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Cafe Essence

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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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bangor
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We keep visits to this restaurant for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays etc, but recent years have seen us abroad at such times. I was determined to introduce some friends to the venue at Hogmanay and was lucky to get the last table for 6. Chris's special New Year's Eve menu was a brilliant mix, and each of us... More 

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Thank jimitty
Bangor, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have dined here on several occasions and the blend of good customer service and outstanding menu makes this restaurant a firm favourite.

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Thank Gary A
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Delighted to get a booking, albeit only for the two of us but it's still that time of year. We both indulged on the wonderful seafood, portions so good we didn't manage to try desserts. A little noisy as a few Christmas parties were in but that's nobodies fault.

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Thank baldandbeautiful666
Aughnacloy, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

First time there and I was really impressed with the menu & the atmosphere. The food & service were both exceptional. It's bring your own for alcohol which is great price wise but a little dangerous as you don't want to carry any home 😂. Loved it 👍

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Thank ferneross
Bangor, Northern Ireland
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

This is my favorite restaurant in Bangor. The food is of a high standard which is maintained. I have been eating here for at least 7 years and whether it is just myself and my husband, or with a group of girls,the food is always exceptional. Would 100% recommend this place. I would love to see the owners taking on... More 

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Thank Pemu
Bangor, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

This lovely restaurant did not disappoint and all 10 of us had only smiles and full tummies at the end. The menu is varied and good value for the quality of the food. For years it was busy and you couldn't get in for trying, so I booked 3 months before to make sure. We celebrated our daughter's 18th upstairs... More 

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Thank emma c
Belfast, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

This was our first meal at cafe essence and it definitely won't be the last. Not going to digress just state that the food is amazing, fresh tastes, food cooked perfectly, lovely intimate restaurant with fantastic friendly staff. Tried the steak with lobster thermador which was excellent. My partner had rack of lamb, with trio of smoked fish to start.... More 

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Thank cazmal
Bangor, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

I have been here twice and on both occasions could not fault the food or the service. It is bring your own wine and the waiter was good enough to wait for our order till I rushed out to Asda to pick up a few bottles of wine. We were celebrating a birthday so handed the cake into the kitchen... More 

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Thank cyn d
N Ireland
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

My husband and I wanted to eat early one evening and chose Cafe Essence. We had a table in the corner by the window. Our orders were taken promptly and the food arrived soon after...mouthwateringly good! There was a super choice of dishes and our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. As the restaurant allows you to bring your own... More 

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Thank blue047
Bangor, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

A really great restaurant especially if you are a fish lover. I had a lovely monkfish dish with a Portavogie prawn risotto and it was to die for . Both starter and main were generous portions so I didn't have a desert. However my husband had the home made chocolate cake which was also delicious. We both thoroughly enjoyed the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9145 4470
Description
Cafe Essence is a Chef Owned local seafood restaurant. This means our focus is on food. We are committed to preparing only the finest dishes and serving you only the highest quality food to capture the essence of fine dining.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?