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Essence of Unionville, Markham, ON

Essence of Unionville

4.3
4.3
292 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
The restaurant has a tradition of serving up delicious meals, great experiences and creating memories. Its contemporary décor is the perfect venue for any occasion.

Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.

Begin, engage and refresh your taste buds with an eclectic mouth-watering fusion menu paired with a comprehensive beverage menu and wine list appealing to every taste and budget. Conclude your meal with a selection of delectable dessert creations made in-house by their very own pastry chef. Located off the main lobby inside the Four Diamond Hilton Suites hotel.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–2:00 pm Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 6:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (905) 470-8500
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Jitin Gaba
  • Catering
    Ask about customized menu options.
  • Private party facilities
    Group lunches & dinners, celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.• Private Dining Room - 28 people maximum• The Octagon (Semiprivate Dining Room) - 40 people maximum
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (905) 470-8500 ext. 2067

What 292 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Great for brunch

  • York

    Great for brunch

  • York

    Great for live music

292 Reviews
  1. Kristi

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely afternoon tea experience at Essence of Unionville. The portions were very filling and delicious. The selection of 7 different sandwiches met everyone's food choices. The service was exceptional.

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  2. subzerohf

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our anniversary. And we just wanted to have a nice quiet dinner, with food and services that we know we would enjoy. Essence of Unionville is just the restaurant.

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  3. Sabrina

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Selection of savory sandwiches were great. Some of the dessert options were ok but others were lacking a bit. The chairs/booth couches are dated and need to be replaced. The pleather is peeling. But otherwise the staff were nice and attentive and good vibes.

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  4. Bella

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality buffet, friendly service, live music… my friend enjoyed this birthday present very very much!

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  5. AmyL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Buffet was small and seafood was not fresh. carving station was dry.

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  6. TheaG

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Seafoods are not fresh. The so-called party is just a DJ, no band, and the dance place is very small, not worth it

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  7. VivianL

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great New Year Eve brunch! Many selection on food and festive atmosphere!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great afternoon tea there. Presentation was quite nice, quality of food was ok, service was great. We enjoyed our visit.

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  9. Jlee

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I am disappointed of food qualities. But service is very good.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Looking forward to 2024 Christmas brunch! Great service!

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  11. briant

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food pretty good. Only thing not happy about is they’re not up front about their higher December price for their Sunday brunch buffet. Only realized it costs $7 more per person when paying.

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  12. EmilyH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and extremely friendly staff. We had a great time celebrating my sons’ birthday.

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  13. AshA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The prime rib burger is pretty good. There are additional items not on the menu but you can order from the bar.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent! Nice bread to start and squash soup and the Unionville salad were delicious. Veggie pizza with artichokes was just average. Too much thick cheese. Could have been more delicate. Will return!

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  15. DannyD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was absolutely impeccable. The staff was very professional and friendly, and made sure to check on us every few minutes. Our main server Paul was very helpful as well and took the time to talk to us even during the rush hour. As for the food, very delicious and fresh; luckily we were early enough after they opened. The omelette and meat carving food stations were good. Would recommend to separate them a bit to avoid long line-ups and/or confusion as to which station is being waited. Overall very pleasant experience.

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  16. Molly

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brunch was very nice Good food Great service Music was nice but to loud I felt we were rushed out

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  17. N8TVCALIGIRL

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately, this was disappointing and also is a case for misleading advertising by the Hilton. They advertise as an upscale afternoon tea in pictures along with a price that reflects an upscale experience…(which I don’t mind paying at all, if it is truly upscale service and food ) the service was not done appropriately for an afternoon tea, (the robot is cute but shouldn’t be used on this occasion ) the worst part and important part was Tea sandwich bread was stale …. Not one sandwich, all three of our sandwiches were stale…! Also I noted it was a birthday and there was no recognition at all! So for $200 total for 3 people we were not impressed ! I suggest Windsor arms or the old curiosity tea shop!

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  18. cdb1

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    good service, good attention to allergy restrictions, nice ambience, good food

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  19. SorYing

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    everything from the venue to the service to the food is above average quality. 2 items needed improvement though: 1) switch the Tropicana orange juice to fresh juice or Mimosa 2) crab legs are a bit skinny

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  20. ShawnG

    Ottawa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    When got to the restaurant at 2pm they said the restaurant is closed from 2-6:30pm. There is a disconnect between opentable and Hilton about working hours

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  21. Falice

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice restaurant with outstanding customer services. Food tasted good and well presented. Will definitely go back for any type of celebration.

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  22. EverettA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant environment. Good food and great service.

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  23. Firefly

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointing. The sandwiches were not very creative and lacked flavour. Some dessert tasted stale while others were not as described (e.g. salted caramel Madeline was not a Madeline and did not taste like salted caramel. The cream with with scones was more like cream cheese icing flavour and consistency.

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  24. Jacob

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food selection and quality is average by far. The price exceeds the value in my opinion. We've been to other brunch places around the same price points, and the food quality was higher for sure. We've visited Essence of Unionville 5+ years ago, and the quality of food was higher then.

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  25. Sunsun

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Afternoon tea was wonderful I would recommend this!

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  26. Tony

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was ok but probably about triple the price it should have been.

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  27. sarahj

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Father's Day Brunch...exceptional, very good food selections and great service. Everyone very friendly and attentive. Piano player was even better!

