seemed like a ploy to get the bartender some extra cash. Once seated, our evening was nice. The ambiance was great and it wasn't too hot sitting outside. I ordered the strip steak with chimichurri sauce. It was so delicious. The food was all fresh and healthy. Our server was not very good. He was slow and unfriendly. 18% gratuity is automatically added so my meal was $38. I gave $40. Even though that's only $2 extra, I didn't appreciate the fact that he kept the change. Had our service been worthy, it wouldn't have been an issue. I didn't say anything but that seemed pompous and forward.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ShyDiVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were here for Miami Spice The restaurant was empty. The taste and texture of the food was very disappointing although the presentation was nice. Service was great. But at the end of the day isn't it about the food?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant
    vinod
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My fiance and I go to essensia when we are looking to treat ourselves. As it was our 5 yr anniversary, we wanted essensia to be the restaurant in which we celebrate. We were treated very well and the food was delicious. Our waiter, Gracia, was amazing as always and his service is one of the things we look forward to when we dine here. Everything from appetizer to dessert was full of flavor paired with great drinks, wine, and impeccable service. I thank essensia for helping make our day that as special as it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • twofordinner
    twofordinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Should be aware the restaurant adds 18% service charge to your dinner cost and taxes the service charge regardless of the size of your dinner party. This is stated on the menu but not visable until you see the menu. This is not a gratuity so is therefore legally taxed. If you view the menu on line be sure you 18% to each item to get a true cost. Service is not to standard for that kind of a service charge.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad service
    MegT
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    While the atmosphere and food were nice. The service was far less than remarkable. I understand that we were a younger party, but the servers seemed to think that was a reason to neglect us entirely. We would have gotten better service pretty much anywhere, which is a shame because we spent a lot of money on a meal we thought would be a special treat rather than a frustrating experience where our water glasses were empty the entire time (outside on a hot night after a full day of walking), even after asking for refills. The food took nearly an hour's time in which we saw nearby tables who arrived after us get served before us. The server never asked us how we were or if we needed anything and was neither courteous nor present.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Essential Escence Essensia
    OT4spice
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great organic choice in a tastefully decorated setting reminiscent of a stylish past era. Since what's old is always chic, farm fresh ingredients in tasty well prepared entrees are always pleasing to the palate. The quinoa salad was a good mix of contrasting and complementary flavors. The chicken entree, though so slow to arrive we thought maybe freshness was being taken a bit too literally, was explicably cooked to the perfect balance between tender juiciness and umami crispiness. Even the seemingly simple sorbets were flavorful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great expereince
    Maurice
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The mood and atmosphere were great. Service and food were outstanding. recommended for gourmet dinning for people with fine taste and experience with finer restaurants. The old art deco style adds lots of character to the restaurant
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A evening to remember
    RavtodineVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was remarkable in every respect, meaning fresh (an understatement), extraordinary flavors and tastes and wonderfully presented. That experience was matched, if not exceeded, by the waitstaff, especially Omar. Without his knowledgable and generous assistance, we would have had a lovely evening but not an unforgettable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good female server
    Milrad
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Very poor service except buss boys. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • COULDN'T BE WORSE--REALLY!
