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“Surprised at the Interesting Menu”
Review of Ristorante Essenza

Ristorante Essenza
Ranked #82 of 8,583 Restaurants in Berlin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $65
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Charlottenburg
Description: ELEGANT OR INFORMAL DINING AT IL RISTORANTE "essenza" Il Ristorante "essenza" of Berlin interprets the excellence, elegantly and style - presents a dining concept inspired by the sophisticated cosmopolitan moods of the modern world. The spacious dining in lower restaurant area , with eight of windows on Potsdamer Paltz and the gallery on the upper floor on creates a refined and comfortable atmosphere made unique by the elegant décor and architectural details in warm shades of wood and gold tonality. The open wine cellar offers a marvelous view of its prestigious assortment of wines (380 a different vinery) - from exclusive international labels to wines produced by small bio-dynamic wineries - while on the opposite of the restaurant, the striking just open kitchen shows the team of chefs actively at work. THE RESTAURANT PHILOSOPHY Il Ristorante "essenza" of Potsdamer Paltz in Berlin presents a combination of traditional Italian and regional dishes that are enhanced through international influences, state-of-the-art culinary techniques, and the use of ingredients of superb quality. The constantly evolving menu features local and seasonal products to enhance the Italian flavor of the dishes in a taste experience with balanced dishes. Buon appetito!
Miami, Florida
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369 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Surprised at the Interesting Menu”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is supposed to be an "Italian" Restaurant, but the menu is not typical of any other Italian restaurant I have ever been to. Regardless food was Very Good ! Service Excellent. I had a house wine from Sardinia called Fundora, it was excellent. Would recommend this restaurant if you want an Italian atmosphere with different dishes from those at typical Italian restaurant.

  • Visited November 2013
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Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Good Italian food”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

My family and I dined at Ristorante Essenza because it was conveniently located across the street from our hotel. The food was good (it's hard to mess up pasta), not great, but the staff weren't very nice. The service was good and the food was reasonably priced, so if you're looking for a nice and quick dinner I would recommend this place!

  • Visited August 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Superb location, friendly staff, good Italian food”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

We only had lunch here, but the prices and the offerings were very good. We followed the nice (and italian-speaking too) waiter's recommendations and were not disappointed. The waiters also speak other languages than italian, so don't worry.
The location is superb, directly facing Potsdamer Platz.
This is absolutely a place to visit when in Berlin.

  • Visited November 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Odd shape but excellent food”
Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant is shaped like a slice of cake and you enter through the sharp end. Inside the tables are well distributed and the high ceiling helps to ensure that you don't feel cramped.

Good food, well presented and efficiently served. Generous, but not excessive, portion sizes.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Very good Italian”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Essenza was absolutely packed when we went on a Tuesday evening - possible to get in without a reservation I suspect, but I wouldn't risk it. Friendly service from all Italian waiting staff, a good menu and extensive wine list offering plenty of choice. Lots of fresh bread and olive oil while choosing, and a really good meal accompanied by an excellent Sicilian red. My fettucine and pasta main was better than the carpaccio starter; my girlfriend's artichoke starter perhaps better than her scallop pasta main. The only gripe is the usual Berlin restaurant rip off water price - 7 euro - has anyone been more successful than us in getting a jug of tap water, now pretty well accepted practice in the UK?

  • Visited October 2013
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