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Cafe Essence

17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“monkfish” (20 reviews)
“seafood” (18 reviews)
“steak” (21 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 21:30All hours
British, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
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Reviews (175)
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1 - 10 of 175 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely brilliant. Out for wife's birthday. Food staff fabulous. Surf and turf for £15.50 awesome and BYO. Been here loads of times and will keep coming.

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first visit and definitely not the last. I'd been hearing good reports for years, but not got round to paying a visit. I'm so glad we did. We tried midweek to book for a Saturday night, but they were fully booked. Randomly, my phone...More

Thank JonandRoo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have ate here a few times and always find the food excellent and a good selection of seafood always looked after by Chris and his staff also byo which keeps the bill down highly recommend this restaurant give it a try you won't be disappointed

Thank fonziecool
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

My sister and I were very impressed with the Menu at Cafe Essence but terribly disappointed with our experience there, on the basis of: poor food, poor service and the indiscriminate use of basil oil. On arrival, the restaurant was quiet and we received a...More

Thank Tootsfegan
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We wanted fresh seafood and we were delighted to find it in Cafe Essence. The food was gorgeous - we had fresh langoustines in garlic butter followed by blackened monkfish on a bed of prawn risotto. Hadn't eaten all day so I went for the...More

Thank done_choosing_a_name
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Eight of us here for dinner, great selection on the menu and plenty of excellent seafood dishes, everyone enjoyed the food. Service was pleasant and efficient. A very nice restaurant, small and compact, it was probably a Victorian house and home before and is still...More

Thank PJKNorthernIreland
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has some brilliant food, but it's let down by the front of house. The services is awful, the prices (for what you get) are way too high and the lack of bar (given how long you actually have to wait for someone to...More

Thank jimneyp
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We visited this restaurant for the first time last week. It is on the first floor of the building and the first impression was of the cleanliness and friendliness of the staff. The restaurant was about half full and we experienced a very quick service....More

Thank OwnerPauline
Reviewed 4 January 2017

We keep visits to this restaurant for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays etc, but recent years have seen us abroad at such times. I was determined to introduce some friends to the venue at Hogmanay and was lucky to get the last table for...More

Thank jimitty
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Have dined here on several occasions and the blend of good customer service and outstanding menu makes this restaurant a firm favourite.

Thank Gary A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
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
  • E-mail
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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