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“Superb Vegetarian Food in Portugal”

Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano
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Ranked #10 of 1,632 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $38
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Mercer Island, Washington, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Superb Vegetarian Food in Portugal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2013

While it is tough to find good vegetarian good in Portugal period, to find a five star experience in Porto was so cool that we went there every night to eat. From Ribera, the cabs were a little expensive, but we figured out how to get there by metro. Excellent selection of wines, wide variety of dishes plus a romantic atmosphere.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Delicious meal for Vegetarians!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Beautiful restaurant with a gorgeous outside patio dining area. A hidden gem for sure! Easy to get to by metro-7 min. from the center of Porto. There were several vegetarian options on the large menu and the service was quick and professional. We'd recommend this place to anyone-vegetarian or not! A romantic setting-delicious wine and deserts.

  • Visited July 2013
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“Best Food Experience!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

Everything positive written about this restaurant is well deserved. The restaurant is on the outskirts of the city center so take a cab...my daughter and I walked from the InterContinental but it was well worth the walk!!! We were greeted by one of the owners who was so friendly. She seated us and immediately brought some fresh bread and an assortment of spreads. So lovely and fresh. She was very attentive as well as the rest of the staff to our needs. The salad, main course and dessert were beyond our expectations. I had the two mushroom risotto that was made to perfection. The desserts were freshly made and presentation was very pleasing to the eye as well as delicious. The prices are so incredible reasonalble..almost to the inexpensive range. The entire menu is not only vegetarian so for those that do eat meat do not pass up the opportunity to eat here. When we were ready to leave the owner offered to call us a cab if we did not want to walk back and they were there within moments of her call. Our driver did not speak English and one of the wait staff was so courteous and spoke to the driver for us. Best food we have eaten in Portugal..and we have eaten a great deal in this country.

Visited June 2013
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San Diego California
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“Gem of a restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

My daughter and I enjoyed a great meal at Essencia. We both enjoyed pasta as a main course. The food did not disappoint, nor the bottle of Monte da Pecceguina 2011 from Alentejano. The restaurant's interior is pleasant, I believe the woman who waited on us was the owner and she was charming. The restaurant is not in the tourist area, but well worth a taxi ride. Would highly recommend enjoying a meal here.

  • Visited May 2013
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Madrid
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“Great food and wonderful service.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

I was in Essencia having dinner and we loved it. We asked the waiter what we should eat and his recommendation was great. Definitely, if I ever go back to Porto, Essencia is a must.

  • Visited May 2013
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