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Essence Restaurant

) #181 of 294 Restaurants in Darwin $$ - $$$ , Gluten Free Options
1 Henry Wrigley Drive | Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory 0812, Australia
+61 8 8920 3333
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Overview
  • Excellent12%
  • Very good30%
  • Average32%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible12%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (4 reviews)
“pork belly” (3 reviews)
“barramundi” (3 reviews)
Open Now
05:30 - 21:30All hours
CUISINES
Australian, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
1 Henry Wrigley Drive | Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory 0812, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the food good - the chicken was tender with a tasty sauce which did not overwhelm it. The portions of meat were rather more generous than we expected, and the portions of vegetables smaller, though ordering a side dish balanced this out nicely....More

Thank QuietlyRetired
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear QuietlyRetired, Thank you so Much for the great review i was pleased to read you enjoyed your experience in Essence and we look forward to welcoming you to the Top End again soon. Regards, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Essence has just launched a new menu. We had an assortment of entrees. Oysters, salads, dampers and calamari. All sensational. Mains - this place is a hidden secret for grilled meat in darwin. Steak is sensational. Great ribs and chicken. Try the new desserts and...More

Thank Owen1174
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Owen1174, Thanks for the great Review! We hope you enjoyed your dinning experience at Essence and we look forward to welcoming you back real soon. Regards, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Found the restaurant quite pleasant. Breakfast was ok but only 2 choices $28 hot or $20 cold.( as there was no room service, there was no other choice) Any other meals we had were very nice and a reasonable size. Not a big range to...More

Thank Linda T
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Linda T, Thanks for the review we are currently looking at what we can offer at Breakfast to improve the offering. That is correct Linda we launched a new menu a weeks ago and hopefully you will be back to try it. Thanks again...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I remembered Essence where buffet breakfast at Mercure Darwin Airport Resort is served where I stayed. . . the food is good and filling, staff are courteous and friendly.. and some of them are Filipinos!. . . we regularly had our meals at Essence -...More

Thank Efren C
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Efren, Thanks for the great review and we hope to welcome you back to the Mercure and Essence real soon. regards, Nathan H Food and Beverage Manager

Reviewed 11 June 2017

I ordered the curry, described as a trio - 2 curries and a rice. I asked for vegetables instead of rice which they seemed happy to comply with. Meals for all were slow in coming. My vegetables were hard, including aubergine, and sauce in the...More

Thank Lorna M
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Lorna M, Thanks so much for this great feedback Lorna! I do apologies that your meals did not live up to your expectations i have passed this feedback onto the kitchen team. we have recently updated our menu and changed our offerings! In regards...More

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

After a long wait in a very cluttered entry/exit to the dining room, we finally seated ourselves. After ordering our meal there was yet another long wait for our meal. Unfortunately both meals were cold, only plus was at least steak was cooked to order....More

Thank Jayal_11
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Jayal_11, Thanks for taking the time to write a review in regards to Essence. I have shared your feedback with the team and this is not the kind of service we provide at Essence and i do apologies that you received this service. Next...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Myself and a bunch of colleges stayed here with work during April- May. During my stay collectively we had the fish and chips, steak burger, steak and chips, beef burger, pizza and both 300G scotch fillet and 500G Rib eye. All which were pretty terrible...More

Thank Lachlan E
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Lachlan E, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience at Essence. I Have shared your feedback with the leadership team in Essence and i do apologies that your experience was not up to standard. I do hope you come back and give...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017

The setting overlooking the pool is great. We were there on a holiday Monday and the menu was limited. All 4 of us had steak that looked great but was tough & a bit grisly and served with very little salad. Pleasant unobtrusive service. Prices...More

Thank KandTCanberra
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear KandTCanberra, I am glad to hear you enjoyed most parts of your dinning experience in Essence! I do apologise that your steaks did not live up to what your expectations and will follow up with my chef to see where we can improve the...More

Reviewed 8 May 2017

The air conditioning vents in the dining room were absolutely filthy - a huge turn off. We had dinner here and I was very pleased that there were three vegetarian options on the menu. The veggie burger was OK and came with sweet potato fries...More

Thank Misschaivous
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear Misschaivous, Thank you for taking the time to give us great feedback on where we can improve our breakfast offering. I do apologise that it was not what you expected. Chef and myself are working very hard at improving this and hope to see...More

Reviewed 15 April 2017

The food was good quality! The service was fast for taking the order but it took a little while coming. I had a table of 7 and the meals were a little staggered but the taste presentation and quantity was very good. The burgers are...More

Thank FuzzOz
Nathan H, Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2017

Dear FuzzOz, So glad you enjoyed your experience at Essence. I do agree that we have a special product with our burgers and steaks. I do hope to see you back again real soon for another amazing experience! Kind regards, Nathan Harden Food and Beverage...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
05:30 - 21:30
Monday
05:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
05:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
05:30 - 21:30
Thursday
05:30 - 21:30
Friday
05:30 - 21:30
Saturday
05:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Henry Wrigley Drive | Marrara, Darwin, Northern Territory 0812, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Northern Territory  >  Top End  >  Darwin
  • Phone Number: +61 8 8920 3333
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Description
10 mins from Darwin Airport
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