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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Essex

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Black Rock Restaurant restaurant
4.8 (672)
£26 to £40
About the restaurant
Black rock restaurant is an easygoing dining restaurant situated across the street from the beach front in Clacton on sea. We focus on a trendy steak and grill menu.

Our menu is inspired from different countries but our speciality here at Black rock is the ‘STEAK ON THE STONE’ the concept is from the island of Madeira amongst other places. The restaurant is guest orientated and the service is relaxed, very friendly; nothing is too much and always willing to assist you in any means way.

Black rock is a great place to eat, excellent atmosphere, great tasting food and we take pride in delivering exceptional service using the highest quality of local ingredients the best cuts of steaks and a great selection of exciting cocktails.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Staff could not have been any more efficient or friendly, the food was lovely, will recommend to friends and family
A photo of Kara Lounge & Grill restaurant
4.7 (1096)
£25 and under
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
Dined 4 days ago
Great place with good vibes even with kids . Lovely set up and great deco
A photo of Zebrano Brentwood restaurant
4.6 (187)
£26 to £40
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 2 days ago
Amazing good and drinks. Enjoyed everything we ordered. Service was very good. Waitress was really friendly and attentive. Absolutely will go again.
A photo of The Eyna restaurant
4.6 (601)
£26 to £40
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
Dined 1 day ago
The service, food and atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. Would highly recommend to anyone.
A photo of Banquet Chinese restaurant
4.5 (1545)
£26 to £40
Chinese (Canton)
About the restaurant
JANUARY OFFER! Tues, Weds and Thursday's 20% off total bill for lunch and dinner service!!!

Banquet Chinese is a restaurant and venue unlike any other found in Colchester or North Essex today. This is Chinese food the way it is meant to be experienced! Our mouth-watering dishes are cooked to perfection by award-winning chefs using only the freshest and finest ingredients.

The interior has been carefully chosen and imported from China to create a genuine and sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy your lunch or evening meal, perhaps together with a bottle of wine from the well rounded wine list supplied by Liberty Wines.

Please take some time to familiarise yourself with Banquet Chinese here on our website. Have a look at our menus and wine lists. Read about Dim Sum, the delicious little dishes perfect as starters or as a light and sophisticated lunch time meal. Polite notice: Parties of 10 or more guests will be required to choose from one of our dedicated set menus.

Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Not the first time we have eaten at this restaurant. Each time we are impressed with the service and the food an absolute delightful experience!
A photo of Sevine Brasserie restaurant
4.5 (69)
£25 and under
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 5 days ago
Friendly staff, large portions and great tasting. Great value for money.
A photo of The Rabbits Pub restaurant
4.4 (157)
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
The Rabbits is a family friendly gastro pub & restaurant in the heart of the essex countryside. We pride ourselves on good friendly service and good quality homecooked food with our seasonal menus, we serve real ales, fine wines & premium spirits. We have a great beer garden where you can take in the picturesque views whilst not having to go too far to order any food or drink as this can all be done at our garden bar which is also playing background music around our garden, this is open Thurs-Sunday throughout the spring/summer weather permitting. There is a childrens play area and we also welcome dogs in our garden and inside the bar area. The Rabbits Team look forward to seeing you soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Beautiful country pub with conservatory and garden. Great variety on menu and polite, friendly staff. Big portions! Will be returning.
A photo of Minoa restaurant
4.4 (30)
£26 to £40
Marks Gates
About the restaurant
Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant flavours of Asia at our exquisite pan-Asian fine dining establishment in Essex. Indulge in meticulously crafted dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of China, Japan, Thailand, and beyond, all expertly prepared with the finest ingredients and presented with artistic flair. From delicate sushi creations to aromatic stir-fries and tantalising curries, each dish promises a symphony of taste sensations that will transport you to the heart of Asia.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food and a beautiful atmosphere. Highly recommend this place.
A photo of The Grove restaurant
4.2 (14)
£25 and under
Canvey Island
About the restaurant
Delicious food, retro funky, luxurious interiors, relaxed atmosphere and an incredible location!

Our refreshed menus have new dishes such as Burrata, Keema Spiced Scotch Eggs and Cauliflower Wings plus the dishes that our customers love. You'll still be able to enjoy our famous Fish Tacos and Chop Salad. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to share with drinks and cocktails.

We have a brand-new coffee bar, drop by for a hot drink and a catch-up with friends. Bar stool window seats and charging points are ideal for working remotely. Located for easy pre-work coffee if you're commuting too!

Walk through to the dining area, where you will find a luxurious space, with beautiful textures and an amazing, illuminated elevated ceiling. The perfect dinner setting with velvet bench-style seats, paired with white marble tables and stunning vintage print walls.

Our outdoor terrace area boasts a fantastic view of the Estuary, we like to think it's th

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
We always enjoy eating here. The food is really good and the staff are very helpful and accommodating. One of our party was in a wheelchair and they couldn’t have been more helpful. The restaurant was busy and they coped very well moving customers around amongst the downpours. Look forward to my next visit.
A photo of Funky Monk restaurant
4.2 (144)
£26 to £40
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
Dined 7 days ago
Lovely space , decor lovely Was not too busy for Sunday lunch had a nice big booth
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