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Cafe Essence

17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good17%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“monkfish” (21 reviews)
“seafood” (19 reviews)
“steak” (22 reviews)
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British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
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1 - 10 of 187 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Been here few times before and beautiful food so was peeved off when went at weekend to find food prices raised and food horrible . Menu also very deceiving as they have a “ specials menu” which is actually a supplement charge to main menu....More

Thank Imelda M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My favourite restaurant! I have never been disappointed by the fabulous food on offer. The bill won't be hard to pay because you will be entirely satisfied. As an added bonus you can bring your own tipple.

Thank Rosybunny06
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Myself and 3 friends booked this restaurant for 5:30pm. On arrival the restaurant was absolutely freezing. There were a number of items not available off the menu. Two of us chose the seafood platter to start, smoked salmon, trout and prawns...when it arrived the server...More

Thank lesley p
Reviewed 3 December 2017

We went for a meal on a Saturday night with some friends. It had been a few years since we were there so I was wondering if it was as good as before. It is BYO restaurant which keeps the cost down, with a small...More

Thank stephenskier123
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Meal was really good value great flavour in the meat and vegetables. Staff where extremely helpful and friendly. You can bring your own drink in but a charge for corkage is £1.50 per head I personally found the stairs a bit hard to manage. A...More

Thank Carol C
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

We visited here for the first time together last week. The menu is actually straightforward if you want 2 courses but very unclear what you need to pay if you want just one course. In addition you only get to see the starters and main...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately our recent dining experience here will be our last. The first problem was when we arrived. I had left with them balloons and a cake for my husband's birthday meal with family. There were 13 of us. On arrival the balloons were nowhere to...More

Thank Granny S
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This was our first time at this restaurant and it was also a birthday treat for myself and my husband from my brother and his wife. We all had different courses and the food was excellent. The staff both very friendly and attentive. It is...More

Thank 2getawaydeals
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Through a little doorway and up one flight of stairs and the restaurant opens out to a surprisingly spacious dining area. The atmosphere is usually very lively but the tables can get cramped when very busy. For a more romantic and intimate setting try the...More

1  Thank trevorpatt
Reviewed 3 August 2017

My husband and I were taken here for his 60th birthday didn't know what to expect as hadn't been before.The meal was faultless well presented and lovely and hot. The staff were very helpful and friendly lovely atmosphere for an evening meal. Will certainly be...More

1  Thank galeed1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9145 4470
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Cafe Essence is a Chef Owned local seafood restaurant. This means our focus is on food. We are committed to preparing only the finest dishes and serving you only the highest quality food to capture the essence of fine dining.
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