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Essence of Unionville, Markham, ON

Essence of Unionville

4.0
4
235 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
International
UPDATE - Breakfast is only available for overnight hotel guests at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa. Takeout and delivery available through UberEats and DoorDash daily from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

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 7 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    International

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:00 am

  • Phone number

    (905) 415-7611

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jitin Gaba

  • Catering

    Ask about customized menu options.

  • Private party facilities

    Essence of Unionville is the perfect venue for any occasion. Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (888) 497-8760

Experiences

  • Valentines Dinner (Feb.11 - Feb.14)

    $89.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Feb 11 - Feb 14, 2023
    Valentines day Pre Fix Menu Celebrate your love with Valentine's Dinner with us at Essence of Unionville. Special Valentine's Dinner Menu is available between Saturday, Feb 11 to Tuesday, Feb.14, 2023. Pricing: • $89/person • $120/person with wine pairing [Price are not includes taxes and gratuities] Menu: Starter Ahi Tuna Ginger Sesame Soy | Wasabi Aioli | Wonton Crisp or Quebec Foie Gras Pan sear Foie Gras | Strawberry Compote | Homemade Brioche Bread | Fig PASTA Carnaroli Rice | Sweet Peas | Asparagus | Burrata Cheese MAIN Halibut Vanilla Scented Duo Cauliflower | Black Truffle or Bison Slow Cooked Bison | Baby Turnips | Heirloom Carrot | Potato Gratin DESSERT Chef’s Selection of Raspberry & Chocolate Theme Dessert Table
  • Markham Jazzlicious - Emilie-Claire Barlow

    $30.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Mar 15 - Mar 17, 2023
    Join us for an evening at Essence of Unionville for incredible jazz music and food! Canada’s incomparable vocal jazz jewel Emilie-Claire Barlow will be preforming at 8 pm for a 3 day series (March 15, 16 & 17). All performance sales are pre-paid within ticket price seen here. There will be a $30 minimum per person for food and beverage. Food and beverage will be purchased and paid for on site. By making the reservation, you agree that your name and contact information will be shared with Destination Markham Corporation and TD Markham Jazz Festival for the purposes of marketing and event facilitation.

What 235 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • York

    Great for brunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    nice place to enjoy , comfortable, delicious !
  2. P

    Pree

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It's a really nice place if you don't want to go downtown.
  3. SP

    SharonPEC

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were a family of 5 adults and all very much enjoyed the Sunday Brunch. The options were plentiful and the staff were very attentive. The Brunch features live music which is nice for atmosphere but could have been a little quieter. Our group included one vegan who found some suitable options, except for anything on the dessert table. Overall would recommend for those who enjoy buffets.
  4. CY

    CYNTHIA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Crab is too salty, omelets making is a bit slow and unprofessional. Roast beef is very tasty.
  5. JN

    JessicaN

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went for brunch. Food was delicious and large portions. However the washroom was not clean and only one toilet was functional. Decor could also use a refresh.
  6. KK

    KenK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Breakfast buffet food was very bad for price!! I won't recommend.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had family brunch with my parents to celebrate Xmas early. Food was great and service was wonderful.
  8. RN

    RosannaN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good value for the money, nice service, food are good. Can be more choice.
  9. KC

    KennieC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall, the service, food and environment are good except I find the lobster bisque is a bit salty, salmon and chickens are overcooked. The roasted beef is marvelous. The tables and too close to each other. The price of the Sunday Brunch Buffet is a little bit pricy. It is suggested that there should be a discount for the seniors. Looking forward for improvements!!
  10. CJ

    CJaneY

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Afternoon tea was very nice. Definitely would go again.
  11. d

    doctorjoe

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was good, service was good, atmosphere was good, but the noise level from the nearby bar was a nuisance.
  12. AL

    AnnL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    If you want to have a quiet place to chit chat with friends, and have some coffee and tea and desserts, this is a very good place. Remember to write down your car license plate number for free parking.
  13. PT

    PattiT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for grandson 1st birthday. Had a nice table for 6 at back. Was a perfect venue. Staff were accommodating and friendly. Buffet was very good.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So fun! There was someone playing piano when we went, very beautiful and food was delicious!
  15. SB

    SBeary

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic, and there was no one there. I cannot say enough how fantastic our 4 course meal was. I will be going back!
  16. A

    Anonymous

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We came here for my mom's birthday high tea. The setting was nice and quiet but it was very empty. When we sat down at our table, we were not greeted at all for 10 min until we waved someone over because we were confused about the menu. There was only one waitress on shift and her service felt very hurried. For a $45+tax high tea event, we expected the service to be much more thoughtful. The teapot that the tea was served in looked like any other white teapot you would see at a casual dimsum restaurant. After waiting a while for our food, our savoury items were brought out on a plate instead of a 3-tier stand. Because my parents wanted to take nice birthday photos, we were all very underwhelmed by what we were given. The plate felt like a gathering of assorted items from a buffet. Unfortunately, the sandwiches themselves were as poor as they looked. The bread/mini bagel/croissant were very dry and cold, like they were straight out of a grocery bag. The beef had no seasoning, and only one of the four of us had a little dab of sauce. We decided to talk to the manager to let her know our experience so far, and she seemed understanding. When the desserts came, we were happy to see that they were much more presentable. But the quality was still not what we expected for a $45 high tea set, both savoury and dessert items were not memorable at all. Because we spoke to the manager earlier, she brought out a birthday cake slice for my mom which was nice. Overall, we didn't think the meal was worth $45/person at all so we wanted to try asking for a discount to compensate for our negative experience. In the end, I appreciated that they offered 10% for just my portion but unfortunately everyone else was still full price. Sadly we will not be coming back to dine at Essence Unionville. We hope their quality of food and service will improve to match the price that they are asking.
  17. N

