About Essence of Unionville

Essence of Unionville restaurant has a tradition of serving up delicious meals, great experiences and creating memories for over 20 years. Its contemporary décor is the perfect venue for any occasion. Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and weekend afternoon tea. Begin, engage and refresh your taste buds with an eclectic mouth-watering fusion menu paired with a comprehensive beverage menu and wine list appealing to every taste and budget. Offering the freshest and finest ingredients with an effort to supporting local farmers seasonally. Conclude your meal with a selection of delectable dessert creations made in-house by their very own pastry chef. Located off the main lobby inside the Four Diamond Hilton Suites hotel. Stay connected @ Hilton Suites with complimentary wireless internet access.

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites
8500 Warden Avenue
Markham, ON L6G 1A5
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
International

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
HWY 7 & Warden

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(905) 415-7611

Website:
http://www.torontomarkham.hilton.com/

Catering:
Ask about customized menu options.

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking for dine-in guests.

Public Transit:
Warden Avenue at Hwy 7

Executive Chef:
William Huang

Additional:
High Tea, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch

Special Events & Promotions:
Perfect venue for any occasion. Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.

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Details
Daily 5:00PM - 6:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Essence of Unionville Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (4)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Starting with the positives.....lobby and restaurant are beautiful. For the price it is good value for a Sunday buffet brunch in a hotel. The service was attentive and friendly however you have to ask for coffee - they don't offer it. Having said that, the water and orange juice was filled without asking. The lunch foods on the buffet are very good as is the sushi and dessert choices. The egg station chef was great and very accommodating to our requests.

Now for the not so great.......when we got to the hotel we parked and paid for parking at the machines as you're instructed to do. When we got to the dining room they had a clipboard to fill in your license plate for free parking. ??? When I asked the hostess why we weren't told about free parking BEFORE we paid she advised that it was because we booked through Open Table and didn't offer to rectify the situation. Not happy that our party of 8 (with 4 cars) each paid $6.00 when we didn't have to.

The breakfast item choices are limited. There's the omelette/egg station which is nice. They have bacon and sausages and eggs benedict that unfortunately were dried out and looked very unhappy with the sauce completed hardened on the eggs. No waffles, pancakes or French toast which is almost unheard of for a buffet brunch. No toast or breads or any kind except for croissants and some rolls. They have a beautiful display of smoked salmon and then offer cream cheese in those little packages you find in the holder on the table at a diner, but there's nothing to put the cream cheese and smoked salmon on except for a roll or a croissant.

So all in all, if you know in advance that you don't have to pay $24.00 for parking like we did and you're looking for a nice venue for a large group with good food albeit limited choices for a lower than average Sunday Brunch Buffet price I would recommend Essense. If you're not worried about spending the extra $15.00 or $20.00 there may be better options available.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We loved the booth because it was private so we could talk. The service was amazing. The food that we ordered was amazing with every dish better than the other. My wife wanted to try different dishes and we very satisfied with everything. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great choice. Good food. Nice seats. Good for gatherings.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Nothing special. Pizza had bought in crusts. Not gourmet. Steak was good. Very quiet place to chat.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Food and services were not up to Hilton standard. Bread was not serve with soup until we ask for it, and spoon was dirty.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Server took 20 minutes to take our order. The restaurant was 30% full, with two waiters.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great place for brunch. I went for a Breakfast meeting and the ambiance was good. Food was good and lots of healthy options.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Attentive service! Well done Paul! Nice table by the window and lots of parking

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

It was decent

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We went for the Valentines Day dinner. The food and the valentine themed dessert was great. Piano player and vocalist played Jazz type music. The service was good. Free parking for 2 hours.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 8, 2017

Our server, Victor, was attentive and professional. Thank you for the amazing Client Service provided by Victor and the rest of the team.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 5, 2017

For "hotel food" meal was very good, service was very good , friendly staff . very clean location would go again - brunch looks interesting

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 26, 2016

They have good hardware restaurant but kitchen cooking food is poor
quality (taste & smell), example sauce too salty.
I will not go back there again.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 28, 2016

I had the Osso bucco and it was delicious - fell off the bone.
The service left something to be desired - I waited for 10 minutes plus for my bill and then went to the hostess to get it.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2016

Greeted warmly by Samantha, who is really delightful, and service was very good as was the food. Lobby bar is attractive and was reasonably full, dining room was almost empty on a Saturday night. I suppose there are a lot of choices in Unionville/Markham, still I was surprised.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Quaint and comfy atmosphere. Friendly staff and service. Nice selection of sweets and savory items during our afternoon tea experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 16, 2016

Beautiful hotel venue for elegant brunch buffet on weekends. Great selection of desserts and a decent but not a big, though relatively sufficient hot food selection. Pricey since it's in a hotel but worth it for special occasions.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2016

I had planned a special night for my boyfriends birthday and when I got there the hostes was inattentive, the service was slow and the waiter pressured for a tip lager then what was given. I had in advance asked for a candle to come with desert and instead I had to ask for the desert menu since I wasn't offered it. The glassware and utensils at the table were dirty.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2016

They have a new menu after our last visit. Barbara our server made excellent suggestions on what's new. We love the quinoa salad and the dessert. My husband had the Striploin and I had the seafood paella. They were both delicious. The service was excellent. We will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2016

