The Essence @ Melbourne Marriott Hotel

4.3
87 reviews
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  • High Tea
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The Essence on Exhibition Restaurant is the most unique dining experience in Melbourne CBD. Our Executive Chef's menu effortlessly blends casual elegance and modern diversity, successfully reflecting Melbourne’s multicultural sophistication.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The atmosphere was comfortable.The seafood platter was excellent.The fish was cooked well and all the seafood was fresh.The wine that was chosen was great.The dessert that I had I certainly would not have again.In regards to the table service,it took to long for our table to be cleared of the seafood platter.The platter was big,the table was small.Was a little disappointed that I had to ask for the table to be wiped down.Which was wiped onto the floor near our feet.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was exemplary. We were met with a smile and friendly manner. Paige was wonderful and gave us silver service.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed the seafood stack. This is the second time we have dined at the restaurant and found the staff very friendly and polite. The found came out quick and we enjoyed the restaurant atmosphere.

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HB
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Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All together very nice lunch. Good value for money - very tasty food. Presentation and service excellent.
Highly recommended.

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SH
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Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

William made us feel very welcome and his pleasant manner and professionalism was appreciated. We had a very good deal on our seafood meal, and the wine that came with it was of a good standard. The transition from the restaurant to the magic show at the Marriott was very easy and both are highly recommended.

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JJ
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Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

For a two for one high tea, it was good value. Savoury foods could have been fresher, but sweets and drinks were lovely.

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HA
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We were a group of 8 and most of us had the special lunch (burger and beer on a Thursday). The food was great and the service even better. We'd booked before-hand, which was a good idea as the restaurant was reasonably busy.

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MR
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Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for our anniversary. The meal was good value for money. Would like to have had sweets or a cocktail but these were fairly pricey so opted to have cocktails elsewhere. Staff were very courteous and the meal came quickly. It was fairly quiet and overall a pleasant experience

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SL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The high tea was ok, presentation average, sandwiches looked as though they had been made a while as beetroot had seeped through bread making it soggy. Food was tasty though. Service was poor, waited ages for tea and had to ask a couple of times. Waitress seemed more interested in talking to other staff members. Luckily I had a two for one voucher, if I had been paying full price I would have been very disappointed.

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GC
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Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service we will be back car parking was easy and a great wine selection

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BC
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Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really enjoyed the champagne cocktail and the champagne. The dinner was great and just the right size portions. Service was excellent and not intrusive.

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RL
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Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a gift voucher given to us as a Christmas present. It was for a High Tea. We thoroughly enjoyed our High Tea, and the waitress her served us was very friendly and helpful. The service was excellent. We had stayed and dined at The Melbourne Marriott before a few years ago, and enjoyed that occasion also.

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FM
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Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Will defiantly be going back everything was perfect staff, drinks, food it's not to be missed.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Most of the wait staff seemed inexperienced. The one that didn't had a dirty uniform.
Food was lovely!

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CC
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Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

We booked for 6pm with a voucher given to us for Christmas. We had a show to attend at 7:30pm. We spent at least 30 minutes sorting out WHAT we were to receive with the voucher with the waiter giving us incorrect information but insisting he was correct. We finally sorted it out and were given menus. The waitress came and took our drinks order and I suggested we order quickly. My sisters glass of wine came out and then we waited another 10 minutes for 2 draught beers and a G&T. Our meals were nice when they arrived but we had to quickly eat and run by the time they came out. Had we not wasted so much time we would have easily had 2 rounds of drinks, and dessert- which is why we allowed 1.5 hours... All in all it was a pretty dismal experience. The show was AMAZING though...

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a
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

excellent warm high quality fine dinning, excellent staff and services

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AC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Dining room a little casual but food great! Also if you happen to be a Marriott Rewards member great value! Service was great too......we will be back

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LM
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Warm welcome when we arrived, great staff and food.

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ML
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Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

While the quality of the food was good, the portions were not really filling.
As for service, twice the waiter failed to top up my water even though he topped it up for the other 3 guests on our table.

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JS
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Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were gifted a 3 course voucher and thought we would combine it with a visit to the theatre, from the moment we entered we were made very welcome from all the staff and the drinks and food were all perfectly timed as to spend an enjoyable one and a half hour dinner there.

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VL
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service and food were excellent. Will definitely come back again to try other meals.

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LF
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The restaurant staff were attentive and responded to our requests efficiently. The food was good if a little predictable. The portion size was fairly big. Overall I would recommend this restaurant as a good choice for spontaneous dining rather than for a special occasion. The seafood stack looked very popular.

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WM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 2Ambience 4

We had high tea and both felt the food was too tizzy. Even the cream to go with the scones had some other flavor added.
We were disappointed as each food had far too many flavors mixed in together.

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MP
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

staff were excellent, 2 tiered seafood platter was good, though the crab took up a lot of space for very little meat on the crab so wouldn't bother trying to break the shell for tiny morsels of meat.. prawns oysters mussels skewers etc and rice all good

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LG
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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B
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The seafood was excellent and well presented. The staff were friendly and efficient. Overall we got value for our money and an overall great experience

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KB
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and attentive service. We really enjoyed our dinner and would recommend Essence.

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NK
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Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Very substantial and generous plate of tasty goodies for high tea. Accompanied by a glass of Prosecco and very pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

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K
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Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

The food was average at best and the service was very slow

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FH
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Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very helpful and pleasant staff. Beautiful environment. Would be happy to go back and also recommend

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CR
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Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed 3plate high tea and we're not disappointed...great food, good service and a lovely room.

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MK
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Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Service and the food was really nice and fresh.

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JR
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Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome high tea for two. Great service. Was able to swap out the bubbly for non-alcohol variety. Very good quality and quantity. We’ll be back!
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n
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Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

had afternoom tea. food was average for the price. difficult to get attention if wait staff.

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SG
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Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service team and the food was fresh and tasty. Lovely date night with my wife.

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FV
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best steak I’ve had in years! Stayed 2 nights in Melbourne and ate here both nights!

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AM
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Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Always come here when we're going to Her Majesty's and it never let's us down. At 5.30 it's peaceful and not too busy and a window seat made for some interesting people watching. Our barramundi was to die for and the Apple crumble was perfect. The glass of sparkling included was a Brut style....perfect for me and most enjoyable. Cant wait for the next show so we can return here.

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DT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is my third time to dine in this restaurant.Food was very yummy and service always very friendly.I will be back.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

4 of us had a lovely relaxing time enjoying a 3 tier high tea. The food was delicious & we were made to feel very relaxed with no hint of rushing us to leave. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

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MP
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I have been to many High ta, this was a lot of sugary items and less savoury. probably would not go back. the staff were very friendly, facility clean. sandwiches are so cheap to make, could have more. Red velvet cup cake and the popcorn cupcake, were no distinctive flavours, buttery and sugar.

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