    sami
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Two years ago we moved into the mid-Beach neighborhood and Essensia had very good reviews. We had two consecutive very bad experiences, not in terms of the wines or service, but the meal itself. Fast-food not at its best. We were invited on two other occasions - not our choice - with similar results. Last night, we made another trial thinking that maybe things had improved. We were served as an appetizer, a quinoa swimming in nuts, followed by a corvina (requested medium) as the equivalent of mashed fish, and a flourless chocolate cake filled with hot pepper. You make the judgment! We also had one waiter for 30 people. No service. We had to pour our own wine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok
    Orlando1
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Began with parking problem when valet informed me their parking lot was full and I needed to find a spot on the street. Good luck over holiday weekend at 7:30. Service, food and atmosphere was just ok. Wanted to dine outside however the only other two tables outside were occupied by people in bathing suit attire which made it feel way to casual, so chose to dine inside.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lunch rating
    biztraveler
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Very good service from vallet to waiting staff. Perfect patio lunch spot in Miami Beach, relaxed tropical setting. Very good food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of SOBE's Best
    GlutenFreeDiners
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I dined here on four occasions over the past two years. The food is consistently well-prepared and flavorful. The kale Caesar salad is the best we have ever had, and this item has been on the menu for some time. The ribs, paella, and snapper were perfectly cooked and very well seasoned. The menu is updated fairly regularly so it is always interesting to return for new dishes. Service was great- our waiter recalled us from last summer and remembered that we needed a gluten-free accommodation (GF), although most items on the menu seen naturally GF. The chef often came out of the kitchen to assess the level of satisfaction of all diners. She has appeared on Food Network's Chopped- and clearly has a high level of skill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodilicious
    Suburbians
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Everything I had was terrrific, ate here several times. What's memorable was the Thai Lemongrass soup and Corvina fish for dinner and the whole grain coconut waffles, especially enjoyed the lavender honey, yumm! I wish the honey was for sale in the gift shop.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Please hire a new manager and chef so that the restaurant can thrive. Miami is very competitive and the food is just not up to par. The service was excellent and the restaurant was beautiful. It's a shame that the food was not tasty and not even appealing to look at.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worthy of the hype
    NotFoodiesButDiners
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Based on the reviews and the rankings we saw on various web sites, we had high expectations. We found the food to be mediocre at best for a restaurant claiming to be "upscale". The service was good and the ambiance was also nice. We like the hotel, but I'm surprised that the restaurant has received so many accolades. It wouldn't survive in a place like New York or San Francisco. It is possible that a recent, seasonal menu change was responsible for the disparity between reviews we'd read and our experience. That said, we had a great brunch the next day and really enjoyed the breakfast food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    DrewNJVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Very natural organic preparations. Great ambiance and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • farm to table gem
    married2vegetarian
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    The entire menu was full of interesting fresh food options. Although I'm an omnivore and there were many fine meat and seafood entrees, I went with the snapper ceviche appetizer and then the vegtable entre sampler so I could try a variety of the sides. I was not disappointed. The ceviche was the most delicate and finely flavored I've ever had. All the vegtable disches were excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to friends, especially vegetarians. It's also family friendly with good outdoor seating in a tropical environment. Tables are not to close to each other.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Joyfuleater
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We ate in this restaurant while staying at The Palms hotel for a recent wedding. If you like to eat fresh, clean, organic food that is beautifully presented and absolutely delicious, Essensia is the restaurant for you! The outside ambiance is lovely and the service is great. We enjoyed the dinner so much, we returned for lunch the next day! I wish I could get the recipes for everything on the menu....Julie Frans really appreciates "real" food fresh from her on site garden. Wish she'd open a restaurant in broward!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    MASIIVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Incredible food and impeccable service provided by Omar gave us a wonderful experience. We have already been back once and are planning another stop before leaving town!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Dining
    soblondeoverblue
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    My husband and I had a delicious, relaxed-pace dinner at Essencia. We sat on the porch, and the view, along with the bread, were amazing! Our waiter Omar was engaging and recommended wonderful choices. We tried the Thai Lemongrass soup (YUM), kale Caesar salad (ok for me, my husband loved), the snapper (very good) and the NY strip (wow!!!). The house mojito was very smooth, but because it wasn't delivered until 2 courses later, we were comped a fabulous trio of chocolate mousses - you must try! We are not from Miami but would wholeheartedly return to Essencia anytime we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Kale King!!
    JoMiamiBEach
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Best Kale salad ever! Served with an Anchovy vinegarette, this was outstanding. Scene is very quiet so it is perfect if you want a noise free environment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining @ Essensia
    Sobedining
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Service, ambiance, decoration, etc., all good but when it came to the food the expectations were not met. Before (a year ago) it had it all. What happened?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Went there for breakfast, classic menu selections, average food. Nothing special about it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 227 reviews are from the Essensia Restaurant & Lounge reviews archive.
  • Great outdoor brunch
    David
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Excellent choice for a relaxing Sunday brunch with great bottomless mimosas. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great farm to table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Lovely food, capitalizing on locally grown as much as possible. Very friendly to those with dietary restrictions, especially vegetarian or gluten free. Great wait staff. Lovely veranda. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • True Farm to Table
    Lovesdiningout
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Flavor is teased out with herbs and spices. No heavy sauces, just extremely well prepared food seasoned perfectly. The chef's organic garden at the hotel is the source of some of the produce and much of the herbs.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Setting, But...
