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Essenza at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

55 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Scenic View

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With every part of the dining experience we hope to leave our guests with the Essenza (Essence) of what matters to us: delicious, rustic Italian fare served in an unforgettably beautiful landscape. Whether it’s a dish featuring locally sourced seafood or prosciutto imported directly from Parma, Essenza offers familiar Italian dishes crafted and served to feel like home, paired with a superb selection of wines and pristine cocktails.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Open daily for dinner, 6pm-12am
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Phone number
(340) 775-3333 ext. 8128
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Parking details
Valet parking is complimentary
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 16, 2017

Food was average, at best. Service was very food and accomodaring. Menu selection quite limited

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Stayed at Ritz St Thomas for a week long vacation with my wife and daughters (24 and 22). We ate primarily on site and the food here was terrific. Thought a little pricey esp wine list. But it is the Ritz. Overall a wonderful restaurant. Limoncello terrific

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

The service was impeccable and the food delicious! We did not take advantage of the patio seating, but enjoyed the ambiance in the main dining room.

vipfoodie1 (Houston)
3.0  Dined on July 4, 2017

We were disappointed to find out that they no longer served the lasagna, which was the best! Very limited menu and not a lot of pasta on the menu which is what you would expect at an Italian restaurant. So we ordered the pizza which was good.

vipEEH17 (Atlantic City)
2.0  Dined on June 17, 2017

For being a Ritz Carlton restaurant I thought the food was subpar. Since it is an Italian restaurant I thought I would order the pasta with seafood in a light tomato sauce. I should have ordered something else. The pasta was not cooked properly and the seafood did not seem fresh at all. The sauce was light but only because it seemed watered down. Seems like my dish had been made a few hours ago. Overall I was highly disappointed in this Ritz Carlton restaurant.

Susanguts88 (Caribbean)
1.0  Dined on June 13, 2017

The restaurant was dirty. The menu had stains on it. The seat cushions at the bar were ripped. And my meal was not cooked. I'm just shocked that this restaurant was in a Ritz Carlton

vipOhgeorge (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2017

Dined twice, both times for dinner. We deemed the food very good, but not always to our personal taste but cannot downgrade it for that. For example, we prefer our pasta al dente and theirs is more done. We like our sauces a tad lighter, theirs a a bit heavier, but that we deemed a matter of taste. Pasta is made daily on a pasta table set up in the foyer. We had a specialty of the day one evening, ravioli stuffed with veal and ricotta cheese, that was heavenly. It was worthy of a top grade from Michelin. Front of the house under Kathleen, on one evening, and Manu, on the other, was attentive and friendly. Understanbly, locals who were servers not that knowledgeable about Italian cuisine. Kudos to both Manu and Katheeen for keeping matters top-shelf RC with staff drawn from the island. If you're accustomed to Babbo, Felidia, Il Mulino, etc. fare from NYC, this is not quite it, but more than acceptable and much to our liking. Chatting with the Chef before ordering always helps.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2017

The food was cooked perfectly! Branzino was grilled to perfection. They knew we were celebrating our anniversary and bought champagne to our table complementary!
Wonderful service and lovely view by the water!

vipJJJJJjJj (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2017

Fettuccine was really good with sausage and mushroom, also try the meat and cheese starter, very good!

MJ84 (Miami)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2017

Great food and dining experience. We ate outside with a beautiful view of the moon shining on the water & had friendly, knowledgeable service. The chef went table to table introducing himself & chatting, which was very nice. The food was fantastic & prepared exactly as we ordered, we had the rabbit, the pork chop & a scallop pizza. The restaurant is simple in decor but beautiful & a warm environment in which to dine.

vipWyoomal (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 28, 2017

Food was piping hot when it arrived. Love that

Travelinghood (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on March 24, 2017

The service was great but the food quality for a Ritz was below my expectations. I stay at a Ritz 2-3 times a year in various Locations. Their restaurants on sight are high quality. This Ritz is below in quality of food. The hotel and location is beautiful but I believe they need to work on the variety and quality of their food. One of us ordered margarita pizza it was good. The chicken was good and I had a pasta dish good.

Rebecca (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

The place was beautiful. The service was alright. It took forever for her to come to us at first and she just brought us waters and walked away before we even had a chance to order. We waited a while before we got our check. The chef was very nice and brought our food out to us. I had the risotto which was surprisingly fishy considering it only had prawns with it, so I did not like it very much. My boyfriend ordered the fettuccine allo scoglio which was very good. The pizza di made was good but did not care too much for the scallops. They kinda over powered it. But the Caesar was excellent. Overall, I just didn't find it to up to the quality a Ritz restaurant should have. We had much better dining at other restaurants on the island.

Rager (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2017

Absolute best dinning experience since moving to St. Thomas. Great food and hospitality was excellent. If you go you must ask for Kervin. Such a great waiter and will really treat you with respect and kindness. He goes above and beyond for you as a waiter.

vipDada1 (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on March 5, 2017

The menu feels more like northern Italian comfort food. The cocktails are very creative and really good. The menu had recently changed and was not at all what we were expecting. Feels like they are not sure what they want to be. Would have preferred the traditional fruiti Mari or lobster ravioli. Would suggest adding lighter food with more seafood and a Caribbean flare
Great service from the entire staff