Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
495 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Healthy
Essensia follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of fresh, natural gourmet cuisine with emphasis on premium local and sustainable ingredients. Working with local farmers and other carefully selected purveyors, Essensia’s menus feature 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 or organic and has been selected for sharing Essensia’s mission to be good for you and the environment. The signature cocktails are made with premium craft and organic spirits and all-natural ingredients. Essensia is open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Essensia offers discounted valet parking rates for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Groups up to 20 people can be accommodated in one of our dining areas.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00am, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(305) 908-5458
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Earle
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Private party facilities
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.
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Private party contact
Catering@thepalmshotel.com: (305) 908-5416
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Cross street
30th Street
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Parking details
Discounted valet parking available:
Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch: $15
Dinner: $15
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 495 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

A very nice environment, great tasty food and excellent service

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

It was a perfect dinner! Food, ambiance and service were outstanding! I forgot my jacket there and by the time I got home the restaurant had already called to inform me and had put it into safekeeping so I could get it the next day. Very, very thoughtful.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent and healthy food! The beet salad was my favorite. Would definitely go back again!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Amazing !
I’m coming back again

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food was great. It was a bit humid outside so we sat inside.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Amazing food, wonderful ambiance. A bit pricey

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Booked for Mother's Day brunch. The only option was a buffet and it was quite limitied in choices. It was disappointing.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

A great experience. Outstanding Ambience, good food and very good service.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Absolutely fantastic! Food is so delicious and fresh.
Just be prepared when crowded can be noisy.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Wonderful meal! Attentive service although it was a bit slow. Overall we had a great time!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I am a big Essensia fan. What a charming setting. Farm to table concept works there. Very accomplished kitchen. Next time o am going to ask to see the proverbial herb garden on the property. My only nit to pick is, though small, irksome. The wait staff at Essensia must be trained to pull plates off the table before all diners are finished their course. . Stop doing that please?

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Everything good. That was unbelievable good good!!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great food and great service

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Lovely setting but underwhelming from a restaurant claiming to be an assault on the senses

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We had a fabulous dinner. The wait staff was great the setting perfect. Very very happy with the dining experience

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great place and great food. Perfect

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We had lunch here outside before a massage - salads were good, ordered very basic - then had dinner inside in the restaurant. We were the only people inside as outside was full. It was a nice quiet atmosphere and service was great - our server even brought us pillows for our backs because the chairs are very deep. Risotto and lamb was delicious!

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The food was good and fresh, atmosphere on the exterior terrace was nice. That being said the service was very disappointing, even disrespectful. The wine selection was limited at best.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Lovely restaurant with delicious food. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful, and you can dine inside or al fresco.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

My wife and I celebrated our honeymoon and the staff was more than accommodating. I wish I would have gotten the gentleman’s name that gave us free drinks. They really went over and beyond and made the rest of our evening special. Thank you to everyone!

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2.0Dined on February 18, 2018

What a surprisingly bad experience we had at Essensia. The place is beautiful, but everything else was unexpectedly bad. First, our waiter came and went as he pleased and was inattentive. We had to wave him down to get service. The pizza appetizer had a thin but mushy crust. The entres came late. I ordered lamb chops. They came cold. When I notified the waiter, he actually said, “Lamb chops are supposed to be served at room temperature!” Outrageous. Lots of money for bad service and bad food. That’s what we got at Essensia.

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2.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Overpriced.

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2.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We were literally the only table in the restaurant for lunch. Despite that the service though friendly was non existent. The food is mediocre. Tough to see a reason to return.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We had a very good evening but it was very expensive

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2018

I dined at Essensia everyday for 5 days while I was staying at The Palms. I was very pleased with the menu and the service. The portions are perfect, and I truly enjoyed that the meals often featured produce straight from the kitchen garden!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Honestly, we went for the burger as the concierge at Edition said it was the best. And it is! Had a great salad to start. Lovely porch dining and warm staff. Just wish there was some on street parking. The whole area is under construction!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2018

Delicious and fresh ! Beautiful presentation and great menu selection. It was a highlight of our visit to Miami Beach area . We sat outside on the deck which was lovely .

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Creative chef. Very good food. The outdoor patio area is a wonderful, serene setting. Servers are attentive and friendly, but they could use better training in terms of knowing the menu and exactly how dished are prepared.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Great place for Sunday brunch. Staff was nice and attentive. Patio was pleasant. Food was great!!

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The mahi was very good the flatbread was cold and the chicken was just ok. The drinks were overpriced but the service was very good

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined here on New Year's Eve. The setting was beautiful, surrounded by lush tropical plants. The meal was good but not great. The service was also good, but not as "connected" as was hoping. This is likely due to being in a very busy touristy area. If the food and service was as good as the atmosphere, it would be superb. As it was, very good.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We went here for our anniversary. My husband had the duck and I had the special, scallops. Both were absolutely spectacular. Our waiter and the manager were so sweet. I put in our reservations that we did want not want to be seated near children, we were one of 2 tables sat when a family came in with 2 kids and the hostess sat them next to us. We asked to be moved and the waiter was more then understanding. Towards the end of our meal the hostess (who we asked again not to be seated near children and a quiet location) seated a family of six next to us. The waiter came by and apologized and the manager gave us 2 drinks on the house for our anniversary. We really were so pleased with everything except the fact hat the hostess just wasn’t paying attention to detail in such a high caliber restaurant. I wish we could remember our waiters name.

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

I’ve been wanting to check out Essensia for awhile now so we stopped for lunch on a recent trip down. The food & service were great — and because we had a few people with food sensitivities, we were thrilled with all of the options available

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Best part of our experience was our waiter Alex. He was outstanding!!!

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas Eve - Great service and food. Good size portions.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

We were at this restaurant on out last trip to Miami Beach. It was delightful then and one year later just as good.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

I’ve been going here for years and always enjoyed the experience. Wonderful service and very good food.

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4.0Dined on December 14, 2017

We enjoyed the evening, found the restaurant to be very quiet, although the bar was busy.

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2.0Dined on December 10, 2017

The services was not good at all. The restaurant was not even full, but our waiter (who was nice) forgot about us and I had to stand up and look for her many times (the rest of the staff would just say, let me get your waiter, instead of offering to help, which really shcoked me, they don't seem like a team). The food was ok. Really dissapointed

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2.0Dined on December 5, 2017

Great outdoor dinning. Menue was a little limited to a couple fish dishes, three pasta plates, and two expensive steaks. Dollar tank $$

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