The Essence @ Melbourne Marriott Hotel

4.2
28 reviews
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$40 and under
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Australian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Australian, Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Monday - Friday 6:30AM - 10:30AM
Saturday - Sunday 6:30AM - 11:00AM

Lunch
Monday - Friday 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Saturday - Sunday 12:00PM - 3:00PM

Dinner
Sunday - Thursday 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Friday - Saturday 6:00PM - 10:00PM
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Phone number
(03) 9662 3900
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Payment Options:
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Karan Negi
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Private Party Facilities
The event spaces here at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel each boast their own individual character and design. From the elegant trimmings of the
Yarra Suite to the sophisticated and intimate Moojerr boardroom, you’re sure to find a unique space for your meeting or event.
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Private Party Contact
Hannah White: (03) 9662 3900 ext. 1178
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Catering
Our flexible packages include all the essential elements required for your successful event. We provide the small extras that make a big difference. Whether it be a private party, gala, conference or board meeting, you can rest assured knowing your food and beverage is being taken care of.

Our locally sourced menu has been designed to allow you to tailor your menu based on your event requirements, to include the following options: continental breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, a daily buffet, canapés, sandwiches and our signature Country Bred baguette platters.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Little Lonsdale Street
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Parking Details
Valet parking, fee: 50 AUD daily
Casual Parking : 25 AUD for 3 hours
Secure onsite parking in indoor lot, valet service only.
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Public Transit
Parliament Station is the nearest train station located 300 meters from the hotel
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 28 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.5
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.1
Value
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Seafood Platter was delicious! Enough for two people. Service staff very friendly and offered 10% off for signing up to the Marriott. Will come again

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3.0Dined on 31 July 2018

Service was not good, waitress did not seem to have much help. No one checked on us at through out the afternoon tea. No clean plates given or knives when tea was ordered to go with the sweets had to ask and then wait a while to get them.food only average, not much savoury offered. Did not feel it was a pampering experience which I believe High Tea should be

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3.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Food great. But table service poor. Had to keep asking for drinks.

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Food and service was excellent, we ordered high tea for 4 and a 5th person arrived at the last minute and we still could not finish all the yummy treats. Champagne was very nice and tea selections were great. Was a great place to go to before our matinee show at Her Majesty's Theatre.

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4.0Dined on 27 July 2018

Essence is always good. The current menu has something for everyone, as well as the budget conscious. The beef burger is divine - even though I always have to deconstruct!

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4.0Dined on 26 July 2018

Restaurant was well appointed. Staff were friendly and polite. High Tea was ample, well presented and very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on 23 July 2018

It was a very nice outing and a very refreshing experience. From welcome to ushering to serving and all the way it was good. Nice place to entertain friends. Would have bidited much earlier!!! All good. Thanks to all the staff who were really profesdional.

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2.0Dined on 16 July 2018

Whilst the food was quite good and certainly plentiful- unfortunately there were lots of little fruit flies buzzing around our faces and food. While we were having a chat, the flies were all over our food which put us off eating the remainder.

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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

The service was excellent, food was plenty but the choices could be improved as it would not suit for everybody. Overall it was nice and the waiters are very attentive.

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3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Didn’t appreciate the cleaner interrupting our dining experience, it was just before 4pm. I don’t believe we overstayed as last bookings for high tea is in fact 4 pm....in the end we took the hint! Unprofessional.

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5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Great high tea, and Akiko who looked after us was excellent.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

What a great way to celebrate my daughter's birthday. I googled 'Best High Tea in Melbourne' and you popped up...your staff were amazing as was your food and wow the value...the trip from Wollongong was worth it!!

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5.0Dined on 21 June 2018

No fuss food with great service plus not overly noisy. Great place for a business lunch.

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5.0Dined on 18 June 2018

Your staff are your greatest asset !
WE enjoyed our High Tea, but it was your staff who made it, most enjoyable, and personable!!

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

It was a very wintery day and it was not that warm in the restaurant. The wait staff was good in allowing time for one of the attendees lateness. There was no specials on offer as suggested on the web site. My chicken breast was the smallest one I have ever seen and was quite cool when it got to me. I did not get any flavour in the mashed potato. My desert of pannacotta was okay but the fruit with it was very unimaginative.

Two of the other guests stated they were very happy with the meal with one stating the so called mouse with the tenderloin steak was dry an very "unmousse" like.

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5.0Dined on 29 April 2018

Great atmosphere and mood lighting make for a nice date. Steak was yummy and we enjoyed the cocktails and wine. Service was also outstanding. Thank you

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4.0Dined on 13 April 2018

Had a meal from the pre theatre menu, choice of three items each for entrée, main and desert, quite satisfactory.
Service was very good.
Food was very good.
Recommended.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Great venue, great food and very good service by all

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4.0Dined on 17 March 2018

Great service and lovely place to have a family get together before seeing a show.

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5.0Dined on 9 March 2018

It was our anniversary and we were extremely satisfied with the service. Very personable!

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

A most enjoyable meal with attentive service from the staff

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Excellent food. Great value . Staff were very friendly. Lovely location.

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4.0Dined on 26 January 2018

Nice dinner and friendly staff . Close to Theatres

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5.0Dined on 23 December 2017

A special meal with a special person. The food was great and the service was friendly as well as helpful.

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4.0Dined on 28 October 2017

We enjoyed our experience at Essence. The food was delicious and arrived very promptly, which was great as we had tickets to a show. The wine was good and we liked that there were two sized glasses to choose from. We had prime seats by the window and it was a lovely evening watching the nightlife go by!

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3.0Dined on 15 October 2017

Very nice food but no allergens listed on menu. Was told steak dish could be done gluten free - parts of dish removed with no replacement (sweet potato soufflé).

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5.0Dined on 7 October 2017

Impeccable service, lovely restaurant, beautiful food. Would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on 30 September 2017

Fabulous breakfast as always. Excellent food choices. Wonderfully helpful, happy staff, always ready with a smile and offering to help with any requirement. We'll be back!

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