/home.aspx toptable has a new name!
Restaurant bookings: free & instantly confirmed
  • Essenza

  • Online Bookings

Essenza

Essenza Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.essenza.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0207 792 1066
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 12:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Essenza
It’s no great leap to surmise that Essenza means 'essence' in Italian. What you get in this smart, intimate neighbourhood trattoria is the essence of fresh, seasonal, Italian cooking. This boxy little spot is simply trendy, with persimmon banquettes, white table cloths, wood chairs, a smart little bar, and it is packed to the gills with similarly smart and trendy Notting Hill locals who all seem to know the waiters and each other. The menu roams the regions, featuring excellent standards like starter of caprese or beef carpaccio, home made pastas like fettuccine with porcini mushrooms and bacon sauce, main course of grilled selection of shellfish, and dessert of chocolate and coffee tiramisu. The mostly Italian wine list features a couple of nice grappas, too. Express Business Lunch and thoughtful Children’s Menu are welcome extras.Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Diner Reviews
  • "One of the few Italian restaurant serving real Italian dishes, so would recommend the experience to whoever want to try authentic italian food (no penne Alfredo yay!). But I am not sure £13.70 is a fair price to pay for a Bolognese, and the £75 bill for two (for two pasta dishes, one starter to share, and house wine) felt a bit too much. It's Notting Hill prices I suppose, but still..."
    dined on 28/03/2014
  • "Essenza is a small family run restaurant which holds approx. 30 people and give a feeling of intimacy with its low lights and simple decoration. I love the relaxed feel of Essenza - like a comfortable dining room in a friends home with a welcoming smile and a feeling that you have known the staff for years. The food is amazing and have a great selection of wines. I have been back several times since. I recommend it to all my friends."
    dined on 31/12/2013
  • "This Italian is a reliable choice for lovely quality food with especially great fish & veal choices. Not the average neighbourhood pasta place for sure and I also find it too pricey to go more regularly, but no question this is a good chef which makes us want to return!"
    dined on 14/08/2013
  • "We were looking for a great Notting Hill neighborhood dining experience with our two Italian food-loving teenagers and Essenza really filled the bill. After a brief wait for our table, we entered a small but lively dining room. Lots of animated discussions going on around us but we soon adjusted to the noise level. Attentive wait staff and genuine Italian menu. Moderately priced wine selection. Everyone chose a pasta dish and the were all excellent. Great desserts as well. Good neighborhood / local feel with very few tourists."
    dined on 25/06/2013
  • "We celebrated Grandma and two granddaughters, all of whom have their birthdays between May 10 and 22. We had a marvelous evening with excellent food and drinks that pleased everybody! We will be back!! Cheers, Carl"
    dined on 10/05/2013
  • "A good Italian restaurant. Service could have been a little friendlier, but the food was tasty and fairly priced. Happy to return there, although it wouldn't be top of my fine dining League table."
    dined on 14/01/2013