Food took over an hour to come out after appetizers. I wouldn't have cared if it wasn't so hot in the outdoor seating area but that's all they had available (even though we saw plenty of seating indoors). Also one of the servers had extremely bad BO. The food however was amazing! All in all a very good experience.
Excellent service, excellent food! The only meh course was dessert (and we tried three of them). Otherwise a highly satisfying meal.
Food was excellent, service was terrific! Too bright to be romantic and the ambience was kinda commercial
My wife and I are constantly in search of healthy eating options. We came across this restaurant which was touted as organic. It is actually only somewhat organic. However, they did offer gluten free bread which was nice. Our entrees were pretty good. We had a fish dish, bouillabaisse and a steak dish. We are probably going to return.
Lovely location and friendly atmosphere! Enjoyed a nice brunch and celebrated a special day.
The Restaurant is within the Palm Hotel but the food and service were both excellent. The set Spice Menu is highly recommended as all the courses were very good
Delicious farm to table meal! Both the vegan menu and the regular one were amazing.
There was a group of 5 of us that had a reservation for brunch at 11:30 AM. We were seated closer to 11:45 am, and should have known then that there was going to be an issue. I will say that the manager on duty was wonderful and very helpful, however we shouldn't have had to interact with him so much. Four of the five ordered from the prix fixe menu and almost all ordered the same thing. It took over an hour four our first course (avocado toast-nothing fancy) to come. In the mean time we were given other things to hold us over, but there was no reason for avocado toast to take so long. The restaurant was not busy at all, and no one else was eating either. In the end, our entire meal took over two hours, when we were expecting much faster food service. I would not recommend this place due to the extremely long wait times without any explanation.
Great food and service!
Didn't get seated until 11:40 for a 11:00 clock reservation. No server for 20 minutes after seating. Once the server came, the service was very good.
My new favorite restaurant in South Beach!
Celebrated my 30th birthday here with family and friends and it was perfect. Felt like we were just laughing and hanging around the dinner table at home! Great ambiance and good food. Hard to find organic restaurants that make international dishes. Especially Caribbean non-vegetarian dishes. This one hit the mark with thoughtful food sourcing and food with flavor. Love the aesthetics too.
And they were very gracious hosts to my family who arranged a surprise cake and candle moment for me! Thank you again for a great night!
We were staying at the Palms hotel and ate here twice. The cocktails and food were creative and wonderful, and it was so lovely sitting on the veranda.
The service was exceptional. The staff was super friendly! Not to mention the food was delicious.
Flavors were good but everything was dryed out. Fix that, then I would go back. Service excellent.
Perfect as always! Awesome vegan options! Fabulous ambience!
Food was really great. Service was friendly and attentive
Always the perfect brunch spot. Patio surrounded by lush vegetation is a plus. Feels like you're transported to the Carribean.
Churrasco steak was fantastic.
My second trip to Miami and stayed at this same hotel (The Palms Resort and Spa). The breakfast buffet is WONDERFUL! Around 30.00 but its worth it. Omelet station, Chicken sausage, Salmon and and array of cheeses and fruits. I could go on but those are MY favorite things. The customer service is impeccable. I had the same waitress twice and absolutely adored her. I have only eaten breakfast items at this restaurant but I can only assume that lunch and dinner are just as great!
Second time being there. Brought our teenage daughters this time and was not disappointed! Excellent
Great place, great food and great service. All was perfect.
The food was superb and our waiter, Joshua, was above excellent.
Great. All was perfect. Service was delightful. I highly recommand.
Great food and great welcoming. Exotic and quiet. I recommand.
bad service, bad experience, nothing special, would not go again
Always nice great ambiance
We have an amazing experience, food was delicious and fresh. We all got the buffet for breakfast, it has a large selection for everyone in the family. And it's the best deal!
The Food is very good and we love that you Can sit Outside on that lovely terrace.
Die Terrasse ist der Hammer! Durch die indirekte Beleuchtung sitzt man gemütlich in romantischer Atmosphäre. Die Gerichte sind gut, frisch, saisonal und kreativ. Ich mag das Essensia und komme gern wieder!
Great food, good service, and the first restaurant in Miami that understood the severity of my allergy (Celiac disease) ambiance is good, you can go there without any doubt. Sure value.
Great service, great food
Shaved vegetable salad with morsels of goat cheese splashed with a light vinaigrette is a perfect beginning, although all the salads on the menu are enticing, including hearts of palm and roasted corn and black beans. Swordfish, salmon, and a local fish called corvina are offered, all cooked and sauced differently with perfectly married ingredients. Filet of beef was so tender and sweet, pork tender with Jamaican jerk sauce nice and spicy. The ambience is truly beautiful, lots of cushions for comfort, with a feel of being on a friend's veranda in the Keys.
Great food, great service, many options for all dietary needs. Will be back!
We were looking for vegetarian and non vegetarian menu selections and this restaurant provided that for us. The setting was very pleasant, food taste and presentation was great and service attentive. Portion size was not huge and what we wanted
We were guests at The Palms Resort and after seeing the setting and menu of Essentia Restaurant, decided to eat at the resort instead of somewhere out in South Beach. We are so glad we did. This one of the best meals we've ever had. The candlelight and linen tablecloth ambiance on the wrap-around porch of the resort, next to the pool, is worthy of a special occasion. You can't see the beach for the palm trees but you might be able to hear the waves crashing if the tide is high. The wine list is gratifyingly extensive, if expensive (we had Prosecco, which was one of the cheaper options at $45/bottle). On the recommendation of our server, I chose a vegetarian selection of oyster mushroom ceviche, followed by Chickpea Cauliflower Kale Curry, which were divine. My husband had a kale caesar salad and an island-style seafood bouillabase dish, which he said were also amazing. A Haitian man named Gracia was our server; he was helpful, friendly, and competent. We will go out of our way to eat here again on our next visit to Miami!
The restaurant is expensive, but we knew that before we went. The food, drinks, service and ambiance were worth it!
We went there for a late breakfast, and sat on the veranda. It was a very relaxing and pleasant experience. The menu was very interesting and the food was delicious. The service was attentive and efficient. We enjoyed the experience so much we made a reservation and returned for dinner.
Great find. Healthy eating. All enjoyed it. Dessert was disappointing (lemon tart. But overall good experience.
Nice restaurant. Food was really good. The birds really like the food too. They have a guy walking around with a rain stick to scare them away. A little distracting from the ambiance, but not from the delicious food.