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Essensia Restaurant & Bar

4.2
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577 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
Essensia follows a farm-to-table philosophy, offering a seasonal selection of fresh, natural gourmet 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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 577 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
4.4
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Quiet
80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ilovefood
Tahoe
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had great friendly, fast service. Food flavor was an 8/10 but everything else was wonderful!! Highly recommend.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on September 22, 2020

Thank you so much for your feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner. We hope you will come see us again so we can provide you with a 10/10 dining experience.

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BobbieJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday and I flew down from Philly. The host and the manager was absolutely AMAZING to me! I will always come back for dinner at Essentia each visit to Florida moving forward.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on September 16, 2020

Wow! We are thrilled you've added Essensia to your Florida to-do list. You'll have to come and visit us again when it gets colder up North!

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ClaudiaC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. The filet mignon was superb and buccatini seafood special was spectacular. The ambiance, food, staff, attention to detail (including Covid safety measures) made this a great dining experience.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on September 9, 2020

Dearest ClaudiaC, you are so kind to leave us a rave review. We are so glad you enjoyed your dinner at Essensia and felt comfortable and safe during your dining experience. We do hope you will visit us again soon!

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Carola
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They are closed due the pandemic however did not update the information in this page, nobody called to me to cancel this reservation. I was there and had the bad taste to find this location Closed.

I had to call many other location to find a table to dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday!

I can't understand how they can not take care of this important point..!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The menu is smaller due to Covid I guess. Fresh products but really not crazy. A little pricy for the simple plates. Device and employees are great as usual. Beautiful place very quiet and clean

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on August 18, 2020

Thank you for the candid feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipNekiM
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! FOOD IS GREAT. fresh farm to table. Great service and bottomless mimosas!

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on July 23, 2020

NekiM! Thank you for sharing the kind words. We are thrilled you had a good time and took advantage of the delicious mimosas.

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AlfredB
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dining on the veranda is one of the most pleasant places in Miami. Elegant but casual and romantic.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on March 13, 2020

"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review." Come back and visit anytime. Sincerely, Valeria

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary there and the place was amazing. The ambience and hospitality were terrific. Our server Joshua was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, especially if dining outside, great food and service.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 24, 2020

"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review." Come back and visit anytime. Sincerely, Valeria

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LisaE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambiance were perfect. I look forward to dining here again.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you so much for your review. We truly appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon. Sincerely, Valeria

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DarrenS
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed with the quality of the food. Service was excellent as well. Would certainly recommend.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We truly are thrilled your experience was one to remember at Essensia, and we look forward welcoming you back to join us. Sincerely, Valeria

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Yum!! Staying in this hotel or daughters 16tj bday. Filet was delicious and fish too! Too full for desert

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 24, 2020

"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review." Come back and visit anytime. Sincerely, Valeria

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Great atmosphere sitting outdoors. Ordered set course for V-day and food left much to be desired and took very long in between courses. Restaurant was not at full capacity either for the long lag time between meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Great service and delicious, fresh food.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on February 24, 2020

"We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community." We look forward welcoming you back at Essensia. Sincerely, Valeria

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vipsusanm
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful veranda dining. Great food. We keep going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed some delicious options from Seasonal menu at the Palms Hotel and Spa.The Tuna Poke appetizer and Lobster Risotto entree were perfectly prepared and had great flavor. My husband was impressed with the restaurant manager that made us feel welcomed, I believe his name is Mijal. The whole team show professionalism. Looking forward to returning sometime soon.
Notes: Essensia mule top notch!

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 21, 2020

"Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review." Come back and visit anytime. Sincerely, Valeria

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vipSoBe123
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

We've had better experiences at Essencia. Our server was slow to take our orders for cocktails, then brought them one at a time. We asked not to be rushed over our appetizers, but the main courses arrived much too soon, and our guest's pork belly was dried out and she couldn't eat it. The inattention of the server was the most irritating.
It's a lovely restaurant in a lovely hotel, and we will go back, however.

Essensia Restaurant & Bar
Responded on January 21, 2020

I do apologize your service at Essensia did not exceed your expectations. We always strive to provide the best service to our guest and your feedback is an invaluable part of the process. I will like to extend an invitation next time your travel should bring you to Miami beach with 2 complimentary welcome drinks and we can assure to accommodate all your needs. I look forward welcoming you back to Essensia Restaurant. Kind Regards, Valeria Torres

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice -
Quiet and refined atmosphere, interesting menu with sufficient variety.
Food all prepared and very attractive.
Service was gracious but error prone from front desk to waiter to final check.
Convenient for those in the hotel.

