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210 Kensington Park Road | Notting Hill Gate, London W11 1NR, England
+44 20 7792 1066
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good27%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible9%
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“pasta” (10 reviews)
“scamorza” (2 reviews)
“truffles” (2 reviews)
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Italian, European, Mediterranean
$$ - $$$
210 Kensington Park Road | Notting Hill Gate, London W11 1NR, England
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1 - 10 of 54 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked here as I had to cater for some friends and we were glad we went. It was a good job we arrived as a noisy family with screaming children running around were leaving ! It's rather cosy as in small and tight but a...More

Thank cosmicroy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

unpretentious local restaurant in Notting Hill , cosier than its sister Mediterraneo , with a lovely friendly staff. This restaurant attracts many regulars which is always a good sign. Delicious typical Italian food and wines. Gets very busy at week ends

Thank bergersophie
Reviewed July 11, 2017

I went for dinner to Essenza a couple of time last week and I find the food to be exquisite, the service friendly The place is small and always busy Pasta are excellent, the burrata starter dish is delicious !!!!

Thank Henya M
Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

We stumbled upon this unassuming restaurant and have since visited again, with staff being lovely and friendly, atmosphere great and the food delicious. The perfect place to gather friends, make new ones, or have a quiet romantic dinner.

Thank Joateix3
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Essenza was an absolutely delicious restaurant, and an easy walk from High Street Kensington. The food was outstanding, and the owners could not have been more gracious to us the entire evening. The wine selection was great and the portions were more than substantial. An...More

Thank Jeffrey B
Reviewed March 25, 2017

We went there with old friends because Mediterreano was to available. Poor choice. My wife left 3/4 of the food as it was inedible. Waiter couldn't care less. Found my Penne Arrabiata cold and insipid. Waiter was surly and had to be called to place...More

Thank G00D_Life_Traveller
Reviewed February 21, 2017

If it was not for the good food, I would have given this restaurant just one star. First, the waiter wanted to cram 6 of us onto a table of 4 even though we had reserved two weeks in advance. And the table was even...More

Thank c3007138
Reviewed February 6, 2017 via mobile

The food is great. My tortellini spinach & ricotta was delicious. However, the waiter forgot to give us spoons for spaghetti and mixed our wine glasses. Moreover, they give you complementary bread at the beginning and then charge for it. The waiters have now incentive...More

Thank Dor G
Reviewed January 1, 2017

The only plus is that they were open on New Years Day for Lunch. Sister restaurant of Osteria Basillica that we stopped frequenting because the service is so inconsistent and last couple of tiems it was poor. We only went because Meditteraneo was closed. First,...More

Thank Londoner612
Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

Really nothing special for anyone who knows about italian food. Low quality, average menu. There other options in the neighbourhood where to enjoy more interesting and qualitative italian food.

1  Thank SilviettiMilano
Notting Hill
As West London's friskiest corner, Notting Hill more
than manages to retain plenty of the same appeal
that's brought the affluent area so much worldwide
attention. In this attractive cobblestoned
neighborhood, a delectable variety of eateries,
independent shops, galleries and street vendors offer
a delightful window into how to live the good life in
London, with each presenting visitors with an
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$19 - $32
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:30 pm - 10:30 pm
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
12:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210 Kensington Park Road | Notting Hill Gate, London W11 1NR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Notting Hill
  • Neighborhood: Notting Hill
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7792 1066
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