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Essence

28 Forbes Street, Devonport, Tasmania 7310, Australia
(03) 6424 6431
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Ranked #32 of 65 Restaurants in Devonport
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Mar 3, 2013
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Ulverstone, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Went for my birthday on recommendation from others as the best fine dining restaurant in Devonport The food (chicken for me, steak for my husband) was nice, but uninspiring and from a very 90's menu. Quite expensive for what it was and with only one other couple there (we went on a Friday night) and a quiet but attentive waiter,... More

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Ulverstone, Australia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

Our first time at this long established restaurant. Service very good. Food excellent overall. The entree tasting plate was a real treat - with a variety of unusual flavours. The lamb was superbly cooked and the accompanying noodle salad lovely. Cream brûlée exquisite. Only criticisms are minor - and really for the owners. On entry the d building smelt a... More

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Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

A special occasion restaurant that is a fav for my husband and I!! We always go to Essence for birthdays as its such lovely food with exceptional wines to match!! If you live in Devonport and haven't been to Essence, book in-it's prices are a couple of dollars more than the pubs, but much nicer food without the crowds at... More

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Tasmania
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89 reviews 89 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Essence restaurant is one os those unassuming places on the outside and so elegant on the inside. One of the towns original houses in bygone days the rooms have been turned into elegant dining rooms and relaxing bar. The menu and wine list are quality and the food is delicious. This is an ideal dining location for romantics or a... More

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Penola
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012 via mobile

We went here as we were looking for a find dining restaurant. It was a cold night and though they had a fire it wasn't lit. My husband and I had entree and main. His quail was very nice and fillet steak cooked to his liking. My cheese souffle was ok and risotto unedible. Having said that the staff were... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011 via mobile

Came here to treat my partner who had travelled from Sydney. Our meals were nice , however we waited considerable time 45mins - 1 hour between courses for them to arrive. This is considering their were only 6 other people in the restaurant. We also were looking forward to ordering cocktails at Essence as the owner has been known and... More

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Devonport, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

As a local I can not believe I havent tried this place before.It's Well hidden, and not locally advertised,but this has to be the best restuarant in Devonport and a must try for everybody. The appearance and setting is beautiful,warm and welcominmg. From the period features, high ceilings and warm log fire to the Friendly and very helpful staff, always... More

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Canberra, Australia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

A local told me about this restaurant. I think I would have had difficulty finding it on my own. The restaurant has a great ambience, in a converted old house with fireplaces and high ceilings. The service was very good - friendly and attentive, but not stuffy or overwhelming. they had a good selection of Tasmanian wines. I had chicken... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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139 reviews 139 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Four of us had a delightful dinner last evening at this restored old house which has been a restaurant for the past thirty years so they must be doing something right. Whilst the plating is in the 'modern' style it is a well selected menu with enough choices to select what you like. The food was well prepared and cooked... More

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Coolum Beach, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

We too were attracted by this restaurants reputation as being the best in Devonport. However, if this is the best Devonport has to offer, then it's far below the worst I've had in many other places. After just traveling through various other small towns in Tasmania, we thought we couldn't go wrong with our menu choices. Each place seemed to... More

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