Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

4.4
542 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
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.
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PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I didn't appreciate the automatic 18% tip, since the service was "OK." I dined alone and there were only 4-5 tables being served since it was earlier in the evening. I ordered an appetizer (Drunken Mussels and Clams) and an arugula salad with fresh burrata (the burrata was not warm). I was overlooked several times due to the "crowd." I had a mojito prior to dinner and wanted a glass of wine for dinner. I finally had to flag down one of the staff for that.
I also wanted another glass of water, and finally flagged down a hostess to let SOMEONE know I wanted it. Not busy...not concerned...not attentive. However, the waiter delivered the check before I finished my meal.

I might add that even though there was a couple and a young woman sitting across from me, they received STELLAR service...while I sat waiting no more than 5' away.

As soon as I was asked if I was done, the check was the fastest part of the service all night. Hmmmmmm🤔 What's wrong with THIS picture?

RJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant in the Palms Hotel. Great service and food. The bar is terrific. Say hello to Delice who is a great bartender. Also Johan great waiter

I
Essex
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Good food. Service could have been quicker. Offers vegan options.

MR
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food -
ordered tuna appetizer and ahi tuna entree.

Wife ordered Salmon cake app and salmon entree

Celebrated 7th anniversary. Got two free glasses of wine to toast.

Stayed in the Palms Hotel - and this made a romantic night "out" even more convenient.

TB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Food and drinks. The staff was extremely attentive and the view was AMAZING! Although I made reservations, I was able to dine early, which I appreciated. The prices were reasonable, and the experience was memorable. Will definitely return.

OT
Naples
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful hotel and on a day full of rain it was a great place for a midday lunch. The cheese hamburger was amazing, juicy and flavorful. The Truffle Fries were a delight for everyone. Eggs Benedict prepared perfectly with fresh and flavorful Avocados. We had a great and dry lunch on a very rainy afternoon and Val our server was wonderful.

OT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We set outside on the patio for Sunday Brunch. Delicious menu-I had the Challah French toast and a side of bacon. My friend had the truffle flat bread and a side of bacon. Both choices were delicious. Pleasant staff and dining atmosphere.

MK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Inexperienced waitress made it awkward. No real view or ambience. Food was very good.

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good. There were a wide variety of menu options. The waitress was very attentive

DS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Essensia so I knew it was the perfect place to bring my Dad for his 89th birthday with some friends. I had alerted the restaurant in advance and they made a big show of greeting him with “happy birthday” and bringing his dessert with a candle so we could sing. The food was fabulous as always! If you want a special nite of good food in a quiet and elegant FL setting. Essensia is for you!

RR
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Perfect Brunch at Essensia!! We visited for the first time on Mother's Day for their brunch. The menu was slightly enhanced as it was a buffet style brunch and I must say Essensia management did not forget one detail! Every single station was fully stocked with delicacies, from shrimp cocktail to ceviche, to omelet station to pasta! You name it and they had it! Their staff was amazing all around from the servers to the all of the staff at the stations. Bartenders were excellent and their Mimosas, are addicting! Managers were hands on that day, to help their staff members and making sure guests were treated correctly and attentive. Thank you very much Essensia for a wonderful Mother's Day brunch experience. We got some pretty amazing photos in the beautiful lobby of the Palms Hotel and if that wasn't enough.. their Tropical Outdoor setting, pool areas, outside bar and live Parrots are an awesome addition for a perfect Sunday afternoon. We will see you again very soon!! KEEP IT UP !!!!

J
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for outdoor dining.

OT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant. Food was delicious and staff very friendly. Restrooms in the lobby of The Palms hotel were very nice. Definitely want to come back when we are in south beach again. 😀

T
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice and relaxed atmosphere, suitable if you like a quiet place to dine. Restaurant overlooking pool and garden. Good food with a selection of fish and meat, fresh and tasty . We would visit again.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary we were treated really well by the staff they gave us our first drink on the house the food was delicious

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are on vacation. First time in Miami Beach. Looking for seafood dinner that is close To where we are staying. Our hotel recommends Essensia. It’s less than 2 blocks away, so the location is perfect. We sat outside for a lovely dinner al fresco. The staff is attentive, professional and polite. The menu is broad enough to satisfy our range of tastes. The food is well prepared and delicious. So in sum, while the dinner was a bit pricy, it was very enjoyable, and we’d go back.

HR
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was great, service fantastic

A
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of my favorite spots in Miami! They make a ceaser salad a delicacy! Every bite hits so many flavor profiles at once and their fish is so fresh! I also enjoyed their pear cocktail. I'll never go to Miami without stopping in.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded on April 2, 2019

I am glad to read that you enjoyed your experience at Essensia. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Cecile

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and lovely atmosphere. Great cocktails!

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Cecile.

