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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, 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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  • 94
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 15
    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
Superb Surf and Turf

We are now regulars at this restaurant and have enjoyed some great family celebrations. The very economically priced midweek Surf and Turf night now means we can visit more often. The food is always of a high standard and the staff are always attentive and helpful. Bring your own also helps to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We are now regulars at this restaurant and have enjoyed some great family celebrations. The very economically priced midweek Surf and Turf night now means we can visit more often. The food is always of a high standard and the staff are always attentive and helpful. Bring your own also helps to keep costs down. A really good night out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Fabulous starters. Wife had chilli squid and i had chilli beef. Amazing. Would recommend. The main meals steak and chicken escolope were great. The staff are attentive and prompt

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Bangor, Co.Down
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

We went there last Saturday. The starter and main were OK except there was a hair on Julia's plate mixed in with the food. When I mentioned this to the waitress and she said that she would mention it to the chef. For desert Julia had creme Brulee which was scrambled and I had pavola which was mushy and was... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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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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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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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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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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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: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?