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Essenza, London,

Essenza

4.7
4.7
203 Reviews
£26 to £40
Italian
It’s no great leap to surmise that Essenza means 'essence' in Italian. What you get in this smart, intimate neighbourhood trattoria is the essence of fresh, seasonal, Italian cooking. This boxy little spot is simply trendy, with persimmon banquettes, white table cloths, wood chairs, a smart little bar, and it is packed to the gills with similarly smart and trendy Notting Hill locals who all seem to know the waiters and each other. The menu roams the regions, featuring excellent standards like starter of caprese or beef carpaccio, home made pastas like fettuccine with porcini mushrooms and bacon sauce, main course of grilled selection of shellfish, and dessert of chocolate and coffee tiramisu. The mostly Italian wine list features a couple of nice grappas, too. Express Business Lunch and thoughtful Children’s Menu are welcome extras.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:45 am–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    020 7792 1066
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Notting Hill
  • Cross street
    Located between Elging Crescent and Westbourne Park Road
  • Parking details
    Parking Meters coin operated or pay by phone from: Controlled Hours Mon to Fri 8.30 to 18.30 SAT 8.30 TO 13.30 Single yellow lines.Resident parking for Kensington and Chelsea residents free at all time and free to all from: From 22.30 Mon to Friday Sat 13.30 to Sunday inclusive
  • Public transit
    Notting Hill Gate 15 min walkLadbroke Grove 10 min walkBus 52, 7, 23
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

203 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. Probably the best Italian food we’ve had in the UK to date. (Bread basket was ok.) Service was rough. The men looked overwhelmed and annoyed throughout the experience. When I asked for a drink, I got an eye roll. When I asked for bread, I got another eye roll. I had to ask for the desert menu because all 4 guys forgot about us. Our food took longer to prepare than expected (others that arrive 10-15 minutes after us were served first) but ultimately the food was great. Lower your expectations on the service and plan for a longer than usual wait time.

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  2. SasR

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always delicious and cosy and you can hear yourself speak here. Yummy health sea bass and broccoli. But the pasta is all recommendable.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The best items out had were the red sauce pastas. Delicious.

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  4. Linda

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved every second and every bite of our dinner with you, thank you very much for a lovely evening!

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  5. DIEGO

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food amazing and service very kind and fast. Generous portions. Good value for money

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  6. AngelouB

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to eat here. Service is fantastic and food is fabulous! Real authentic and delicious food.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We were really looking forward to this meal, as other reviews raved about the food. We were a bit disappointed. Starters were good, of the three entrees one was good one fair and one not so good. Service was okay but not friendly

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  8. AmandaJ

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was good. However, our booking wasn't prepared for - no table for 5 ready (tables had to be moved) or booster chair as requested (twice!). Considering the number of reminders I received I thought they’d be ready for us! We were there early (6pm) due to having children with us so I didn’t expect it to busy, however, instead it felt like more of a thoroughfare as delivery orders were flying out and a constant flow of drivers flooding in. I was disappointed in the atmosphere as it was a special occasion and we paid a considerable amount. A real shame. Will stick to Osteria and Mediterraneo next time.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, accommodating staff, wonderful food and service.

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  10. NickL

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great classic italian. Family feel. Yummy pasta, great mozzarella, sauce just a bit sweet and under-seasoned.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    London

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely atmosphere, lovely people and lovely food.

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  12. ShukriH

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and service. A wonderful little place for special occasions.

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  13. IanC

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food. Enjoyed every single course for all 3 of us

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  14. Swami

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great hospitality from the staff.

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  15. PeterG

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good meal at a local which has been there in one for or another forever. Zucchini fritti to start were great - hot, just that little bit crunchy but tender on the inside. Saltimbocca was perfect - on a bed of peas. Affogato to finish. Wines possibly not the best value but Pinot Nero was just right with the meal. Only dampener was Call-me-Dave turning up with his family hall way through - noisy and unapologetic - but I guess he needs to eat too.

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  16. JenniferP

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal. Great service. Didn’t feel rushed. Authentic Italian cuisine.

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  17. RobynAnnN

    San Diego

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are visiting our daughter and chose this little neighborhood gem and we will definitely return. The food, service and evening were wonderful!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was below average but the service was atrocious. Staff were very rude, unfriendly and unprofessional. Based on their attitude I’m pretty sure they cut corners with their ingredients and food prep.

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  19. BadExperience

    London

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Having eaten at this Restaurant many times over the last 15 years, I was disappointed this time, for the first time ever, in the quality of the food. There has definitely been a decline all around.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. DanielA

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was standard but the service was not great. It seems to be they could not handle the amount of people. The staff were just rude. Food was okay but the price is actually too high for what it actually is.

