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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
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Neighborhood Gem (3)
Romantic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Seasonal
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Delicious and fresh ! Beautiful presentation and great menu selection. It was a highlight of our visit to Miami Beach area . We sat outside on the deck which was lovely .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Creative chef. Very good food. The outdoor patio area is a wonderful, serene setting. Servers are attentive and friendly, but they could use better training in terms of knowing the menu and exactly how dished are prepared.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great place for Sunday brunch. Staff was nice and attentive. Patio was pleasant. Food was great!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The mahi was very good the flatbread was cold and the chicken was just ok. The drinks were overpriced but the service was very good

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined here on New Year's Eve. The setting was beautiful, surrounded by lush tropical plants. The meal was good but not great. The service was also good, but not as "connected" as was hoping. This is likely due to being in a very busy touristy area. If the food and service was as good as the atmosphere, it would be superb. As it was, very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We went here for our anniversary. My husband had the duck and I had the special, scallops. Both were absolutely spectacular. Our waiter and the manager were so sweet. I put in our reservations that we did want not want to be seated near children, we were one of 2 tables sat when a family came in with 2 kids and the hostess sat them next to us. We asked to be moved and the waiter was more then understanding. Towards the end of our meal the hostess (who we asked again not to be seated near children and a quiet location) seated a family of six next to us. The waiter came by and apologized and the manager gave us 2 drinks on the house for our anniversary. We really were so pleased with everything except the fact hat the hostess just wasn’t paying attention to detail in such a high caliber restaurant. I wish we could remember our waiters name.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I’ve been wanting to check out Essensia for awhile now so we stopped for lunch on a recent trip down. The food & service were great — and because we had a few people with food sensitivities, we were thrilled with all of the options available

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Best part of our experience was our waiter Alex. He was outstanding!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas Eve - Great service and food. Good size portions.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We were at this restaurant on out last trip to Miami Beach. It was delightful then and one year later just as good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I’ve been going here for years and always enjoyed the experience. Wonderful service and very good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We enjoyed the evening, found the restaurant to be very quiet, although the bar was busy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The services was not good at all. The restaurant was not even full, but our waiter (who was nice) forgot about us and I had to stand up and look for her many times (the rest of the staff would just say, let me get your waiter, instead of offering to help, which really shcoked me, they don't seem like a team). The food was ok. Really dissapointed

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great outdoor dinning. Menue was a little limited to a couple fish dishes, three pasta plates, and two expensive steaks. Dollar tank $$$

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful. Romantic. Quite. Diverse menu and tables set apart far enough to make you feel like you are dining alone. Except when some loud drunk people get into the pool and that kinda ruins the mood, but overall a really wonderful experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and great service. Everything was perfect. I highly recommand it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A great experience overall. I wholeheartedly recommend it and will be returning soon!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Mixed feelings about our date night at this restaurant. It's a lovely spot and the wait staff were warm and welcoming. And the food was pretty good. But there were two big issues for us--the wait staff seemed highly disorganized. Different waiters appeared, said they were going to check on certain things in the kitchen and didn't come back until we went for the manager. Most importantly, at least two dishes on the menu that were identified as being gluten-free were not. One person in our party has celiac and when we asked the waiters to double check whether the fried plantains in these dishes were fried in the same grease as gluten items they came back and said that it indeed was a shared frier. So not gluten-free meals as advertised--once again, a major problem for an individual with celiac.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The outside seating area had a very nice ambiance that was very classy. The food was phenomenal. I had the braised short rib over a bed of gnocchi. The meat was perfectly cooked and melted in your mouth. The service was good but nothing over the top. I feel like most Miami restaurants have "order takers" and not waiters/waitresses. This didn't take away from the overall experience however and I would definitely go back.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Wonderful Miami Spice experience!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We keep coming back year after year to Essensia, one of our favorite restaurants. The Miami Spice menu was a great deal and we enjoyed everything. The short rib was to die for and the flan dessert was just the right size to cap off a delightful meal. We always enjoy sitting outside, relaxing, and having a pleasant conversation away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Went for their August Miami Spice menu.
As SoBe locals we usually do not venture into the mid/north Miami beach area too much, but this one was truly a great choice!
They have a lovely bar and seating area (copious!) and the cocktails, even though not reduced, were quite voluminous and rather good.
Restaurant has a beautiful outdoor veranda style seating area that evoques plantation romatic comparisons, and hence is a beautifull location (indoors available too).
Their main menu clearly reflects a vast choices of meat and seafood choices and their famr-to-table approach was evident (with an award to go with it)
Options for starters and entree were right of their top-shelf items on the menu, and they did NOT reduce the size of the dishes (commendable!).
Grilled octopus and my 'ropa-vieja' (pulled-beef) plantain tostada was exquisitely delicious.... used bread to soak up all the sauce... :-)
The mains were fantastic - their Bouillabaisse had an asian hint to it, which made it probably the best and innovative I have tasted - subtle to not affect the fish tastes yet unusual enough to delight; all seafood elements were on point - not a single item was under or overcooked... rare to find in a bouillabaisse (all about technique!). The braised beef short rib over gnocchi was fabulous - healthy portion and perfectly cooked, with fall-apart gnocchi and a reduced sauce that was to die for...
The flancocho and the mango tart desserts were very good, but I could not stop thinking of the mains... :-)
Anyway, I realize they swap out menu items in Septmeber, but based on their main menu I do not think you will be disappointed, regardless of what they decide to put on the Spice Menu!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (London)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Very good Miami Spice brunch
I picked the bread basket as a starter with 2small croissants and 2 chocolate breads-Yum
Excellent egg sandwich with Proper sausage
Hidden gem of a restaurant in mid-beach within walking distance of many hotels

