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In Essense, we want our guests to savor exceptional farm-to-table cuisine that nourishes the body and replenishes the soul. Share a warm, inspired setting with friends or someone special. Encounter service that is so attentive it seems effortless and invisible. Delight in the fresh bounty of the land and immerse yourself in a culinary experience that offers explosive flavors, rich produce and boldly seasoned proteins paired with crisp inviting textures. Essense…an experience that indulges the palate, seduces the senses and feeds your passions.
Guests must be 18 years or older to access the property.
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Californian, Mediterranean, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: Breakfast: 7:30am - 10:30am
Lunch: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
18 Years or Older to Access the Resort
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live Music on Thursdays & Fridays
For group reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On site parking
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Monthly wine dinners.
Essense Ratings and Reviews
The food was adequate-- nothing to earn it a rave review nor a complaint.
The service, while friendly, was subpar at a restaurant charging higher prices. We were left wanting to order more wine, given wrong menus, ordering things that ultimately weren't available, hearing the bar tender and wait staff planning their night. . When your bill ultimately comes to $170.00 for two for dinner, you expect the service to match.
It is the only restaurant on the premises . It's too bad that you still want to drive somewhere else for dinner.
There were not enough servers for the number of tables. Even the servers that were there disappeared for long periods of time. The food did not come out as ordered. A pity since the food itself was good. For these prices the service needs to greatly improve.
Jeremy is a fantastic bartender. He made our night! He made up some of his original drink creations along with some of our favorites. Great food recommendations, we went with the spaghetti (similar to a carbonara) and the burger (best burger I've had). Great atmosphere and great conversation. We will be making this our regular dinner spot.
The service was amazing, the food was delectable, and the ambience was perfect for a romantic, relaxing evening in Desert Springs! Highly recommend the bacon wrapped dates as an appetizer and the Lamb Chops and Kobe Burger as entrees. We got a bottle of the Cline Pinot Noir as well and it was a perfect pair to the meal, smooth and light - great value!
We've eaten at Essense several times. The ambiance and service are always exceptional and the food usually is. But this time was different. We both ordered from a pri-fix menu. I realize now that that was our mistake. I had the 1/2 cornish hen with a mixed greens salad (which was exceptional) It was dry and flavorless. First bad food I've ever been served at Essense.
Someday, I'll learn my lesson about ordering from a pri-fix menu.
Before dinner was served, chef came into the dining room to great a friend who was sitting at the next table. After she spoke with the friend, she looked at our table, made eye contact with me and then turned and left without even saying hello. That was a bit off-putting. Even a smile would have been better :) Good thing the wait-staff is super friendly.
I was pleasantly surprised by the food and dining here. I went thinking it was just a place to get lunch for our day at the spa. The food was REALLY delicious and the view so serene and peaceful. I had a wonderful burger and my wife's salad was fresh and very tasty. Having had such a lovely lunch there, I would definitely go back for dinner. It is a bit of a drive, but the view and setting is so lovely.
We went there for an early dinner on Sunday..we knew that it was a wellness center but we did not expect people to have dinner with their bathrobes on,around us..the attractive outdoor sitting area photo was an exaggeration..the reality was a small patio..it may be a place for brunch but not definetly for dinner..
We were there for lunch on my friend's birthday, had a lovely table along the big widow. The restaurant has a charming setting, relaxing and serene, yet the food experience was not good. My companion had the Essense Burger that was fully cooked, though he requested for medium and pink inside, the Kobe Wagyu beef was dry and without taste. I had the Baked Salmon Nori Roll, also dry and bland, had to wash it down with coffee. Have many farm-to-table experiences, the farm is not good if that's how the food taste, or no taste actually and for those prices.
After reading great reviews of this place, we made reservations and were able to find it (not easy, kinda hidden). While the staff was nice, and our salads were tasty, our entrees took a very long time to arrive. Though the wait staff apologized and promised our food was coming right out, it was still a disappointment when it arrived. My duck entree was good, but my husbands lamb dish was lacking. It seemed like they ran out of the ingredients, as the plate did not warrant the $37 price tag. We do not mind paying top dollar for great food, but this was not up to par. Our waitress gave us a complimentary dessert of chocolate and berries, which was a nice gesture.
This restaurant was dank. From the moment I stepped foot onto the property, I knew I was in for something special. Indeed, I was.
I opted for the Kobe burger. It was fresh, in both the metaphorical and the literal sense, or essense, of the word. Juicy, flavourful, with a nice char. The vegetables added a delightful crispness and were properly balanced. My wife ordered a salad.
I accompanied my hearty meal with a light, refreshing and rejuvenating cocktail. I forgot the name, but it had freshly muddled basil and cucumber, gin, simple syrup, lime juice and soda water. It was the beez colokneez!
It was towards the end of my feast that Ryan, the manager, came to our table to inquire about our day. This led to a tour of the property, a story of Al Capone, a former resident of the property, and ultimately, a life-long customer and friend.
The staff was wonderful. The food was magnificent. The drinks were off the chain.
Thank you all for your hospitality and putting the cherry on top of me and my wife's anniversary.
It was our first visit to this charming resort where we had dinner at their restaurant, Essence. Age is evident in some aspects, but it works here. The staff is terrific, from the young lady who greeted us when we walked in, to the bartender, to our server, to the Food and Beverage Manager, who stopped by to welcome us. We dined outdoors on a beautiful deck. The only negative was the upholstered seats which are stained and spotted. The menu is not for everyone. It leans towards organic, with only a couple of entrees that appealed to me and my husband. We started with a Caesar salad, which had olives in it...unusual. The lettuce was wilted and the dressing was dealt with a heavy hand. I had the Mexican Prawn dish, which was good, but could have been larger. My husband had the pasta, and he had the same comment regarding the amount of food. We ordered dessert, which was listed on the menu as Strawberry Shortcake, but turned out to be the Chef's version of Strawberry Shortcake, but not ours. We didn't like it, and they were kind enough to take it off the bill. All in all the atmosphere and the service more than made up for anything that was lacking, and we would go back again.
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