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About Essensia Restaurant & Lounge

Essensia follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of fresh, locally-inspired 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 40 people can be accommodated in one of our dining areas.

The Palms Hotel & Spa
3025 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Global, International, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan

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

Cross Street:
30th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(305) 908-5458

Website:
http://www.thepalmshotel.com/dining

Parking Details:
Discounted valet parking available:
Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch: $15
Dinner: $15

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Haloua

Private Party Facilities:
The Palms Hotel & Spa can cater to private events of all sizes, with private venues available from 30 up to 200 persons, including the tropical Poolside Terrace, covered Veranda Terrace, elegant ballrooms and other outdoor venues around the hotel’s lush tropical gardens.

Private Party Contact:
Catering@thepalmshotel.com: (305) 908-5416

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (5)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
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Quiet Conversation (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 22, 2016

We went here for a family dinner. The food was delicious and the fish fresh and prepared with a deft hand. Vegetarian options looked attractive and meat was available, but it was the fish dishes were the star entrees at our table. We ate on the pretty outside patio.

Tags: Organic, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 2, 2016

As vegans, we loved the farm to table concept of this restaurant and the fact that there are vegan options on the menu. We shared the quinoa salad to start, had the plant-based platter for dinner with a side of brussels sprouts and shared a vegan dessert. Everything tasted wonderful and was beautifully presented. Great staff, great ambiance (we are outside) and delicious food. We will be back. Thank you.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 29, 2016

Compliments to the chef, the food was absolutely delicious. Thanks for making my one year anniversary so special, it was fine dining in Paradise! !!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving buffet so expectations not unrealistically high. Have eaten here before, and it is usually quite good if a tad pricey. Setting extremely pleasant.Two main course offerings fine, but all sides substandard, dry, over cooked. Deserts similarly disappointing. Servers pleasant and friendly, but service almost nonexistent, and no one really seemed to care if meal ok. Far below what we have come to expect from Essensia, and they were not "giving it away".

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We have been here for dinner several times on special occasions and the food has always always been excellent, though definitely not cheap.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2016

The menu is very small and the food no really good. I was very expensive in relation with the food quality.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Essensia is located on the ground level of The Palms hotel. The hotel itself is a beautiful Art Deco building, and the restaurant takes over a back porch with a very nice Key West feel to it. There is a less casual indoors area to the restaurant as well. For a lunch or brunch on a late October Miami day, the terrace is the place to be. Laid back, no-hurries environment with a lush tropical feeling. Food is fine; nothing spectacular but mostly over-priced.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2016

The service was outstanding! The food was very fresh and used in interesting combinations- I would suggest the Caprese salad with watermelon. Delicious! The homemade sorbets were amazing!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 29, 2016

We arrived at 9:30 on a Thursday. The restaurant was completely dead. So we had the place to ourselves. Waiter and cast were very attentive. The food was very good although the portions were very small. I ordered the wine pairings, which were later comped.Overall it was a pleasant experience. I would recommend it for someone who likes a quiet place.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 4, 2016

Went to Essentia for my birthday...It was amazing! The food and service were exemplary. Would visit again...and again!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2016

I had a wonderful evening. They made my renewal dinner very special and allowed me to bring a cake in! Food, service and ambiance was excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Enjoyed everything from the bread, to the entre, down to the latte at the end. Beautiful restaurant and our waiter Gracia was excellent! My wife and I had a wonderful evening at Essensia.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2016

I enjoyed every aspect of my dinner at Essensia. The food, the service, the atmosphere were all perfectly delightful, and the kale ceasar salad is perfection. I look forward to returning on my next visit to Miami.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Wonderful place

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2016

We Love It!,, food taste excellent . The organic concept the best!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2016

The food was great BUT the service was SLOW! We were there for over 2 hours for lunch.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 24, 2016

Bad food. Menu is more elaborated compared to the quality of the food offered.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 21, 2016

I love Essencia! It's a wonderful place to go and have a relaxing lunch or dinner.
The service is great plus the food!
Keep it up Essencia!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Hit and missed with various dishes. Positive quality sourced ingredients. Execution off.

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 (Austin)·Dined on June 20, 2016

Service and ambiance is super at this place. Hotel setting and grounds are immaculate. Quality of food for dinner was questionable for the price. Breakfast provided many options and was very good. Staff was wonderful. I would return and give them another chance for dinner.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Was OK. Nothing special. Waiter was attentive, food was nice enough.

