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Essence on Exhibition

#836 of 3,167 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Central Business District
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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Corner Exhibition & Lonsdale Streets | Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9660 1183
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06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Essence on Exhibition is the only dining restaurant in Melbourne Marriott Hotel. I didn't expect that this 5-star hotel got only one restaurant, entirely not what expected from LA Marriott. The ambiance was good, not busy at all on Sunday night. It was nice to view the night life overlooking the windows. The staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive. My... More 

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Thank Annette2010Melbourne
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you your comments and although happy that you are overall satisfied with your evening, I note there is scope for improvement in some areas. I will share your comments with our team in our endeavor to provide the best to our guests. Looking forward to welcome you back. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

For $60 per person we got a 5-star 3-course meal, with a free glass of wine as part of it, and every meal was displayed elegantly, table service was divine, and, to make up for when meals were slightly late (not that we were complaining, as they weren't very late), we got firstly complimentary champagne and then complimentary hot chocolate.... More 

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Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and pleased to know that you had a great experience at Essence on Exhibition. Looking forward to welcome you back for another wonderful evening. The team at Essence on Exhibition More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice selection and good quality. The service was slow but friendly. Ambience was interesting as looked out on street intersection

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Thank murray950
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your comments on our food and staff. Located on the intersection of 2 busy streets in the center of the Melbourne theatre precinct and with floor to ceiling glass windows, Essence is conveniently located and provides an elegant atmosphere and we are glad that you enjoyed it. Looking forward to welcome you back. Warm... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I dine out a lot but neither of us have ever needed to walk out of a restaurant before..not until last Valentines Day, from Marriott's 'Essence' restaurant. We arrived for our 7.30 pm booking a few minutes early then had to wait quite sometime for someone to come to our table. The staff and manager were very... More 

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Thank Glenys S
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to provide us with feedback following your experience at Essence on Exhibition. I was truly disheartened to learn of your underwhelming experience, in particularly regarding our service delays. This is not indicative of the level of service to which we strive, and I will certainly share your feedback with our restaurant team so we... More 

Manila, Philippines
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88 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The breakfast buffet offers you a nice variety of fresh fruits, pastries breads, cereals and fresh eggs, pancakes etc. The servers are very friendly.

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Thank Michael K
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and wonderful to see your comments on the food spread and the friendliness of our staff. However quite disappointed that we did not score better in your review. Will appreciate if you can contact us and advise of any further improvements we can make, to become the best. Looking forward to welcome you back. Warm... More 

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107 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a scoopon for high tea and essence did not disappoint. Standouts were the savoury selection of the high tea with the sweet selection good but can be a bit too sweet if you are not a sweet tooth. The scone was fluffy and delicious. Great value for money with the scoopon for $69 for 2 including a glass... More 

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Thank Piggy P
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Our high tea is definitely very popular and am glad that you liked it. We are in the process of introducing a new high tea offering and looking forward to welcome you back to try it. Warm regards Essence on Exhibition More 

Melbourne, Australia
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126 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We used a Voucher for our booking at Essence Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel. Staff very friendly and attentive. Lovely table next to the window allowing us to watch city life going by as we consumed our wonderful platter comprising of bottom layer hot food and the top stack cold seafood. Lots of goodies including oysters, mussels, calamari, smoked salmon,... More 

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Thank Bigredhawker
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

The team at Essence on Exhibition were delighted and felt very rewarded reading your comments. With floor to ceiling windows and at the corner of 2 streets located in the theatre precinct, our guests do get some interesting views and can enjoy their meals watching the busy city life going by. Thank you again for your review and looking forward... More 

Melbourne
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Whilst the Seafood Stack, wasn't quite a stack....the seafood was very nice. With a voucher for 2, it was very price competitive, and we would definitely go back again. Negatives are lack of acoustics which made the place almost impossible to talk (that improved when the bogan in a singlet and tatts and his wife and 4 screaming kids left).

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Thank The-Mong
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and apologies that you were inconvenienced by some of the other patrons. We are glad that you enjoyed our seafood offering and happy to note that you will return. Looking forward to welcome you back. Essence on Exhibition More 

Bendigo
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

We travelled to Melbourne to have the opportunity of enjoying with friends the seafood platter with wine and dessert at this restaurant yesterday (8/2/17). On arriving early for our booking we were ushered to our table and we were offered coffee from the attached coffee house...it was good coffee....Our two ladies that served us were a credit to the restaurant... More 

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Thank GreyNomadsBendigo
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and our team was thrilled to see your comments. Our associates are definitely our asset and happy to see that you have noticed it. Our restaurant is attached to the Espresso bar which indeed serves the best coffee and signature unique sandwiches like the pork belly sandwich, crispy chicken and would recommend you to try... More 

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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

❤💙💚 this place, must visit if you're in Melbourne CBD! I love how you run all different deals on scoopon. I was here twice for seafood lunch and high tea and simply can't get enough of it. Your customer services was exceptional and your food was superb also the place is super classic great layout awesome environment and just love... More 

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Thank DianneConnell
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments about your experience at Essence on Exhibition. We are glad that we are able to meet your expectations and looking forward to welcome you back. Warm regards Essence on Exhibition team. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$39
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:00
Monday
06:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:00
Thursday
06:30 - 22:00
Friday
06:30 - 22:00
Saturday
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Exhibition & Lonsdale Streets | Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9660 1183
  • This restaurant is at Melbourne Marriott Hotel
Description
Essence on Exhibition Restaurant radiates with character with 180 degree views of the Melbourne CBD. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu offers exquisite Modern Australian cuisine with an excellent selection of wines. Essence embraces the best of Victoria`s local seasonal produce to create inspired dishes from traditional to modern.

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

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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