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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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Berlin, Germany
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76 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2014

My wife and I came here our first night in Hanoi. It was so good, we came here a second time. The food was very good, and my wife got so friendly with the waitress that they are now Facebook friends.

1 Thank FatHelga
Bangkok, Thailand
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2014

The food and service was great at a good price. They had a good selection of local and western food. Staff were attentive and extremely knowledgeable.They also had a great cocktail and wine list to make the night truly complete.

1 Thank christopherveronica
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106 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2014

Step out of the chaos outside the door and into the peaceful haven of this restaurant. Good food, good mid range pricing and a decent location. Good staff

1 Thank Nancy B
Bristol, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2014

It's not my usual practice to eat in restaurants attached to hotels however the reviews for this one have been so good I thought I would give it a try. I was not disappointed. The restaurant is easy to find and very very welcoming. I knew exactly what I wanted - stir fried morning glory with garlic and aubergine in... More 

1 Thank Bunty981
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2014

Very nice restaurant setting with up-market versions of the Vietnam classic. Restaurant staff offered excellent advise for the menu.

Thank Alex H
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2014

The food was delightful. Excellent western style food with Vietnamese choices also. Value for money.

Thank Di K
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2014

Well located for us in the Old Quarter, we made a reservation at this restaurant before our visit, although you may not need to at quieter times. The service was very friendly and helpful, offering to show us how to eat some of the more traditional Vietnamese dishes. We would definitely recommend the bamboo beef - very tasty and served... More 

2 Thank Loisjasmine
Canberra, Australia
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2014

Everything we tried on the menu was amazing as was the included buffet breakfast. Be careful with the watermelon juice, apparently watermelon goes off easily and can be irritable to a sensitive stomach.

1 Thank Lan N
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

We visited this restaurant on our first night in Hanoi and were happy to find a peaceful, clean and quiet place in the crazy old quarter. The service was really good slightly " too much" if you want to be left on your own but good overall. The food was really fresh and tasty and arrive really quickly so consider... More 

Thank EmiSW5
Tel Aviv, Israel
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

We found this restaurant from recommendation on trip advisor and it was gorgeous. The food was excellent the young lady who served us spoke very good and helped us a lot. Everything we ate was delicious All dishes were successful!

Thank vivi m

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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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
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?