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Essence of Unionville, Markham, ON

Essence of Unionville

4.0
4
210 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
International
UPDATE - Breakfast is only available for overnight hotel guests at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa. Takeout and delivery available through UberEats and DoorDash daily from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

The restaurant has a tradition of serving up delicious meals, great experiences and creating memories. Its contemporary décor is the perfect venue for any occasion. Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes. 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. 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:00 am

  • Phone number

    (905) 415-7611

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Jitin Gaba

  • Catering

    Ask about customized menu options.

  • Private party facilities

    Essence of Unionville is the perfect venue for any occasion. Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (888) 497-8760

What 210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Afternoon Coffee

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Afternoon Tea

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  1. TK

    TomK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Better than I was expecting. Except for the tea - brewed way too long and in pots that obviously had been frequently used to hold coffee. Also the singer volume too loud and often out of pitch.
  2. KS

    KSMan

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding services. The choice of entrée could be better. Self serve breakfast items are limited. Quality of food, I will rate 8/10. Dessert: 9/10. Loads of salad items.
  3. H

    Hhss

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The buffet has very limited food options for hot dishes, but the food is replenished quickly, even for the crab clusters. Waiters are attentive and are quick to refill juice/coffee and clear plates. I think the live music is a little bit too loud though.
  4. AY

    AlexY

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    The staff were all amazing! Just wish there was a greater variety of dishes available during the brunch buffet. Seemed to be a lot of salad variations.
  5. S

    Stan

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, will visit again more regularly.
  6. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service and food were good. The servers were very attentive and personable. Food was tasty and fresh. Only issue was parking as it was not clear that parking was free if eat at restaurant. All signs in parking lot say is that must pay for parking or will get towed. Paid for parking and Hotel said that as have paid cannot refund as it is a different company that does the parking.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    Food was awful, service was even worse
  8. RC

    RossC

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Service, great food. A must-visit. Will definitely go again
  9. MA

    MaisieA

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall the experience was good. The food quality was good - my favourite was the scones.
  10. S

    Stephany

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Asked waiter to check of the food I ordered had dairy and never got back to me. When he gave me my food told me that the potatoes had cheese and didn't even bother to ask me if that was okay and walked away. Didn't even offer me an alternative. Waiter so clueless and was really disappointed. Would not recommend this to anyone.
  11. WS

    WaterSommelier

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Its weekend afternoon high tea is a special valuable treat for someone special, especially when you want to stay in Markham and don’t want to travel downtown for an equivalent experience.
  12. S

    Stink

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Sunday brunch overpriced, lack varieties, decent quality. Behind with technology, can’t accept online prepay visa.
  13. ED

    EverywhereDiner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always get excellent service from Barbara. Great coffee as always. A bit crowded on this long weekend Sunday for brunch, otherwise a good experience. Food was ok. They used to have more variety but now has decrease.
  14. NC

    NellaC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I was really disappointed with our experience. I am severely lactose intolerant and am unable to have any dairy. Waiter was uninformed. He told me that my dish did not contain any dairy. He specifically put in a request for no dairy in my omelette and told me the potatoes (Rosti) had no dairy either. I asked him if he was absolutely sure and he said he was positive. I urged him to confirm with the kitchen and they did contain dairy. He checked before my order came out but when I got my dish the toast was slathered with dairy. What would have happened if I was allergic to dairy instead of severely lactose intolerant? Then he rushed us out. He said that they needed to clear for the lunch crowd. We were there for only an hour and the restaurant was empty with only 2 other tables occupied. My friend didn’t even get to finish her coffee. Such an incredibly poor and unprofessional experience.
  15. CM

    CharlesM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Noisy patrons . Tea and snacks below par. Service is acceptable.
  16. M

    Marky

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Overpriced, overcrowded, oversold, 30 min wait times, not enough stations, it was a cash grab on mothers day.
  17. V

    Vancouver

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A group of three had a lunch here while I was traveling and staying at Hilton. Under Pandemic, we tried to avoid small busy restaurants to have enough social distance. This restaurant has ample dining space and food was excellent too. Waiter service was nothing to complain about because they were all watching and caring well of their guests. Probably because of Covid restrictions, their Menu was not long but it was still enough to choose one for lunch. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a quiet and spacious table with good food.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Went for Afternoon tea. Most of the food was great, do not recommend the beef only because it was mainly just bread. The staff was very nice!
  19. L

    Lynne

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner and our server was very helpful. He directed us the best way to go to our car and the theatre we were going to.
  20. M

    Marc

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A really good experience. Have never been. Staff were attentive and friendly. Went for breakfast and ordered off of the a la carte menu. Would try the morning buffet next time. I ordered a cake for me wife as her BD, and it was great and very reasonable. Nice music, piano playing, great ambiance. Messed up my daughters order, but they did their best to make it right, and did not charge us for her. We will be back.
  21. MC

    MichaelC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We were there on Valentine's Day. They had a set 3-course dinner with appetizer and dessert. The first and second course were alright (just not something I liked personally). The main course was above average. The dessert was amazing. I would say the meal was above average overall in terms of taste. But everything was nicely presented and it was of excellent value. The service was good too.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    In the middle of a pandemic, I overheard the waiter telling the table next to us (who seems to know the waiter very well) that their capacity was 80 and they are booked 117 today. Isn’t that against the law to do so? Food is subpar but I guess, trying to book a table for Valentine’s Day on Feb 12 , beggars can’t be chooser. Gnocchi is horrid
  23. B

