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22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
+84 4 3935 2485
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived there just after huge rain( we almost cancelled the booking as there was no taxi would go around old quarter area due to road closure there was a night market ) so we decided to walk there from the our hotel through the rain. It took just over 10 mins. As soon as we arrived there, we were... More 

Thank MarkWong007
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hotel Essence has Perfect service and clean comfortable rooms. Our family with 2 teenagers had a good stay there in the Middle of the old town. In Front of the road was a loud crowd in the evening. Meeting point for young people drinking bia hoi. Though it was loud outside, we slept well because of the noise reducing windows.... More 

Thank SchG_ttingen
Essence H, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear SchG_ttingen, Thank you so much for your concise, yet charming review about our Essence Hotels and Essence Restaurant! It is truly flattering, given the amount of fantastic Hotel & Restaurants in Hanoi Old Quarter, when guests choose to return; and recommending us so highly to friends really is a huge compliment. I am particularly delighted to hear your comment... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We came to this restaurant on our first night in Hanoi and it was a great first impression for the city! The staff is very friendly and helpful and speak very good English. Most importantly, the food was delicious! They have a lot of variety in their menu so everyone can enjoy. Definitely a great place for a nice evening... More 

Thank Kim L
Essence H, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Kim L, Warmest greetings from Essence Restaurant! Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review of your 1st evening in Hanoi with us - I'm glad that we could help make it a fabulous evening. I shall pass on your compliments to the entire team and I hope that we might be... More 

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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ate here for our first anniversary last week and had a fantastic meal. We came here based on the trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. I mentioned in passing that it was our anniversary when booking and it was clear that all the staff were aware of this. They decorated the table with rose petals and embarrassed us... More 

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Essence H, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Watsbacker, First and foremost: CONGRATULATIONS for your 1st wedding anniversary! Thank you very much indeed for your wonderful review. I'm so pleased that you and your husband enjoyed your evening and we were able to provide you with an unforgettable experience. It's effusive feedback such as yours which the team and I thrive on and makes us relish each... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing service, good food and reasonably priced. A little out of the way, but in a nice area, a perfect place for a nice meal after a walk through the city. 10/10 would come again.

Thank Rahel W
Essence H, Guest Relations Manager at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Rahel W, Thank you so very much for your concise and wonderful review. It is an incredible compliment to welcome guests back again and again and to be earmarked as your favorite restaurant is high praise indeed! I look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit. Best regards, The Management Team and Staffs More 

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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Real excellent restaurant in the heart of old quarter, I 've been there several times always I feel very pleasant. Don't miss to try "bunca" the famous Vietnamese plate and the bananas nem for desert.

Thank frescoefresco
Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food is excellent, lovely and fresh, inexpensive and the is service good too. The wine list, like most in Vietnam, is limited and good wines expensive so just grab something by the glass. They do a good breakfast too if you're staying at the hotel or nearby.

Thank PeterCruskall
Shanghai, China
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85 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unbelievable, memorable service from every single person we encountered at this restaurant. Whomever does the training should be greatly commended! Vietnamese menu with types of food from throughout the country. Very much enjoyed the mango salad and Hanoi-style spring rolls to start. Their bun cha was good (although I do prefer street stall bun cha!) and bamboo beef was ok.

Thank KSJones1
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a nice break of pace from street food in Hanoi. Five star service and food with really good ambience. Though slightly pricey compared to the other restaurants, its absolutely worth it!!The fresh spring rolls were really yummmm.....Would love to go again!!!

1 Thank ItchyfeetVoyagr
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a fantastic meal in the heart of Old Town. This was a French influenced Vietnamese restaurant. The staff was fantastic and the food was tasty. They thought the kitchen was a little slow and they apologized. They apologized so much, they gave us free deserts. It was certainly not needed, but appreciated. Three of us ate great meals... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $20
Asian, Vietnamese, Gluten Free, International, Fusion
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3935 2485
Located on the ground floor of the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the artfully designed Essence restaurant offers you various tasty authentic Vietnamese dishes and standard Western menu for lunch and dinner. Accomplished with an extensive menu of beverages including fresh fruit shakes, coffees and wines, the restaurant ensures you a wholesome meal with great food, excellent service in the right ambiance and fine spirits, all at a price guaranteed most reasonable in town. Wifi-internet & iMac is available, free of charge.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?