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Essence Bistro, Vaughan, ON

Essence Bistro

4.8
4.8
39 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Farm-to-table
At essence bistro, we believe what makes food great is the use of fresh produce. Working with the seasons in Ontario, we get to capture the freshness using everything at its peak. The local bounty inspires us to create seasonal dishes and energizes our team to share our flavours with our guests!

Our Chef has over 20 years of experience in the culinary industry in the most prestigious establishments in the world, and knowledge of several cuisines bringing you a world fusion experience.

We are located in the charming Old Market Lane pocket known as the original Downtown Woodbridge, found on Woodbridge Avenue and a short drive from neighbouring communities such as Kleinburg, Nobleton, Bolton, and Caledon.


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2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Canadian, Latin American
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (647) 812-0927
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighbourhood
    Woodbridge
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • International Women's Day Celebration

    $115.00 per person

    Mar 8, 2024 only
    This pre-set dinner menu is crafted by our chef to honour and celebrate women from around the world and all walks of life. Enjoy our charming and intimate setting and indulge in flavours that will elevate your evening experience with the incredible woman in your life.

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Farm-to-table

  • York

    Great for brunch

  • York

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • York

    Great for creative cocktails

  • York

    Healthy

  • York

    Vegetarian-friendly

39 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden Gem in Woodbridge in Marketlane! Totally recommend

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  2. DianaC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive and very kind. The food was impeccable! Everything was warm and very flavourful! I highly recommend this restaurant!

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  3. DRagon

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and food! Lots of unique options and choices for vegetarians.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went here for a date night at 6:30 PM on a Friday. It was incredibly quiet at that time, and most of their patrons came in around 8 PM which made it quite delightful for us to eat out in peace. The food was fantastic. The drinks were excellent and our server was incredibly nice. Would highly recommend this place to anyone. 

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was very nice. The servers were lovely, answered all our questions and assisted my guest and I. It was a great experience overall.

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  6. AshleyAnneD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service. Passionate staff. Very knowledgeable, and great food!

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  7. AshleyAnneD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant with a refreshing take on food.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer Service is phenomenal. Came here recently with family and tried only a few items from the menu (looking back i wish we ordered and tasted more stuff but we were so full). We enjoyed the oysters and the rib eye but more than the great food, it was the food presentation and the sweetness of the staff, the servers and the chef, that caught our hearts. They take pride in what they do and of course i’m coming back. If you want to treat someone special to you and want great experience and great food, I highly recommend!

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  9. Mim86

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ladies and I had a wonderful time. This time we had brunch. Beautiful presentation, everything taste beautiful.

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  10. JenieleJ

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot, great food, excellent service - a little pricey though...

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  11. DenaK

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the first time I went here and definitely won’t be the last! I even booked again before leaving! Service was top notch they do everything to please! Food was fantastic and presentation was excellent! Easy to park and interior was welcoming and modern!

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  12. DeniseL

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an exceptional experience. I went for my birthday dinner; it was my first visit, and I will be back. The intentionality of everything from the atmosphere to the food and drink was evident; the attention and care to the experience was lovely. It is a wonderful place.
    Essence BistroResponded on January 17, 2024
    Thank you for choosing to celebrate your birthday with us! We're thrilled to hear that your first visit was an exceptional experience. Your kind words about the atmosphere, food, and drink mean a lot to us. We're committed to providing a memorable and enjoyable dining experience, and we look forward to welcoming you back. Here's to many more wonderful moments together! Cheers! Katrina

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  13. IrinaT

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice Restaurant, good for date night. Good wine pairing also.
    Essence BistroResponded on January 17, 2024
    We're thrilled to hear that you had a positive experience at our restaurant! Thank you for the compliment on the ambiance, especially for date night, and we're delighted that you enjoyed our wine pairing selection by our own sommelier. Katrina

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for brunch with my wife and absolutely loved the food! We will definitely be back again.
    Essence BistroResponded on January 17, 2024
    Thank you so much for choosing to brunch with us! We're delighted to hear that you and your wife enjoyed the food. We look forward to welcoming you back again and providing you with another wonderful dining experience. We appreciate you and can't wait to serve you again! Katrina

