A small and intimate restaurant with a stylish and contemporary interior, located in the heart of Notting Hill Gate.

The mandarin coloured banquettes, the wood grain panelling, the candle light tables and the small backlit bar makes it smart without being overly 'designer'.

The menu features dishes from all regions of Italy; we choose the best recipes to match the seasonal offerings. We take pride in choosing genuine ingredients from Italy whenever possible, to create fresh, tasty and beautifully presented food as if we where in Italy.

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Typical meal price: From £26.00 (USD37.65) per diner

£26 to £40

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96% customer satisfaction rate

Venue Details & Map


210 Kensington Park Road
W11 1NR

Sample Menu

  • Antispasto, Parma Ham, 24 months seasoned, sun dried tomatoes, salame from Abruzzo, Pecorino Toscano, marinated olives - £8.50
  • Spaghetti Carbonara, bacon egg and parmesan - £10.00
  • Spigola, Fresh wild sea bass fillet chargrilled with extra virgin olive oil and herbs served with steamed broccoli - £15.50


Access into the Building
Flat routes from parking area to entrance
Catering Facilities
Halal options on menu
Kosher options on menu
Nut-free option on menu
Outdoor dining / Beer garden
Set price menu
Vegetarian options on menu
Children Facilities
Childrens menu
Yelp Reviews

4.0 out of 5 based on 16 reviews

Top 5 reviews of Essenza

5.0 out of 5 23 May 2015
by Nelson M.

Best Italian meal in Rome, I mean Florence, I mean London. I love the staff they were on the serve you right team - no pecking order just everyone making your experience special, The food is incredible the place was quiet as I was early for dinner, there were about 75% locals there not tourists which was nice. And was a sign to me they have good food regularly.more

5.0 out of 5 19 September 2014
by Felix L.

Still my favourite Italian in Notting Hill. Very friendly staff. Pasta are always fresh and delicious. Child friendly, we return again and again.more

3.0 out of 5 4 April 2014
by Eric W.

We found Essenza while looking for a nice meal to end our trip to London to visit our daughter. We started with a good bottle of Chianti (that became 2 bottles) as well as the calamari and antipasti for apps. Both were fantastic. The parm cheese on the antipasti plate was fantastic. I had the veal saltimbocca. Very tender and flavorful. The rest of the table had the ravioli(pretty good),...more

4.0 out of 5 6 February 2013
by Kira O.

DELISH! We ended up coming here for a impromptu Birthday dinner. When E&O was booked, one of the waiters there suggested Ezzenza. He said it was his favorite. And know I know why!


- Delicious authentic Italian cuisine.

- So authentic I think every server was from Italy!

- Small but cozy, a great ambiance.

- The BEST tiramisu I have had. Ever.


- We had to dine and...more

4.0 out of 5 8 January 2009
by Andrea R.

My friend is a huge fan of Mediterrano and was oh so disappointed when they turned us away on a Thursday evening because they were too busy. Fortunately for us they pointed us in the direction of their sister restaurant, Essenza, just down the street. And Essenza had a table with our name on it! Unfortunately, it wasn't the most ideal table since it was right by the door and got a bit crowded...more

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