Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

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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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Join us for a tropical Valentine’s Day Dinner featuring a 5-course natural gourmet menu with delicious vegan options for every course! $189 p/couple (incl.bottle of Mionetto Organic Prosecco). Seasonal prix-fixe menu also available.

Friday, February 14, 2020

What 562 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.3
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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful veranda dining. Great food. We keep going back.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed some delicious options from Seasonal menu at the Palms Hotel and Spa.The Tuna Poke appetizer and Lobster Risotto entree were perfectly prepared and had great flavor. My husband was impressed with the restaurant manager that made us feel welcomed, I believe his name is Mijal. The whole team show professionalism. Looking forward to returning sometime soon.
Notes: Essensia mule top notch!

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded 5 days ago

"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review." Come back and visit anytime. Sincerely, Valeria

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SB
Miami
47 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We've had better experiences at Essencia. Our server was slow to take our orders for cocktails, then brought them one at a time. We asked not to be rushed over our appetizers, but the main courses arrived much too soon, and our guest's pork belly was dried out and she couldn't eat it. The inattention of the server was the most irritating.
It's a lovely restaurant in a lovely hotel, and we will go back, however.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
Responded 5 days ago

I do apologize your service at Essensia did not exceed your expectations. We always strive to provide the best service to our guest and your feedback is an invaluable part of the process. I will like to extend an invitation next time your travel should bring you to Miami beach with 2 complimentary welcome drinks and we can assure to accommodate all your needs. I look forward welcoming you back to Essensia Restaurant. Kind Regards, Valeria Torres

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OT
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice -
Quiet and refined atmosphere, interesting menu with sufficient variety.
Food all prepared and very attractive.
Service was gracious but error prone from front desk to waiter to final check.
Convenient for those in the hotel.

A
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, mediocre food, s l o w service. It’s a lovely setting but we waited 1 and 1/2 hours for our table of 8 to be served!
We should have left but waiter kept saying it would soon be there. The restaurant was NOT packed with people.

l
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family LOVES this restaurant! We return even when we’re not staying at the hotel. Parents get upscale elegance and kids still feel welcomed!

HB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We stayed at the Palms over Christmas and were superhappy with everything except for our dinner on Christmas Day. They served a buffé that was pretty small, sloppy and not seasoned at all. Maybe all regulator chefs were on holidays but when also service was unattentative and slow the dinner was a huge disappointment - especially at that pricelevel.

A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It would have been nice to be informed when we made the reservation that it was a buffet Christmas dinner. The food was mediocre with a limited selection. There were no other options from the regular menu which was a problem for one person in our party. The ambiance was very nice and the servers were good.

SR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I expect for a Christmas Dinner at this kind of place a perfect service! It was a joke... we waited 20 min on our first drinks... and then had to remind the supervisor to help us out...
Never again.

TK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The selection of vegetables and desserts was very good, also the salmon tasted good. The price 55 usd a little bit too high.

AW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We dined on the 14th and had a decent time. I thought the food would have been much better. Nothing stood out except the chicken. The snapper was a bit disappointing and the shrimp starter was also underwhelming. For the amount of money we paid, I expected a more superior end result as it relates to the food. I cannot take my hat off to chief. But for a place with a nice ambiance and great grounds and great rooms, I would still recommend. Just find a better place to dine.

EP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This was my birthday dinner. The waiter forgot to bring the wine I ordered but charged me for it on the bill. My sons $54 steak that he asked for medium-rare was well done. I asked for gluten free bread with the chacuterie board we ordered, it came 3/4 the way through the meal. Someone was smoking at the next table over during our entire dinner. Waiter was impersonal and did not offer the level of service I expected at a place like this. The only redeeming factor was 20% price taken off my sons steak due to it being so poorly prepared. Very disappointed

MH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

terrific food and service
great menu options
outstanding shrimp and cauliflower soup

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The food is so tasty and delicious. Already can’t wait to go back

BB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The ambiance was beautiful and we enjoyed the vibe. The food was delicious. I'd totally go back again.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

SG
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting outdoors facing ocean
Great food and great service makes for a great night out

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very varied menu and a beautiful location for a very good meal.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Noemi was our server and she was great. Attentive, friendly and ready to make a great guest experience. Food was good, kale salad was great and the manager came by to check everyone’s table to make sure they satisfied. That’s the way you bring back customers and we will be back.

SM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fresh food! The service we received was impeccable!

PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience2

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

MR
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
43 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
19 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great for outdoor dining.

OT
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was great, service fantastic

A
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food4service2ambience5

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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