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Essa Restaurant, Fortitude Valley, AU-QLD

Essa Restaurant

4.7
4.7
617 Reviews
$41 to $100
Wine Bar
ESSA provides a destination to escape the expected.

Just like the raw interiors in which we reside, our work is simple but considered.

The ethos in the kitchen embraces collaboration with local farmers, hunters and providores, promoting an environmentally conscious approach to the menu. Harvest driven dishes provide the creative parameters for our ever evolving dining experience.

ESSA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm till late and Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunch from 12pm.

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2 people

11:00 pm


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, Modern Australian, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (07) 3177 1011
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Sunday School at Essa

    $88.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Things are a bit different here on Sundays. We let our hair down, turn up the music and serve a big family style lunch from 12pm. It's all share plates and the menus changes often but, so you know what to expect we post the menu on instagram every week. Oh yeah and there's a bit of booze too! Heaps of fun, but especially great with a large group of friends and yes, we can organise dietary requirements if you let us know when you book, leave a note in the comments In session every Sunday, kick ons in The Nixon Room from 2pm.
    Sunday School at Essa photo
  • Five Chefs, Five Plates

    $66.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    An experimental series taking over Wednesday evenings, providing the younger chefs, guest chefs and local producers with a platform to showcase fresh ideas and menu offerings. Every Wednesday night you can sample Five plates from Five chefs from $66pp. Dishes change weekly so no two weeks are the same. Please note on Wednesdays this is the only menu available and dietary requirements cannot be catered for.
  • Five Plates x Up Late Special Edition

    $66.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    It's the 14th of March, it's the annual James St Up Late Event…so that means we’re doing a special edition of Five Plates, because, well, Five Plates is a vibe. Each year James St puts on a nationally recognised show with smooth sounds and themed visuals surrounding the district, designer appearances, gifts with purchase (James St Party Bags!) and retailers offer enticing buys, fun activations and so much more in-store. From us you can expect, Five Chefs making Five things for $66pp. And, yes, we can accommodate dietaries if you let us know when you book.

What 617 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Brisbane

    Best Ambience

  • Brisbane

    Innovative

  • Inner Suburbs

    Best Overall

  • Inner Suburbs

    Best Ambience

  • Inner Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Inner Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

  • Inner Suburbs

    Most Booked

617 Reviews
  1. Chomp

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant we found to be in a good location with good options for parking around if you plan well enough. Can park near the Calile Hotel or in a secure parking roughly 10 mins away. The restaurant looked amazing with great ambiance and staff. We got the "Leave it to us" sample menu. Unfortunately for us we didn't enjoy the food and left feeling underwhelmed and a little robbed (quite dramatic but thats how we felt). Firstly the time it took to eat the 3/4 course meal was over two hours... we personally found that it took waaaaay too long in between courses. Sounds odd, but I got sore just sitting there waiting for things to come out. Secondly the portions were tiny, my partner who already doesn't eat a lot left hungry. Thirdly, we aren't sure it it just wasn't for us, but we didn't enjoy the food. My favourite dish was the sourdough with the nduja and my partners was the iced cucumbers and the side dish for the lamb. I feel if the best dish's are the veggies and the bread... that says something. My partner and I also found the meat not cooked enough... but that could be an us thing. However, the four people table next to us had pieces of meat put aside just like us. The place looked great and felt great plus the staff were amazing, however the main reason why you go wasn't. The food just wasn't worth 122pp and the time it took to get through that was (I feel) ridiculous. The review asks if we would recommend the restaurant to a friend... I definitely wouldn't.

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  2. TahliaA

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an great night we had. Absolutely delicious food, great wine & amazing service.

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  3. KateF

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unreal experience at Essa! The wine, the service, the experience and the food! Couldn’t recommend it enough. Explored different foods with the “leave it to us” menu. We are not Brisbane locals so we were actually recommended to go and it did not disappoint.

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  4. Alex

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience with my wife. Service, food, wine list, ambiance... All positive. It was very pleasant.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Very small food sizing and not very tasteful in my opinion, very overpriced for the amount of food and the quality.

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  6. ShrutiD

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food with great service. Portions and options were good, they were very accomodating to our dietary needs too

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  7. None

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Enjoyed the ambience and outstanding service.

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  8. ClareG

    Brisbane

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Essa was just wonderful - the most delicious porchetta I've ever had (and I've had a few). The music was excellent, and we enjoyed tapping our feet and singing along. I will definitely be going back. Great service from Adrian!

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  9. LukeC

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Excellent food. Flawless experience from start to finish.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely place to have dinner. They must have fantastic noise treatment because it’s quiet even when busy. Service was excellent and the food was well done and interesting. The only downside was that we left a bit hungry after spending $450 for two people on their set menu and extra bread.

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  11. DeborahB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent from beginning to end. Sat at kitchen , would def recommend

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  12. Harvey

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 plates is a must. Very vibey atomosohere and excellent service. Loved it.

