Serves meat, veg options available. Gourmet vegetarian restaurant with non-vegetarian options. Offers vegan main course options. Price: Expensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, Beer/Wine, Portuguese, Non-veg
Rua Pedro Hispano, 1190
Porto, Portugal 4150-123
Closed Time

Mon-Sat 12:30pm-3:00pm, Mon-Thu 8:00pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 8:00pm-12:00am

  • Reservations required
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by kandimba
  • vegan

Needs more vegan options

Posted on 03 / 26 / 2015

The food is delicious but this restaurant sure needs more vegan options! It's an excellent place to bring your non-veg friends and convince them to try a vegetarian dish ;)

Pros: Decoration, Delicious
Cons: Price, Needs more vegan options
  • vegetarian

Good Experience

Posted on 11 / 02 / 2014

I have had only one experience at Essencia, in October 2014. I decided to try it on a visit to Porto based on various online comments. I was not disappointed. From start to finish, the quality of the food was very good. We both started with the pumpkin soup which was light in texture and subtly but deliciously flavored. I had the black-eyed pea dish which was very satisfying though the rice was a bit perfunctory. My wife had a risotto which was also very good. Our accompanying wine, chosen after sampling a couple of selections, was likewise delicious. Dessert was also of a high level, my wife's "Essence of Chocolate" was one of the best deserts we have ever tasted in a restaurant. I did not find the pricing to be unfair, as another reviewer has suggested.

My only complaints are that the staff was a little cool by Portuguese standards and one of our servers apparently had a cold and proceeded to blow her nose and sneeze without washing her hands in between our courses! Also, given the excellent bean cuisine of Portugal, some feijao Catarino and/or Encarnado-based dishes should be available.

In summary, Essencia is a a very good restaurant which I can strongly recommend and I will return on my next visit to Porto.

Pros: Great food, Great wine, Attractive and comfortable space
Cons: Staff a bit aloof, Needs more bean-based entrees
  • vegan

Good vegetarian food but not my first choice

Posted on 03 / 18 / 2013

The vegetarian food here is usually great and I go there a lot. Still, it isn't on my recommendations list, for two reasons:
1 - Unless you go there for the economic lunch menu (about 8€) it is really expensive.
2 - Despite being labelled as a vegetarian restaurant, it actually has more meat than veg dishes. Also, it can be hard to find vegan options.

Pros: Good food
Cons: Expensive, Non-veg
  • Globuli64 Globuli64

    This has really changed, lots of vegetarian choices and few non veg options! Good quality food and not expensive.



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Last updated: 2013/02/24


Added: 2012/08/16


Added by: icaldas