    Bzygirl

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time dining here and we were pleasantly surprised. The Valentines tasting menu was amazing. Each course was a mouthwatering experience. Hats off to the chefs!
  24. GL

    GordonL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Valentine’s Day tasting menu is satisfying!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food, and very well presented! Didn’t know parking was covered so we didn’t need to pay. We went there for the Valentine’s Day special and had a lovely experience.
  26. a

    akml

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Service was great but the sandwiches (bread) was a bit stale for the afternoon tea that we ordered at 11:30am.
  27. T

    Teresa

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great afternoon tea! Service and food both great!
  28. LC

    LyvC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even the dinner changed from buffet style to set course, there were plenty of options available , impressive amount of food, great taste and presentation, excellent service. Exceeded expectations from all angles.
  29. DT

    DanielT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great. Ambiance was ok, but the biggest reason my wife and I had an incredible time for our anniversary was because of the service. Tauvin our server was incredible. So professional and so nice. He took very good care of us. He’s awesome.
  30. PK

    PegK

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch on Christmas brunch. It was all your can eat, but we barely finished our first order, and our server was funny, attentive, and courteous. We would definitely recommend it!
  31. u

    unhappydiner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food quality was terrible, not enough waiters to serve. Not worth the money at all
  32. J

    Jenn

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Christmas Eve dinner "buffet" was beyond disappointing. Due to restrictions, the orders were taken by order sheet. Our waiter, Patrick, was what made the experience the worst. We had the 5 to 7 pm seating. Between 5 to 6:20 pm, we had only had bread, salad, and seafood platter make it to our table. We had ordered a cheese platter which we followed up on numerous times, and it never arrived even though each time he said "it's coming". By the 6:20 (with no main dishes yet and only 40 mins left in our seating), we followed up on the cheese platter (again) and the mains... Patrick told us if he brought the mains out, it would get cold because we still have a seafood platter on the table. And he also had the audacity to say that WE never indicated to him that we wanted the mains. What?? So if we don't completely clean off our seafood platter, and if we didn't ask about our mains, does that mean he would have never gave us our mains??? He didn't even have the intuition or initiative to ask. So, we told him to bring everything we had ordered to the table. Around 6:30, mains started arriving. Someone had a dairy allergy and had specified on the order sheet to put sauces on the side - that didn't happen. We didn't bother to ask for a replacement dishes. We were waiting for the ravioli, which arrived close to the end of our seating and only after we had asked him about it. Even though he had everyone's order sheet, the orders still came out wrong... Some people getting things that they didn't even order. And some of the things we did order didn't make it to the table. We were supposed to be able to re-order as we wanted, but never given that opportunity... Because Patrick never gave us another menu/order sheet even though it was requested AND the dishes came out so late. $450 (with mandatory 15% tips) for 5 people... I would not recommend this to anyone for Christmas dinner buffet due to terrible customer service from our waiter.
  33. JH

    JulianneH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Food was cold. Long wait for coffee. No water at the table. Managers just standing around watch the waitress run off her feet.
  34. JH

    JulianneHill73

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place and food ! Will definitely be returning !
  35. WS

    WayneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was excellent… Enjoyed by myself as well as my date… The quality of food was excellent and the service was outstanding… Our waitress was very kind and very helpful… I highly recommend friends and family to experience how wonderful the food and services at the essence of Unionville.
  36. LL

    LLong

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We were the only group to do High Tea that day. The restaurant ambient was good but I found the light level dim. Our server was effect but seem to be in a rush when she was serving us! Overall experience was good!
  37. T

    Teresa

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Afternoon tea was great!! The selection was abundant and the quality was excellent.
  38. SS

    SaimaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Staff were extremely nice and friendly, and food came on time.
  39. MM

    MichelleM

    Toronto

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    We love going here because of the cleaning standards, customer service and food quality. The bar area is currently under renovations and we were unaware however it is just relocated to another area. The restaurant is still in the same area beyond the construction which will end in a week. The greetings wasn’t great by hostess which we have never experienced before. She was more concerned about our parking and Covid passes instead of welcoming us. The food was cold at first but they made it right by the end. We will definitely go back as we have been regulars for years. I think it was just an off night.
  40. T

    Tamara

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The dinning room was quiet as Ontario was still under restriction. We loved the place with high ceiling and windows that brought the sunshine pouring in, perfect for a relaxing afternoon with friends. We had the set afternoon tea. They were served in such pretty floral china! The menu is excellent with choices for the savory items which I really appreciate. At many other tea house where there are no options, I often don't eat the sandwiches as they are just not to my taste. Here there are choices :) The trade off is that they are pre-made but this happens in lot of tea places even without choices. So, can't really fault them. The scones were fluffy and we thoroughly enjoyed them. The sweets were great too but we were just too full to finish by then. Our server was a little slow but friendly and accommodating. For afternoon tea, it is ok to go at a leisurely pace. I have tried quite afternoon place, this is the best choice considering the overall scores for value, ambience and quality of food. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend all tea lovers to try it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Essence of Unionville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 415-7611.

Essence of Unionville is rated 4 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Essence of Unionville

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON L6G 1A5

Additional information

  • Cross street

    HWY 7 & Warden

  • Neighborhood

    Markham

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:00 am

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking for dine-in guests.

  • Public transit

    Warden Avenue at Hwy 7

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jitin Gaba

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (905) 415-7611

  • Catering

    Ask about customized menu options.

  • Private party facilities

    Essence of Unionville is the perfect venue for any occasion. Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (888) 497-8760

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