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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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Margaret River, Australia
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

We had a fabulous meal here from the word go: from our welcome, to all the helpful wait staff (a special mention for Thuy's happy service), to the beautifully presented food that was delicious. The wine list is pretty good too. Please dine here and you won't regret it...in fact you'll probably be back! Lovely setting too.

Thank newvue64
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful place with well presented and delicious food. Staff was very friendly. Definitely will come back and maybe stay at the hotel to be as close as possible.

Thank mamari82
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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327 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

The quality of most dishes in Essence restaurant is good and comparable to similar high-end places in Hanoi. But the huge differences which make this place unique are: the food presentation, the quality interior design with a western touch and it's professional and friendly staff. A good opportunity for newcomers to the Vietnamese cuisine to get basic information about signature... More 

Thank PoliticalAtheist
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

We stayed in the hotel and on a rainy night decided to eat in the hotel restaurant. Glad we did as the food was excellent and service fantastic. Fab place to start your food journey in Hanoi.

Thank Trishadoug
1 review
Reviewed July 28, 2015

This restaurant was amazing. The setting is calm and relaxing - a very welcome change after the business of the city. The service was excellent, with waitors/waitresses being very friendly and professional. The main highlight however is the food - everything we ordered was delicious! Recommended: duck in coconut, curry shrimp and anything else from their tratitional Vietnamese section of... More 

Thank Doulia H
Rafz, Switzerland
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67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Very nice restaurant and also small (we guess booking is required), nice light and well designed. Food was very good and originally presented. Also in the small 3 course menu (priced around 24 usd) a glass of win is included. Staff was pro and thoughtful (may be a bit too much). We liked it a lot!

1 Thank Nathalie S
Northern Ireland
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 28, 2015

We stayed in the Essence Hotel and ate in the Restaurant a number of times and had a wonderful experience. The staff are just lovely! So helpful and very sweet. The service is amazing from you walk in the door until you leave. The menu is extensive and explains the dishes well. We had some wonderful Vietnamese traditional dishes. Would... More 

1 Thank LittleTrish
Chesham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2015

Had lunch here on two occasions and would highly recommend a visit. Reasonably priced with good choice of local and Western dishes. service was very good and the staff advise the best way to eat the local dishes the way they are meant to so you get the most out of it. The presentation of the food was excellent. If... More 

Thank SiobhanQuayle
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 25, 2015

We spent US$41 for one appetizer, 3 main courses (we wanted to try so many dishes!) and one dessert. Not the cheapest meal of course in Hanoi, but the service standards, politeness of the staff and calm ambience was all worth it. Highly recommend!

1 Thank jonathanlN4828ZX
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

Wow beautiful restaurant, food was amazing and the staff were very accommodating. Had the duck in coconut truly delightful. Passion fruit ice cream was yum!

1 Thank Kelly K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $20
Asian, Vietnamese, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
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?