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Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano

#6 of 1,373 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-368, Portugal
+351 22 830 1813
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12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 20:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 20:00 - 00:00
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Portugal
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place, great (vegetarian) food. Not a vegeratian but I love the experience (and the food) everytime I go there. Although a vegetarian restaurante also have a limited number of non-vegetarian options.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were looking for a place to eat that would be really good. Via Trip Advisor we were alerted to Essencia. What a good tip! The restaurant looks like a normal house on the outside, but inside you will find a very comfortable, lovely place. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. We had a wonderful dinner that started with... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We would eat here every week if we didn't live in Australia.The restaurant opens at 8pm. We had to wait a few moments in reception before being shown to our table. The menu listed all ingredients, so there are no surprises if you don't like something or are allergic to an ingredient. We started with some excellent bread served with... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We picked this restaurant as we weren't to enamoured by the lack of vegtables with typical Portuguese dishes and trip advisor said this place was great. My boyfriend a keen meat eater initially was hesitant but agreed eventually and once we arrived only ordered vegetarian dishes -the goats cheese starter is amazing. He enjoyed it so much despite not ordering... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Exquisite dishes at an affordable price. With non-vegetarian options so no one is left out. Definitely an experience to repeat.

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Thank Filipe R
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you for the your positive review. You are wellcome. More 

camberley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Way out of the centre of Porto, but well worth the trip, this is the best vegetarian meal we have ever eaten.

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Thank susiecott
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you so much Susie! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very enjoyable evening with down to basics foods! We sat at the bar and got very good service and an unexpected talk with the chef in charge. The staff is really warm, kind and compliment the food experience! The food is down to the basics, letting the ingredients talk for them selves, and the quality shows! The essence of Italy... More 

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Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Happy to know you enjoyed your visit to our restaurant. More 

Dubai
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72 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience at Essencia. The menu is not strictly vegetarian (which we aren't) however go for the vegetarian dishes, you won't be disappointed. Everything was so fresh, full of flavor and delicious. The service is also wonderful. Make sure to book a table outside in the garden, beautiful setting and atmosphere.

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Thank Sam017
essencia2015, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review and recomendation! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably one of the best food i had in my life!! Highly recomendeed for whom want to try something special :) We had a blast eating: Soup of Porcini mushroom Alheira vegan (tipical portuguese sausage, but vegan version) Risotto with double mushroom Lasagna And for dessert (but only for hardcore cause its too much good!! ) Essencia de chocolate, a... More 

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Thank Roberto P
essencia2015, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

It's really very gratifying to know that you enjoyed so much our food. Thank's a lot!! More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant serves fish as well as strictly vegetarian food. We had a lovely cod dish with seasoned crumb crust served with mushroom risotto and broccolini. It was all very tasty. Yummy olives placed on the table along with very fresh bread and rolls. First course was a pumpkin soup which could have used a bit more spice. Third course... More 

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Thank Susie B
essencia2015, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

We are very happy that you enjoyed your meal, specially because you were a group of 30 persons and sometimes it's not easy. Thank you very much for your review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 38
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Delicatessen, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Thursday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Friday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 00:00
Saturday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-368, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 22 830 1813

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?