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“The Essence of Melbourne!”

Essence on Exhibition
Ranked #470 of 4,323 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Australian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Central Business District
Description: Essence on Exhibition Restaurant radiates with character with 180 degree views of the Melbourne CBD. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu offers exquisite Modern Australian cuisine with an excellent selection of wines. Essence embraces the best of Victoria`s local seasonal produce to create inspired dishes from traditional to modern.
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Marriott Hotel's restaurant has an elegant ambience about it, but it is not at all intimidating. Many people know it for pre-theatre dinner specials - as the Comedy and Her Majesty's are just across the road - but it is an ideal spot to dine and observe Melbourne through huge panorama windows that reveal the city' s diverse architecture. The staff are very attentive and the food very interestingly presented and delicious. Even the glass of wine that came 'free' with the pre-theatre menu was good! Prices are typical of restaurants of this stature; a steak costs $35 but there are other dishes from the menu that are less expensive. Check out their website for more info.
I have been here many times over the years and it has never disappointed. On this occasion, my Gen Y dinner companion raved about the food, and the 180 degree view of Melbourne at street level! You can see it all while seated at the tables by the window - or request the comfortable banquette seating.

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1  Thank Sally D
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Great service from our waiter who was attentiive without being annoying.....the seafood staff was huge with Calamari, fish skewers, oysters, mussels,blue swimmer crab,octopus,tempura fish and prawns....the two of us couldn't finish it and the accompanying homemade tartare and seafood sauce were to die for. Highly recommended.

Thank jallen160808
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

The food was average, the staff were very friendly and accommodating! I ordered the Salmon which came with a honey dressing, to me the flavours didn't go well together, it also came with roasted tomatoes that were covered in honey dressing also. It wasn't a bad meal just average!

Thank Kellie W
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We really enjoyed having this nice little restaurant right in the hotel. It was a convenient coordination point for our friends and us as we planned our adventures. The service was perfect. The food was excellent.

Thank Art J
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We ate the $5 lunch and bread once and it was delicious. We had dinner there and were not impressed with the quality or quantity. Americans believe that bigger is better and this is not a value that the Aussie's have. The hotel issues coupons to be used in the hotel, but I wish we had walked a few yards to a close restaurant.

Thank Melanie L
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