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Cafe Essence

17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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Ranked #15 of 131 Restaurants in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: 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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English first
Northern Ireland
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We have been visiting Café Essence every fortnight for several years and have enjoyed the Early Bird Bistro Menu, being 2 courses for £12.00 with a BYO glass charge of £1.50. However, from the 1st October, this menu has now ceased and a single A La Carte Menu has replaced all menus. There is no Early Bird menu at all... More

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county down
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I loved this place before- bring your own, fab home baked breads on arrival and I love seafood and any fish so this was the place! Until tonight sooooo disappointed. Arrive to find bread no longer on arrival only with starters £5.50 approx per head. Next 'we are now a la carte' ok so what I thought was the best... More

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Having just arrived home from a 10 day holiday on a Greek Island I didn't feel like preparing a meal but needed a well cooked substansial meal. For starters I had onion soup which was so tasty and well seasoned served with home made delicious wheaten bread (almost like a meal on it's own) followed with my main course which... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I have been going to this restaurant for some time now it has always been great food and service. But have noticed its decline recently and have been giving it a second chance for the last four are so times. Will not be back after my last experience ordered the steak of the menu this was the worst steak I... More

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dundee,scotland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Quite expensive restaurant and they charge extra for bringing your own but the blackened monkfish is to die for.

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Herts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Went here with a group of friends whilst visiting and had a great time. As there were ten of us we had a private room on the top floor and were well looked after. The food was of a very high standard and the portions much bigger than a lot of comparable restaurants. Taking your own drink was a new... More

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Bangor, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My boyfriend and I had dinner here on Friday night. It was honestly one of the nicest meals we've have both had in a long time. Most 2 course menus offer small portions, the same cannot be said here. My boyfriend ordered a steak which was cooked to perfection. BYO makes it very affordable. I have already recommended Cafe Essence... More

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Larne, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
373 reviews 373 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Recommended by relatives, this was a disappointment from the start. It could look better from the outside and it gives a sort of dentist's waiting room feel inside with rather uncomfortable seats. We were shown to the table by an outstretched hand from the waitress, something I have only experienced in the Sol Rio in Westport. Subsequent guests were 'shown'... More

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Donaghadee, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Love this place - great staff and a simple menu - just order off the chalkboard, high quality and very reasonable, BYOB makes it even easier on the wallet. Has become a regular haunt over the past year and will continue to be so Fresh, fresh , fresh and simply cooked. Easy.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Having eaten here on numerous occasions over the years I was looking forward to a return visit - this was short lived. The service was poor and the food worse. A pathetic attempt at a chowder - how can you get this so wrong!! Bland and watery. Peppered beef turned out to be an over cooked piece of fatty steak... More

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Additional Information about Cafe Essence

Address: 17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9145 4470
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Bangor
Open Hours:
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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