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Cafe Essence

17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“monkfish” (21 reviews)
“seafood” (18 reviews)
“steak” (23 reviews)
Closed Now
British, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

While staying in Bangor my friend took me to Café Essence. It is an upstairs restaurant which is tucked away on the main street, but what a surprise! Served by friendly staff the food was exceptional. My 12oz Sirloin steak was the best I have...More

Thank Christopher O
Reviewed April 5, 2018

Busy small restaurant good food at reasonable price. Dining room small but a good friendly atmosphere. Staff very attentive.

Thank Carol C
Reviewed April 5, 2018

Lovely food, you will definitely not go hungry. Staff are friendly and have time to spend with you. They are so passionate about their food and customers. We will definitely recommend this restaurant to our guests.

Thank Hutchings6769
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Had not been at this restaurant for a few years but on celebration of our wedding anniversary my wife and I booked a meal and we were not disappointed the staff could not be faulted and although the owner Chris was not available due to...More

Thank Ian M
Reviewed February 19, 2018 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 January 18, 2018

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 January 1, 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 December 3, 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 November 6, 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
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Reviewed November 2, 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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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