My husband and I had a lovely evening at the Essence of Unionville. Our steaks were excellent and the service was amazing. They even brought a surprise piece of cake to our table as it was my husband's birthday. That extra touch was very much appreciated. Overall, a very nice experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 14, 2016

The crab legs were a bit disappointing. They were overdone and the meat was tough.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 14, 2016

I have been to this restaurant a few times. This is the first time that I have brunch there. The selection and quality of food is good. Seats are spacious and the tables are not too close together. The service is always good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 16, 2016

I wanted to take my wife out for a nice elegant dinner in a swanky place. The food was mediocre. The service was quick but very perfunctory. We were the only couple in the restaurant the entire time. This on a Saturday night. Would not go back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 8, 2016

My first time dining at Essence of Unionville. Setting is comfortable and relaxed with live piano playing in the restaurant. Lamb Sirloin and Seared Scallop Penne were good except the scallops were a little overcooked. Overall service is good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2016

Lamb was supposed to be medium rare, but ended up more rare and somewhat undercooked. The vegetables were a bit overcooked and limp, while the rest of the dish was just okay.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 25, 2016

The restaurant is located inside the Hilton Suite Hotel. I like the fact that the restaurant is not crowded and sufficient spacing between tables. I am able to carry on a conversation with my friends without yelling. Our server Barbara is very attentive and provides excellent service. The food is severed hot and very tasty with good presentation. I will definitely come back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 13, 2016

It took over 30 mins for us to receive our dinner after our appetizer and no one bothered to check up on us.

On top of that our service was below par and I believe that was attributed to us presenting a voucher I purchased off of TrazelZoo. With it being a set menu the waiter thought we'd not order anything else which wasn't the case.

Would not recommend going back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 5, 2016

Had the Singapore curry noodles, it was fantastic. Overall a great meal in a nice atmosphere.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 22, 2016

The food was way above average for a hotel restaurant. Had many meals here and dinner by far was the best. The service was some of the worst service I have had and even had to get up from the table to find the server to order addition items, ask for silverware and get the check. Then of course the tip was included on the bill. At least we had amazing food, and great company.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Waiter was great and food was good but the price was a tad high for the quality/amount of food provided.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 9, 2016

This is the right place for lunch. For me, perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 17, 2016

The food was really good and fairly priced. It is a fairly large restaurant, but only three tables were taken. The service was great, but I was taken aback when I was offered french fries, which were not even on the menu, with my New York strip.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Food choice is not good at all.
The food container is not easy to handle, it is difficult to open and close it. The cover is not easy to slid, very heavy.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2015

We were turned off by the hostess rudeness and unpleasantness. She acted somewhat arrogant and superior. We continue to be polite towards her thinking that she was just having a bad day. However, her attitude did not change. The sad thing was that she has the same foreign accent as me and yet she treated her own kind like refugee.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2015

Possibly the best salad we have ever enjoyed, good quality steak, perfectly cooked, tender and juicy. A large delicious dessert, attentive service, good house wine, what more could you ask?


















7

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 12, 2015

The food was poor, tenderloin? More like flank round steak. Brutal. Given the prices the quality was low. The server basically had no interest and I felt like she should have been cleaning the hotel rooms instead of serving at the restaurant. Unfortunate since I took my wife on her birthday. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 1, 2015

My friend and I came here because of the +1000 pts on OpenTable. We ordered the Korean Short Ribs, French Onion Soup, Grilled Salmon and Mushroom Ravioli. The broth in the soup was very flavourful, strong and executed well. The sauce on the ravioli was thick and rich and each ravioli had just enough filling. I enjoyed this one very much.

For the short ribs (6 pcs), they were fine but with the $16 price, I didn't really think it was worth it. To compare, a lobster roll with fries in Toronto is around that price. The grilled salmon was a tad over. The server said if we came back next time, we could ask for it to be cooked less.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 23, 2015

This location is not my first time there. The food has always been good. I know they been doing ongoing renovation and changes to improve the venue. The only thing they should pay attention to is the furniture that they have at the restaurant. There were 5 of us there and all five chairs at our table all had very noticeable still on them, anyone can easily till those stain been on there for a while. Any other than that, GREAT PLACE to take your family or friends.

Will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Calgary)·Dined on August 19, 2015

Our experience started on a high note. We were seated right away and our server seemed very friendly. However it took a while for him to take our orders and he wasn't very knowledgable about the menu. My associate was looking for gluten-free and he only offered the one item on the menu that was marked gluten-free and seemed unaware of any other possibilities.
My associate order the Salmon with glue-free sides and it was excellent. I ordered an 8 oz Filet, medium rare, with a shrimp skewers on the side. The filet came out medium and I had to remind the server about the shrimp skewer. The shrimp were good but not great and the steak, although overdone, was quite good.
We went here because we were tired and didn't want to drive. If you're staying at the Hilton and don't want to drive, this would be a good choice. But I think I'll drive next time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 3, 2015

The pizza was no different than a McCain Frozen pizza ... in fact we think that's what is was. And $16.00 for this?? The service was poor. After taking the order and bringing the food, the service virtually stopped. No offer of coffee, dessert etc. And it wasn't more than half full. Very embarssing when your taking a client out for lunch.

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