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Anonymous
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, mediocre food, s l o w service. It’s a lovely setting but we waited 1 and 1/2 hours for our table of 8 to be served!
We should have left but waiter kept saying it would soon be there. The restaurant was NOT packed with people.

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vipluvgoodfood
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family LOVES this restaurant! We return even when we’re not staying at the hotel. Parents get upscale elegance and kids still feel welcomed!

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HansB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We stayed at the Palms over Christmas and were superhappy with everything except for our dinner on Christmas Day. They served a buffé that was pretty small, sloppy and not seasoned at all. Maybe all regulator chefs were on holidays but when also service was unattentative and slow the dinner was a huge disappointment - especially at that pricelevel.

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vipAlison
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It would have been nice to be informed when we made the reservation that it was a buffet Christmas dinner. The food was mediocre with a limited selection. There were no other options from the regular menu which was a problem for one person in our party. The ambiance was very nice and the servers were good.

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StefanieR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

I expect for a Christmas Dinner at this kind of place a perfect service! It was a joke... we waited 20 min on our first drinks... and then had to remind the supervisor to help us out...
Never again.

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TarjaK
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The selection of vegetables and desserts was very good, also the salmon tasted good. The price 55 usd a little bit too high.

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AvaW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We dined on the 14th and had a decent time. I thought the food would have been much better. Nothing stood out except the chicken. The snapper was a bit disappointing and the shrimp starter was also underwhelming. For the amount of money we paid, I expected a more superior end result as it relates to the food. I cannot take my hat off to chief. But for a place with a nice ambiance and great grounds and great rooms, I would still recommend. Just find a better place to dine.

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EmmaP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This was my birthday dinner. The waiter forgot to bring the wine I ordered but charged me for it on the bill. My sons $54 steak that he asked for medium-rare was well done. I asked for gluten free bread with the chacuterie board we ordered, it came 3/4 the way through the meal. Someone was smoking at the next table over during our entire dinner. Waiter was impersonal and did not offer the level of service I expected at a place like this. The only redeeming factor was 20% price taken off my sons steak due to it being so poorly prepared. Very disappointed

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MushirH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

terrific food and service
great menu options
outstanding shrimp and cauliflower soup

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The food is so tasty and delicious. Already can’t wait to go back

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vipBeauB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The ambiance was beautiful and we enjoyed the vibe. The food was delicious. I'd totally go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night

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StevenG
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting outdoors facing ocean
Great food and great service makes for a great night out

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very varied menu and a beautiful location for a very good meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Noemi was our server and she was great. Attentive, friendly and ready to make a great guest experience. Food was good, kale salad was great and the manager came by to check everyone’s table to make sure they satisfied. That’s the way you bring back customers and we will be back.

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ShainaM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fresh food! The service we received was impeccable!

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PeggyS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I didn't appreciate the automatic 18% tip, since the service was "OK." I dined alone and there were only 4-5 tables being served since it was earlier in the evening. I ordered an appetizer (Drunken Mussels and Clams) and an arugula salad with fresh burrata (the burrata was not warm). I was overlooked several times due to the "crowd." I had a mojito prior to dinner and wanted a glass of wine for dinner. I finally had to flag down one of the staff for that.
I also wanted another glass of water, and finally flagged down a hostess to let SOMEONE know I wanted it. Not busy...not concerned...not attentive. However, the waiter delivered the check before I finished my meal.

I might add that even though there was a couple and a young woman sitting across from me, they received STELLAR service...while I sat waiting no more than 5' away.

As soon as I was asked if I was done, the check was the fastest part of the service all night. Hmmmmmm🤔 What's wrong with THIS picture?

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RJamesesq
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant in the Palms Hotel. Great service and food. The bar is terrific. Say hello to Delice who is a great bartender. Also Johan great waiter

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Isabella
Essex
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Good food. Service could have been quicker. Offers vegan options.

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MRWilt
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food -
ordered tuna appetizer and ahi tuna entree.

Wife ordered Salmon cake app and salmon entree

Celebrated 7th anniversary. Got two free glasses of wine to toast.

Stayed in the Palms Hotel - and this made a romantic night "out" even more convenient.

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TabithaB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great Food and drinks. The staff was extremely attentive and the view was AMAZING! Although I made reservations, I was able to dine early, which I appreciated. The prices were reasonable, and the experience was memorable. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
44 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Beautiful hotel and on a day full of rain it was a great place for a midday lunch. The cheese hamburger was amazing, juicy and flavorful. The Truffle Fries were a delight for everyone. Eggs Benedict prepared perfectly with fresh and flavorful Avocados. We had a great and dry lunch on a very rainy afternoon and Val our server was wonderful.

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Essensia Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 577 OpenTable diners.

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