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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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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 2 days ago NEW 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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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for dinner when we weren't bothered to go out. Staff are always happy to be at your service, recommending and introducing dishes. We gobbled up our prawn crackers very quickly and they offered us another basket which we gladly took. When you order, they also ask whether you like to have herbs in your food as well as... More 

Thank Lexincats
San Diego, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was amazing in every way. The food was delicious and so well presented. The attention to detail was superb. But was even more superb was the customer service. The staff is super friendly and always smiling. Right when we were about to leave they surprised us a delicious birthday cake, played a birthday song for my sister-in-law. I... More 

Thank jcmambo
Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love love love the grapefruit salad - hubby who decided he does not want any salad that night ended up ordering a 2nd grapefruit salad. Had both the Cha gio (Fried spring rolls) and summer rolls (note: there are two versions of summer rolls, one from central hue region, the other from south Saigon region - foreigners are more familiar... More 

Thank Genevieve L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I went to Essence restaurant, we were a group of 12 with 4 kids and 8 adults. The staff, especially our server, was exceptionally helpful and pleasant. She made an effort to give us some "free" snacks and dessert as we were waiting for our food to arrive. She explained all their specialties to us in detail, while socialising... More 

Thank Selynna P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wait staff were really friendly and attentive. Seeing that we are dining with a small child, they advised the chef to serve the food with chili on the side instead of cooked together with food. They take note of our child's love for clams by offering more of them in the soup accompanying the second dish. The food was... 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
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
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?