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Diners' Choice: Great for creative cocktails restaurants in Essex

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best handcrafted cocktails in Essex? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Mad Dogs & Englishmen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2602)
£26 to £40
Afternoon Tea
Leigh-On-Sea
About the restaurant
The Parlour Tea Room at Mad Dogs and Englishmen provides a vintage setting to enjoy Afternoon tea. We’ve become renowned for our themed teas which offer an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the eclectic surroundings of this unique venue.
The Botanical Rooms is upstairs and hosts our cocktail bar. Here you can experience Afternoon Tea from Wednesday to Sunday during the day and enjoy the fairy-lit bar on Friday and Saturday evenings. We host live Jazz and soul on some evenings.
The Piano Lounge with it's vintage leather sofas and a mixture of eclectic styled furnishings is situated on the ground floor alongside our Whisky Bar. You can enjoy an Afternoon Tea with Piano accompaniment on Sunday afternoons or sample some of our extensive Whisky cocktails on Friday and Saturday evenings. We have live Jazz performances on selected evenings.
Please ensure you select the correct venue and experience for your visit with us.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I booked the Alice in wonderland tea experience for my mum's 70th birthday as a little treat. We all loved it, the atmosphere, staff and food was amazing. Will definitely return, and worth the money
A photo of Le Bouchon Brasserie & Hotel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1110)
£41 and over
French
Maldon
About the restaurant
Please note that Afternoon Tea cannot be booked online. This must be booked through the Hotel directly.

Le Bouchon Brasserie and Hotel is a grade II listed, 300 year old Georgian building which has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme restoring the building to its former glory. The renovation period was used to combine some of the original period features of the building with furnishings and classically styled decoration that complements the original style of this house.

Le Bouchon Brasserie offers a blend of both French and British cuisine, set in a relaxed and intimate environment. Enjoy a meal from our A la carte menu or choose from our wide selection of set menus available at different times during the week.

Top review
ChristineF
Dined 2 days ago
Our lunch was very good. Quite a small menu - we prefer it that way. We were looked after very well by our waitress Emma. As it was our anniversary we were given a card signed by all of the staff and a glass of bubbly each - a very nice touch.
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4.7
4.7 (149)
£26 to £40
Continental
Billericay
About the restaurant
Harry's Bar & Restaurant is set in the vibrant high street of Billericay. It first opened it'd doors in 2012 and has been through a major refurbishment in 2017 . Increasing the restaurant size and menu changes to a full A la Carte menu including a traditional Sunday Roast, as well as lunchtime time snacks and meals.
Harrys Bar is open 7 days a week from 12pm and offers live entertainment on a Saturday evening and a resident DJ on Fridays.
The Restaurant serves a range of dished to suite everyones taste. All dished are cooked fresh with locally sourced and supplied ingredients.
With its extensive drinks range it really is a venue to eat, drinks & be entertained.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Staff were friendly and efficient . Food was delicious. Great music and a great singer to help top off a wonderful birthday celebration! We’ll definitely be returning !
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4.7
4.7 (1059)
£25 and under
Turkish
Grays
About the restaurant
We are proud to serve you one of the healthiest and most well-balanced Turkish and Mediterranean food in Essex.

Our dishes are prepared freshly upon order, using authentic recipes, traditional cooking methods with finest ingredients.

Our focus is to provide the highest quality of service available.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Plenty of car park space on entering the restaurant the staff was friendly and welcoming showed us to our table and gave us adaquat time time choose drinks. Few minutes later asked if we was ready to order. Great selection of starters and main course. Fantastic potions trust you will not go out of here still feeling hungry, Sea bass was out of this world cooked and seasoned to perfection to be honest all our dishes was of great flavour and very well presented with that little extra garnish of edible flowers. Another plus they supplied us foil containers to take home unfinished food. Oh forgot to mention the cocktails was fantastic. Overall will definitely dine here again.
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4.6
4.6 (762)
£26 to £40
Modern European
Colchester
About the restaurant
The Green Room is changing with a fresh new look, extensive wine list and new style menu with something to suit every ones appetite!

