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Essence Restaurant

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Main Road | Kalamaki, Kalamaki 723 00, Greece
69 78 56 52 32
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to try out Essence as it was just down the road from our apartment at Rainbow. The food was absolutely amazing and there was so much of it. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank mrsemmaclairemoor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here during the first week of our holiday. We had not booked, but just about managed to get a table. I can understand why you normally have to book. The meal was a little on the expensive side for Greece, but I can understand why. This is not your typical tourist bar/restaurant. This is high class food and... More 

Thank Maxine A
Bedford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Heard so much about this restaurant over the last four years visiting Kalamaki Zackynthos, very highly thought off, but we sadly were very disappointed!!! Booked a table as told it is really hard to get into. Quiet night. Lovely greeting. Food is beautifully presented but not what we would expect for A LA CARTE. main meal was Sooooo Spicey husband... More 

Thank smc190737
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By far and away the best quality food and cooking in Kalamaki (and possibly Zante). Not your run-of-the-mill restaurant like the others; this is high-end thoughtful cooking, using top quality local produce. Great service too - understated, yet attentive. We went twice in 12 nights - and would have gone more often had we found it sooner. Fantastic value for... More 

Thank Catflap1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a must if visiting Kalamaki. The ambience and service were top notch, the owners have an eye for detail and make you feel very special. But it has to be said that the star of the show is the food which is exceptional.

Thank rkeders
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wish we had found this place on our last visit although quite expensive it more than makes up with it by the quality of food and choice absolutely delicious and well worth a visit

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Essence is well worth the detour from the main Kalamaki strip. In a secluded garden setting it offers a warm welcome, with informed and charming staff. We visited twice and the varied and imaginative menu never disappointed. The portions are generous, and we particularly enjoyed the complimetary starters, the prawn sagnaki with mustard sauce and the hearty stewed rabbit legs.... More 

Thank Ken H
middlesbrough, cleveland,
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited here on our first night after reading other reviews. Ambience is romantic with dimmed lighting setting the scene. Received a warm welcome and menu was explained to us. Given a free little taster that was delicious then our main meal was absolutely gorgeous excellent quality food cooked perfectly, although a little more pricey than the main strip as the... More 

Thank daisybucket
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food .... So amazing ... Our one regret... We left it till our last night and had a late lunch... So couldn't try too much of the food...it is a special eating experience...One thing was the waitress service a bit too Constant at our table.. Would have enjoyed more if they left us Alone a bit more.. It was... More 

Thank Sonya S
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great hospitality from the female team. Food is outstanding and very well balanced. The chef knows his job and has the talents to create the best plates, Total opposite from the tourist traps. Conclusion: top restaurant in a quit enviromment!

Thank Luctim

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road | Kalamaki, Kalamaki 723 00, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Ionian Islands  >  Zakynthos  >  Kalamaki
  • Phone Number: 69 78 56 52 32

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