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Essence on Exhibition - The Essence, Melbourne, AU-VIC

The Essence

4.1
4.1
230 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
At The Essence, it’s all about the freshest, local produce in our region, hand picked by our Head Chef and complemented by native herbs & spices. It’s about that little touch of something different to the familiar that leaves you wondering and makes you want to taste more and more. Step into The Essence and sample the local hearty, warming flavours of our Chefs’ signature recipes. Join us on the journey of re-discovering The Essences of our local produce.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9660 1183
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Swami
  • Catering
    Dine on contemporary cuisine from across Australia, made with locally sourced produce at The Essence, our signature hotel restaurant in Melbourne. Begin your day with our hearty breakfast, and then join us for lunch, high tea, or a pre-theatre dinner.
  • 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.
  • Private party contact
    Hannah White: (03) 9662 3900 ext. 1178
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Cross Street
    Little Lonsdale Street
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Public Transit
    Parliament Station is the nearest train station located 300 meters from the hotel
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Pre-Theatre Menu

    $69.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Looking for a great place to eat before the show? Enjoy a 2 or 3 course dinner experience with our Pre-Theatre Menu. Book your table today, and make a night of it! 2 courses - $69 per person 3 courses - $79 per person Includes a glass of house wine , beer or cocktail
    Pre-Theatre Menu photo
  • New York High Tea - 24-hour notice required

    $59.00 per person

    Prepaid

    5 Feb - 31 May 2024
    Indulge in a High tea Experience that pays homage to our American roots - infusing classic New York favourites with a Melbourne twist. Enjoy three tiers of savoury and sweet delights, including traditional baked cheesecake and pastrami bagel, as well as traditional items including freshly baked scones with jam and cream.
    New York High Tea - 24-hour notice required photo
  • Mother's Day High Tea Experience

    $99.00 per person

    Prepaid

    12 May 2024 only
    Spoil mum, or the extraordinary mother figure in your life, to a delicious High Tea Afternoon at Marriott Melbourne this Mother’s Day. Hosted at the hotel’s spacious Essence Restaurant, dine on three tiers of luxurious sweet and savoury treats including Rau du Bac macaroon, vanilla almondine , lobster roll, duck pithivier and of course freshly baked scones, Tamar Valley cream and Yarra Valley jam. Mother’s Day High Tea includes free-flowing premium teas and freshly brewed coffees, plus enjoy a pink gin cocktail on arrival to ensure a dining experience the family won’t forget. Mother’s Day High Tea, Sunday May 12, 2024, from 12:30-2:30pm. Cost $99 per person. Bookings are essential, secure your place today.
    Mother's Day High Tea Experience photo

What 230 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

230 Reviews
  1. Simon

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Service staff were friendly. Cocktails were nice. Food was not great. Sandwich was sloppy and fell apart, food that was supposed to be hot was not. Disappointing.

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  2. RobynA

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    On Saturday 30th March, we enjoyed lunch at The Marriott prior to attending Chicago the Musical at Her Majesty's theatre. The staff were very attentive and friendly and the food was attractively presented and delicious. It was easy to enjoy the meal and then stroll down to the theatre.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall pleasant experience. The service was lovely. My son ordered the Barramundi which was amazing, highly recommend this dish! I had the porterhouse steak I ordered it medium rare it was served medium/almost well done and chewy, I did not enjoy it. Pinot Noir was great but they didn’t have ingredients to make a dirty gin martini.

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  4. MatildaC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and dessert was great and the staff very friendly. Beautiful small restaurant we went for new year's eve dinner.

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  5. LLF201817

    Victoria

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was nice, the scones were delicious. Lovely presenters too. Service was a bit of a let down. We had to wait ages to be seated despite a number of staff standing around & it was difficult to get their attention when we needed things throughout.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Main thing we found disappointing was with the hot meals there was only one vegetable offered - broccolini. There were salads however if you preferred cooked hot vegetables there was only one choice - broccolini.

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  7. CameronM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Christmas Day lunch was exceptional, the food was amazing, the service was fantastic. Friendly and helpful staff, great feeling around the restaurant for the day. Will be back next year.

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  8. LeighG

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Pre-theatre dinner was excellent, service very good and friendly. Only thing missing was a table cloth or place mats.

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  9. ValF

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good location and roomy bistro but not a busy time at lunch time on a Friday Our group of 6 went with the lunch specials to make it easier but food was very basic Even though we all wanted to pay exactly the same amount on several cards they wouldn’t allow it so one person had to pay whole amount on their card and organise reimbursement which is a pain. Given the location they could do much better with this bistro .

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  10. Heather

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff were attentive, our meals were well presented and delicious. There was a large table of diners near us but the noise level was okay. Great location if going to the theatre.

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FAQs

The Essence is rated 4.1 stars by 230 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 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for The Essence

Corner of Lonsdale & Exhibition Streets, Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Little Lonsdale Street
  • Area
    Melbourne CBD
  • Hours of Operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Public Transit
    Parliament Station is the nearest train station located 300 meters from the hotel
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Swami
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (03) 9660 1183
  • Catering
    Dine on contemporary cuisine from across Australia, made with locally sourced produce at The Essence, our signature hotel restaurant in Melbourne. Begin your day with our hearty breakfast, and then join us for lunch, high tea, or a pre-theatre dinner.
  • 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.
  • Private party contact
    Hannah White: (03) 9662 3900 ext. 1178
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