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About Essense

In Essense, we want our guests to savor exceptional farm-to-table cuisine that nourishes the body and replenishes the soul. Share a warm, inspired setting with friends or someone special. Encounter service that is so attentive it seems effortless and invisible. Delight in the fresh bounty of the land and immerse yourself in a culinary experience that offers explosive flavors, rich produce and boldly seasoned proteins paired with crisp inviting textures. Essense…an experience that indulges the palate, seduces the senses and feeds your passions.
Guests must be 18 years or older to access the property.

67-425 Two Bunch Palms Trail
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: Breakfast: 7:30am - 10:30am
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
18 Years or Older to Access the Resort

Cross Street:
Palm Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 288-7805

Website:
http://www.twobunchpalms.com/

Entertainment:
Live Music on Thursdays & Fridays

Catering:
For group reservations, contact reservations@twobunchpalms.com

Parking Details:
On site parking

Public Transit:
n/a

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly wine dinners.

Private Dining

Garden House

Essense Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (5)
Healthy (5)
Romantic (5)
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Quiet Conversation (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Scenic View (4)
Organic (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Casual (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Live Music (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

They left me with the impression that they were under staffed and rushed. We waited at the front reception desk for an easy 5 minutes before we were even spoken to about are reservation, and if weren't for an amazing couple who insisted to the staff that we take there table we would have left.
But once seated the service was fine and friendly, the food amazing .
Brunch was the reverse . Staff was on point and the food was average.
Overall it was a bit pricey for the experience I expected better.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Good dinner, but VERY GOOD breakfast. The best I've had in a while. Vegan pancakes and chia pudding were top notch. Drinks were a little over priced, but we got a great deal on food through our package at Two Bunch Palms. Very satisfied with the food overall.

Tags: Cozy
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food5
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We've been to Essence before. Three of us really like our meal (Strip Steak). My mother, who has been wanted to come back for quite some time, was not happy and has decided if she returns it will only be for lunch as nothing on the dinner menu was very appealing. I ding the service mainly because the person who was filling water was at every table except ours. I finally was able to flag her down (after finishing one of my companion's water).

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The service was great, make sure you make a reservation for dinner. Clean food, my husband ordered the burger, which I tried and was amazing. I ordered skirt steak which was ok. Flavor was good but a bit tough and chewy. Sides were good. Next night I ordered a Caesar salad which was good and chickpea curry and white rice which was not good. I've tried a lot of different curries and this one was one of my least favorites (should have gotten the burger) Beer was good, cocktails were good.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The food was adequate-- nothing to earn it a rave review nor a complaint.
The service, while friendly, was subpar at a restaurant charging higher prices. We were left wanting to order more wine, given wrong menus, ordering things that ultimately weren't available, hearing the bar tender and wait staff planning their night. . When your bill ultimately comes to $170.00 for two for dinner, you expect the service to match.
It is the only restaurant on the premises . It's too bad that you still want to drive somewhere else for dinner.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Decent meal, easy to be vegan here. Excellent wine. I wouldn't sit outside next time. Patio left a lot to be desired.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 24, 2017

There were not enough servers for the number of tables. Even the servers that were there disappeared for long periods of time. The food did not come out as ordered. A pity since the food itself was good. For these prices the service needs to greatly improve.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very enjoyable luncheon and menu selections were wonderful.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Cozy
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 (London)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food and impeccable service. Usually very relaxing as expected for a Spa restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 1, 2017

An oasis in the actual desert! We were relieved to find this place on Open Table, and we were not disappointed. Excellent service and food, in a peaceful setting. Would return in a heartbeat if we weren't leaving town.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Jeremy is a fantastic bartender. He made our night! He made up some of his original drink creations along with some of our favorites. Great food recommendations, we went with the spaghetti (similar to a carbonara) and the burger (best burger I've had). Great atmosphere and great conversation. We will be making this our regular dinner spot.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 1, 2017

The service was amazing, the food was delectable, and the ambience was perfect for a romantic, relaxing evening in Desert Springs! Highly recommend the bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer and the Lamb Chops and Kobe Burger as entrees. We got a bottle of the Cline Pinot Noir as well and it was a perfect pair to the meal, smooth and light - great value!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 6, 2017

We've eaten at Essense several times. The ambiance and service are always exceptional and the food usually is. But this time was different. We both ordered from a pri-fix menu. I realize now that that was our mistake. I had the 1/2 cornish hen with a mixed greens salad (which was exceptional) It was dry and flavorless. First bad food I've ever been served at Essense.
Someday, I'll learn my lesson about ordering from a pri-fix menu.
Before dinner was served, chef came into the dining room to great a friend who was sitting at the next table. After she spoke with the friend, she looked at our table, made eye contact with me and then turned and left without even saying hello. That was a bit off-putting. Even a smile would have been better :) Good thing the wait-staff is super friendly.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 3, 2017

