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Cafe Essence

17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
028 9145 4470
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Ranked #6 of 129 restaurants in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Donaghadee, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The fish in this mainly fish restaurant couldn't have been more fresh or beautifully cooked. There are other options such as steak, which was delicious and cooked to perfection. The staff are amazing and so friendly. They go out of their way to make your visit a good one. Unless you are in the know, they are unlicensed and therefore... More

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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I booked at short notice for dinner with two friends travelling from England. Despite it being Tuesday, the place was absolutely packed. The food couldn't be faulted-the scallops with parsnip puree were miraculous, the turbot superb and even something simple like homemade pate was very tasty. The service was a little slow, but every table was in action and I... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I visited Cafe Essence for the third time for my birthday in May. On our first visit about a year ago I couldn't rate the place high enough and left a very positive review on tripadvisor but I'm sorry to say that on each subsequent vist we've been let down a little more each time. Some of... More

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Donaghadee, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Went to this restaurant with 6 friends and we were all more than impressed with quality of the superb seafood dishes we enjoyed. The menu was varied and the taste amazing. I will definately go again and would recommend this restaurant to any seafood lover. There were also meat dishes available but we didn't try these.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Dont underestimate the low key look of this place. Simply the food is Michelin standard. I cant applaud it enough. I had the scallops to start followed by the stuffed chicken with a red wine jus. Just awesome.

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Northern Ireland
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

On arrival you may not be impressed with the decor etc but the food is excellent - as well as the menu there is a daily board - fish features highly and all the food is cooked and presented with care and attention. Friendly staff and great atmosphere make for a great dining experience

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Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Great atmosphere, fantastic food and impeccable service. My family and I go around once a month and have never had a bad experience. Everything is fresh, local produce and beautifully presented and the staff are extremely attentive. Flawless!

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Visiting from UK saw reviews on Trip Advisor so thought we would give it a go. We had a mix of the specials board and a la carte my starter of chilli squid was perfectly cooked served with fresh salad and sour cream. My husband had chowder which again was lovely. The mains were large portions I had perfectly cooked... More

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