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  28. IrinaK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We booked restaurant for my mom’s birthday and had to change reservations a number of times because more guests were arriving. The staff at the restaurant was extremely helpful, and we got notifications from the Open Table almost instantly. We pre-ordered food in consultation with the manager, and he made excellent suggestions. Food arrived promptly by a robot, which was very entertaining for my mom’s elderly guests. Food was great and everyone had a wonderful experience. The restaurant is not cheap, but worth it for a special occasion.

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  29. StephanieM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I a great time. Wasn’t to busy but busy enough. Lots of food and the salad bar was good, especially since I don’t eat meat. The seafood could have been better( lots of brown salmon). Crab legs were a bit salty but still tasty. I would go back.

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  30. GiftsonJ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food.. great service. Would definitely visit again

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  31. Erin

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My four calls to this location asking about altering the reservation went unanswered. Even after I left a voicemail, they didn't return my call. The interior was extremely dim and decorated in a mediocre fashion. Once the food arrived, I requested smaller dishes when placing my order, but the waitress suggested in a loud, booming voice that we should take the plates directly from the stand and start eating. I had to explain why each person would need a smaller extra plate. After justifying, she dropped the three plates at our table. We tried to continue enjoying our high tea despite being perplexed and realising it might have been a matter of personal preference and character. It was time for the bill, which I paid for and I gave my mother her early Mother's Day gift. The server tapped me on the shoulder and said gratuity is not included in the bill and made a remark about the fact that I didn't tip as I was recording my mother's joyful reaction to her gift on my phone. I had to pause the camera, put the phone down, and explain that the main reason I left no tips at all was that I was dissatisfied with the service for this Mother's Day high tea. She left after hearing an answer she didn't want to hear, appearing unhappy. Overall, Barbara made it quite difficult for us to enjoy this special occasion while having high tea at the Hilton, which disappointed me. As I understand it to be a four star hotel, I'm anticipating better high tea serving instruction and service at this site.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our birthday celebration with Family and relatives. Food, ambience everything was great and the pianist was giving special touch, we had guest who’s voice is amazing and the pianist gave the opportunity to him to sing, there was other guests played piano to us so family friendly and there is something to everyone. Waiters are so kind and respectful You can feel the luxurious atmosphere and hospitality Definitely worth visiting

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  33. KGim

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice selection of sandwiches and desserts. A Good place for an enjoyable afternoon tea.

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  34. KarenA

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The waiter was wonderful - probably the best part of our experience was his service. The mains were dry, toppings were thin. Desserts were better than mains. Tea was decent. There are people walking through the restaurant to get to other parts of the hotel, so ambiance was also just ok. Overall we enjoyed ourselves, though I probably wouldn't come here again.

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  35. Celine

    Toronto

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok, the omelette station and beef station were exceptional. Nice place for a get together or family brunch. The prices are a little high but the food is good

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  36. AfternoonTea202304

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    In my reservation, which had been made 4 hours, in advance, I had requested that the server be masked. En route, the maître d called to inform me that "the server is refusing to mask. She is the only server. Do you still want to come or cancel?" We were a few minutes away and had been looking forward to the day, so we proceeded. Kudos to the server, who was willing to don a mask on her own accord, when we arrived. But she stated to us, "I'll put on a mask for you. There is no mandate anymore and it is my human right". I am shocked that the manager and leadership of a Hilton-affiliated hospitality establishment would allow the situation to escalate to that point, where a RETURNING customer who requested this hours prior, receives an off-putting call moments before arrival and is then told by an employee, in response to a CUSTOMER request, of her PERSONAL right. It is not about a government mandate or personal belief. You are in the food and hospitality industry interacting with a customer. It is about accommodation, visitor's experience and service standard. The meal and the rest of the service were good and, yes, compliments to the server who ultimately de-escalated the situation. But I am taken aback by the preceding events.

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  37. MichelleE

    Toronto

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location. The soup and salad tasted great. I’m

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  38. KaytM

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went here for our New Years Day brunch, & loved it, so we decided to return for the Easter Day Brunch. It was outstanding, so much selection & the staff are friendly, helpful & fast.

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  39. JoyB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    5 stars for food, service and ambience! We enjoyed my birthday lunch here: had crab cakes, tenderloin, risotto, and fettuccine. We had brunch here before and loved it!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Poor food quality - cold roast beef, oysters sitting their drying out. No waffles, pancake or bread. Some deserts taste like they came from a box. For this price expect much better. Don’t waste your money

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Essence of Unionville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 470-8500.

Essence of Unionville is rated 4.3 stars by 292 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Essence of Unionville

Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites, 8500 Warden Avenue, Markham, ON L6G 1A5

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    HWY 7 & Warden
  • Neighbourhood
    Markham
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 6:30 am–2:00 pm Mon–Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 6:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Complimentary parking for dine-in guests.
  • Public Transit
    Warden Avenue at Hwy 7
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jitin Gaba
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (905) 470-8500
  • Catering
    Ask about customized menu options.
  • Private party facilities
    Group lunches & dinners, celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.• Private Dining Room - 28 people maximum• The Octagon (Semiprivate Dining Room) - 40 people maximum
  • Private party contact
    Private Event Coordinator: (905) 470-8500 ext. 2067
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