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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Description: Cafe Essence is a Chef Owned local seafood restaurant. This means our focus...
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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  • 102
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Monkfish Nirvana!

My family had a superb night out on Saturday at Café Essence. We hadn't been for over a year and were very surprised not to see it near the top of the Bangor rankings. Table booked for 4 at 7pm we arrived and were immediately shown to a nice window table. Gone are the chalk boards for specials... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Max-Analogue
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family had a superb night out on Saturday at Café Essence. We hadn't been for over a year and were very surprised not to see it near the top of the Bangor rankings. Table booked for 4 at 7pm we arrived and were immediately shown to a nice window table. Gone are the chalk boards for specials: I didn't... More 

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Thank Max-Analogue
Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had an excellent meal with friends. Atmosphere great. Food great. Service great. BYO great. All left to say thoroughly recommend.

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Thank Pauline E
Fleet, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always a safe bet for locally sourced and well cooked food. Family run so always eager to please! Bring your won too which is a bonus. Between here and The Boat House anywhere else isn't worth the risk!

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Thank JKC999
Bangor, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Fabulous service by the staff , fabulous food a gem of a place , loved it There is a new member of staff since we were last there I can't remember his name but he was lovely ,very helpful and really friendly The blackened monkfish was jus divine .

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Thank Irene C
Newtownards, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

My first visit to Café Essence and I was very pleased. Nice friendly staff that had good knowledge of the dishes on offer, this is a great place for seafood lovers. Its also bring your own. There was wheaten bread on the table which was delicious, I had the French onion soup, followed by hake for the main course served... More 

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1 Thank CBear64
Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Decided to go out for tea and chose Cafe Essence because we wanted to stay local . From booking the table the service was impeccable thanks to Ann . The menu choices on offer made it difficult to select as we wanted to try everything . We selected lobster and prawn gratin which was delicious . Main course was lobster... More 

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Thank Helen2269
Millisle, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed the food and the staff were lovely. Give it a go you won't be disappointed...........

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Thank Andy R
Parbold, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 via mobile

Excellent food, excellent staff, excellent atmosphere, excellent value, excellent evening, a little gem. If you have one night in Bangor, definitely go to Cafe Essence for an exquisite meal.

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Thank Biff D
Bangor, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Went recently for the mid week surf and turf special. The food was fantastic and the value was great. Have been here a good few times over the years on family occasions, the staff are always superb but I never really got the style of cuisine and the high price you pay for the standard menu which seems more like... More 

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1 Thank Craigo3
Belfast, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We had joined friends for an evening out for a birthday celebration. The place was full to capacity when we arrived and although 30 minutes before our reservation we got seated straight away. Bring your own is a great idea and glad to see a lot now offering this. The polite waitress informed us they were running low on food... More 

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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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