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MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I would recommend the food but not the service. It’s very laid back and they don’t come to the table often.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded on April 2, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to post a review; I am pleased to read that you enjoyed the food at Essensia. I will share your feedback with the team regarding the service for follow up and training. We do hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Cecile.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Very over priced for the small portions. Paid $8 for added tofu that wasn’t any bigger than my pinky. Because gratitude is added to the bill, the service is terrible. Our waiter took our order and we never saw them again and never got our waters refilled, which was the only beverage we were drinking.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and decor. Service is a mix. No hostess three times I went passed. Finally told the bartender I was trying to check in for our reservation. Bartender says no problem, you have plenty of time. 5 min later bartender says this is our last chance to order. Okay- still no hostess. We seat ourselves and get a busser’s attention. We order but are warned the kitchen will close in an hour. It’s 9pm. Okay. We order, app comes, then drinks, 5 min later entrees while app is still on the later and we are warned again to hurry up. Okay we send the app away to just eat our mains. A few minutes later another warning. It was ridiculous. At exactly 10pm all tables around us are cleared and we are encouraged to move to the bar. They are also closing but offer to do us a favor and make us two drinks. Seriously it was really rushed and we felt like everyone was doing us a favor by allowing us to be served. The food is always great but I doubt I will go back. We were the only patrons in the restaurant FYI. Completely empty. It’s sad to see what has happened to this place.

k
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Ceviche was too small

MP
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The size of the entrees to share was a little tiny but the food is very tasty.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful servers, amazing food and quiet atmosphere. Feels like you are in the middle of tropical forest 😻

KS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really beautiful restaurant and great service. I went for my birthday and had a great time with freinds

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded on February 23, 2019

Thank you for the great review! I am glad to read that you had a great time for your birthday. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards, Cecile.

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AH
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, experience!

JE
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very romantic Valentine's Day dinner with my husband. I had the Korean steak tacos that were so delicious!! My husband had the steak with truffle fries, which the steak was under seasoned and lackluster but the fries were amazing. The old fashion cocktail was so refreshing and aromatic. Our server was friendly and attentive. We love the ambiance!

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded on February 17, 2019

I am glad to read that you enjoyed your Valentine's Day with us! Thank you for taking the time to post a review and share your feedback with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kindly, Cecile.

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MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We had our 2 year old with us and the kids meal was served in a bento box and had awesome healthy choices. Our dinners were both tasty & filling. It’s an overall great experience.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded on February 17, 2019

Thank you so much for the review! I am glad to read that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kindly, Cecile.

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SF
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We stay in The Palms Hotel since years and everytime we are also using the Essensia Restaurant and it was excellent in the past and no reason for complains. This year soemthing changed and I don't know what.
The service personal was a little bit confused and the the dinner wasn't as we know it from the past. It was horrible. Sorry to say this, but simple meals like pasta amatriciana, which we ordered for our kids, wasn't tasty and a nigthmare. I had fish and this was also a nightmare, to long grilled, verry dry and "black" on one site and this is something I never had before.
To be fair, we decided to go again into the Essensia restaurant, the next day and it was better than the day before, but we decided to order the "burger", which was ok, but I hope that the Essentia don't want to change their concept and will be a "Burger Restaurant" in the future.
I really hope, that they will come back to their "old performance"!

RA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. Took 20 mins to get our table. Server brought appetizers and entrees at the same time, almost one hour after we got there. 18% service charge included is a rip off. Really bad experience.

R
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We recommended our friends from London and we expected to have a brunch on the Christmas day. The waiter was rigid that they only serve lunch after 11 am. We were there 10 minutes before and was told to wait for the table to be ready until after 11 am. My husband was pretty embarrassed that our guests wanted to have a brunch.. We have been to their place several times and were very disappointing. The staff need to be more considerable.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded on December 29, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to post a review; guest feedback is very important to us. Our apologies that your experience was not up to standards and for any misunderstandings. We will definitely reconvene to discuss holding a brunch after Christmas for next year. I invite you to reach out to me personally at the Hotel and hope to see you again soon, Cecile D.

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RM
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very friendly and responsible. The food tastes great.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience! I was staying at the hotel and decided to have dinner there. Enjoyed the outside atmosphere, the decoration and had a very tasty vegan dish abd glass of wine. Live music at the bar and very good service made it perfect.

R
London
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Essensia was a quiet lull in the Miami mayhem, I was greeted warmly by the waiting staff who didn’t blink an eye at a woman dining solo and I probably was taken care of even more because of this. Great food, great ambiance, fantastic personnel.

FC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent as was the service. We were there to celebrate an anniversary and they offered a complimentary drink to us and had a few of the staff stop by to wish us a happy anniversary. Very relaxing to be sitting on the outdoor deck and relaxing. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

GM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was wonderful! Pressed juice menu was delicious and refreshing during travel! Great portion sizes at this restaurant!

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good but a bit pricey and small servings

LS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Place was good. The waitstaff was a little slow. We had to get up and ask to get our server cause they wouldn't come to the table to ask "how's everything going." Not sure if I would come back.

C
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food, but service wasn't there... We arrived on time for our booking but felt very rushed the whole time. Ambience is good but there are better options available nearby for the same (and less) price point. Worth trying but not a restaurant we would go back too.

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