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  1. Distance: 0.82mi
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  3. Distance: 0.97mi
  4. Distance: 2.60mi

About Essenza at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

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.

6900 Great Bay
St Thomas, VI 00802
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Open daily for dinner, 6pm-12am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(340) 775-3333 ext. 8128

Website:
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/st-thomas/dining/essenza

Parking Details:
Valet parking is complimentary

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Essenza at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

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4.0

ambience

4.3

value

3.5

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79% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (33)
Romantic (31)
Scenic View (28)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Kid-friendly (10)
Waterfront (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 5, 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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cleveland)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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vip
 (Houston)·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.

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food3
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·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.

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 (Caribbean)·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

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vip
 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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food4
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 (Atlanta)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Miami)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Food was piping hot when it arrived. Love that

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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food4
ambience4
service4
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 (St. Louis)·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.

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food3
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 (Dallas)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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service3
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 (Caribbean)·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.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Outstanding Value, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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food5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on February 21, 2017

I would term this restaurant only as "acceptable" given the context of the Red Hook area of St. Thomas. This restaurant was not exceptional in any way but is one of the better you will find in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We celebrated Valentine's Day at Essenza and had a wonderful meal in the bar. Jack took great care of us and the food and service were terrific. We highly recommend Essenza when staying at the Ritz!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2017

A wonderful Italian meal overlooking Great Bay. We were staying at the Ritz and decided to try Essenza as our first dinner. We sat outside with a full moon glowing over Great Bay which was beautiful. I started with Frito Miso which was enormous, and my wife had the Caprese Salad. Both were delicious. I had the grouper with lobster gnocchi, and my wife had the bronzino, both of which were generous portions, well prepared, and wonderful. We finished with a unique and somewhat savory goat cheese cheesecake with honey and beet ice cream which delightful! Service was excellent as well. Recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 4, 2017

This was our third dinner here this week and all the meals have been wonderful. I've had the rabbit and home made pasta, the slow cooked short ribs and last night I had the pasta, mahi and lobster and it was the best meal I've ever had

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Great service and menu. Staff was very attentive to our needs. The fish was epic!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2017

Underwhelmed for the Ritz, brought wrong food, service slow --- better options around;(

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Everything was good and timely except the waitress who didn't know what she was doing. She had to get help. Food was Great

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2017

We went with four people. We were missing utensil's...had to ask. Salads and appetizers came out at the same. One of the people in our party received the wrong entree and we had to wait for it to be prepared. One in our party asked for a cup of coffee, it came and took another 7 minutes to bring a spoon, sugar and cream so that his coffee was cold.

Overall it was very disappointing. We had expected much better from the Ritz. We are in STT until 1/13/17 and really thought we had found a new hot spot to dine, but sorry to say, we won't be going back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

It was awful. We sat for 30 minutes and no one came to table. I had to go get them. Dinner took forever and they never cleaned off our appetizers. It was a complete and total disappointment.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Food was bland at best. Service was ok. Worst resturant at the Ritz. Would not recommend

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2016

Poor Veal chop- overcooked and coated withan unpleasantly sweet spice, followed by a Tiamarus built for show and size, not flavor

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 25, 2016

The Grouper entree was superb, the best meal in years and years. The Chef is outstanding....

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2016

One of the best meals my wife and I have had on vacation in years, the tableside visit by the head chef made the evening even that much more memorable, so much so we came back for a second dinner two days later. Would highly recommend as one of the best meals in the Virgin Islands.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 6, 2016

This was by far our favorite restaurant while staying at the Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas. Not only was the service outstanding, the chef displayed an exceptional flair with his dishes. We would highly recommend the Essenza to anyone staying on St. Thomas.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on August 7, 2016

Food was average. Small number of tables and customers but service was poor.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Good spot for dinner with an excellent view of Great Bay and St. John. Food portions for appetizers are small. I enjoy the pizza specials and the grouper in a lobster and fresh vegetable sauce. The staff is excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 23, 2016

Beautiful hotel however the food at Essenza was very disappointing. First we waited some time a server to acknowledge we were at the table. The chicken parm was rather dry and covered in a lot of sauce. The pasta, which was supposed to have been prepared in the parmesan wheel had too much sauce and the sauce had an excessive amount of oregano. Tasted like a jar sauce.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on May 7, 2016

For such a wonderful property, the food experience at Essenza was very poor. The $47 veal chop was a particular disappointment.
The music was a continuous loop of techno - again not what one would expect in what could otherwise be a romantic setting.
The staff was friendly, but seemed oblivious to the issues even when we commented.
If staying at this Ritz, try one of the other restaurants.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2016

Perfect evening! Can't speak highly enough about the experience at Essenza. Clarissa was an amazing server and the food, wine and entire evening was the best we have ever experienced in the Virgin Islands. This was our honeymoon and we had very high expectations with both of us being in the industry. You won't regret a night at Essenza

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 20, 2016

Wonderful food, service! Limited wine menu, but good options. Beautiful setting.
Views are wonderful outside. Kid friendly. Lots of groups.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on March 19, 2016

We tried several of the restaurants on and off property. The food and service was outstanding. We rarely like to eat at the same place twice on vacation but this time we did. Shirley, the hostess, was very kind and accommodating. She checked on us several times during our meal each night. The outdoor seating has impressive views of the beach and ocean. As for the food, the caprese salad and the carpaccio are great appetizers. The grouper entree was amazing. The fiocci was decadent. We had a unique lobster special which was pounded and fried piccata style. Wow! Lastly, the homemade lemoncello is a nice aperitif. From our party of four picky foodies... Give this a try! We thought it was the best food at the Ritz along with the Grande Palazzo.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Highly recomend

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2016

Terrible service. Food was sub par. The only good thing was the pizza. The sauce on the pasta was possibly jarred store bought.

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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Although a bit pricy, Essenza is a very nice restaurant. Our dinner was very good and the service was average. Our complaint however is that they need to address their timing. When fine dining in such a expensive restaurant, you shouldn't feel rushed. We barely finished our appetizer when the entre was brought to the table. Once our table was cleared, it took forever for them to bring our dessert which was crème brulee which is made ahead of time and not prepared special as would be a soufflé.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2016

Better than expected!! The caprese is absolutely a must! Our server,
Kervin, was a gem. The pastas were delicious as was the ambiance. Surprisingly great for resort dining.

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