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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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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Toulon, France
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

very good atmosphère; friendly staff and excellent cooking. We drink very good wine and delicious cocktail.

Thank jacques o
Singapore, Singapore
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48 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our group of 8 had a great dinner at Essence last Thursday. The food and service were outstanding even though we were a hard to please group with young kids and two vegetarian teenagers. They ordered western food and were happy with it. But the rest of us were truly delighted with the flavours of the beautifully presented vietnamese food.... More 

Thank rsbeninatto
Kochi, Japan
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Delicious, beautifully presented food at a reasonable price. This restaurant is in a hotel but doesn't feel like it. The service was truly unbelievable and the best we had in Asia. Try the bamboo beef!

Thank danav07
Bangkok, Thailand
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

super friendly helpful staff, delicious food nicely decorated. Great set menus. Very enjoyable dining experience in the old quarter in a peaceful environment. highly recommended.

Thank Mark P
Halifax, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is very good and the staff are not only friendly but helpful. The flavours are good and better than another restaurant we went to. The food is also beautifully presented. We also had breakfast here twice as we were staying in the hotel, again the quality was very good and there was plenty of choice.

Thank BJC790
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came in for breakfast after an overnight bus from phong nha. Very friendly, fluent english speaking staff. 3 course breakfast with; omlette with the lot, generous fruit platter and coffee for just under $5USD. Very eloquent atmosphere, a pleasant experience.

Thank Benjamin J
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family had a very enjoyable meal at essence prior to our train to sapa. The staff are great and very helpful and the food was fantastic. Even if you are not staying on the hotel the restaurant is well worth visiting for a great meal in an elegant setting. Good for family or couples and groups

Thank dm18313
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We make a point to eat at the Essence Restaurant whether we are staying at the hotel or not. Most nights are packed with people not staying at the hotel. When considering where to eat in the Old Quarter, it's an easy decision for us as the menu includes great Vietnamese and Western choices and all are terrific.

Thank 798randyr
Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for our last dinner in Hanoi and it was amazing! Great service, great cocktails, great food!

Thank ldsimpson
Tokyo, Japan
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Save this restaurant for your last night in Hanoi! or Go on your first day, so you can enjoy this top-notch restaurant again and again. A world-class attentive service! Super nice people! Excellent dishes, lovely presented, at really really nice prices, yet very generous portion! The best Bun Cha in the world! (of course, which is originated from Hanoi, we... More 

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

Dear absolutelyGuinness, Thank you so much for being interested at our Essence restaurant twice and especially thank you very much for giving us such a goodwill due to your dinner's occasion were your last day during your five day in Hanoi. It is great as we have brought everything to your expectation. We throughout learned that it is not only... 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
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?