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  15. KevinW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food, service & ambience! First time, won’t be our last.
    Essence BistroResponded on January 17, 2024
    We're thrilled to hear that you had a fabulous experience with us! Thank you for the kind words about our food, service, and ambience. We're honored that it was your first visit, and we can't wait to welcome you back for many more memorable moments. Your satisfaction is our utmost priority, and we look forward to exceeding your expectations on your future visits. Katrina

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  16. Jules

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great, delicious options for brunch! Ordered the French toast and completo, both were excellent.
    Essence BistroResponded on January 17, 2024
    Thank you for your positive feedback! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our brunch options, particularly the French toast and completo. Your satisfaction is our priority, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your positive experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! Katrina

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was wonderful, I was surprised not to see more people. Food was delicious and service was excellent. Would highly recommend.
    Essence BistroResponded on December 10, 2023
    We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. This is the feedback that keeps us motivated to continue doing what we're doing, and we are so happy to hear that you had a great experience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food , they only use top natural ingredients, service is great as well.
    Essence BistroResponded on December 8, 2023
    We strive to provide high quality, seasonal ingredients and dishes. Your acknowledgment of this and positive review is greatly appreciated.

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  19. sandra

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my third time, and by far the best experience. The food was great, and the ambience is great.
    Essence BistroResponded on December 8, 2023
    Sandra, we're delighted to hear about your great experience. We can't thank you enough for your continued support and can't wait to have you with us again. We've just launched a new menu and are so excited for you to experience it.

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  20. FTPC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was extremely underwhelming, making the cost of the food overpriced and the establishment seems slightly disorganized
    Essence BistroResponded on December 8, 2023
    It is disappointing to hear we did not meet your expectations. Our goal is always to provide great food and an excellent overall experience. I'd be happy to speak with you further and invite you to join us again. You can contact me through email claudia@essencenatural.ca

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  21. JohnK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Drinks were very tasty. Maybe just not what we were looking for. Food was a bit bland for our tastes, space was almost cafeteria like, music too loud. Wanted Tapas experience. Disappointed. Service was excellent though.
    Essence BistroResponded on December 8, 2023
    It is disappointing to hear we did not meet your expectations. Our goal is always to provide great food and an excellent overall experience. I'd be happy to speak with you further and invite you to join us again. You can contact me through email claudia@essencenatural.ca

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  22. BarbaraP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very enjoyable evening! Everyone was welcoming and very accommodating. The food was delicious and it was interesting to taste the different variety of flavours. Overall everything was exceptional and we will definitely return to try other options! 😋😋😋
    Essence BistroResponded on December 8, 2023
    Your review made our day Barbara! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. This is the feedback that keeps us motivated to continue doing what we're doing, and we are so happy to hear that you had a great experience. Come and experience our new winter menu :) - Claudia

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  23. Anthony

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner and drinks were amazing. The service was exceptional. A beautiful place to have our anniversary dinner. The staff made us feel special. Thank you very much
    Essence BistroResponded on December 8, 2023
    Anthony, reading this has made my day! I've passed this review on to our team so they can all enjoy the appreciation. Reviews like yours make our work worthwhile. Thanks for choosing us for your special day, hope to see you both again soon.

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  24. MississaugaBlondie

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice Date Night location for an intimate dinner. Fresh food good drinks
    Essence BistroResponded on December 8, 2023
    Happy to hear it was a successful date night! Hope to see you both again soon :)

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute spot with good food. They had a random DJ on a Friday afternoon for an early dinner and it was a bit unusual but not disruptive.

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  26. MayR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience!!! We will definitely be back!!
    Essence BistroResponded on December 10, 2023
    May, we are so happy you had a lovely experience. We just launched our new winter menu and can't wait to host you again :)

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and wonderful service. Very enjoyable
    Essence BistroResponded on September 19, 2023
    Thank you so much for the positive feedback and five star review, it's greatly appreciated!

