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Esencia Uruguay

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Sarandi 359 | Peatonal Sarandí 359, Montevideo 11006, Uruguay
+598 2915 4472
10:00 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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São Tomé
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

you don't have time, you don't know much about Uruguayan wines, but you definitely want to buy something nice at your taste..? You found the solutions: Estrella, the lovely owner of this shop will help you out. She knows so much about wines, bodegas, the bodegas owners and history, it's amazing. We are close neighbours and I am aware that... More 

EMBF, Propietario at Esencia Uruguay, responded to this review
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Muchas gracias estimado cliente y vecino por expresar está hermosa opinión sobre Esencia Uruguay. Nos sentimos muy gratificados. Saludos Estrella More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Best selection of Uruguayan wines in town. The owner/manager really knows her wines. Always gives us good recommendations. Been here 3 or 4 times. Never been disappointed. There are other items available such as chocolates and licores but the wines are the main attraction. A wide range of styles and prices. Well worth a visit.

Thank Camera_O
Estrella_de_EU, Gerente at Esencia Uruguay, responded to this review
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Estimado cliente, Nos da mucho gusto recibirlo y asesorarlo. Muchas gracias por su opinión y concepto de nosotros. Hasta pronto.... More 

Montevideo, Uruguay
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

Four stars for now, but this place could easily hit five stars once I do a tasting there. The owner, Estrella, is delightful and very knowledgeable about local wines. I found two bottles of one of my favorite tannats and plan on setting up a wine tasting there in the near future for me and my co-workers...I'll definitely be back!

Thank Kirk K
Estrella_de_EU, Propietario at Esencia Uruguay, responded to this review
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Hola Kirk, Es un verdadero gusto para nosotros que nos visite. Muchas gracias por esta opinión. Esperamos volver a verlo... More 

McLean, Virginia
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212 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

We wanted to purchase a couple of bottles of wines for our local guests and this store is one of the few on Sarandi open on Saturday till 4:00. Very pleasant experience

Thank Marc O
Estrella_de_EU, Gerente at Esencia Uruguay, responded to this review
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Es muy bueno saber que su experiencia en Esencia Uruguay fue buena. Muchas gracias por su opinión. Esperamos verlo pronto.... More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

Very nice staff and knowledgeble about their wines. Great for some simpler wine tastings and samples. It's actually not a restaurant but more of a simplier tapas/wine tasting bar.

Thank Kare L
Estrella_de_EU, Gerente at Esencia Uruguay, responded to this review
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Estimado cliente, Muchas gracias por su valiosa opinión. Deseamos que vuelva pronto. Saludos More 

Level Contributor
27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Esencia has a great concept - its a wine cellar with significant offering, a wine tasting and education tour of Uruguay's wine regions, and finally its a tapas/ snack bar to compliment the wine. The staff are very pleasant and helpful. The shop is beautifully laid out, and a couple of regular local shoppers were more than keen to offer... More 

Thank Scwct B
Montevideo, Uruguay
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73 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We bought all of our wine here over a three-month stay, and her recommendations were all great. She was very patient and knowledgeable, and her Spanish was clear and easy to understand. We went for wine tasting to celebrate a birthday and had a lovely time.

Thank EugenieFoodie
Montevideo, Uruguay
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

The aservice is great and you can choose excellent wines according to your taste, guided by the owner, Estrella

Thank ramarito
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2013

It is a great place to know about wines of Uruguay. Tasting was administered by well experienced wine expert that explained extensively and in English. The place is cauzy and quiet and have a large selection of Uruguayan wines. Moreover, they have many books on Uruguayan wines mainly in Spanish but couple of titles in English. I bought one of... More 

Thank 0Michel
Montevideo, Uruguay
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2013

I went with a couple of customers for wine tasting. what we liked: the attention, in English is acceptable and Estrella is correct. The atmosphere is excellent, quiet and relaxed, very appropiate for wine tasting. Prices for tasting and/or products is very good. Wine tasting is excellent. To improve: more comfortable sitting and more sitting area space, a place where... More 

Thank Lucia C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Restaurant features
Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Open Hours
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Sarandi 359 | Peatonal Sarandí 359, Montevideo 11006, Uruguay
  • Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo
  • Phone Number: +598 2915 4472
URUGUAYAN WINE STORE - WINE BAR Wine tasting - Olive oil tasting Tipycal products: Sweets, Chocolates, Cheese, Olive oil. Tax Free - Travel Packing - Sommelier Service

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