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Essence of Unionville

3.9
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170 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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International

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Afternoon Coffee
Casual
Sunday Lunch
Essence of Unionville is currently closed due to modified stage 2 restrictions.

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. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and weekend traditional afternoon tea. 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. Offering the freshest and finest ingredients with an effort to supporting local farmers seasonally. 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 170 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
3.9based on recent ratings
3.7
Food
4.3
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Thanksgiving brunch was done well considering the COVID restrictions. The only think that could have made it better was to have hot vegetables available. Good service.

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PatK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time to the Essence. We went there for brunch. It was excellent from end to end. Great food, great service and most importantly, they maintained the Covid protocol safety measures very well. Highly recommend the brunch. The food options were of a healthy choice. Good job!

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TorY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Enjoyed my first visit here. Came for the Sunday Market Brunch Buffet. There is a menu you can order from, as well as stations to get food from. Each station has plexiglass, with an employee standing behind it who serves you the food. Note: we asked for items, such as the french toast and pancakes, as they were not listed on the menu. It is $45 per person. Highly recommend!

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JerryF
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

We were happy with the food and service, although prices are a bit high. The decore needs some updating as it is out of date. As a person who has a sensitivity to fragrances, I had a hard time sitting in this restaurant. The hotel air freshener is very strong and unpleasant to me. I could actually taste it in my mouth and it gave me a headache. I would it be able to go back eve though we enjoyed the food and service.

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AllenC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was served hot. Very tasty. In fact, it kept up its reputation. Will come back again.

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icechiu
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Not the same service and food quality as before. Please don't use COVID as the excuse. the raw oysters were just bad, smell fishy and looked like they were thawed from frozen foods. Crab legs had mushy texture. Roast beef is tough to chew on. Dessert pastries were just bad. All food quality is simply bad to be served in a Hilton brand hotel. Server was disorganized and served dishes came out short on quantity ordered.

Terrible experience!

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TammyG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Really just ok..not wow.. I really don't know what else to say about it

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the ambiance and the dessert buffet.

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SueL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I went for a Valentine's Prix Fixe 4-course dinner on Feb. 14, 2020. The food was delicious and was elegantly displayed. The buffet desert table was thoughtfully decorated with Valentine's theme. V. courteous and professional service. A nice bonus of having live piano music with singing of songs all to my liking. Will definitely return & will recommend it to friends! Well done, Essence of Unionville!

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KaiW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

very mediocre restautant. server is not professional at all. food is disgusting and not cooked well

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MariaLiv
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time. The food was great! The ambience was perfect, not too loud. Service staff were attentive. Free parking.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

New Years day

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Worst Christmas buffet ever.
Food choices r very limited compared to the price.
Stop serving oyster from 7 pm.
They took the chocolate fountain away before we got chance to try.
Overpriced.
Service is ok though.
Food r really average.

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LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Oysters ran out by 7pm and dessert table was half emptied by 8pm. If you do not plan on eating at 5pm or 5:30 the latest, you will be disappointed that the specialty foods were all gone!

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JoyT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

Since the restaurant is in a hotel, it lacked the Christmas ambience in the dining areas. Most of the Christmas décor is in the buffet area.
We didn't like the fact that the server took the card for payment and walked away with it for several minutes. I suggest to get a portable payment machine like they have in shops and restaurants.
Other than the above comments, my family and I had a wonderful dining experience. We will return next Christmas.
Thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Not Enough variety of food! But I do lovr the raw oysters and sushi sections

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SiuY
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Really disappointed by the food available and were not told the buffet would be ended at 8:30pm. Our reservation was at 7:30pm and glad that we were early at 7pm. Otherwise if on time, would not have anything to eat for nearly $85 (all in) per person. Christmas pudding, fruit plate, soul, were nearly empty by 7:45-8pm. We asked for replenishment but did not get done. Not worth it at all..very unhappy as we invited 2 guests to join us for the Christmas Eve dinner. We were there also in 2018 Boxing Day Brunch and way better.

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Bosco
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Not worth the price it charged. Could be much better. The kitchen staff were not very keen on refilling the food, especially the hot items. Not enough fruits selection. The live music is mediocre.

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GlenBear
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Sunday Brunch offers a wide variety of food, loves the roasted beef, turkey. Ravioli is delicious. Seafood station with King crab is a pleasant surprise. Should save room for Dessert station .....as there are a lot of goodies to pick and choose. Services are very good! We enjoyed ourselves very much there !

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FrankM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Our waiter Tuvin was a Rockstar. Guy is great. Funny, good attitude.

