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Essence Cafe and Bar

$$ - $$$Cafe, European,
46 Manchester Street, Feilding 4702, New Zealand
+64 6-323 4405
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
“bread” (10 reviews)
“chicken dish” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, European, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
46 Manchester Street, Feilding 4702, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were only a few mains to choose between (in the evening). I found it very hard to find anything I would like. Two of the meat dishes specified 'medium rare', which ruled them out for me. And everything had 'fancy' components, such as sweet...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 202justme
Reviewed 12 December 2018

What a find! Lovely setting, great atmosphere and super friendly and professional service. The food is interesting, well presented and downright good. Good wine list too. Definitely recommended.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank elipuccioni
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We arrived at 7 as per booking. Sat down at table and were immediately asked if we would like to order. Having not even opened menus we said we need a bit of time. "Would you like to order drinks"? We need to see the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Grant F
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

I took visitors there for a business lunch. We were met promptly by a staff member who quickly established our needs and showed us to a table where we could talk. The service was prompt and professional and the food excellent. Will certainly return both...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Inspiration827670
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We recently had a brunch on a Saturday morning at Essence. It had been a long time between meals there, probably because of the numerous other restaurants giving great food and service in the immediate area. The food was excellent and the new decor really...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Neil S
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Good food and friendly staff 😊 Estrella Beer on tap was great! First time I've ever seen it on tap. The food was delectable, and lovely atmosphere. Highly recommended 😊

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank turnerperrin
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Great place for lunch or dinner with ecellent food with good size servings. Very friendly and helpfull staff. Centrally located in Feilding

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank geoffb646
Reviewed 16 August 2018

Met up with old friends here for what turned out to be a long lunch. The staff were delightful and not intrusive yet ensured we were kept supplied with liquid refreshments. We were attended to quickly by a bright personable male waiter. All three of...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank silverthreads101
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Spent a very pleasant evening here last night with friends. All in all a very enjoyable experience and a very professionally run and staffed establishment. the attention to detail was evident. The food, particularly the fish was delicious.I had a small issue with the lamb...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank RogerT1999
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Tonight we had an really lovely meal. Would really recommend this place for a lovely night out. Great meal, great service, great place

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank SuzanneWells
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$23
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 46 Manchester Street, Feilding 4702, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Feilding
  • Phone Number: +64 6-323 4405
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