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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Cafe Essence is a Chef Owned local seafood restaurant. This means our...
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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Visitor rating
  • 92
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
1st time visit

I was here last night for my boyfriends birthday dinner and I really enjoyed myself. I had the salted chilli prawns to start and haddock and prawn linguine for my main course, it was beautiful. The restaurant itself is quite small and feels a little crowded but I suppose it added to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
Lovetotravel8910
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I was here last night for my boyfriends birthday dinner and I really enjoyed myself. I had the salted chilli prawns to start and haddock and prawn linguine for my main course, it was beautiful. The restaurant itself is quite small and feels a little crowded but I suppose it added to the atmosphere, I'll come back for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A fabulous little restaurant. Our whole family had dinner there and everything was amazing. I will definitely go back when in Ireland again!

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

This was the first time back to cafe Essence for 5 years and it was very enjoyable. The waiting staff were very friendly and explained the menu choices clearly. My wife and I both had starters and main courses of fish, which were excellent. I will definitely be back again and would recommend this restaurant to anyone and especially if... More 

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Bangor Co Down
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Recent visit after not being here for nearly 2 years and was really looking forward to it ...... And wasn't disappointed. We were in a large party and were accommodated well... Menu had changed and 2 different chalk boards so plenty to choose from. Presentation of the food was excellent and tasted wonderful... Not much room in my stomach for... More 

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n.ireland
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have eaten here a few times as part of a party and i can honestly say im often left feeling underwhelmed by the food and dissapointed with the service i think they are a little on the pricey side also . They tend to run short of the things on the menu frequently leaving a limited choice i did... More 

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Been here numerous times as it is my other half's family favourite but I can't really warm to it. Don't be put of by the three star rating, this is just my opinion. Give it a try maybe you will like it, it just isn't on my priority list at all. Firstly the staff are great and very attentive probably... More 

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Helens Bay, null, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This year again we celebrated old years night at cafe essence. It really is a joy to visit. The staff were very very welcoming- complimentary glass of fizz before I'd found my glasses and a wonderful menu. I had scallops for starter followed by Dover sole with lobster. Really superb. The menu was the only problem- what to choose! We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Went with a friend and not being able to decide between the monkfish and hake we ordered one of each and shared ..amazing fresh fish originally presented and a first class dining experience. Reasonably priced and made more attractive by the possibility to "bring your own ".Book well in advance especially at weekends

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Our meal was marred by indifferent and rather clueless service, which was particularly galling in a restaurant where main courses averaged £20. When we arrived one waitress nodded to another, who gestured to our table. She later returned and wordlessly put our wine into a cooler, (its BYO). We were waiting for one person to arrive, however the waitress disappeared... More 

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Northern Ireland
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Firstly - the food in this restaurant is amazing! We have been going here for years, I went last week with friends, food was a sgood as always, but I was very disapppointed to learn the menu is now all single priced items there is no early bird meal for £12 and no 2 course meal for £22, this I... 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic

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