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Essa Restaurant, Fortitude Valley, AU-QLD

Essa Restaurant

4.7
4.7
663 Reviews
$41 to $100
Wine Bar
  • Good for special occasions
  • Innovative
  • Great for fine wines
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

7:00 pm


Booked 24 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

  • 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 Chefs, Five Plates photo
  • 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
  • ESSA Champagne Lunch 2024

    $118.00 per person

    27 July 2024 only
    Saturday before the annual James Street festival has become a bit of a tradition at Essa. We open the doors at midday for our inaugural Champagne Lunch. Kick things off with a glass of champagne, followed by a four course set menu with some extra add ons just for the day (all the C's actually - champagne, caviar bumps & crab crumpets) Plus, we'll be popping some special champagnes just for the day. Great for all table sizes but especially good for bigger groups, so grab the crew and book one of the big tables before they go. Let us know of any dietary requirements via the special requests section when booking and don't hesitate to contact the restaurant via email or phone if you have any questions.
    ESSA Champagne Lunch 2024 photo

What 663 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
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Brisbane

    Best Food

  • Brisbane

    Best Ambience

  • Brisbane

    Best Value

  • Brisbane

    Innovative

  • Brisbane

    Great for fine wines

  • Brisbane

    Romantic

  • Brisbane

    Good for special occasions

  • Brisbane

    Most Booked

  • Inner Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Inner Suburbs

    Best Ambience

  • Inner Suburbs

    Best Value

  • Inner Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Inner Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

  • Inner Suburbs

    Romantic

  • Inner Suburbs

    Good for special occasions

  • Inner Suburbs

    Most Booked

663 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was incredible. Very knowledgable and helpful staff whose advice was perfect with options provided for wine and food. Each course that came seemed to get better and better and we left very satisfied. We will definitely be returning for more of the same.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, service was little bit slow but amazing experience after all

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    菜式有創意!每個菜式都好好味! 尤其是sourdough 及Tiger Prawn! 甜品也很出色!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sommelier was first class and extremely helpful in finding the right wine for our taste. As expected the food was amazing and we would recommend the tasting menu rather than a la carte. It is better value and you will sample a much greater variety of the chef's skills. Surprisingly the acoustics are well designed and the noise levels were very low despite it being a full house.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Must try vodka caviar and wagyu. Was very packed on Wednesday for their $66/head deal. Ended up spending far more in desert and drinks and was still hungry afterwards. Amazing food. Went to order a few times and was waiting for a while because of being short on staff with how busy it was. A little clueless. Overall, great experience.

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  6. AlexanderB

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as usual. Great food, great staff, great wines.

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  7. NikiM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Essa knows the game. Every staff member is invested, professional and passionate about their offering. We love sitting at the kitchen counter and watching the chefs at the pass. Rob and his team are knowledgeable and love sharing. The menu is consistently innovative but ultimately delicious. The French Som recommended an amazing wine- right up our alley. Essa is always our first stop when visiting Brisbane. Our 3rd visit from interstate and it’s delivered a flawless experience each time. Well done guys!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Fantastic food and drink. Fantastic service. Fantastic atmosphere. Loved it all!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing . Caviar with the champagne was exquisite

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My colleague and I were in Brisbane and went to Essa. The food, service and wine were amazing. On my list for every trip

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FAQs

Essa Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 663 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 24 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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