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$7 - $34
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Cafe, European, New Zealand
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had the most delicious birthday dinner at Essence tonight. The service was top notch with our lovely waitress Anna, and the food was top notch! I had the fruitti do verdure (tempura veges) which were amazing, followed by a juicy fish burger. We will definitely...be back ‘cos honestly, everything there is irresistible!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The coffee was phenomenal, it was the best I'd ever had. The girl who made it did so perfectly. I had waffles for lunch, which came with chocolate sauce, berry compote, fruit, and whipped cream. It was delicious, compliments to the Chef. The workers were...very polite, and the atmosphere was greatMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for brunch and can highly recommend the big breakfast and breakfast burger. Extremely tasty and generous portions.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing food, the best coffee in town and very nice host. I definitely would recommend this place to my family and friends!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

Disgusting and terrible food. My order wasn’t great at all with all the promotions you do for your food it doesn’t live up to the standards that you’re trying provide . Pork was rubbish and the pasta dish is more disgusting don’t recommend at all...and wouldn’t go back again to this place. The chef is making this place the worst cafe in feilding again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 15 February 2024

New management, new chef (much needed) Fabulous meal, good sized portions and priced accordingly. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: February 2024
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pavan reddy, Owner at Essence Cafe and Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2024

thank you so much for your feedback.

Reviewed 18 January 2024

We had the most delicious lunch at Essence today. The food was top tier and very reasonably priced. The service was great and it was a lovely place to eat on a sunny day. We understand that Essence has just changed hands again and the...chef and menu are new. It shows. If you haven’t been to Essence in the past week, I recommend you go as you will be pleasantly surprised by the great upturn in this sweet bistro style cafe!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 9 July 2023 via mobile

Found this place on Tripadviser for a lunch stop on our drive from Auckland to Masterton. Very disappointing! Expensive with only one of our four dishes (the omelet) acceptable. The venison open sandwich consisted of a few tough pieces of venison on a pile of...coleslaw on a slice of white bread. The vegetable soup special was watery potato soup with the few pieces of bacon (for an additional $4!) hardly making a difference. Some of the recent reviews indicate that this place has been slipping. Will be sure to check recent reviews not only overall score in future.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 8 July 2023

After just loving our local restaurant "Essence Cafe" for many years, we were really disappointed with our experience recently. There was no risotto ($33), which was on the menu. The venison was dry ($40). The chicken ($33) was actually just a salad, and was mostly...lettuce, and was tasteless. The restaurant itself was drab - they need some art on the walls, or some other decor to make it more inviting. On the positive side, the young waitress was a delightful lady who was helpful and polite. I hope they will look at their food and improve the dining experience, otherwise they will loose more and more loyal customers.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 June 2023 via mobile

Food was exceptional great service would definitely recommend and the staff will be seeing a lot more of us as we have found our new local for meals

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 8 June 2023 via mobile

Slipped Appears to be new owners. Slow table service. Only one steak left And they dropped it!. Grubby decor. Sad to see restaurant slip like this

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 20 May 2023

It was awesome about 3 years ago now new owners I could cook better than them will never go back very disappointed pro had no crackle the gourmet potatoes were burnt Yuck yuck

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 29 April 2023

we've just had brunch . loved it. the service was outstanding. the staff look so happy and helpful.will definitely return

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 23 April 2023

We walked in and was greeted with the smell of a deep fryer. We were dining with a coeliac and they were looked after. We had a person intolerant to gluten and they ordered what was labeled GF on the menu but when it arrived...it had gluten-containing items. The venison and rosti overcooked. The meal was recooked and made GF. All the meals at our table where very underwhelming. New staff to go with new owners? A lot of improvement needed before we'll recommend and return.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 21 March 2023

Been here a few times prior and had exceptional experiences. Not today! Steak and fish off the menu but not advised until ordering the one steak listed. Service was obtrusive and unprofessional referring to us as "you guys" throughout. Substitute meal was just OK and...definitely not as good as previous meals. Turns out the establishment has new owners who were hovering instead of engaging with their clients and leaving service to junior staff. Won't be back.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Essence Cafe and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5