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Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano

#9 of 1,447 Restaurants in Porto
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Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-365, Portugal
+351 22 830 1813
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 20:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 20:00 - 00:00
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We quite enjoyed the well thought out veg meal. We eat everything, but it's nice to have some occasional good veg food. A bit too expensive for given food level.

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Thank Pink S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was very pleasant Vallentine's Day evening. My girlfriend is vegetarian and she was extremely delighted eating the meals. We both were even though I prefer some meat dishes. On the Vallentine's Day there was a limited menu so each one of us tried different versions of what was offered. It was delightful and visually looked awesome. The service was... More 

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Proenca-a-Nova, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been twice in this restaurant and it has several options for vegan as for non-vegan persons. The food is well cooked and the vegetables are really fresh. The menu as plenty of options including fish and meat.There's a variety of 5 or 6 starters and also same for deserts. You'll find interesting wine options, not too expensive. The service... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great vegetarian experience! A very nice place with a great environment. The service is excelente and friendly. I recommend it.

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Thank Pedro M
Essencia R, Gerente at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review and recomendation ! Hope to see you soon... More 

Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To me it was the best restaurant I went to during our 2 day visit to Oporto. It is somewhat far from the historical center, but we walk there. I had a great apple-carrot juice for just 2.6 euros. Soup was correct. The food is tasty and the dessert very good. The place is very comfortable and the service is... More 

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Essencia R, Gerente at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the good references you write about us and we hope to see you again. More 

Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived and were welcomed so friendly. It was very busy inside but I think this always speaks for being in a good restaurant and we didn't get disappointed. I wanted to have lunch at my birthday there and it was the right choice. They offer two different menues, one vegetarian, the other one for omnivores. I took the vegetarian... More 

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Thank Elisabeth_Chevreuil
essencia2015, Gerente at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you so much for all your excellent review. It's very good to know you had a happy anniversary at Essencia. Hope to see you again. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on a Friday evening. The service was very professional and the decor was great. Felt like a fine dining vegetarian restaurant. However the food was only ok. Am not vegetarian but my partner is vegan so was good to try somewhere that was primarily vegetarian/vegan. Best dishes were those where they were not trying to replicate meat based... More 

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Thank burnhammildmay
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review . More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Nothing special and far away from a 5* veggie restaurant. I am not veggie but enjoy veggie food and as 5th best restaurant in Porto I thought it was worth a try. That said, I made the big mistake in ordering a non-veggie main. My cod was chewy, over-cooked and FULL of bones. Very unpleasant to eat. The veggie starter... More 

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Thank ccdrsb
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

We are very sorry that you did not have the desired goal in Essencia . We regret you haven't comment at the time to give us the chance to make it again once this is one of the favorites in non-vegetarian options. As for the curd cheese with pumpkin jam is a typical portuguese dessert that each one adds to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We went based on the great reviews. The place was nice and the service friendly. Starters were good but not extraordinary and my main was OK but a little underwhelming. My wife's main was the lentils dish and the lentils were undercooked and not so pleasant.

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Thank Edwin H
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

It's a pity that you did'nt get your goal with us. If you lived here I would invite to come again, but unfortunately it´s not the case. Thank you very much for your opinion. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

I went with my boyfriend because we saw the restaurant on trip advisor. It was really nice ! Not very expensive, nice people !

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Thank Cécile M
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review ! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$38
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Thursday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Friday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 00:00
Saturday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-365, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 22 830 1813

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?