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Essie's Restaurant and Lounge, Clementon, NJ
Essie's Restaurant and Lounge, Clementon, NJ
Essie's Restaurant and Lounge, Clementon, NJ
Essie's Restaurant and Lounge, Clementon, NJ
Essie's Restaurant and Lounge, Clementon, NJ

Essie's Restaurant and Lounge

4.5
4.5
203 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Come join us for the ultimate dining experience located in Clementon NJ we are also min from Phila as well as Atlantic City.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (856) 805-7005
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Women
  • Neighborhood
    Clementon
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 203 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Camden

    Hot spot

  • Camden

    Lively

203 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and delicious food! 10/10 one of my favorite restaurants

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  2. LindseyS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I took my wife out on a date to try something new.we attended on R&B Saturdays. The DJ was great. Drinks were tasty. Food was good, but pricing didn’t match portion size. The only negative is the service. We had 2 different waiters. One didn’t submit our initial order which caused a delay in receiving our order. And the other didn’t check on us too often. The DJ played great music which kept our mind not too focused on the delay of our order. We plan to return again to give it another shot, because the vibe was nice.

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  3. AngelM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed myself at Essies. Besides my overcooked chicken wing appetizer, the food was pretty good. Loved the vibe. I was signing along to all the good music. Would like to revisit to watch a live band.

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  4. KennethB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The feel of a lounge with the food of a first rate restaurant. This is becoming my favorite place to go on a Friday for happy hour or date night. I love the Lamb, but do wish you got a few more pieces. Still, it's a good value for the price. The drinks are great. Tasty and strong without being too strong.

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  5. Fatima

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere, the service, and the food was superb. The only criticism I have is, possibly for the price, serve a bit bigger portions. The food was so good that my husband and I didn't mind.

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  6. TiffaniG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was my first time going and it happened to karaoke night. It was entertaining and the food was good I will def be back with a group !

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  7. NasanW

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My Birthday dinner was Amazing..I would definitely recommend anyone to go and experience the ambiance and food.

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  8. MalissaF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Essie's is a premium dining experience in South Jersey. The service was warm and accommodating. The food was excellent!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very delicious food and great service. Their kale is especially good

    1 person found this helpful

  10. GaryH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We were Very disappointed. Your website needs to be updated. What we saw on your website was totally different than what you had available. Your portions didn’t match your prices. We decided that we wouldn’t be returning anytime soon.

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  11. Buttabrit

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was friendly and polite. Food was amazing with every bit.

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  12. TSew

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice restaurant but will not return. Although my server was sweet, she seemed to be a bit overwhelmed. The wait time for my entree to arrive was way too long and my lamb chops were burnt. Drinks & hushpuppies were good but that's about it. One & done for me.

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  13. TIFF

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing from the time we walked. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Cheesecake is top notch!! Definitely will return soon, we’ve already been telling our friends and family.

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  14. TamaraE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at Essie’s and I must say it was enjoyable. Everything from the atmosphere, staff, music, food, and drinks were amazing. I will definitely be returning.

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  15. ShawndaT

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great atmosphere and the staff were very nice and professional.

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  16. Nitz

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice establishment! Great vibe, awesome 90s music. Food was flavorful and on point.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We waited 50 minutes for our drinks and 1 1/2 for our food. We pride ourselves in supporting black-owned restaurants however, Essie's should not be on Open Table. We were so disappointed by the service and the nonchalant attitude of the staff and ownership. Please do not go here.

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  18. Samantha

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great restaurant, atmosphere and service. Food was good. Server was amazing. Music was good

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  19. JustinG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience was very cool & food is amazingly tasty! Definitely will recommend others to visit. Will return on another occasion.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was phenomenal! Loved the vibe and food. The kale greens were everything! Enjoyed the catfish, po boys, and everything we ordered. Will go back. The waitress Jayla? and all the staff were attentive. Good drinks too.

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  21. TRdd

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Slow service. The wings tasted burned with sauce on them. The fish tacos over seasoned in Cajun sauce. The fries were cold. The sweet tea wasn’t sweet and didn’t taste like tea. The ginger ale was flat. There was only 4 other customers in the establishment and all of their orders were messed up or an issue.

