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Essenza Bar & Restaurant

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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Food and ambience

First restaurant opened in Harrogate with Eastern European food, large selection of wine, beer and cocktails, also available and Tapas
US$5 - US$68
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Mediterranean, European, Eastern European
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

For over 2 years been coming here on occasions and it never disappoints Excellent food and service nothing more to say definitely one of the best restaurants in Harrogate a big menu so something for everyone.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The service and food were fantastic, great location ! Vladimir was a superb host A++ would recommend. Also very delicious Prosecco

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited here with my partner for the first time just before Xmas and we had a wonderful time. The restaurant is lovely and has a cosy feel which was extra romantic. The tapas was delicious, really good quality homemade food and the staff were very...friendly and attentive. Will definitely visit again when I’m next in Harrogate.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago

Stumbled on this place on a Sunday afternoon. Fabulous Tapas, great service. Will definitely be back when we next visit Harrogate.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a day out shopping in Harrogate and needed somewhere to have lunch. The other reviews on trip advisor do not lie. This place is a wonderful find. First impression were positive as the restaurant is extremely clean. Secondly you can see into the...kitchen which I think is always a bonus. Our waiter was attentive and chatty, a really nice professional chap. We had the tapas - 6 different dishes all excellently cooked and well presented, but most importantly they all tasted amazing. If you like pears then the poached pear dessert was my favourite thing I ate. Being a tight Yorkshireman, price was more than reasonable as well. We were planning our next visit before we had dessert!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reminds me of a Hospital waiting room not worth 4.9 reviews we went the table extremely sticky burnt fish turned upside down and no seasoning on anything sorry but not worth the tripMore

Date of visit: January 2022
V_M, General Manager at Essenza Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Mr Jordan, First I would like to thanks you for your time to wright a review, and to apologise about tables because they are sticky, they became like that after sanitising them to kill the bacteria. Regarding fish I am sorry to hear that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here off the back of the excellent trip advisor reviews and we're not left disappointed. We had the lunchtime Tapas menu and it was great. All the dishes had been freshly cooked and were of high quality. Definitely well worth a visit

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A warm welcome, a polite and efficient waiter, a hardworking chef, what a great tapas lunch. All fresh, well prepared/presented and very tasty. Will definitely return. Thank you x

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited New Years Eve, we were met with a warm friendly welcome, the menu was great, the quality of the food was excellent and portions were very generous, staff were very friendly and professional, I would highly recommend a visit.

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a 2 day break after xmas and stumbled upon essenza... booked a table as we love tapas. From start to finish the service was 1st class.. told we had a 35 minute wait for food, as all cooked fresh, not a problem it's the...best way to eat. The food was all amazing we had 6 dishes and everything was superb. Would highly recommend this restaurant. New travel to harrogate 2/3 times a year and will definitely be back hereMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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margaret n
12 August 2021|
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Response from cazk2015 | Reviewed this property |
You do not need to book, but it is advisable to book as it can be busy in the evenings and you would end up trying to find another restaurant if it is full when you get there.
9 July 2021|
Response from ashaw2384 | Reviewed this property |
I think it would be best if you asked them directly
Christine S
26 May 2020|
Response from Christine S |
Would recommend for the price and quality of the food service and friendly staff get yourself to essenza
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Yes, Essenza Bar & Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Essenza Bar & Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5