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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Non-smoking restaurants
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All reviews tiramisu crispy beef spare ribs sea bass prawns ice cream tapas main course saturday night happy birthday booked a table food was amazing at lunchtime lovely atmosphere starters vegetables chips
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Overall excellent food with very generous portions. We booked a table for 2 on Saturday evening & although we had a short wait to be seated that was fine & we were offered a drink whilst we waited. There were a few celebrations (birthdays mostly)...booked but generally we were still attended to quickly. We opted for a mixed hot meze - beef kofta (gorgeous), lamb chop, lamb shish, chicken breast (not sure liked the sauce but personal choice) & chicken kebab skewer (lovely), though would have liked the flat bread at side as was soggy from the sauces & cooking oils. Came with ‘Turkish rice’ & dips for the kofta & sheesh kebab. Very large portion overall ??? do a sharing version that keeps the elements but cuts down on individual selection portion size! Food was lovely & staff generally attentive despite being busy though hubby felt they were trying too rush us at end of meal (.still had drink too finish). We left at about 19.30 & it was really beginning to fill up (hope they had brought extra staff in too cope). On a final note we actually drove past Essence x3 before we saw it - oh & as advised by staff member when I booked there was free parking available close by. Would definitely visit again if in areaMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The friendliest most welcoming staff you are always made to feel welcome and that you are a valued customer. Food is amazing excellent service . Highly recommended

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

Went last night for sons 30th with 30 guests staff and food (tapas) where amazing food extremally good tasty hot and plentiful staff excellent highly recommended

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 September 2023 via mobile

Excellent food and excellent service. Would recommend to anyone. Beef sizzler was fantastic. Meatball starter was as good

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 August 2023

Been here several times now and always had an excellent meal. Service has always been good. It is great value for money. We enjoy both the tapas and a la carte menu.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023

Wedding Day for me and my wife and all our family and friends food and service was fantastic staff were fantastic and the whole day went perfect thanks to the staff at @Essence Mediterranean Restaurant on the green Darwen

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 15 June 2023 via mobile

Always get a warm welcome at Essence, my wife and I have been again tonight and received good service with excellent food and wine, highly recommended.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 June 2023 via mobile

Called to here on the off chance, and we are so glad we did! The owner, staff, and everyone was extremely friendly, and the food was amazing! We were served by a lovely gentleman man Algeria, he has travelled the world, and what a lively...man he is! We went for the tapas (all you can eat) menu and every dish was beautifully cooked! We will be returning for the main menu sometime soon! Just to top it off and make this place perfect, they have Peroni on draft and white zinfandel by the glass...More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 23 April 2023 via mobile

We booked our meal for 7 pm 9 girls , seated upstairs there is a bar but not in use ladies toilet’s downstairs was very busy , our issue was we waited till 9.20 pm for main course ,we asked staff when food be served...very soon it wasn’t . Other smaller groups got food much quicker than us , Manager very unapologetic said very busy , food ok , mixed feeling’s Risotto was cold , my meal wrong meal chips never arrived .I felt we were forgotten about upstairs Much better atmosphere downstairs , one girl Birthday we asked for happy birthday to be sung it only happened has we leaving when we reminded them , it is ashame because have had good meal and service before but was terrible on this Saturday nightMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023

Its been a few years since we were last here and the quality and service have gone down a lot. The food was bland with very small portions. No side salad or vegetables were served with some of the dishes. We thought that it was...expensive for what you got and doubt that we will return again.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 5 April 2023 via mobile

A nice place previously but what’s happened?? One other table of two eating at 6pm on a Saturday night with staff sat around bored.. We had one starter and two main courses with drinks costing £65.Staff,drinks and service was good but horribly let down by...bland unimaginative processed food. By the time we left at 7.30pm no more than three other tables had been seated. My wife complained to the manager who insisted all food was cooked fresh!! Left feeling really disappointed and will shall not be returning anytime soon.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 March 2023 via mobile

We booked a table last minute as we were staying nearby - and I’m so glad we did. The food is extremely good and the service was unbelievable. Absolutely faultless - I would definitely recommend if you are in the area.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 12 March 2023 via mobile

First visit on Friday, excellent service and food nothing to complian about perhaps could do with a car park overall excellent.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 9 December 2022

Called in at lunchtime today for their festive menu as my wife likes a Christmas dinner that she doesn't have to cook, 3 course menu for £22.95, good value. My wife had tomato and basil soup, tasty and hot, I had the creamy garlic mushrooms,...plenty of mushrooms a tasty creamy garlic sauce. For mains, my wife had the roast turkey and I had pan fried salmon with vegetables. Both main course were hot when they arrived and both plates were full. There was plenty of turkey, the salmon was cooked in a lovely cream tomato sauce with prawns and the vegetable were cooked just right. Whether to have a dessert was debatable as we were both full but I thought tiramisu might not be too heavy, but a large plateful with ice cream was put in front of me, nevertheless I ate it. A very enjoyable lunch with good friendly service.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2022 via mobile

On the way back from Brief Encounter at Bolton's Octagon, we wanted an early, 5pm, eat. Parking's a slight hassle, but welcome was pretty warm! Already quite busy it was pretty busy by 6:30. Best to book? We fancied Tapas but lack of chefs curtailed...that option. We shared the 3 course £15.95 deal. Spare ribs, salmon for her, creamy chicken for me, ice cream. Quality & quantity excellent. Our main Walters's Jolie was fantastic-the right blend of friendly & efficient! We'd return quite happily!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Essence Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4