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22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
+84 4 3935 2485
06:30 - 22:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Staff was attentive throughout the meal and was able to make good recommendations on distinct Vietnamese food. I enjoyed the visit.

Thank ATLGene
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the bun cha and bamboo beef for lunch and they were really good! Service was superb as usual!

Thank CheowDubbelboer
Bangkok, Thailand
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good hotel in a very lively neighborhood of the old quarter of Hanoi, walking distance to lake Hoan Kiem. The staff was very attentive to guests needs and the restaurant's food was excellent. Loved the beef cooked in bamboo pipe, I ordered it twice. I asked if I could take the bamboo pipe and the chef let me have the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Essence restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Essence Hanoi Hotel. The premises look quite small, so advance booking may be advised, especially for larger groups. The ambience is refined and relatively quiet, other than occasional noise from the streets. Service is warm and friendly, and unintimidating. The menu is a mix of Western choices and interpretations... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant was beyond our expectations. The entrees were a work of art beautifully presented. Very eye appealing but most of all delicious. Portions were very large. Appetizers were shared. One of our favorite dining experiences in Hanoi. Service was excellent.

Thank LAMB101
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I have just had the shrimps in coconut and it was outstanding in taste and presentation. Despite travelling alone I was made very welcome by the staff who were superb. As this is my first day in Vietnam I hope this has set the standard for my trip.

Thank kcmcc80
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Hidden gem, good food, excellent presentation backed up with excellent service. Go here for great service, atmosphere at a good price.

Thank David L
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On the first night in Vietnam we went to this restaurant to have dinner and I was so happy about our choice! The service was fantastic, the waitresses were very friendly, polite, and willing to answer all questions about Vietnamese cuisine. Spring rolls, mango salad were really good, and prawns in tamarind sauce and prawn curry were amazing. It's been... More 

Thank ridisiokas
Hung P, Người quản lý at Essence Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear ridisiokas, Thank you so much for your strong recommendation about our Essence restaurant, our pleasure that your great touch at your first night in Vietnam. Our team could not wait to enjoy the great moment very much. For us, there are nothing is more important than your recognition while we tried our best with hearts and hear back from... More 

Sunshine Coast, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently dined here for dinner and found it to be very very good. The service was outstanding and the food just as good. The two of us had several drinks and 3 courses for around $30 USD. The restaurant is conveniently 50 metres from the beer garden area where you can have very cheap drinks afterwards.

Thank Michael O
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In February we visited this restaurant 3 times. The first time I was a bit sick and the hospitality of the staff was great. They were really taking care of me and treated me with a cup of ginger/lemongrass tea with honey. A few days later we had diner again, the staff recognised me and asked me about my health.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Asian, Vietnamese, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Ta Hien Street | Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam (Formerly Essence Cafe)
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi
  • Phone Number: +84 4 3935 2485
Located on the ground floor of the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa, the artfully designed Essence restaurant offers you various tasty authentic Vietnamese dishes and standard Western menu for lunch and dinner. Accomplished with an extensive menu of beverages including fresh fruit shakes, coffees and wines, the restaurant ensures you a wholesome meal with great food, excellent service in the right ambiance and fine spirits, all at a price guaranteed most reasonable in town. Wifi-internet & iMac is available, free of charge.

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