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

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.essensiarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (305) 908-5458
  • 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: Global, International, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
  • 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 (877) 634-1035

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
Diner Reviews
  • "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?"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Very poor service except buss boys. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Very good service from vallet to waiting staff. Perfect patio lunch spot in Miami Beach, relaxed tropical setting. Very good food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Very natural organic preparations. Great ambiance and service!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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? "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Went there for breakfast, classic menu selections, average food. Nothing special about it. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Excellent choice for a relaxing Sunday brunch with great bottomless mimosas. :)"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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" :)"
    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!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Found the place while searching a "farm to table" restaurant. The farm is their backyard. Especially unique since this is in a hotel on miami beach. The hotel is great and the restaurant even better. Great place even for vegetarians. Diverse eclectic menu."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is a very nicely appointed and comfortable restaurant. Unfortunately, the food and service did not match the facility. The service was very spotty, with a head server who was overwhelmed with 11 tables in our room. With the exception of a great kale Caesar salad that was recommended by our server, the food was not good. The eggplant was average at best, and the ribs were extremely fatty. And, importantly, it all arrived cold, almost certainly because the server could not attend to it. Overall, a disappointment."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had dinner here on Valentine's Day, and the fixed price meal was simply amazing! The theme was edible flowers, and the five-course meal impressed! From the crab cake with marigolds, to the chilled pea, pistachio and greek yogurt soup, to the tomato and nasturtium salad, to the macademia encrusted Amazone Paiche with chrysanthemums, to the lavender scented crepes with rose petals - amazing!!! Our waiter was very enthusiastic about everything about the meal and the restaurant and the property (The Palms Hotel), gushing about the herb garden on the property that grows the majority of the herbs used in the kitchen. Ala in all, an amazing experience! Strongly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014