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Essenza Italian

#440 of 4,555 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
Surry Hills
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560 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
0296988907
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Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Tue 18:00 - 22:00
Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was quite good, I had the gnocchi with mushrooms and it was steaming hot and very quick to come out, however the restaurant should really invest in some air conditioning because it was very warm and stuffy inside. Perhaps it's best enjoyed in the winter.

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Thank Teddys_411
Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Casual walk in dinner. Food is average; I suppose it is basic home style cooking and if that's what you want then it's the place for you. I don't know why people rave about it though...surprised it's so popular. Don't go here if you want a good g&t.

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Thank supertooth
Sydney
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had found this restaurant on line and from the moment we arrived, we felt confident in our choice. The outside area has a lovely Italian vibe, people are happy and chatting throughout the restaurant. We shared a plate of calamari and the aranchini which were both yum. Two orders of the lamb which was tender and homely, vodka prawns... More 

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Thank adele724
Sydney, Australia
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89 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for dinner mid week & loved the informal atmosphere - almost casual & quite rustic in feel. Shared their charcuterie board with my friend - one of the best I've eaten, 3 meats with chunks of parmesan sprinkled about - very generous - delicious selection. Followed their 300 gms steak for my friend & a special breaded veal cutlet... More 

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Thank Carol948
Greater Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Good wine list and great dishes, varied enough and not as heavy as you would imagine. Awesome for girls' night or couple occasions. The atmosphere is very interesting too.

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Thank Alice G
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner on a Thursday night, quick last minute booking. Was served by two amazing waitresses, both called Silvia. Had amazing food, fish of the day and a gorgeous pasta dish, with my favourite Italian wine, montepulaciano! They also played some great music, which put the cherry on top! Definitely recommend going here if you get the chance!

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Thank Jimmy J
Milano
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great italian food and great service. Quantity and quality very high. It seems really a typical italian trattoria

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Thank Gunaidam
Greater Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

A wonderful lunch and a great atmosphere. The food varied from the high of a wonderful complex Marinara pasta to the low of a dry and unbalanced pork dish with an overpowering sauce. The pastas were all well received and the service was attentive and friendly.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Really yummy italian food. We first came here for a birthday party and we loved the tapas which was served as entrees. We always get the arancini and bread, and then we choose something new to try. Great drinks also. Would recommend!

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Manly, Australia
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We had planned s pub meal at the trinity pub but it was way to full so we went across the road to Essenza Excellent Italian food and good service. We had the calimari and arincini for entre which were excellent. We both had the special for main which was Naples pork Rahul with Parmesan polenta . Very rich but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
18:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 22:00
Thursday
18:00 - 22:00
Friday
18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Surry Hills
  • Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
  • Phone Number: 0296988907

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

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Surry Hills
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