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Cafe Essence

17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“monkfish” (20 reviews)
“seafood” (18 reviews)
“steak” (21 reviews)
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British, Gluten Free Options
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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
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Reviews (177)
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On arrival we were greeted by a friendly member of staff and were shown to a large table for two, they were very busy but menu arrived quickly had a very knowledgeable waitress went through the options, was disappointed that they didn't have the lobster...More

Thank Liz J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thirteen of us packed into Cafe Essence and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I'm a vegetarian, but the wait staff and chef tweaked the 3-course offerings so that I was happy and well-fed! I enjoyed the risotto starter, with cheese tart and cauliflower au gratin...More

Thank marthad-o
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant. Out for wife's birthday. Food staff fabulous. Surf and turf for £15.50 awesome and BYO. Been here loads of times and will keep coming.

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Our first visit and definitely not the last. I'd been hearing good reports for years, but not got round to paying a visit. I'm so glad we did. We tried midweek to book for a Saturday night, but they were fully booked. Randomly, my phone...More

Thank JonandRoo
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Have ate here a few times and always find the food excellent and a good selection of seafood always looked after by Chris and his staff also byo which keeps the bill down highly recommend this restaurant give it a try you won't be disappointed

1  Thank fonziecool
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

My sister and I were very impressed with the Menu at Cafe Essence but terribly disappointed with our experience there, on the basis of: poor food, poor service and the indiscriminate use of basil oil. On arrival, the restaurant was quiet and we received a...More

Thank Tootsfegan
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We wanted fresh seafood and we were delighted to find it in Cafe Essence. The food was gorgeous - we had fresh langoustines in garlic butter followed by blackened monkfish on a bed of prawn risotto. Hadn't eaten all day so I went for the...More

Thank done_choosing_a_name
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Eight of us here for dinner, great selection on the menu and plenty of excellent seafood dishes, everyone enjoyed the food. Service was pleasant and efficient. A very nice restaurant, small and compact, it was probably a Victorian house and home before and is still...More

Thank PJKNorthernIreland
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has some brilliant food, but it's let down by the front of house. The services is awful, the prices (for what you get) are way too high and the lack of bar (given how long you actually have to wait for someone to...More

Thank jimneyp
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We visited this restaurant for the first time last week. It is on the first floor of the building and the first impression was of the cleanliness and friendliness of the staff. The restaurant was about half full and we experienced a very quick service....More

Thank OwnerPauline
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9145 4470
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Cafe Essence is a Chef Owned local seafood restaurant. This means our focus is on food. We are committed to preparing only the finest dishes and serving you only the highest quality food to capture the essence of fine dining.
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