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Essenza Italian

#421 of 4,625 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Surry Hills
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560 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18:00 - 23:00
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Sun 18:00 - 22:00
Tue 18:00 - 22:00
Thu 18:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Sedona, Arizona
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were staying in Surrey Hills before our cruise and came across this excellent restaurant. Excellent menu and very attentive wait staff, and some were even from Italy too! I would highly recommend this establishment.

Thank larry87120
Level Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Food was excellent and good value. Carmeliised banana dessert sweet but very interesting and would order again .

Thank Glenniffer
Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Food was relatively good, albeit a little too oily. Fries were boiled (not parboiled) then fried so although they looked pretty, were stodgy. Salmon was good. Veal was slightly overcooked. Simple food but too pricey. Like most restaurants around here, the wine is ridiculously overpriced - three times the retail price for a second rate rose. Staff were pretty friendly... More 

Thank OzRichie
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Top food, authentic Italian! ambience of the terrace is felt like a cosy restaurant in Italy! Great food, top service! Highly recommend it!

Thank alesala69
Coventry, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Walked along the street and found this restaurant. Staying in Sydney to visit our son. Excellent service and wonderful food. We had mussels, black sausage and rice balls as starters, lamb, sword fish and lasagne as mains. So tasty. Definitely would go back. Our son has also enjoyed breakfast at this venue.

Thank Jackie F
Long Jetty, Australia
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Wanted an early dinner as we were travelling early next morning and so just wandered in. Made to feel welcome and staff helpful and friendly. We sat outside in courtyard even though rain was threatening, under umbrella. It had a lovely ambience and matched the season of good cheer. The food was delicious and I am sorry that I couldn't... More 

Thank Ned58
Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

The food was quite good, I had the gnocchi with mushrooms and it was steaming hot and very quick to come out, however the restaurant should really invest in some air conditioning because it was very warm and stuffy inside. Perhaps it's best enjoyed in the winter.

Thank Teddys_411
Sydney, Australia
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Casual walk in dinner. Food is average; I suppose it is basic home style cooking and if that's what you want then it's the place for you. I don't know why people rave about it though...surprised it's so popular. Don't go here if you want a good g&t.

Thank supertooth
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I had found this restaurant on line and from the moment we arrived, we felt confident in our choice. The outside area has a lovely Italian vibe, people are happy and chatting throughout the restaurant. We shared a plate of calamari and the aranchini which were both yum. Two orders of the lamb which was tender and homely, vodka prawns... More 

Thank adele724
Sydney, Australia
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90 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Went for dinner mid week & loved the informal atmosphere - almost casual & quite rustic in feel. Shared their charcuterie board with my friend - one of the best I've eaten, 3 meats with chunks of parmesan sprinkled about - very generous - delicious selection. Followed their 300 gms steak for my friend & a special breaded veal cutlet... More 

Thank Carol948

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Surry Hills
  • Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
  • Phone Number: 0296988907

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

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