Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
509 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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Private dining
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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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
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What 509 People Are Saying
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RM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 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.

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FC
Los Angeles
1 review
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.

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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!

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good but a bit pricey and small servings

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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.

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C
San Francisco
7 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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AG
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding location, service and vibe. Celebrated Anniversary, perfect location.

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L
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Saturday Brunch....

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LP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and very fresh! The service was great also! The restaurant is beautiful, just stunning.

The only thing I didn't like is that the tip is included (18%). I never like it when restaurants do this; I prefer to do my own tip based on service. I would have tipped 22% but the forced tip put a bad taste in my mouth.

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GK
Chicago
92 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great menu, nice wine list, really great service....GOGOGO

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s
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The menu has a lot of variety and I liked it but the food wasn’t all that great. My steak was very cheery but I didn’t enjoy the ceviche. I would go back !

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AI
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our Miami Spice meals! Ceviche, churrasco & eggs, salmon with a killer chutney!

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JL
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious. But our food took forever to get to the table.

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GT
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice environment, great tasty food and excellent service

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SG
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing !
I’m coming back again

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RB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful ambiance. A bit pricey

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LF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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JK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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Miami
32 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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V
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything good. That was unbelievable good good!!

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OT
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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AO
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Miami
28 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and great food. Perfect

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MJ
New England
42 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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NA
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

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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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Minneapolis
38 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

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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E
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overpriced.

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D
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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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LR
London
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We had a very good evening but it was very expensive

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G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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