    Noel

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food quality was mediocre, would expect better presentation and taste for the price.
  18. s

    smcreates

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Brunch place. Lots of choices, good food and good service.
  19. MK

    McKay

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lovely breakfast, efficient service in a beautiful decor.
  20. e

    eater

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The price of the Sunday brunch buffet on the website is not up to date. Although the website has the "sample menu", but that seems to be the only place on the site with the brunch buffet price, and I was surprised when I saw the bill as it has increased quite a bit. Otherwise, the food and experience was great.
  21. W

    Wlady

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Music is over the acceptable volume Overall Valuable meal for a brunch at hotel
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We took a friend for high tea. The serving staff did not have any knowledge about the tea selections. They repeatedly set down the wrong food selections in front of each person, items were forgotten from one person’s sweet tray, they served mouldy grapes, and though we were the only table in the restaurant, and they had 3 servers walking around, we had to search out or flag someone down to place our orders or refill hot water. Some of these points were mentioned to management and they gratefully acknowledged the information. That’s about it.
  23. ME

    MichelleE

    Toronto

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My husband and I enjoyed the short ribs. We love our server Barbara who has been there for a long time. The vegetables are fresh and cooked to perfection. A great place for meetings for date night
  24. a

    aliad

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The High Tea experience overall was ok but the food was sub par. Not very fresh and not what you would typically see in a high tea menu. They serves marscarpone cheese instead of Devonshire cream.
  25. a

    anthonyw

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a great time, Ali was a great server and really took care of us.
  26. TK

    TomK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Better than I was expecting. Except for the tea - brewed way too long and in pots that obviously had been frequently used to hold coffee. Also the singer volume too loud and often out of pitch.
  27. b

    blacksugah

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    The food wasn't the best for a "high tea brunch". You could find much better food options elsewhere.
  28. KS

    KSMan

    Dublin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Outstanding services. The choice of entrée could be better. Self serve breakfast items are limited. Quality of food, I will rate 8/10. Dessert: 9/10. Loads of salad items.
  29. FN

    FoodieNeds

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came here for Brunch. The staff is kind the food is good.
  30. H

    Hhss

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    The buffet has very limited food options for hot dishes, but the food is replenished quickly, even for the crab clusters. Waiters are attentive and are quick to refill juice/coffee and clear plates. I think the live music is a little bit too loud though.
  31. AY

    AlexY

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    The staff were all amazing! Just wish there was a greater variety of dishes available during the brunch buffet. Seemed to be a lot of salad variations.
  32. S

    Stan

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, will visit again more regularly.
  33. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service and food were good. The servers were very attentive and personable. Food was tasty and fresh. Only issue was parking as it was not clear that parking was free if eat at restaurant. All signs in parking lot say is that must pay for parking or will get towed. Paid for parking and Hotel said that as have paid cannot refund as it is a different company that does the parking.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    Food was awful, service was even worse
  35. RC

    RossC

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Service, great food. A must-visit. Will definitely go again
  36. MA

    MaisieA

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Overall the experience was good. The food quality was good - my favourite was the scones.
  37. S

    Stephany

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    Asked waiter to check of the food I ordered had dairy and never got back to me. When he gave me my food told me that the potatoes had cheese and didn't even bother to ask me if that was okay and walked away. Didn't even offer me an alternative. Waiter so clueless and was really disappointed. Would not recommend this to anyone.
  38. WS

    WaterSommelier

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Its weekend afternoon high tea is a special valuable treat for someone special, especially when you want to stay in Markham and don’t want to travel downtown for an equivalent experience.
  39. S

    Stink

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Sunday brunch overpriced, lack varieties, decent quality. Behind with technology, can’t accept online prepay visa.
  40. ED

    EverywhereDiner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always get excellent service from Barbara. Great coffee as always. A bit crowded on this long weekend Sunday for brunch, otherwise a good experience. Food was ok. They used to have more variety but now has decrease.

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) 415-7611.

Essence of Unionville is rated 4 stars by 235 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 7 times today
Experiences are available.
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

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–10:00 am

  • Cuisines

    International

  • 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) 415-7611

  • Catering

    Ask about customized menu options.

  • Private party facilities

    Essence of Unionville is the perfect venue for any occasion. Celebrating holidays, special occasions, engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, birthdays and accommodating groups of all sizes.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (888) 497-8760

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