Essensia Restaurant & Lounge
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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
Wonderful veranda dining. Great food. We keep going back.
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!
"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review." Come back and visit anytime. Sincerely, Valeria
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
The selection of vegetables and desserts was very good, also the salmon tasted good. The price 55 usd a little bit too high.
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.
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
terrific food and service
great menu options
outstanding shrimp and cauliflower soup
This place never disappoints. The food is so tasty and delicious. Already can’t wait to go back
The ambiance was beautiful and we enjoyed the vibe. The food was delicious. I'd totally go back again.
Beautiful setting outdoors facing ocean
Great food and great service makes for a great night out
Very varied menu and a beautiful location for a very good meal.
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.
Delicious and fresh food! The service we received was impeccable!
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?
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
Good food. Service could have been quicker. Offers vegan options.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inexperienced waitress made it awkward. No real view or ambience. Food was very good.
The food was very good. There were a wide variety of menu options. The waitress was very attentive
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!
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 !!!!
Great for outdoor dining.
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. 😀
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.
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
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.
Brunch was great, service fantastic
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.
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
Excellent food and lovely atmosphere. Great cocktails!
Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Cecile.
I would recommend the food but not the service. It’s very laid back and they don’t come to the table often.
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.