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Miami Flavors. Naturally Grown

Prepare to enjoy a natural gourmet dining experience at Essensia. Featuring an intimate indoor dining room, a large Caribbean-style covered terrace and a breezy poolside terrace, Essensia embraces the true essence of local cuisine with unique-to-Miami ingredients, while incorporating Caribbean and Latin influences and drawing inspiration from our city's uniquely blended culture. Under the direction of Signature Chef Julie Frans, the focus at Essensia is on locally and sustainably farmed ingredients with a healthy, vegetable-focused approach. A proud recipient of the Slow Foods Snail of Approval, Essensia, together with Chef Julie, bring light to the farm-to-table concept while maintaining good, clean, and fair standards for all.


Essensia’s bar & lounge feature an innovative, artisanal and sustainable menu, including hand-crafted Garden-To-Glass cocktails made with fresh herbs from the on-site Organic Chef’s Garden and eco-conscious craft spirits. Our Natural Wine List is committed to being 100% sustainably or organically farmed.

Essential Sources

  • Most fruits and vegetables are locally grown and organically farmed
  • All meats and poultry are naturally farmed and certified organic, where possible
  • All seafood comes from sustainable sources, with an emphasis on local sourcing
  • Wines are 100% sustainably farmed
  • Signature cocktails at hand-crafted from fresh seasonal fruit, fresh herbs from the on-site Garden and eco-conscious, artisanal spirits

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We dined on the veranda, and it was like dining in an old Florida plantation. The atmosphere was wonderful, the staff attentive, knowledgeable, and pleasant, and the food was very fresh and inventive. The menu varies on what is fresh and in season. - Tripadvisor Reviewer March 2017

We stayed at The Palms for four nights in conjunction with a destination wedding and found it delightful in every way. The food, from breakfast to "bar bites" to the full-on dinner, was excellent: we only had one meal outside the hotel. - Tripadvisor Reviewer March 2017

We were looking for vegetarian and non vegetarian menu selections and Essensia provided that for us. The setting was very pleasant, food taste and presentation was great and service attentive. - OpenTable Reviewer March 2017