    Austinite17
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Great ambiance and setting. We felt that the food, while decent, was fairly unremarkable. The price point is pretty high, and the cocktails and wine are a little ridiculous. The restaurant prides itself on organic, farm-to-market cuisine, but I'm not sure this is translating to flavored that match the cost. Our waitperson was a little aloof and not exceptionally helpful. The outdoor setting is nice, but the food doesn't stand out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • South Beach Gem
    BbjoVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We were staying at the Palms Hotel in South Beach and were searching "Open Table" for dinner options. We were traveling with my sister who is a vegetarian so wanted some options for her. As we were looking it became apparent that the restaurant in our hotel - Essensia was very highly rated and had many vegetarian choices. As we entered, the ambiance was lovely with excellent lighting. We were informed of all of the locally grown and sourced ingredients, including many grown on the property! Very interesting creations that resulted in marvelous flavors and textures. The staff were very informed and provided outstanding service. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    Stacey
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I have celiac disease and needed gluten free food. I got to meet the chef and she was SUPER accommodating which is a dream come true for me. We were on vacation in Miami and I was excited to be able to eat good food away from home! I would highly recommend for anyone. My husband also enjoyed it and he is "normal" :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    RettaJune1VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My sisters and I wanted a new food experience. Rafael, our concierge at Cadillac Marriott, recommended this gem. The service was really great and the food was tremendous. We liked their organic "garden to table" concept. They even had their own greens garden we visited. A wonderful dinner variety and lovely restaurant ambiance. Greta location and easy to walk to on Collins. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dreaming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    There were a few vegetarian entrees, but no meat substitutes like beans, tofu, seitan or tempeh. Not good for vegetarians. Dreaming and hoping there will be more creative vegetarian options in the future
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in Miami
    RachelleVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Tucked away in the Palms Hotel north of the flashier hotels and restaurants, Essensia is a hidden gem. Loved the outdoor veranda setting, great service, and delicious food. A very relaxing and enjoyable dinner for our family of five. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very worth going north.
    NYCAngelsVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    It was our last night in Miami Beach this trip, a quiet Sunday evening in February. Sitting outside on the veranda it was magical. It felt like Cuba to me, but only if Cuba was much nicer (or maybe if it was still 1959)! Essensia's chef grows much of her own ingredients, and she was very good at improvising to make any dish work around dietary restrictions. The olive paste and bruschetta were wonderful. The fish (snapper for me) was superb, but my favorite was the Thai lemongrass soup with a coconut broth that was brilliantly seasoned to not be spicy but to be deeply infused with a wonderfully complex set of flavors (yes, a soup!). The location is a bit far north, but still walkable from the South Beach art deco district hotel strip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go somewhere else
    HCSGVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We went here for breakfast. We showed up at 11, after confirming that breakfast ended at 1130. Upon showing up, we were told we were too late and they had cleaned it up. We were given the brunch menu instead. My order came out completely wrong. My husbands order was tasteless. We had wanted to share a waffle which just never came. Long story short, our waitress was extremely rude when I explained that my order was wrong. After much waiting around for get our waffle and silverware, I ended up speaking to the manager who took care of the bill. We left-- did not finish brunch-- and went somewhere ELSE!
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  • Can't say enough about how
    WildcatfanVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Can't say enough about how wonderful the atmosphere was. Our waiter was very knowledgable about the menu and guided us to make great selections. Kale Ceasar salad was fabulous as were the snapper and sea bass entres.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • And Slice of Paradise
    sophie
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    This was the best meal that we had. The service was impeccable. The staff was knowledgeable down from the busboy to the waiter. They were accommodating and no one tried to push designer water, or liquor. Everything we ate was above expectations. We are looking forward to another visit. Do try the lake Cesar salad. The meal was worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first time at
    ReikiHelpsVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    This was our first time at Essensia. The food was very good - the service was excellent and the prices were reasonable. We read some of the negative comments in other review and we didn't agree with them. Best thing is to try it yourself. We had an enjoyable evening and will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Visited Essencia after concert
    Gapp
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Visited Essencia after concert at NWS. Beautiful setting! Enjoyed our group company of 3 couples. But - not great for late night dining. Arrived at 10:15 PM and although service was friendly we felt rushed through our meal. Signature eggplant parmesan was mushy and salty. Other dishes were better and enjoyed by all, especially by our vegan friends. Would still give this place a second chance as the setting is worth the visit and the reviews and organic food / garden to table concept are unique and welcome in blossoming Miami food scene!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.