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Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano

Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-365, Portugal
+351 22 830 1813
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Overview
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seitan” (23 reviews)
“risotto” (33 reviews)
“tofu” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-365, Portugal
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1 - 10 of 372 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Essencia is not only the best vegetarian restaurant in Porto, but quite possibly the best vegetarian restaurant in the whole world. (how’s that for hyperbole, but actually not really hyperbole, since it is true). Simple casual spare almost Zen like decor. Wonderfully creative cooking. The...More

Thank ShadeofPale
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

UAU !! we were very happy when we read your review !!! It was also a great pleasure for us to have you those two nigts in Essencia. You are really a very nice coupple. Thank you very much for all the good references you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a common, old fashioned, mid nineties family house, with a garden in the back, off the tourist zone of Porto, and maybe that's the secret. You don't run into it, but you need someone to reveal you the place. If you are a vegetarian,...More

Thank frestivo
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks a lot for your lovely review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The front of the house looks nondescript, so it's a wonder we discovered the place by accident when walking on the rua de Pedro Hispano. The 'magic' starts once you step in - you'll be greeted warmly and directed to your table either in the...More

Thank Kri B
Essencia R, Gestor at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Please receive our sincere and deep thanks for your wonderful comments regarding our restaurant, food, staff and service.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As other reviews state it is in a residential area, it took us about 15 minutes to walk from the hop on/off tourist bus. For me as the vegetarian it was superb, my husband the carnivore said it was very nice too. We went at...More

1  Thank Smarty162
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We thank you for your nice review. Hope you can come back some day

Reviewed 8 September 2017

I was with friends for dinner. We wanted something different and we found it. Fresh ingredients and unusual combinations. To me the seitan never liked it, but the Essencia's version was delicious! We tasted a variety of specialties, from goat cheese, Indian rice, to seitan...More

Thank Sebastiano M
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Your compliment tastes even better coming from a canivore. Thank you very much, we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again

Reviewed 8 September 2017

Nestled down a quiet residential street of Porto is the best vegetarian/vegan restaurant I'd ever been to — perhaps the best restaurant I've ever been to, full stop. It was certainly good enough for my partner and I to visit twice in our three nights...More

1  Thank Brenden B
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We all love you!!! Many thanks for your excelente review.

Reviewed 8 September 2017

We booked in at Essencia yesterday for a business dinner with 16 people requiring mixed diets, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and meat/fish eaters. The menu at this restaurant is fabulous. The food was wonderful, the service splendid and the venue was very good. There is...More

Thank UKtraveller745
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

What else can we say except that we were very happy reading your review? Thank you very much

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Very tasty food! We went there for lunch and had a great time. For food of this quality the prices are really low! The service was professional and very friendly. When you are looking for a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant you should definetly go there! They...More

Thank Felix W
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
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Thank you Félix for your excellent comments.

Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

The food and service were both excellent, and the prices fair. I particularly liked that the ingredients of dishes were listed (e.g. sugar) and that there was a delicious no-added-sugar dessert option.

Thank René v
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We deeply thank you for your fantastic review

Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent starters, great main dish (specially the risotto and the seitan), and a surprising cardamome desert. Very friendly staff and great atmosphere. Strongly recommend!

Thank nmcs73
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

We are very happy with your excellent review. Thank you so much

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 38
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-365, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 22 830 1813
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