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Essence Deli Cafe

The Square | 4 Chatterton Road, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
+27 33 342 9215
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good35%
  • Average19%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“lunch” (16 reviews)
“bread” (2 reviews)
“sandwiches” (2 reviews)
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Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
The Square | 4 Chatterton Road, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoy coming here, as the food is amazing, whether you’re coming for breakfast or lunch,the menu is wide and has something for everyone. During the week, there is a lunch buffet

Thank pillayzeruiah
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The venue is beautiful with bookshelves and bicycles along the walls. It's 'cosy' with a fireplace and round tables and couches. The food is seriously amazing and the staff friendly and helpful. If recommend this place for friends and couples.

Thank Yadah K
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The waiters were friendly and helpful. The menu offers a big variety of food choices. We sat on the veranda and was protected from the wind but could still enjoy the sunny winters day. The menu and the urban feel of the Café stands out...More

Thank 772lynettel
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I had a really good experience here. The waiter was great, the food, cheesy steak pasta was amazing. I loved their Long Island Iced tea, their mojito could improve a bit though. Overall I'm definitely coming back.

Thank Ciaz_Arosi
Reviewed 23 July 2018

I love this place for casual lunches are just good coffee. I love the friendly staff. The food is just amazing.

Thank Loshnie19
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Love this cosy place...Food us delish. I'd recommend their chocolate cake and hot chocolate on a cold evening. We enjoyed our treats by the fireplace. Will definitely go back

Thank Wendy P
Reviewed 30 April 2018

The food is good. We selected the harvest table and the choices were very tasty - especially the beef curry. We arrived around R13h00. The food was rather cold but the lady serving us gladly warmed it. Good ambiance too. The area has a lot...More

Thank Tembeka
Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I love the quirky decor of Essence Deli which is tucked away next to Sutherland’s in Pietermaritzburg. Its a big barn of a place with outside seating; mismatched tables and chairs, comfy couches and an eclectic collection of vintage clutter everywhere. My grown up daughter...More

Thank LindaH475
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

Essence is one of my favourite places to grab a leisurely lunch or just a cup of coffee and slice of decadent cake when in PMB. The food is consistently good, well-presented and tasty. The cakes are amazing, and I have yet to try them...More

Thank AshiraRheeders
EssenceCafe, Manager at Essence Deli Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review.

Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Essence is such a great place to grab lunch or afternoon tea. The service is always great and the food fantastic! The lemon and salsa chicken is a win! The decor is trendy and the atmosphere welcoming. Essence is always my husband and my first...More

Thank Lauren D
EssenceCafe, Manager at Essence Deli Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We love the feedback.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Square | 4 Chatterton Road, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Pietermaritzburg
  • Phone Number: +27 33 342 9215
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