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Essenza Italian

#380 of 4,630 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Surry Hills
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560 Crown Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 9698 8907
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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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely meal last night at essenza in surry hills had two starters fresh warm bread and green olives both delicious for mains we had spaghetti and meat balls and a seafood spaghetti both were superb with quality pasta, overall a great meal and great service !

Thank djj1988
Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Have been here twice recently and great both times. Zucchini flower entree fantastic special and really like the meatballs. The dessert bananas are pretty good too. Good service and comfortable atmosphere. We managed to eat 3 courses (shared entree) and a bottle of wine between 3 people and come out at around $65, pretty good!

Thank annienvol
1 review
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This was an amazing experience! The host made us feel special, even at the busiest time, the range of food was fantastic and I could not fault it - beautiful taste and presentation second to none. A buzzing atmosphere and a beautiful setting. All I'd say is get there!

Thank Luke M
Banos, Ecuador
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Restaurant with a wonderful atmosphere and vibe, with great food to boot! Starters were beautifully presented and really tastey, and the lasange i had for my main was full of flavour and freshly cooked. Staff were all really friendly and smiley, a relaxed atmosphere where you don't feel pressured for the table to be cleared - simply happy to enjoy... More 

Thank B_Hazel_b
Sedona, Arizona
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

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
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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
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
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Reviewed 7 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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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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: +61 2 9698 8907

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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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