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All 133 Bangor Restaurants

Cafe Essence

17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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Ranked #18 of 133 Restaurants in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Bangor, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The worst experience of my trip advising life so far! Always thought this place was a bit overrated but boy has it gone downhill. Very basic setting, like someone's front room, very average overpriced food, but the biggest gripe this time was food with hair's in it served to two of us out of four. After complaining the highly cheeky... More 

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Northern Ireland
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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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