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Essenziale

9.1/10
531
Piazza di Cestello, 3R, 50124 FlorenceSee map

Average price €65

Cena/Dinner Tasting Menù €65

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Cena/Dinner Tasting Menù €65

This preset menu includes: Scelta tra i piatti del nostro menù + Avvisare di allergie, restrizioni o intolleranze
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Brunch Revolution €45

This preset menu includes: 3 piatti a scelta dal menù Brunch/3 courses from our Brunch menu + Acqua coperto e caffè inclusi/Water and coffee included
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Pranzo/Lunch @ Essenziale €22

This preset menu includes: Piattini + Prinicipali

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As its name suggests, this restaurant has a young, minimalist ambience. Friendly welcome and service, plus innovative cuisine full of surprises. You’...

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Last update: January 2023
Chef Simone Cipriani
Average price €65
ESSENZIALE'S LUNCH
€22
An easy and smart formula to let you enjoy a working break or a nice lunch with your friends or family
Brunch Revolution €45
This preset menu includes: 3 piatti a scelta dal menù Brunch/3 courses from our Brunch menu + Acqua coperto e caffè inclusi/Water and coffee included

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Vegetarian dishes

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9.1/10
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9.1/10

Food

9.3/10

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  • Roberto P.
    Roberto P.

    October 26, 20224 reviews

    10/10

    The lunch service we had was fantastic. Our host had impeccable timing and was very welcoming. Worth a stop, and we will be visiting again. Broccoli starter was a highlight.

  • Richard L.
    Richard L.

    October 13, 20223 reviews

    8.5/10

    The food was outstanding but they would not honour the Fork deal that we made with our booking. We had the deal in writing and showed them what we booked. The general manager was involved, but the deal we booked on The Fork was still not honoured. We were told it was an “old” offer even though it was offered within the Fork app for the date we booked.

  • Connie C.
    Connie C.

    October 12, 20221 review

    7.5/10

    We are glad we experienced this unique restaurant. The small staff was engaged in telling the story of the menu and how the dishes were prepared. Our first impression of the menu was unease but we stayed to try these new ideas. Each of the dishes were very tasty, quality flavors and textures, nice plating and amount. The house wine was a good companion to the meal. The use of the silverware drawer was fun. We left feeling glad we had the experienced of this bold chef. A bit too overly clever for what was offered but on the right track for the future of sustainable dining and we would return.

  • Kyusang Y.
    Kyusang Y.

    October 8, 202210 reviews

    5/10

    I visited this restaurant in 2019. I kept the good experience of my first visit and made my second visit, but I was generally disappointed. Compared to the first visit, the tasting menu was simplified, and the food was relatively simple.

  • Tony M.
    Tony M.

    October 1, 20221 review

    6.5/10

    The food itself was great. We loved the creativity. That said, our kind feedback is that the service needed to be faster and the lights needed to be dimmer. There was also no background music. We think some sort of ambient music with dinner lights would have improved our rating.

  • Cathy E.
    Cathy E.

    September 28, 20221 review

    4.5/10

    We were disappointed with Essenziale. The food experiments didn't work for our group, even though we were excited to try a non-traditional approach to Florentine cooking. We also did not enjoy the ambience - the very bright lights pointed at the tables were bothersome and felt interrogation-like, would strongly suggest revisiting the room to create a warm or inviting atmosphere.

  • Patrick P.
    Patrick P.

    September 10, 20221 review

    4/10

    They need to figure out what they’re doing. Food is OK and normally not hot, and also lacks flavor. Ambiance is terrible and confused.

  • Aaron M.
    Aaron M.

    September 4, 20225 reviews

    10/10

    Amazing attention to detail and creative, unique flavors. Service was attentive and prompt. Everything was excellent.

  • Lianne B.
    Lianne B.

    August 30, 20221 review

    5.5/10

    It’s was ok. The food was ok, the service was ok the decor was ok - everything was fine but I wouldn’t rush back.

  • Defne t.
    Defne t.

    August 27, 20222 reviews

    7/10

    The ingredients were fresh but they were in the wrong dishes. The chef wanted to create unusual plates but the flavour combinations didn’t work. You can also tell by the ambience what goes on in the kitchen - a bit of everything….

  • Belyn L.
    Belyn L.

    August 23, 20221 review

    10/10

    Delicious and refreshing!

  • Jordan C.
    Jordan C.

    August 16, 20221 review

    10/10

    Incredible experience

  • Alexandra R.
    Alexandra R.

    August 16, 202217 reviews

    6/10

    Care and extensive preparation went into the creation of each dish. The service was impeccable and the atmosphere was comfortable. However, with the exception of the risotto, the combination of ingredients needs to be reconsidered. The cod and the pork were too salty; the sauce on the pasta was enriched beyond endurance; the pear and the shallots were left to fend for themselves, neither blending nor enhancing each other.

  • Charmaine B.
    Charmaine B.

    August 12, 20221 review

    10/10

    Everything was amazing! The team shares their love of food with delicious and creative dishes. The chef is truly talented at mixing unexpected flavor combinations to make the most amazing dishes. The staff and service was perfect as well. They were extra accommodating for my husband’s long list of food allergies. I also appreciated their vegetarian menu. A must go in Florence!

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  • Jonathan K.
    Jonathan K.

    August 7, 20223 reviews

    9.5/10

    Great food. Very good service Good value

  • Charlie M.
    Charlie M.

    August 6, 20221 review

    3/10

    We were quite disappointed with the food at Essenziale. The dishes weren’t memorable, didn’t show skill, and didn’t make use of the fantastic Tuscan produce. The main course of deep fried Guinea fowl with passion fruit and peanut butter was almost inedible; garnished with raw endive, it showed a lack of care, and was far from what you would expect from the main course of a €60 menu. We kept expecting the next dish to redeem the last, but the dessert was the icing on the cake. Bread soaked in red wine with a thick crust of sugar, and a flavourless burrata with sickly white chocolate and a minuscule amount of peach, we could barely manage a mouthful of each, and if the chef did the same he might see the error of his ways. The wine was lovely, and admittedly, we did enjoy the inclusion of ‘Le Cactus’ from The Last Shadow Puppets in the restaurant’s playlist.

  • Gerardo T.
    Gerardo T.

    August 2, 20225 reviews

    10/10

    Everything was so right!! Food delicius and they take care of us with the Michellin tasting menu, Excelent wine list also! Thank you very much!!!

  • Matthew D.
    Matthew D.

    July 26, 20221 review

    10/10

    Something truly different and delicious in the heart of Florence. Warm, friendly and knowledgeable service accompanied with all the pride in the local ingredients from chefs in the region. If you’re looking for something delicious and incredibly good value in a comfortable setting, look no further. Look forward to returning to enjoy this constantly evolving menu. Excellent and reasonably priced local wines also. Superb.

  • Christopher C.
    Christopher C.

    July 23, 20221 review

    10/10

    The service was impeccable and the chefs were very accommodating to my mothers food restrictions. The food was amazing and the cocktails were well made. The restaurant was quaint and cosy. Short walk from Ponte Vecchio. I'd dine there again!

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  • Hester J.
    Hester J.

    July 19, 20227 reviews

    5/10

    We were really looking forward to end our troont Florence in Essenziale. The food was ok. But the whole experience was ruined by the terrible heat inside the nice building and the not happy service. The joy was not expressed serving the dishes. It’s a pity for a restraints with that potential.

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12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Saturday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
07:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
07:00 PM - 10:30 PM

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Piazza di Cestello, 3R, 50124, Florence, Italy

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