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Essence on Exhibition

#561 of 3,170 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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121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We used a Voucher for our booking at Essence Restaurant at the Marriott Hotel. Staff very friendly and attentive. Lovely table next to the window allowing us to watch city life going by as we consumed our wonderful platter comprising of bottom layer hot food and the top stack cold seafood. Lots of goodies including oysters, mussels, calamari, smoked salmon,... More 

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

The team at Essence on Exhibition were delighted and felt very rewarded reading your comments. With floor to ceiling windows and at the corner of 2 streets located in the theatre precinct, our guests do get some interesting views and can enjoy their meals watching the busy city life going by. Thank you again for your review and looking forward... More 

Melbourne
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst the Seafood Stack, wasn't quite a stack....the seafood was very nice. With a voucher for 2, it was very price competitive, and we would definitely go back again. Negatives are lack of acoustics which made the place almost impossible to talk (that improved when the bogan in a singlet and tatts and his wife and 4 screaming kids left).

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Thank The-Mong
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and apologies that you were inconvenienced by some of the other patrons. We are glad that you enjoyed our seafood offering and happy to note that you will return. Looking forward to welcome you back. Essence on Exhibition More 

Bendigo
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We travelled to Melbourne to have the opportunity of enjoying with friends the seafood platter with wine and dessert at this restaurant yesterday (8/2/17). On arriving early for our booking we were ushered to our table and we were offered coffee from the attached coffee house...it was good coffee....Our two ladies that served us were a credit to the restaurant... More 

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

Thank you for your review and our team was thrilled to see your comments. Our associates are definitely our asset and happy to see that you have noticed it. Our restaurant is attached to the Espresso bar which indeed serves the best coffee and signature unique sandwiches like the pork belly sandwich, crispy chicken and would recommend you to try... More 

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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

❤💙💚 this place, must visit if you're in Melbourne CBD! I love how you run all different deals on scoopon. I was here twice for seafood lunch and high tea and simply can't get enough of it. Your customer services was exceptional and your food was superb also the place is super classic great layout awesome environment and just love... More 

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

Thank you for your review and comments about your experience at Essence on Exhibition. We are glad that we are able to meet your expectations and looking forward to welcome you back. Warm regards Essence on Exhibition team. More 

Melbourne
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our experience last night vastly differs from the last trip advisor review. We came as a group of 8 using 2 Groupon vouchers. We were celebrating an important event that the staff were unaware of. We were welcomed and well cared for by exceptionally busy but friendly, smiling staff all evening. The food was great- the salmon exceptional. Yes granted... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you had a good evening and found the food & service to your satisfaction. Your comments will be shared with all our associates and am sure Emily will be thrilled to see her name mentioned. Thank you once again and looking forward to welcome you back. Warm regards Essence on Exhibition More 

Melbourne, Australia
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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Booked a window table , but were not even asked if we had a booking. Tried to tell waitress we had a booking but she just talked over the top of me and plonked us at any table. After she finally listened to what I was trying to tell her she still left us where we were, no apology or... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Guest Satisfaction Survey in regards to your recent dining at Essence on Exhibition. As we pride ourselves on delivering a memorable experience, we have unfortunately fallen short of our goal during your recent visit. We have shared your feedback with the appropriate team to ensure that this was an isolated issue... More 

Perth, Australia
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181 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Staff were very helpful and smiles is the winner. The food were nicely put together. Love the crispy salmon

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Thank Kosing2015
Raj K, Manager at Essence on Exhibition, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and kind words. Our team was delighted to read your comments and felt rewarded. Our target is to make sure that all our guests have a good experience and glad to know that we were successful in providing one to you. Looking forward to welcome you back in the near future. Warm regards Essence on... More 

melbourne
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This was the third time I have visited this restaurant, there is no doubt that the food and service is excellent. This time I came for the Christmas buffet same as last year. I have to say the ares that I thought could have been better were: There was not much in the way soup and restricted choice of vegetables.... More 

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

Thank you for your review and for your continued patronage. I am glad that you enjoyed the offering and have noted your recommendations for next year. They are quite reasonable and we will definitely take your suggestions for next year. Thank you again and looking forward to welcome you back. Wish you a happy new year and a brilliant 2017.... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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640 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Came here for NYE dinner and was embroiled in some confusion. Long story short, Raj the Director of Operations manning the welcome desk made it all worth while and we felt so welcome and valued as customers. Because if Raj we upgraded to partake in their buffet. The buffet was spectacular with a sumptuous selection of starters and entrees. Mains... More 

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

Thank you for your review and really appreciated your comments. We are glad that we were able to create a memorable experience and able to make you wrap up 2016 with a happy note. The pictures you have taken and posted in your review are looking wonderful and am glad that had an enjoyable evening. Again, thank you very much... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Staffs are attentive and welcoming. The seafood platter for 2 was good value but I wish they was hotter as the battered fish came out a bit cold. Overall it was a lovely dinner.

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

Seasons greetings to you from Essence on Exhibition and thank you very much for your review. I am glad that you enjoyed the dinner however slightly disappointed that the battered fish on the stack served to you was not very hot. I have shared your feedback with our team. Thanks you again and on behalf of the entire team at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 19 - USD 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
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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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