    1 person found this helpful

  21. David

    London

    164 reviews

    2.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is average. The tagliatelle with fresh black shaved truffle was disappointing for the price of the dish. It would have been better if the truffle was shaved at the table. It was nothing special. Had better elsewhere.

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  22. AJ0013

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great experience, excellent food and top notch service.

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  23. Roberto

    London

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good appetisers. The pasta was average. Probably because the restaurant was busy

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  24. Seaweed

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Nice Italian restaurant, but no musicso was very quiet. Clam pasta and calamari was delicious

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  25. fooodee

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I booked on opentable for 10:30pm and arrived on time for my reservation strong, and was treated like dirt by the staff. "Order quick" One of the staff members took out his broom to clean the restaurant up before close... at my feet. Paid 27 gbp for frozen raviolis. Not ideal
    EssenzaResponded on February 4, 2022
    Dear Sir, I thank you for taking time to review our restaurant. I am extremely sorry you did not enjoy your visit. We close at 10.30 and last order is 10.30, this is not an excuse as service should be right all the times. I hope you will try us again and if you ask for me i will make sure i will make up for it. Yours Faithfully Stefano

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  26. SasR

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Yummy food. Always reliably good. It’s definitely cosier when full but that aside, worth the visit. Friendly Italian staff.

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  27. Iknowmysteaks

    London

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm welcome, nice atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff. Food was delicious.

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  28. DavidT

    London

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Some tasty food but overpriced.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing everything! Incredible staff, amazing food! Loved the vibe. Family friendly! One of my favourite Italian restaurants

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  30. NicoleR

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We selected Essenza for our last meal in London. It did not let down. We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated. The drinks and food were fantastic and they were very accommodating with my request to add chicken to my pasta dish. I would highly recommend the spaghetti olio and this restaurant!

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  31. Pluto

    London

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food; great kitchen; very pleasant, competent W aiter

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  32. elisab

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Essenza is a very cute restaurant in a very trendy area in Notting Hill. We sat outside. There were 5 of us on a Sunday lunch and I had: parmigiana, very very poor, not fresh. It seemed reheated over and over Arancini, poor, rice overcooked and they seemed old prosciutto, good penne all arrabbiata, overcooked pasta quality and full of sauce (definitely not fresh). Being Italian, II can tell. It was one of the worst pasta I have ever tried and none of us at th table could eat. Terrible Cotoletta Milanese, average roasted potatoes, good We spent £190, super expensive! I wouldn't have minded if the food would have been good. It's a pity as the space is really lovely

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated outside but it was pouring with rain and we weren’t offered indoor seating. Service indifferent and brusque. Food reliably good though.

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  34. Michel

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Food is so disappointing, had to re order three times because they kept forgetting my order. Buratta wasn’t as good as some from Waitrose, ravioli are clearly not handmade, one of my orders wasn’t served. Will never return

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  35. NiklasvB

    London

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday Dinner at this long-standing Notting Hill gem was once again outstanding. Can’t wait to return once the restrictions are lifted. Perfect for family dinners and casual dining. Perhaps a little pricey but worth it.

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  36. JonP

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect for that casual evening meet with a few friends. Food great, service perfect. We dined during Covid restrictions and they struck the right balance between looking after us and hitting that ‘home by ten’ deadline without making us feel rushed or uncomfortable. Thank you.

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  37. klvinci

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Essenza is always our first choice in the neighborhood. There food is top notch, and the service is great.

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  38. MarkP

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Generally very good food, fair portions and decent service ... when you can get their attention. Having said that, there are only a few wait staff and they are very busy. They did forget my coffee but got it too me quickly once I reminded them.

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  39. ScottK

    London

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good authentic Italian. Service was first rate and the food is consistently good. There was a larger group that made the noise levels higher but normally mainly couples and smaller groups. In my view the best Italian in Notting Hill.

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  40. dianam

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m looking for an Italian local that is a bit cheaper so I can go once or twice a week. Essenza is lovely but quite expensive.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Essenza using the Order Online button. Essenza also offers delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Essenza also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7792 1066.

Essenza is rated 4.7 stars by 203 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Essenza

210 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 1NR

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Located between Elging Crescent and Westbourne Park Road
  • Neighborhood
    Notting Hill
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:45 am–10:30 pm
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking Meters coin operated or pay by phone from: Controlled Hours Mon to Fri 8.30 to 18.30 SAT 8.30 TO 13.30 Single yellow lines.Resident parking for Kensington and Chelsea residents free at all time and free to all from: From 22.30 Mon to Friday Sat 13.30 to Sunday inclusive
  • Public transit
    Notting Hill Gate 15 min walkLadbroke Grove 10 min walkBus 52, 7, 23
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
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