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Essie's Restaurant and Lounge

4.6
4.6
102 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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 102 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would like to see separate bathrooms for men and women. Unisex bathrooms are not good .
  2. KM

    KM00

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a beautiful space! Food was delicious and staff was very friendly. Great music too.
  3. e

    ebonig

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Will be going back again. Good addition to the neighborhood
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Came here for my fiancé bday on Saturday! Services was excellent! The owner n his peoples was in there dining and we sit next to them. We were treated with extra wine, n overall very well. Music was good. Food was good! Well def be back
  5. MO

    MeaganO

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good - on the sweet side of Southern cooking as opposed to spicy. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. Some items were a little pricey but most of the menu is priced right for what you get! When we were there they had a DJ but the place would be really great on nights they have live music!
  6. M

    Martiboo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second visit in 30 days and I was not disappointed. My favorite menu items include the poached pear salad and colossal shrimp with avocado mash. The cocktails are blended well, not too strong or weak, just right and great flavor. The service is very accommodating with a smile.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful layout, friendly bar staff upon entry, personable waitstaff, and delicious well seasoned food that wasn’t overly salty.
  8. t

    tonyb

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall, it was our first time there and we would come back. All staff were polite and the food special yesterday was good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sister and I took my mother out to dinner to extend the Christmas holiday. I’ve dined at Essie’s before but they have not. The food was just as delicious as my first time going. It came out hot and on time. Our server was excellent. She was friendly, funny, and checked on us often without being a bother. (Her name is Aris, make sure you ask for her) My mother had so much fun listening to music and enjoying her food. She said she was coming back the very next day with my father.
  10. K

    Kella609

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was absolutely amazing! Food was very flavorful & was prepared very well!
  11. DP

    DaynaP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was wonderful from start to finish. From the host greeting you, to the engaging server, delicious food and the music! This is a place for grown folks.
  12. N

    Norrahspa

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just celebrated my birthday with a few friends. Very intimate setting. Food delicious and cocktails great. We will be definitely be back and maybe setup something for the boom boom room.
  13. KQ

    KaylaQ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Only complaint is that they were understaffed and food took a little longer to come out!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was delicious. Ambiance very nice. Will definitely be returning.
  15. CG

    CarlG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent place to go for delicious food, great music and wonderful ambiance!
  16. DT

    DenniseT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is very nice a great vibe food was delicious me and my sister ended up getting the chef special and my other sister had the lamb chops listen u will not be disappointed go check them out
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    This is a new place and I wish them much success. The wait staff were inexperienced but very pleasant. It took over 30 minutes for the server to acknowledge us and then another 10-15 minute to get water and have our order taken. The water was unfiltered tap water. If they filter the water it just presents better, the water was not good. Our appetizer did not come out and we received our entree and we were asked did we get our appetizers(not good service) the food was exceptionally good. The lamb was cooked to perfection, the rice full of flavor and the presentation was nice however the Brussels sprouts was warm on top and remainder was cold. This place has a lot of potential, I will dine there again, this is a little constructive criticism so please do not be offended. A few adjustments and some staff training this will be one of South Jersey finest restaurants and lounges.
  18. TR

    TeamR97

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ot was our first time there. Great ambiance, great food, wonderful staff. The owners were very gracious and friendly. Most definitely going back soon!
  19. DM

    DorothyM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The only issue I had was that my food was too spicy. I don't like real spicy food.
  20. CP

    ChristineP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the smooth R&B..adult friendly atmosphere. The ambiance, food and drinks combined with the service is Everything!!
  21. K

    Kesha

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Atmosphere! Great Food! Great Band! Family Friendly! & the best waitress ever….Aminah! I have been twice & have not been disappointed. I encourage you to bring that someone special or bring the family, you will not be disappointed! Go on a Tuesday, they have the live band and karaoke and don’t forget to tip your waitress! #ItsAVibe🎶🎤
  22. PG

    PhillyGirl68

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    16 oz. steak was not seasoned. Service and staff were great.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, good music, and great food.
  24. P

    Puddypudd

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    The cook decided at 8:30 on a Friday evening that he no longer wanted to make entrees, so only small plates and sandwiches were available. The waitress was nice, and they sent us shots to make up for it, but my boyfriend and I really wanted to try the entrees. The drinks are weak and overpriced.
  25. WL

    WandaL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Staff was attentive and kind. Decor and ambience were excellent. Food was authentic Cajun and so very good. Portion sizes were large. Our only concern was parking, but overall, a wonderful experience.
  26. SF

    ShannonFMortonRealtor

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stumbled across this place riding down Clementon Rd. Was looking for a spot to hear some good music and not be in the house. Also didn't want to have to go home and change from what I wore to the earlier affair which was jeans.. Food was good, family run establishment, zero rachetness. Just nice vibe overall.
  27. GA

    GreggA

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was excellent. Great portions. Drinks were amazing. Will return.
  28. l

    lorettaf

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful evening out; the food, ambience and the fact that the restaurant is close to home for me. There was no worry of traveling a far distance. Entertainment nwas good, also.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I booked the dinner as a birthday celebration but they did not do anything to celebrate it. I thought they would have a table decoration or even a free dessert. That was disappointing.
  30. BY

    BrandyY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was amazing exceeded my expectations. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was relaxed and energetic at the same time. I also love that the bathroom was very clean and smelled fresh. I will definitely return multiple times I plan to be a regular.
  31. BW

    BettyW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My dinner was delicious nd the house band was great!!! I really enjoyed everything and plan to dine again.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was superb.
  33. JB

    JoeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This environment was just what i... And older relaxed individual has been searching for. Excellent
  34. CD

    CharmaneD

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    I expected better but was very disappointed by the quality of the food. Simply horrid.
  35. SK

    SKEET

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    I enjoyed the Food,Service & Atmosphere and also the personal relationship developed with the Owner (Mike) & My Birthday twin KEEM…I’ve brought & recommended ppl to enjoy the Essie’s experience.
  36. SD

    ShyD

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second time dining at Essie and just like the first… food is so good. My first experience at Essie I tried shrimp tacos and alligator bites along with apple crisp martini. Very tasty and fresh. This time I tried shrimp with avocado moose and salmon burger. OMG!!!
  37. S

    Soniag

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Cool place to eat n chill and my waitress was the bomb
  38. SS

    SharonS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent. The service was friendly and professional. The manager came over on more the one occasion to check on us and invited us back on Tuesday for the live entertainment and karaoke
  39. l

    lorettaf

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. I felt the music could have been lower due to the size of the room. It was difficult to have a conversation with my dinner partners.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Despite a reservation we had a timely wait for service….the noise level was extremely high for the live entertainment….I was kind of disappointed with the food I attended a private party the day before and the food was excellent salmon,chicken,potatoes,pasta and green beans …..,the greens we had tonight were seasoned with to much pepper,the alligator bites were tough’t, I did enjoy the salmon,sweet potatoes and hush puppies,my grand son had the shrimp gumbo he said it was not seasoned well,I asked to speak to some one reguarding catering service they acknowledged that did cater but no one ever spoke to me regarding the matter. However after spending 300 dollars and the taste of the food I will not be using their service….I would like to congratulate Essie’s proprietor and staff on their endeavors however some things need to be tweeted especially parking! would I return there?YES! because this is just their new opening and everyone deserves a chance to make corrections

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Essie's Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 102 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 5 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

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (856) 805-7005

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