What a lovely experience! I'm so glad that they were included on restaurant week so I had the opportunity to try Essence. I'll be back to dine and use the spa.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

One of my favorite places in the area, high quality organic food and drinks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Healthy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We missed the Mother's Day brunch by 30 min. But the friendly staff still honored the bottomless champagne for $12 a glass. The lunch menu was amazing. My wife had the salmon salad and I had the poke salad that I added the Tuna to and it was great.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Great selections. Our waitress was very accommodating and helpful, not overbearing at all.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Enjoyed the breakfast and the view is spectacular - food good - service could be a bit better, but we will go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 17, 2017

This was the second time we had a date night at essence and it remains at the top of our list of special places to go, when it's just the two of us! Delicious food and a romantic setting!

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Healthy, Live Music, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on March 10, 2017

AMAZING hidden gem!
I am a foodie ... and have traveled the world ... and I have to say this place was fantastic!! From the service, food, uniqueness, experience and setting! Wow wow! We will be back. !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Outstanding "superfood salad".
Menu is full of other delightful offerings. I'm ready to return soon!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on February 21, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised by the food and dining here. I went thinking it was just a place to get lunch for our day at the spa. The food was REALLY delicious and the view so serene and peaceful. I had a wonderful burger and my wife's salad was fresh and very tasty. Having had such a lovely lunch there, I would definitely go back for dinner. It is a bit of a drive, but the view and setting is so lovely.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 15, 2017

What an incredible surprise! One of the best restaurants in the desert if not the one!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Fantastic dining experience! Wonderful Valentines menu with wine pairings, excellent service and relaxing atmosphere. The pomegranate brûlée was to die for! Highly recommend Essence and we can't wait to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Service, ambiance as usual was top notch. The scallops were delicious. The stuffed pork chop was a little dry on the edges. Spinach and asparagus were fresh and cooked perfectly.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Magical environment! Fabulous view. Staff was very attentive. Food was excellent.
Both healthy & standard menu options.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 29, 2017

We went there for an early dinner on Sunday..we knew that it was a wellness center but we did not expect people to have dinner with their bathrobes on,around us..the attractive outdoor sitting area photo was an exaggeration..the reality was a small patio..it may be a place for brunch but not definetly for dinner..

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2016

We'll be back again for dinner and will try the spa.
Very impressed with the restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Date night with my wife. Food and ambiance were excellent. Great views of the valley. A very relaxing, romantic place for dinner.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Just love the farm to table experience. We have dined here before and the restaurant is excellent, superior wine selection, knowledgeable staff, fine food, beautiful views.. Always fantastic!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Delicious food that's thoughtfully prepared and health-conscious. Warm and friendly service. Atmosphere was modern and romantic.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Great scenery. Well-executed interior space. Service was spotty spotty but the amazing breakfast made up for this. Would love to try Essence for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 16, 2016

We spent a week at Two Bunch Palms and ate all of our meals at Essence. It's delicious food and excellent service and excellent service. Outstanding !

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2016

The food at Essense goes with the over all vibe and feel of the Two Bunch Palms Resort. Breakfast, lunch or dinner the food is delicious. Healthy but SO tasty, you can eat it all and not feel guilty! The staff is great and can accommodate any request.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on May 27, 2016

this restaurant offers grand food , great service and fabulous view.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 24, 2016

We were there for lunch on my friend's birthday, had a lovely table along the big widow. The restaurant has a charming setting, relaxing and serene, yet the food experience was not good. My companion had the Essense Burger that was fully cooked, though he requested for medium and pink inside, the Kobe Wagyu beef was dry and without taste. I had the Baked Salmon Nori Roll, also dry and bland, had to wash it down with coffee. Have many farm-to-table experiences, the farm is not good if that's how the food taste, or no taste actually and for those prices.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Indiana)·Dined on April 7, 2016

Impressed with service. Appetizers were great. My entree was not good at all. Views and ambiance was wonderful.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 8, 2016

Very laid-back atmosphere, with great food and view!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 5, 2016

After reading great reviews of this place, we made reservations and were able to find it (not easy, kinda hidden). While the staff was nice, and our salads were tasty, our entrees took a very long time to arrive. Though the wait staff apologized and promised our food was coming right out, it was still a disappointment when it arrived. My duck entree was good, but my husbands lamb dish was lacking. It seemed like they ran out of the ingredients, as the plate did not warrant the $37 price tag. We do not mind paying top dollar for great food, but this was not up to par. Our waitress gave us a complimentary dessert of chocolate and berries, which was a nice gesture.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Great experience, wonderful food, great service - a perfect evening

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