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2017

It was kind of strange. The way the hostess was running around and asked us to sit and wait for our table, I thought the restaurant was jammed. But when we were finally seated after a 10 minute wait, the inside dining area was relatively empty. Strike 1. Once seated, we waited another 10 minutes for someone to bring water and ask for drink orders. Strike 2. It seemed like they had a lot of staff walking around between servers, waiters, busboys, etc. so I don't know why the service was so slow. We were actually thinking about leaving, when the guy that served us water came by and asked if we had any questions about the menu. We asked a few questions, that he was unable to answer, so he said he would be right back? When he did come back, his answers were all wrong. Strike 3. We were hungry, so we decided to order. They brought a basket of bread and butter and olive spread...so we sat eating bread and water waiting for our dinner. No one ever came by and asked if we wanted more water or bread... we just sat inside a virtually empty dining room waiting. Strike 4. At this point it was comical. We were wondering how this place could be so mismanaged? Did people not show up for work? Did staff quit or get fired? We were getting to the point were I was shining my I-Phone light to get someones attention for some water. No Joke, after I got someone's attention for water, it was another few minutes before they came back. Dinner was finally served and to our shock...it was EXCELLENT! The food was worth the wait! The kitchen prepared flawless food that was delicious.... No one came by to check on us, once it was served. No one asked if we would like drinks. A busboy came over and cleared our plates, but our server or waiter never came back to ask if we wanted coffee or dessert. A very strange night! I started shining my I-phone light to get their attention, so I could get the check and get out. When we finally left, I guess it was a manager that said, "Thanks for coming"

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Extremely poor services from beginning to end. Always would have to make an effort to find our waiter. We arrived first and had to wait for 2 people to come. In the first 10 min no one came to offer us a drink, we had to find and ask a waiter to bring us 2 cocktails. Once our friends arrived again we had to look for a waiter as no one would come to the table, once they did and took the beverage order they never served it until we ask about it after 10 min. Food was very slow to come out of the Kitchen for a very simple avocado toast, potatoes and sausage dishes. We waited 15 min for dessert. Quality of food was average at best. And of course they include 18% gratuity and said that they were sorry that they had a lot of tables.

All in all an extremely poor experience that I wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food was good, just didn't see much of our waiter, had to ask for him a couple of times. Was good they asked about allergies.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Was not impressed. Very mediocre meal. Nothing really special.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent service, excellent food! The only meh course was dessert (and we tried three of them). Otherwise a highly satisfying meal.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Food was excellent, service was terrific! Too bright to be romantic and the ambience was kinda commercial

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Lovely location and friendly atmosphere! Enjoyed a nice brunch and celebrated a special day.

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 (Miami)·Dined on July 22, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Delicious farm to table meal! Both the vegan menu and the regular one were amazing.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Organic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 2, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Great food and service!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2017

My new favorite restaurant in South Beach!

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Cozy, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Healthy, Spicy, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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