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MarkC
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for the afternoon tea. It was excellent
The service was wonderful. Beautiful hotel
Definitely will go again

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eddie
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Last year was excellent and lots of people. Somehow this year is less than half of the people. Food was much better last year. The service was ok, example there was no soup bowls until I asked for it. Then they didn’t put out soup spoons and small plates for soup bowls. Remember the price is $65 plus service charge, so I expected a little bit better organized.

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dukong
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Went to try their afternoon tea buffet, the food was sadly very underwhelming. Almost the entire selection of cakes and pastries were store-bought, maybe 3-4 items at most were made in-house (the difference in taste was noticeable). Unfortunately for a restaurant inside of a hotel, the overall experience was disappointing. Perhaps their lunch or dinner options may be more promising.

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Jerry
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Seafood bar was bad, crab is not fresh, shrimp is literally still frozen, the roast beef was okay but nothing special, nobody should eat their sushi and dessert is probably the worst out of all.

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AshleyS
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

Disappointing. Made reservations for Father’s Day and when we got there were told the buffet closes in 30 mins (it was only 9:30). If they were clearing breakfast for brunch they shouldn’t have take out reservation. The food was also mediocre- not worth $24 pp. Used to be better

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AllanU
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food was great but seating us out in the hall by the window and far from the food wasnt ideal... especially after we made reservations in advance. Also, we were asked asked if we were celebrating an occasion thinking wes get some kind of bonus but nobody did anything... not even wish us a Happy Anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Comfortable afternoon tea buffet experience with great selection of food & dessert 👍🏻

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MeLikeEat
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent and our servers were very attentive. Thank you for the great experience.

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yanz
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The food is okay but the service needs improvement. 1 our server gave us the bill without us asking it first 2 there was a lousy kid who make noise with his ballon but the server does not care

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Bogey
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience4

Service was poor, slow, unattentibe. My ravioli came out of the kitchen with a heap of cream sauce that was dried out as if it sat under a slaw set overnight for a long time. Pasta was clumped together and dry. Didn’t eat most of it. Waiter never asked how the food was after placing the dishes and when he saw all of it left over, never asked if we were not happy with the food. Bad all around!

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CKan
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Ordered a 5 course Valentine dinner with my wife. 1st and 2nd course came, but they missed 3rd course and served 4th. We had to ask the waiter and had it served afterwards. The waiter also didn't clear our finished empty plates and expected us to move the plates over so he can put down the food. Lastly, all ladies were suppose to receive a rose at the end, our waiter forgot about that also. Other that issues with the waiter, food was quite good.

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ElsieY
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food and friendly service. Will visit again

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JohnE
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice brunch with a fair amount of variety. Family enjoyed the outing. I think the price was wrong on our bill but we paid anyway. Food was very good and the hotel setting is good. I am sure we will come again in the future.

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SueL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Food variety is too limited for a $29 afternoon tea buffet.

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JanB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were delighted with the excellent service, communication re special occasion, seating and fine food. The lunch menu was original and tasty. We were seated at the window looking outside where we enjoyed the outside scenery. A lovely birthday cake was prepared and served. Thank you.

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RichardL
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Menu not extensive but very good food. Comfortable seating and medium to low noise level. Very good and friendly service. Overall a fine dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Amazing buffet at a good price. The selection is generous and varied. The staff are incredibly observant and never let your glass go dry.

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HRSN
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience3

Food was pretty good and reasonably priced. However, If I want to summarize our experience in a sentence, we did not feel welcomed. They said there was a big event going on but the restaurant was almost empty that did not make sense. Servers were not are attentive. Their Attitude was not so welcoming either.

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nocookingandcleaningforme
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

...the restaurant was very clean and bright...we were early, so had a booth...very comfortable with some privacy...servers were friendly and efficient...we were catered to but not rushed...the food was fresh, perfectly cooked and artistically presented...we have been here before and will be here again in the future for another special meal...thanks...

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SHELH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall1Food2Service2Ambience3

We booked for buffet for 9:30AM. We were seated at 9:45AM and told that buffet would finish by 10AM. Brunch buffet would not start until 11:30. We should have been informed when we were seated that buffet would be finishing and given the choice to come in or leave. Our server was good enough to waive our buffet charges and we ended up ordering a la carte from with choices the of the same food they were serving at the buffet. This put quite a damper on what was suppose to be a birthday celebration. We will not be back.

FAQs

Essence of Unionville offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (905) 415-7611.

Essence of Unionville is rated 3.9 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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