Our Small plates menu will be starting Saturday 11th February.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 31, 2024
My husband and I had a really enjoyable evening at the Green Room yesterday, nice wine, food was delicious , service just right. Would recommend.
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4.6
4.6 (178)
£26 to £40
Seafood
Brentwood
About the restaurant
Welcome to Zebrano, Brentwood’s newest sushi & seafood restaurant, where you can indulge in the freshest sushi, most delicious seafood delicacies prepared with the finest ingredient & attention to detail. The interior is lush & welcoming with an embracing ambiance, featuring an elegant bar & a separate lounge floor.
The menu at Zebrano features a wide range of sushi & sashimi, prepared by skilled & experienced sushi chef.
In addition to sushi, Zebrano also offers a selection of hot & cold seafood dishes. The restaurant’s wine list is carefully curated to complement the flavours of the seafood and sushi dishes.
Zebrano is the perfect choice for anyone who appreciates fine sushi and seafood in a sophisticated yet welcoming setting.
Infants and children under 8yrs are not permitted after 8pm, Please note that we do not offer a children’s menu
Opening times vary in BH & Special days.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Had a fantastic time. Food was amazing and the staff were great. We will definitely be coming back and recommending this to others.
A photo of The Eyna restaurant
4.6
4.6 (539)
£26 to £40
Turkish
Basildon
About the restaurant
The Eyna is a new, refreshing, traditional Turkish cuisine coming to the heart of Basildon. With a open-plan dining experience, open kitchen & central bar, we're sure this will be your perfect location for all types of events or casual dining.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and great service staff really friendly
A photo of The Old Siege House Bar & Brasserie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (285)
£26 to £40
European
Colchester
About the restaurant
The Historical Old Siege House in Colchester is the ideal venue for a small intimate meal or a large family get together ! Owned and run by Husband and wife team since 2014 it has a warm atmosphere and relaxed vibe.
We can provide extensive menus depending on your events, ranging from Afternoon teas to Hog roasts.
Our main menu changes seasonally and we also run a set lunch menu which is great value and changes every two weeks.
The restaurant can accomodate up to 160 covers inside and a further 50 outside so you will not be cramped for space. We have a private dining room for hire and a large bar and lounge area where you can enjoy some lovely made to order cocktails or a chilled bottle of wine.
Live music and events are regularly held and details will be posted on our various social media outlets.
We are proud holders of an elite 5 star food hygiene award for 3 consecutive 5 star visits in a row from the local council and pride ourselves on our hygiene levels.


Top review
ChrisB
Dined on May 26, 2024
Really good quality food for both adults and the children. Portion size for the children exceptionally good. Presented well and prompt service.
A photo of Sevine Brasserie restaurant
4.5
4.5 (59)
£25 and under
Mediterranean
Harlow
About the restaurant
Treat yourself to a culinary adventure at our delightful restaurant, where we offer a fusion of Mediterranean cuisine. We are pleased to accommodate group bookings and look forward to welcoming you.

Our restaurant is conveniently located in Harlow within the Water Gardens. Whether you’re joining us for brunch, lunch or dinner, book a table now and experience a wonderful dining experience with us.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Would highly recommend Sevine Brasserie to anyone. The food is superb and the staff excellent.
A photo of Funky Monk restaurant
4.3
4.3 (138)
£26 to £40
British
Epping
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Funky Monk, nestled in the heart of Epping, where the spirit of classic hospitality runs deep in our veins. Our passion lies in curating delectable seasonal British fare using time-honoured culinary methods. We proudly present an extensive array of distinctive boutique and traditional wines that continually spark conversations and intrigue among our guests.

Join us for a delightful evening with your friends or that special someone. On Fridays and Saturdays, we amp up the excitement with live entertainment in our restaurant, creating the perfect atmosphere for you to groove, though we kindly request you keep your dancing feet off the tables!

For an even more enchanting experience, consider reserving one of our Suites, allowing you to savour the magic just a bit longer. The Funky Monk is where cherished memories are made, so come and dine with us soon!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 24, 2024
Food was great; fast service and lots of entertainment! DJ, Singer .. hightly recommend this this place.
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