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  13. Dubs

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the Sunday experience. Food was on point and the service just beautiful.

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  14. TerryM

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a set menu but it was great. Delicious and varied.

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  15. MelR

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Essa... If you're looking for a dining experience, highly recommend Essa. Each and every dish has a story, a process, flavours relevant to the ingredients. I dare to you to pick a favorite. Staff were amazing, I'm sure they see many people pass thru, however they each made us feel special and welcomed. Essa will be one of our memorable dining experiences. Thank you.

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  16. AJNa

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great recommendation from our waiter. My partner loved the wine paring and the knowledge the gentleman shared about the wine as he poured. Definitely plan on coming back

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  17. Cavan

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Front start to finish everything was fantastic! We had the set menu, food all came out at perfect intervals and all tasted amazing, couldn’t pick a highlight. Our server Chris helped us understand the intricacies of each dish and the Som pick out a nice bottle to go with it all.

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  18. Maxxy

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bloody fantastic. Service was epic, food was delicious, music was great - 10/10!

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  19. AnnaS

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At Essa, every bite is a happy dance for your taste buds, and the service nurtures a continuous smile. Always a pleasure to dine here

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  20. Bianca

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brisbane’s best kept secret. An intimate space with great music, incredible service and amazing food. All of the staff clearly love their job and deliver exceptional customer service. The wine list is extensive and interesting and the food is a delicious journey.

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  21. Tobias

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Service, great wine matching and beautiful ambiance. Everything suited the refined food we enjoyed. Went on a Tuesday night and the restaurant was quiet - perfect. We will dine with you again!

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  22. NigelS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Straightforward menu of unpretentious food prepared and cooked to a high standard. Down to earth staff who were attentive and efficient. Decent collection of foreign and domestic wines. We left full and happy.

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  23. SamM

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Expensive, low quality, taste not good, food order poor,

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  24. niccolos

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great idea to do the 5 chefs Wednesday, making it affordable and captivating. Really enjoyed all the food, expect the tuna tartare snack, which was not my personal favourite, but I was still happy to trying it. Wagyu, pork and kipfler potatoes really outstanding and the service too, professional but also very friendly and engaging. We were suggested some wines and they were all great. Loved also the environment and the vibe. Will be back for sure to try the whole menu. Thank a lot to everyone!

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  25. FionaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great tasting menu, lots of add on options. The food was delicous, staff excellend. A little noisy in the restaurant.

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  26. CraigB

    N. Ireland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    More Australian wine and less European pretensions. Someone from Ireland. And the French cheeseboard was rubish

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  27. AidanK

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent value, great service, relaxed atmosphere in an upscale setting with great food & wine.

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  28. LauraW

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service - we will come back again. Thanks!

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  29. BetsyS

    Hong Kong

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Essa was truly outstanding. From the moment we arrived the service was that right combination of attentiveness and allowing us time to chat before ordering. The food…. extraordinary…. Innovative, beautifully presented and flavors amazing. Good boutique wine list and everything perfect. Look forward to going back!

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  30. PaulH

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, best degustation we have had in Brisbane. Excellent and wine selection.

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  31. SandieE

    Sunshine Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicious food, friendly staff. We had such a good time at Sunday School. The menu was interesting and every dish was tasty. They happily made an exchange for one dish that a member of our party couldn't eat. We look forward to returning to Essa.

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  32. SoniaT

    Exclusive

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday School is one of my favourite events! The food is exceptional quality and serving size is generous. The staff nail the service every single time! Such a great experience everytime!! Highly recommend

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  33. RobbieG

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience with some experimental dishes and classics. All the wines went perfectly with the dishes. Favourite dish was the chicken. Thank you for a great night!

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  34. Chimer

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and service. Our waiter Chris was attentive, knowledgeable and pleasant. We found the music intrusive but would highly recommend this restaurant and we’ll definitely return.

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  35. TanyaD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we chose the degustation menu and it did not disappoint. Locally sourced produced presented in a unique way and cooked to perfection

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  36. Giulia

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience, lovely food and excellent service.

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  37. ValeriaB

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Goodness fantastic, service was amazing. Will be back.

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  38. KevinW

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy ambience; Excellent service; bottle of Sato red from Central Otago, creative food, beautiful flavours.. what more would you want!!

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  39. JohnJ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our dining experience at Essa. The only disappointment was the fact we arrived early and we were left outside in little shade in 38 degree heat. I realise they don’t open for lunch till 12 but surely we could of waited inside in the air con. By the way our bill for a group of 6 was over $2,000!

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  40. ChrisS

    Brisbane

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This truly was a celebration of food! Young chefs of Brisbane putting on a master class in the excellence of local produce, presented brilliantly. Take a bow guys; well done!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Essa Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 617 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

11:00 pm


Booked 16 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Essa Restaurant

181 Robertson St, Fortitude Valley, AU-QLD 4006

Additional information

  • Area
    Fortitude Valley
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Fri, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Wine Bar, Modern Australian, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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