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Essence on Exhibition

#819 of 3,331 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Neighbourhood:
Central Business District
Australian, Gluten Free Options
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Corner Exhibition & Lonsdale Streets | Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9660 1183
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06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I went for the buffet dinner, on a weeknight, So much variety of food to choose from. Cold meats and seafood, hot from the grill and dishes from across Asia. All the seafood was fresh, Prawns not as sweet as I like though. The grilled chicken and Lamb were well seasoned and marinated, There must be 50... More 

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Thank LilAussieTravller
Melbourne, Australia
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77 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The $20 buffet lunch on Fridays is very good value and a great way to catch up with friends. There is a good variety of quality food that would accommodate most people's tastes, soft drinks are included as are a salad bar, sweets, fruit and cheese. Hard to beat for a city lunch date.

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1 Thank kyw20152015
Sydney, Australia
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117 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Marriott venue for breakfast becomes a lovely restaurant for linch and evenings. The staff were friendly, but not overly obtrusive. Service was prompt and helping sizes requested were delivered. The food was always fresh and tasty, with plenty of choice on offer.

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1 Thank foacinitaly
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely High Tea enjoyed with sparkling wine consisting of tiny sandwiches, mushroom pie, beef & burgundy pie and then delicious sweet things. A lovely tasting for a couple of ladies who love to try small portions of everything. Staff were lovely and we were not rushed and just took our time trying little bites. We had a lovely window table... More 

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Thank Denise G
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and comments. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the high tea and left with a positive experience. However we noticed that the rating that you have given us was quite low. Was wondering if you could share any feedback that could assist us improve any further. Thank you very much and looking forward... More 

Pacific Coast Australia, Australia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Essence on Exhibition is the only dining restaurant in Melbourne Marriott Hotel. I didn't expect that this 5-star hotel got only one restaurant, entirely not what expected from LA Marriott. The ambiance was good, not busy at all on Sunday night. It was nice to view the night life overlooking the windows. The staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive. My... More 

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Thank Annette2010Melbourne
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you your comments and although happy that you are overall satisfied with your evening, I note there is scope for improvement in some areas. I will share your comments with our team in our endeavor to provide the best to our guests. Looking forward to welcome you back. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

For $60 per person we got a 5-star 3-course meal, with a free glass of wine as part of it, and every meal was displayed elegantly, table service was divine, and, to make up for when meals were slightly late (not that we were complaining, as they weren't very late), we got firstly complimentary champagne and then complimentary hot chocolate.... More 

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1 Thank Blissyu2
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and pleased to know that you had a great experience at Essence on Exhibition. Looking forward to welcome you back for another wonderful evening. The team at Essence on Exhibition More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Nice selection and good quality. The service was slow but friendly. Ambience was interesting as looked out on street intersection

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Thank murray950
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and your comments on our food and staff. Located on the intersection of 2 busy streets in the center of the Melbourne theatre precinct and with floor to ceiling glass windows, Essence is conveniently located and provides an elegant atmosphere and we are glad that you enjoyed it. Looking forward to welcome you back. Warm... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

My partner and I dine out a lot but neither of us have ever needed to walk out of a restaurant before..not until last Valentines Day, from Marriott's 'Essence' restaurant. We arrived for our 7.30 pm booking a few minutes early then had to wait quite sometime for someone to come to our table. The staff and manager were very... More 

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1 Thank Glenys S
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to provide us with feedback following your experience at Essence on Exhibition. I was truly disheartened to learn of your underwhelming experience, in particularly regarding our service delays. This is not indicative of the level of service to which we strive, and I will certainly share your feedback with our restaurant team so we... More 

Manila, Philippines
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96 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

The breakfast buffet offers you a nice variety of fresh fruits, pastries breads, cereals and fresh eggs, pancakes etc. The servers are very friendly.

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Thank Michael K
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and wonderful to see your comments on the food spread and the friendliness of our staff. However quite disappointed that we did not score better in your review. Will appreciate if you can contact us and advise of any further improvements we can make, to become the best. Looking forward to welcome you back. Warm... More 

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115 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We had a scoopon for high tea and essence did not disappoint. Standouts were the savoury selection of the high tea with the sweet selection good but can be a bit too sweet if you are not a sweet tooth. The scone was fluffy and delicious. Great value for money with the scoopon for $69 for 2 including a glass... More 

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Thank Piggy P
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Our high tea is definitely very popular and am glad that you liked it. We are in the process of introducing a new high tea offering and looking forward to welcome you back to try it. Warm regards Essence on Exhibition More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 19 - US$ 38
Cuisine
Australian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:00
Monday
06:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:00
Thursday
06:30 - 22:00
Friday
06:30 - 22:00
Saturday
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Corner Exhibition & Lonsdale Streets | Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9660 1183
  • This restaurant is at Melbourne Marriott Hotel
Description
Essence on Exhibition Restaurant radiates with character with 180 degree views of the Melbourne CBD. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu offers exquisite Modern Australian cuisine with an excellent selection of wines. Essence embraces the best of Victoria`s local seasonal produce to create inspired dishes from traditional to modern.

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

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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