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Essie's Restaurant and Lounge

4.5
4.5
84 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time 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

    0000000000

  • 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 84 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  • New Jersey Suburbs

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!!
  4. 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🎶🎤
  5. 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.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, good music, and great food.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious. Service was superb.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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!!!
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. AD

    AgyD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was sloooow. Food was tasty and hot when it arrived after waiting an hour. we were warned. So I wasn’t surprised. Band and DJ were great. The volume was perfect for a club, not a restaurant where folks go to dine, enjoy good music AND engage with your table. I thought once the band took a break and the DJ played we could have a conversation without yelling in each other’s ears for at least 15-20 minutes. The DJ played even louder as if there was a dance floor. Got 2 out of 3. Music and food. Need to plan another day to engage and catch up with my friends.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. The drinks were good and the food was great! Amazing vibes. Highly recommended!!
  25. BV

    BaseemaV

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good vibes, live band, good food.. can’t beat that!
  26. NJ

    NicoleJ

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Our server was really sweet, and the best thing about our time there. The appetizers were great but the entrees weren't. For the price of those entrées there needs to be a wine list. That said, every single person that works there was really nice. Maybe the place needs time to develop since it just opened. I'd give them another shot but not for a special occasion.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Flavorful food drinks were wonderful server knowledgeable of menu & made it fun overall
  28. l

    lorettaf

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thoroughly enjoyed myself; not only was the food delicious, but the ambience was very relaxing and hospitable. This was my second experience at Essie's and it will not be the last. I look forward to coming back again.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love trying new foods and this restaurant did not disappoint. We will be back!
  30. TW

    TurqoiseW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and staff was very attentive!! Definitely will be back!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed eating at Essie’s. It was truly a great experience. Their was another large table near us so the environment was a little louder than I suspect it usually is. The large party also caused delays in our food coming since the waitress was on both tables. Overall good experience. I would go back. The collard greens were my favorite along with the jam and biscuits. My God those collard greens, jam and biscuits inject it into my veins
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Intimate birthday dinner. Heard about Essie’s through conversation. Appetizers of wings were okay, taste was not very flavorful, much sauce places on wings. Salmon and potatoes where good.
  33. B

    Bruce

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall, the food was very good & authentic given the fact that there are very few creole restaurants in the SJ area. A few things that I think they need to improve on is their selection of drinks which are very limited & at $15, are quite pricey. Also, their glasses of wine were only half a glass & at $10/glass, they need to give you a full pour!! Secondly, their selection of music was not in "tune" with the creole atmosphere. They need to mix it up with some cajun and/or zydeco music.
  34. e

    erickah

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5
    I experienced visiting the restaurant for the 1st (happy hour) and downstairs on the 1st floor. My waitress was A (upstairs area). I literally asked for a glass of water 3 times in one hour because she continued to forget to bring me water. A patron at the next table offered and gave me some of their bottled water. After an 1:17 minutes, when I brought it to "A's attention that another customer gave me water, she the brought me a glass of water. The "bus boys" should have a TIP jar. I asked my waiter "A" (happy hour section-upper level) for salt and again (not surprising), I never received it after 10 minutes or so. I asked the bus boy and he obtained salt for me in less 3 minutes. I observed the owner walk throughout the restaurant and not ask use about our meals/or service. TIP you want ask questions of about the service and food. I have chosen not to write a negative review online because sometimes business don't recover from negative reviews. I want you to succeed.
  35. NO

    NOLAFoodie

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good. I plan to return on a night when the band is there.
  36. MP

    MartinP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It being my first visit, I can’t speak for the entire menu but I enjoyed my Salmon & the sauce was delicious. My wife loved her Salmon burger. The food was a lot better than Wilson’s s compliments to the chef!
  37. T

    Troi

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited on a Tuesday, which is their karaoke night. Truly was an awesome experience! It was my mother’s birthday and they shouted her out and it made her day. Great vibes, food & service. I’ll definitely be back very soon.
  38. AW

    AlyssaW

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I had an AMAZING time last night. Everything was great. The hostesses. The servers. The entertainment. The food. ALL AMAZING!! Thanks for helping me make my 50th birthday so special. ♥️
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I must say, Essie, is a breath of fresh air. From the second we walked in and heard the music playing it was smooth sailing. We sat down and our waitress came over with water in this elegant bottle(I ask can I buy the bottle and they said no problem). The owner’s son is a cool young man and very professional, he made sure our night was good. So now you ask HOW IS THE FOOD? AMAZING! I got the salmon and it was outstanding. My wife got the etouffee and she loved it. We will be back real soon.
  40. DL

    DLloyd1

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Essie's everything & everyone we're first class, it was my husband's birthday & Mike Jr saw that we had a great time & sent over champagne I can't say enough good things about this establishment Just keep up the good work you have customers for life here...

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Essie's Restaurant and Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 84 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 1 time 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

    0000000000

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