Essenza

4.7
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190 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
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.

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Mon 3:00PM - 11:00PM
Tue - Fri 3:00PM - 6:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 6:30PM

What 190 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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PM
Chicago
51 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! Only a block off the really busy portobello road and a fun and tasty location. Well worth the lunchtime visit. The food was delicious and the service experience was great with just the right amount of attention! Gem in this area!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it. The food is incredible as is the service

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Food is amazing !

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everytthing authentically Italian and delicious.

P
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good restaurant with great quality food and very big portion sizes. All 11 of us were very happy with our food. Even the hosue red was amazing. Would recommend and go again. We went for a Christmas dinner and per head came to £45 all in including tip and we didn't skimp on the menu. Very happy and highly recommend. Staff are very friendly and all have that Italian flair. A great evening was had by all.

EL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, cosy place, nice service and price in line with the overall quality. We have a new favourite italian resturant in the neightbourdhood.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always looking forward to next visit on New Years Eve

PH
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All you would expect from a well established Italian restaurant. Lunch for five old friends was fine.

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comida en familia muy agradable, destacar la atención de Juan Carlos el camarero

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C
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian near home

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though we had a late reservation, they accommodated all of our requests and were very pleasant and friendly. The food was excellent! Would definitely eat here again.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! They prepared a nice birthday song with dessert for my husbands birthday.

SB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual
A favorite when in London

A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal in a cozy spot in Notting Hill. The staff was very friendly, and they even re-made a pasta for me to cater to my dietary needs! Both the pasta and the fish were fresh and delicious. We will definitely try to get back soon - thank you all so much!

N
London
16 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service greatly fluctuates - pretty disappointing this time

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fresh ingredients expertly prepared. Intimate small bistro ambiance, quiet enough for our whole party to be able to chat together without shouting — overall wonderful place.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!

NB
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect Sunday Night Dinner, the service was great, the meal excellent. A true Neighbourhood gem and always a reliable Italian with a solid wine list and excellent specials.

BG
London
18 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Great location!

DO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely neighbourhood restaurant. Start with the Rosemary crisp bread which is fantastic. Th past was amazing and we enjoyed some lovey wine.

M
London
22 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great local restaurant with an authentic, quality vibe. Restaurant was almost full on a Monday night! However, this did mean starters were a little slow but the mains were quicker and the food itself was great. The staff were friendly too. I would recommend :)

SB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. A favorite always when we are in London!

T
London
33 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This is a difficult review to write because basically the restaurant didn't do anything wrong. I think the fault is mine because I was led by the staff rather than looking at the menu - for example, I asked for a glass of dry white wine, perhaps a Sauvignon. He recommended a Gavi, which was indeed very nice, and so it should have been for £12.50 a glass (which I only realised when I received the bill). He explained that porcini mushrooms were the special of the day. Looking at the menu, I saw a pasta dish with mushrooms and bacon for £14.50 so I asked if I could have that with the porcinis. That turned up on my bill for £25. So yes, I had a perfectly pleasant lunch with my business colleague - but I was genuinely gobsmacked to get a bill for just under £130!

QP
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and lovely atmosphere. We had a lovely intimate dinner whilst still enjoying the buzz.

R
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy...great food..friendly service..nice feel ambiance in a quiet neighborhood. Fresh and tasty food, reasonably priced.

LI
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant with great food and great service. Italian owner and run. Here was a constant stream of delivery drivers collecting take out which was not distracting but does speak to the quality of the food.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, authentic Italian food that is so tasty. Fresh ingredients and excellent value for money. Will definitely go back!

N
London
16 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Italian food

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have eaten here a few times and the food is outstanding every time

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Don’t forget to try their ossobuco.

T
London
9 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best italian restaurant in Nottg Hill

M
Tahoe
53 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Meh! Was hoping for something a little more exciting.... we were one of two tables being served... the waiters keep making take out bags... seems more like a reliable neighborhood take out place... nothing special.

SC
London
14 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and great food. Very reliable and always enjoyable.

DR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good all round Italian.

HF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the most authentic Italian restaurants in London. Like stepping in to a back street in Rome, with specialities from all around Italy.

CM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food and excellent service in a lovely environment

S
London
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good traditional Italian food and fab service with knowledgeable staff.. very helpful.
However place can get noisy at times..

DJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very friendly service and delicious food, well cooked, not fussy, very tasty, fresh ingredients. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Rather cramped sitting and decor rather tired.
I would definitely go back and would recommend for everyday dining . Not cheap.

AF
London
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food, service and value were excellent. The ambience was normal, if it was an amazingly decorated place it would be perfect.

L
London
57 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not very exciting food and very expensive for what we ate and drank