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Cafe Essence

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 17:30 - 21:30
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Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant has some brilliant food, but it's let down by the front of house. The services is awful, the prices (for what you get) are way too high and the lack of bar (given how long you actually have to wait for someone to acknowledge you) is a pain. The dining area felt dirty and for some reason was... More 

Thank jimneyp
Bangor, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this restaurant for the first time last week. It is on the first floor of the building and the first impression was of the cleanliness and friendliness of the staff. The restaurant was about half full and we experienced a very quick service. We both had the 2 courses from the A la Carte menu. We had the... More 

Thank OwnerPauline
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

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 

Thank jimitty
Bangor, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

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

Thank Gary A
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 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.

Thank baldandbeautiful666
Aughnacloy, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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 👍

Thank ferneross
Bangor, Northern Ireland
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 

Thank Pemu
Bangor, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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 

Thank emma c
Belfast, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank cazmal
Bangor, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank cyn d

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
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
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?