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Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano

#6 of 1,401 Restaurants in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-368, Portugal
+351 22 830 1813
Today
20:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 15:00
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Mon - Thu 20:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:30 - 15:00
Fri - Sat 20:00 - 00:00
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another delicious vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Would never have guessed the food was vegan. Excellent service and good atmosphere. Affordable.

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Thank Anastasia A
Porto, Portugal
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you have tried indian's Mendi in Porto, your next Veg stop should be ESSENCIA. a good menu, affordable, a cozy athmos and a very nice garden for summer evenings.

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Thank joaoppintomachado
Porto, Portugal
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Essência" offers a very wide variety of vegetarian food of excelent quality but they care also non-vegetarian consumers. The "menu" allways includes one option with potuguese delicious traditional cuisine. The service is efficient And very kind.

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Thank BacelardeVasconcelos
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Essência is a vegetarian restaurant in Porto (R. de Pedro Hispano 1190, 4250-368 Porto) not far from house of music (15 minutes’ walk). The place is in a renewed house that was converted to a restaurant. The place is very calm and friendly, it is considered as the top 10 of vegetarian restaurants in Porto. The food id very good... More 

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Thank Miguel M
Portugal
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Great place, great (vegetarian) food. Not a vegeratian but I love the experience (and the food) everytime I go there. Although a vegetarian restaurante also have a limited number of non-vegetarian options.

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Thank MAGSPortugal
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your great review! More 

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52 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a place to eat that would be really good. Via Trip Advisor we were alerted to Essencia. What a good tip! The restaurant looks like a normal house on the outside, but inside you will find a very comfortable, lovely place. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. We had a wonderful dinner that started with... More 

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Thank Carbarg
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

What can we say? It's wonderful to read such a great review. Big thanks from all of us. More 

Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We would eat here every week if we didn't live in Australia.The restaurant opens at 8pm. We had to wait a few moments in reception before being shown to our table. The menu listed all ingredients, so there are no surprises if you don't like something or are allergic to an ingredient. We started with some excellent bread served with... More 

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Thank Abbykat
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Don't you want to move to Portugal? What an excellent review! Thank you very much. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

We picked this restaurant as we weren't to enamoured by the lack of vegtables with typical Portuguese dishes and trip advisor said this place was great. My boyfriend a keen meat eater initially was hesitant but agreed eventually and once we arrived only ordered vegetarian dishes -the goats cheese starter is amazing. He enjoyed it so much despite not ordering... More 

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Thank Annabel M
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Exquisite dishes at an affordable price. With non-vegetarian options so no one is left out. Definitely an experience to repeat.

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Thank Filipe R
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you for the your positive review. You are wellcome. More 

camberley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Way out of the centre of Porto, but well worth the trip, this is the best vegetarian meal we have ever eaten.

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Thank susiecott
Essencia R, Manager at Essencia Restaurante Vegetariano, responded to this review

Thank you so much Susie! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$38
Cuisine
Mediterranean, European, Portuguese, Delicatessen, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Tuesday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Wednesday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Thursday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 22:30
Friday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 00:00
Saturday
12:30 - 15:00
20:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua de Pedro Hispano 1196, Porto 4250-368, Portugal
  • Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Northern Portugal  >  Porto District  >  Porto
  • Phone Number: +351 22 830 1813

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