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  28. LoraBourck

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a little gem! Great light, healthy, organic fresh food, with a nice ambiance and fantastic service. Bring all my clients here for lunch! Maybe I should keep this to myself but they deserve a 5 star review!!
    Essence BistroResponded on September 19, 2023
    Lora, thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review! We are constantly working on more great experiences and dishes for our guests to sample. Your review makes it all worth it! We can't wait to host you again.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Farm to table fresh brunch. Pretty interior. Fantastic service. Great juice bar if you want a pick-me-up to get you through the afternoon.
    Essence BistroResponded on September 19, 2023
    Thanks for leaving a five star review and recommending one our most popular smoothies! The pick me up really is the people's choice lol. We look forward to hosting you again very soon.

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  30. AngeloD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and the service by Katrina was impeccable.
    Essence BistroResponded on September 19, 2023
    Thank you Angelo for the five star review and highlighting one of our amazing servers, Katrina. We pride ourselves on great service and a unique experience, we are so happy you enjoyed your visit. Come back soon!

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  31. MunayAesthetics

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of the food is incomparable! The customer service is amazing! The location is stunning! I had such a great experience at Essence Bistro, fresh food, healthy and the cocktails (you must try them)… my new fav restaurant!!! And what I love the most about the restaurant is that is Latin gourmet food, that is so new! I don’t really seen any latin restaurants that offer gourmet dishes. Can’t wait to go back and try the Oysters and Paella!

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  32. AniO

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience. Great service and the food tasted really nice as well

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  33. Luv2dineTO

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Their drinks are so good as well!!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s the best restaurant in the area that you could visit and get a delicious and perfect dinner to share with someone! I haven’t tried something like this! It’s a very unique concept that mix the Latin American food with elegance. I loved it. The service was perfect, nice servers and staff. Drinks are the perfect match for the food! You must visit this place!
    Essence BistroResponded on September 19, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, it's greatly appreciated! We continuously work to create unique experiences for our guests and your feedback makes it all worth it. We look forward to serving you in the future!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Farm to table. Very fresh and flavourful! Highly recommend!

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  36. Mim86

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was already looking forward to eating here. I have never been to a farm to table restaurant. The food was exquisite. Every plate was different in its own way. It was so wonderful hearing how it's put together, how the menu is maintained,integrated with different ingredients and foods that are in season. That was probably the most wonderful part. Knowing where your food is coming from. And the best part is I didn't leave bloated I didn't leave feeling heavy and over stuffed. I left feeling full. I would love to experience brunch. Definitely be making my way back.

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  37. AKat

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I had high expectations because the first time I was there everything was amazing! This time, there was very little veggies included with the dips and salsas appetizer and not enough chips so we had to order an additional small basket of chips. Also the chips were flavoured so they competed against the dips. The taro chips were good but the plaintain were not our favourite. We had reservations and the place was empty but the server didn't offer us the nicer seating. He also over charged me by around $1000! Thank goodness I noticed and quickly cancelled the charge! Then instead of offering me a copy of the receipt for the cancelled transaction he held onto it. I had to ask for it from him. The first time I went the service as amazing, personal, and you could tell they wanted us to really enjoy our experience. This time it was lackluster and careless. I travelled about an hour just to eat there again and even brought my father visiting from the U.S. but I don't have the same feeling about it anymore. I don't know that I will do the distance again just to eat there. Especially if I have to really watch carefully what I am being charged. After my first visit I posted a raving review on Google but now I feel differently about the whole experience. The food is good though.

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  38. LynnT

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Fine restaurant. The food is artistry. Beautiful exp
    Essence BistroResponded on September 19, 2023
    Thank you for the five star review review, see you soon!

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  39. AlexD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A++ enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my family and friends
    Essence BistroResponded on September 19, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review! We are constantly working on more great experiences and dishes for our guests to sample. Your review makes it all worth it! We can't wait to host you again

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FAQs

Essence Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 812-0927.

Essence Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Essence Bistro

140 Woodbridge Ave, Vaughan, ON L4L 4K9

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Woodbridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Farm-to-table, Canadian, Latin American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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