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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” (19 reviews)
“steak” (21 reviews)
Closes in 14 min
17:30 - 21:30All hours
British, Gluten Free Options
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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our first time at this restaurant and it was also a birthday treat for myself and my husband from my brother and his wife. We all had different courses and the food was excellent. The staff both very friendly and attentive. It is...More

Thank 2getawaydeals
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Through a little doorway and up one flight of stairs and the restaurant opens out to a surprisingly spacious dining area. The atmosphere is usually very lively but the tables can get cramped when very busy. For a more romantic and intimate setting try the...More

1  Thank trevorpatt
Reviewed 3 August 2017

My husband and I were taken here for his 60th birthday didn't know what to expect as hadn't been before.The meal was faultless well presented and lovely and hot. The staff were very helpful and friendly lovely atmosphere for an evening meal. Will certainly be...More

1  Thank galeed1
Reviewed 15 July 2017

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

1  Thank Liz J
Reviewed 27 June 2017

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

2  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

1  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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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