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22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
+84 4 3935 2485
06:30 - 22:00
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So nice to hide from the Hanoi noise and heat. We enjoyed the food served and the excellent service and equally the air-condition. Bun Cha was good and fish really good. While food is not really autentic but more adjusted to western palates - All in all a safe bet and a good choice.

Thank Amir S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed in this hotel so chose to eat here twice - I can see why it's rated so highly on trip advisor. The food is really phenomenal and it has a great wine list. Perhaps a bit more pricey than others but it's a great experience. I loved the fresh spring rolls, and the Hoi an fried rice is great.... More 

Thank Mel198232
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I definitely recommend this restaurant as a must in Hanoi! It was absolutely beautiful food and one of our top 3 meals in our 3 week trip. The staff were faultless. So lovely.

Thank DoonaB59
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191 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at the essence restaurant. We were staying at the Essence hotel and know of the restaurant's high standards from the daily breakfast. We had the grapefruit salad (refreshingly good), hue imperial fried spring rolls (nice presentation, better still in taste), grilled bamboo beef (very good tasty dish), shrimp in coconut (another very good tasty dish).... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at Hotel D'Essence for 6 days, and ate in the restaurant several times. The breakfasts were great - good variety, tasty and fresh. We also ate at the restaurant for dinner a couple of times. The service was exemplary. Our family were made to feel welcome, and the staff were professional, kind and happy to help with any... More 

Thank JaneyG09
Toronto, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I could not speak more highly of my experiences in the Essence Restaurant, Hanoi. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food delicious, the atmosphere comfortable.

Thank lozza17
Hung P, Người quản lý at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear lozza17 How amazing comment is! We would like to express our sincerest thanks to your support at our Essence restaurant. We thoroughly learned that it is not only your personal felling but also for community's utility to publish recent experience We are very so grateful by your gracious opinions. Yes, in our Essence restaurant we put the guests on... More 

Mandalay, Myanmar
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went with 3 adults and a 20 months old toddler to this fine restaurant after a recommendation. The welcome was very hearty and it was no problem at all that we had a small child with us. The food was very professionally cooked and presented and the taste was excellent. It was a great experience to visit Essence Restaurant!

Thank BernoTrip
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

As I was staying at the hotel I just ate there after returning from a day of sightseeing. The food i had was all good especially the snapper in banana leaf. Recommend to try.

Thank lindyloo-2007
Hung P, Người quản lý at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Amanda lindyloo-2007, Thank you very much for leaving us a wonderful review about Essence restaurant, it really touched our emotion as entire team's endeavors was recognized during your stay at our our residence - Essence Hanoi Hotel, all of your words reflected that when we try our best from our warmest hearts we will receive more than a reply... More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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51 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour operator took us to this hotel/restaurant as a thank you for using her company C-Vietnam twice in one year. Angela the owner of the company knew we were vegetarian. This is a new restaurant in old town. Essence serves a wide variety of western and Vietnamese foods. The meals we ordered were served in 4 courses. The food... More 

Thank kkumlien
Hung P, Người quản lý at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear kkumlien, Thank you so much for the wonderful review under your recent experience at our Essence restaurant. The words in the review exactly are an official answer for a lot of current pending questions: "Which restaurant should go to eat?" and your comment here is absolutely driving the foodie to EXCELLENT SPOT in highest expectation Being a famous restaurant... More 

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9 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese dishes. The meals we shared were delicious and the service next to none. A excellent place to dine.

Thank DelSingapore
Hung P, Người quản lý at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear DelSingapore Many thanks from our Essence restaurant to your attentions and sharing your recent experience, this is really a new reward for what we are doing and what information is travelling searching, We are greatly honored by your pointing out at the comment such top service and traditional menu. Yes, we aim to well organize and train the entire... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Asian, Vietnamese, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3935 2485
Located on the ground floor of the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the artfully designed Essence restaurant offers you various tasty authentic Vietnamese dishes and standard Western menu for lunch and dinner. Accomplished with an extensive menu of beverages including fresh fruit shakes, coffees and wines, the restaurant ensures you a wholesome meal with great food, excellent service in the right ambiance and fine spirits, all at a price guaranteed most reasonable in town. Wifi-internet & iMac is available, free of charge.

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