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  22. Radina23

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I wish our party had a good experience but the wait for food and drink was unexpected, the food wasn’t to our standards, when we asked to send a dish back we were met with questions that felt accusatory. The two bright spots in an otherwise unpleasant experience were the service by J and the music. Cute ambiance but food and service have to be the priority.

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  23. LindaS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was our first visit to Essies and we felt welcomed upon arrival. Our server explained the menu and gave suggestions. We the bourbon wings. And cocktails to start. Also a complimentary little basket of delicious hush puppies. For dinner we kept it simple. Fish tacos. Our server was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. Fun atmosphere. Casual and friendly!

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  24. ShalandaG

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group thoroughly enjoyed our time at Essies's. From the food, to the service to the music.

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  25. KenyattaN

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The concept of the establishment..bar, restaurant, and lounge is on point with occasional live performances and tasty food. However, the customer service and drinks need major improvement. The wait staff doesn't pay attention to the details from proper greeting, providing eating utensils, checking to see if the meal/visit was well, not informing the customer that the table bread (delicious hush puppies) was not free beyond the first batch of three to not refilling the apparent empty glass of water. The drinks are NY price but taste purely like the chaser, i.e. Sprite and cranberry without any trace of alcohol.

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  26. Carolr

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed my visit to Essie. They were so friendly. I had to change my reservation twice. The food was amazing. I will definitely visit this place again

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  27. Mu1ofakind

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I follow yall on instagram and was very disappointed about the service.

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  28. Kenne35

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This was my third time dining with Essie's and unfortunately it will probably be my last. Each time we brought more people because everything was fine a first. This visit we brought 4 additional diners with us, and we waited over an hour and a half for our food and no one ordered appetizers. Four of us wanted mashed potatoes and after waiting and half an hour we were told there wasn't any! They were only open for an hour! The had plenty of time to make some especially since we waited an additional hour for our food, and they had potatoes!!! Additionally, there was no apology for our long wait and the portions were considerably smaller than we received in our prior visits. On top of everything, they included gratuity which was clearly undeserved.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience is incredible, food is good. The hush puppies are tasty but you can tell they were fried in old grease. The bartenders are sloooooooooow... we ordered drinks as soon as we sat and our appetizers and entrees came before the drinks! How?! The bar had only a few people sitting when we came in and the restaurant was pretty empty. Only a few others were dining. When the drinks did arrive, they were good and we decided to sit at the bar on the way out for another drink. After sitting there for about 10 minutes and no service, we left. So unfortunate because the music is so good and upon entering I thought, I would definitely come back for drinks and the music but that's impossible with those bartenders. Our waitress (sweet young lady) was standing on the side waiting for drink orders for her tables and looked so miserable. She probably receives so much grief waiting tables because of the slow drink service. Get rid of those bartenders!

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  30. DebbieTee

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time to Essie’s everyone very friendly treated you with kindness and respect not often that you are you treated like this today. It was a GREAT dining experience. I will definitely recommend and return.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everyone! Kiana is thee best!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to chill and have good Food with a date or hang out with your friends. Hush puppies are a must have

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food took long to come out and it was cold. Overpriced mediocre food

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  34. Major

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Friendly staff. A perfect place for a date or to hang out with friends and family. The vibe is on point. Can't wait to go back again...for the zillionth time.

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  35. Nikki

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    First the server we had told us it was her first day that should have been a red flag. Secondly I asked for a mango lemon drop it was a plan lemon drop not once of mango in it at all. Next the don’t serve Mac & cheese, and whatever sauce they use on the sprouts was horrible & the kale was too spice not everyone eats spice like that.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Felt like home . Food ambiance was great . Definitely a whole vibe. I actually came back 2 days later with my daughter for Karaoke. We will definitely be back

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  37. KiaK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We waited 30-45 minutes for food, only 2 items came out. So we cancelled and went somewhere else.

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  38. Kiki

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for dinner on a Friday night and it was excellent. The service was great and staff was really nice. Our waitress Aminah was amazing and the drinks were really good. The gumbo was good. Will definitely come here again, next time I hope to catch some live music.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe every time! Food is always amazing and the employees are exceptional!!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from the customer service to the food was excellent!! I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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FAQs

Essie's Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.5 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 3 times today
Google Map for Essie's Restaurant and Lounge

1 Garfield Ave, Clementon, NJ 08021-4001

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Clementon
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Black/African American, Women
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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