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Essence Restaurant

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Main Road | Kalamaki, Kalamaki 723 00, Greece
+30 697 856 5232
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't normally leave a lot of reviews but this restaurant is unreal. We visited in August 2016 and I'm still thinking about how amazing the food and overall experience was! Food, drinks, service and staff were all 10/10. If you're in Zante you HAVE to go here!

Thank Siân M
Zakynthos, Greece
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1 review
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Be very patient and you will enjoy the food. Sevice slow but friendly. The food excellent. The location good.

Thank David M
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 19, 2017

Nice small and accurate menu, good service with personal touch and professional layout. Elegant taste by a very good chef.

Thank gkt81
Kent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed October 20, 2016

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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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed October 19, 2016 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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Reviewed October 18, 2016

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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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2016

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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Reviewed October 8, 2016 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
Oldham, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed October 3, 2016 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 foodlover940
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2016

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

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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, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
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: +30 697 856 5232

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