The Essence @ Melbourne Marriott Hotel

4.3
117 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Quiet Conversation
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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CS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We went for the buffet breakfast and was a little underwhelmed by the voices on offer but the egg station saved the day with some beautiful omelettes and well poached eggs.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

We had the Travelzoo voucher so it was a set menu. Calamari were excellent. Barramundi was good. The ravioli was ok. The service was very good but unfortunately there is zero atmosphere.

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LM
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our fourth time at this restaurant and I feel sure we will return again. The quality of our meal was excellent and the service by staff was exceptional. Would definitely recommend to our family and friends

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NB
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We took advantage of a deal through Travel Zoo which offered a 3 course meal, cocktail and glass of wine. Both our meals were beautiful. This is the second time we have been here and both experiences were excellent.

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KH
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was a lovely experience to treat a friend here in Melbourne

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JM
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I had a group of 4 for a 90th bitrthday. We all had a great time. Everything was fabulous, service outstanding. Food was great - perhaps one small critique - maybe a little more savoury on the plate. Other than that, it was a terrific day and thanks for making it special

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AE
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening at the Marriott. The services was amazing, Satinder served us and he made sure that everything about the evening was perfect for us. He was very professional. The food was delicious and so where the drinks. I would definitely go back there again.

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BP
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our wine and seafood. The seafood had a good variety and beautifully presented. We also added a dessert and coffee. The service was outstanding and overall a very enjoyable night.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

There was no atmosphere to the high tea... the waitresses appeared like they didn’t enjoy their job and only came when we waved at them for help... the food was average and the place extremely noisy..,

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FB
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had lunch here before a show. Fast and friendly service and delicious food. Close to theatres.

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R
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing. The wine excellent. The service was second to none. Would I recommend this restaurant .....Already have to my friends. can't rave enough about the place.

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JS
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I have already contacted you about the most disappointing encounter made through you. Too long to go through again. Do you keep records??

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D
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We visited here prior to the theatre, and it was delicious.
The staff were friendly and helpful, and our server was willing to provide recommendations.
All entrees and mains were exceptionally good, presented well and cooked perfectly.
Dessert was nice, but compared with the mains, were slightly disappointing.
Would certainly recommend for next time.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Although i had booked "hightop" table we were seated in an excellent alternative position with window and view seating.

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HW
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The pork belly was beautiful but the dips were a bit ordinary. It’s a great place for pre Theatre dining

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MC
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Amazing service I have to say. Food, too small portion for the price of it. I really expected better from a 5 star. It was extremely Noisy and was not the ambiance I wanted or what they seemed to portray online. I wouldn’t go back to be honest but I really enjoyed the service !

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

waited 1 hr for the entree to arrive.
steak was not overly tender.
salad was very good though.
service was pleaant but overstrained.

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I
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food ,presented beautifully. Barramundi was really fresh.
Service was friendly and efficient.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We had the Seafood stack and a bottle of wine for a birthday lunch. The service was very good, friendly ,welcoming and attentive. However, we were disappointed with the cold seafood. Th3 mussels were leathery and in edible, the octopus tasteless as was the crab. Hardly worth the effort to get the small amount of meat out. The oysters and smoked salmon were ok. The hot seafood though was much better, and we thoroughly enjoyed the offerings of prawns, flathead in tempura batter and the salt and pepper calamari. But why only serve one tiny wedge of lemon? Overall could improve.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had an excellent barramundi dish each which arrived on time, accompanied by nice wines. My only criticism was that the staff rarely smiled or interacted, which was off putting on arrival. We went to The Essence pre theatre on a Sunday, which was an easy walk to Her Majesty's.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

After booking a few weeks prior to our lunch & confirming the 'Chef's Express/pre-Theatre package menu' was available, the waitress told us 'we'd only booked for the 2-course menu' when I hadn't stipulated 2 or 3 course on booking. The waitress didn't seem to know the menu very well, and though the food was of a high standard, when we went to pay the staff had not included our wine, (house wine and soft drinks included in deal), but I'd chosen a different drink, or coffee (not included in deal). We were called back to the restaurant and almost missed start of 'Muriel's Wedding' when a staff member had not added one of our payments to our table, but had randomly accepted the CC without attributing it to a specific table. Not the smooth service we'd expected.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Thank you so very much for making my husband’s birthday dinner extra special:)

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NO
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Great spot for a lunch before the theatre. We enjoyed our meals, however the waitresses didn't always seem to understand what we ordered. My son ordered a Ballantynes Scotch and diet cola which he repeated twice - he was served a bottle of Pepsi Max? Still it was a good atmosphere and our food was very nice - would definitely recommend the restaurant.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed the seafood stack purchased with a Scoopon for 4. From the time of arrival service was quick and efficient. Would recommend The Essence as a lovely venue to dine out in the city of Melbourne.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The wait staff took 15 minutes to attend to us after our arrival, and only when I called somebody over. We were wanting desert after the main meal and after 20 minutes with empty glasses, we decided that we would leave. Very poor service.

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K
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely fresh seafood and excellent service. Our group of four were very happy with everything

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LH
1 review
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

We arrived at 6.15pm and encouraged to sit at a table that was not our preference on booking online earlier. The table allocated to us was between two other tables already occupied by one couple and a single diner, whereas most of the other tables in the middle and other side of the restaurant were not occupied. The entree was served at 6.40pm. At 6.50 pm a group of 25 arrived and were seated on two tables immediately adjacent to the three tables occupied by the early diners. Although our entrees were consumed by 7.05 pm our plates were not cleared until 7.30pm Between 7.05pm and 7.40 the staff served the two tables of the large party and basically all other customers were ignored. At 7.50pm our main courses were served. The noise from the two large tables was extreme to the point that the other diners had difficulty in communicating with each other. The management of the seating was thoughtless, the service was concentrated of the large group, and the fact that other diners that had arrived earlier and ordered earlier ignored. It was noticed that other diners were complaining. It should be emphasised that the serving staff were trying their best in the face of what appeared to be incompetent management.

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SU
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time for lunch at The Essence although have been for dinner. Really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere the food was delightful as always and the staff very friendly and helpful. We didn't feel rushed so were able to sit back and enjoy the meal and a nice chat.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 1

Great food
Great Service
Very uncomfortable seating

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CR
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food....not quite as much as shown on web sight could include a little fruit
But good value although the same

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s
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
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
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
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
1 review
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
1 review
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
1 review
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
1 review
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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