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 (Miami)·Dined on June 10, 2016

This is a hidden gem on the bussy-crowded Miami Beach. The food was great, but the service was superb!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 10, 2016

They had excellent gluten-free options; bread, appetizers, salad & entrees. Loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2016

Great variety on the menu very fresh

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 22, 2016

Incredible experience. Food was phenomenal and service was excellent. Omar Jerez took the time to explain the menu, concept, and specials of the restaurant. Amazing overall, definitely recommend it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2016

During a recent trip to Miami this was our most expensive and least enjoyable meal. The food was good but not outstanding, especially considering the price. While I was pleased that they had one vegan salad and entree, the salad was large but not exciting and the entree (cauliflower steak with sweet potato pasta) was good but not satisfying as it was vegetable only - no starch or protein. My husband enjoyed the bisque and cioppino and thought they were good but not outstanding. Service was average. Setting was very nice - we ate outside - and quiet. We arrived at 9pm on a weekday and were probably the last people to arrive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 5, 2016

This restaurant was EXTREMELY over priced and the food was just ok.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2016

My wife and I came to the Palms for a wedding. The evening before we stopped into Essentia for dinner. The kale and Parmesan salad was outstandingly good! As we're the garden greens. My wife's cioppino seafood risotto was delightful. I had the special of the day which was a broiled branzino. I loved the side of Brussels sprouts? During our stay we had a lunch by the pool and a lunch at the spa also prepared by Essentia. They got our order wrong at the spa and the manager comped us. Al around a class act

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 27, 2016

Nothing...the overall look was nice. The food was ok...cold and plain.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 26, 2016

This is our go-to place for special occasions. The service is excellent, it's quiet, the food is delicious and the environment is lovely....both inside and outside.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 12, 2016

a disapointment! it used to be fine dining, but the staff were not up to standards at all. no one poured the wine, the entrees were brought out before the appetizer dishes were cleared.
new silverware was brought out after that, while the entrees sat.
the fish was overcooked for one of the entrees, a sin!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 8, 2016

Food and service was excellent. Ambiance is beautiful! Food was small portions for high price but worth every penny! Many Gluten free options (well labeled!) which is important for me as I am a very sensitive Celiac. Went two nights in a row and will go back anytime we are in the area!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Food was very, very fine and the service (Omar, our waiter) is exceptional.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Excellent place, good food, good service, good environment. 100% recommended.

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Great for a weekend brunch when you are on the Miami Beach

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Essencia is my place for special events and guests in town. I always enjoy the ambiance, the food, the service. I can sit leisurely and dine graciously.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 6, 2016

Delicious food, we were thrilled to find farm to fork theme in south beach. The ambiance was very relaxing and nice. Service was great. Very nice but of course pricey, but you pay for what you get!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 24, 2016

I'll write a short review and my comments only apply to the Sunday brunch. So for the brunch, they have what they call "small plates" and "large plates" (and burgers, warps, etc). I took the Salmon Roulade "large plate" and it was soooo tiny, with 3 little rolls of smoked salmon sitting around lettuce that was not in its prime. For $22 it was a true rip-off and I should have taken a photo of it since you have to see it to believe. The fish tacos the same thing, really really tiny pieces, and we are not big eaters. I don't know who had the idea of calling those "large plates" but it must be some unfortunate anorexic person.
The benedict was regular size and the burgers look like it too as I saw some passing by.
Anyhow, I cannot advise you to go there for sunday brunch and we will not return. btw, for the valet it's $20 *if* you eat there (otherwise some ridiculous $30+ ). Better park in the street, the ticket is $18 if you get caught. Do the math :)

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 9, 2016

This is one of my favorite places. I've written reviews before, always raving. Recently I've read how many false reviews exist, and one way to tell them is that they are always just positive. So, I have decided to share the one thing I've not liked in 3 years of visits.

We are pescaterian and usually order vegetarian food. We had the cauliflower steak plate recently and were disappointed. It seemed to have something missing, as though there should have been quinoa, faro, barley, some grain as a part of the dish. I suggest the restaurant add to this dish.

Some of our favorites are the kale caesar salad, the avocado tempura, the shrimp gnocci, and the desserts.

Enjoy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Key West)·Dined on January 2, 2016

we loved our dinner at Essentia. Great food and very kind service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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