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Essence Dining Roon

Enjoy great foods from around the world at fantastic prices at Essence Dining Room, operated by students on the Kingston campus. Enjoy three-course lunch or five-course dinner menus. Open to students, staff and the general public.

This culinary teaching environment benefits our students immensely by giving them a real life experience at Essence Dining Room, which showcases the talents of our Culinary programs.

Lunch Dates - Open Monday to Friday the following dates in 2017 (Updated March 28)

March 31
April 6

11:45am, 12:00am, and 12:15pm

$11.50 plus tax

We are open for dinner on the following dates:
Sold out for 2017! Thank-you for your continued support.

5:45pm, 6:00pm or 6:15pm.

$24.95 plus tax

Please click here to make a lunch or dinner reservation

A small choice of local wines and beers will be served during your dining experience for your enjoyment. Make sure you ask your server!


Reservations are available at 11:45am, 12:00 noon and 12:15pm.

Our lunch menu is a three-course meal for $11.50 + applicable taxes.

We ask our guests to vacate the dining room no later than 1:15pm as our students have other classes to attend.

To view the lunch menus, click here.


Reservations are available on specific dates throughout the semester at 5:45pm, 6:00pm and 6:15pm.

Our dinner menu is a 4-5 course meal for $24.95 + applicable taxes.

We ask our guests to vacate the dining room no later than 7:20pm as we have student evaluations to complete before they leave for the day.

To view the dinner menus, click here.

  • We advise our guests that the published menus are subject to change depending on the availability and quality of products available to the school.
  • As this is a marked, academic exercise for the students and apprentices, we regret that we cannot offer any menu substitutions or alterations for any allergies that customers may have.
  • All gratuities are distributed to the students at the end of the term.
  • Cash only please.
Essence is located on St. Lawrence College's Kingston campus at 100 Portsmouth Avenue. From King Street and Country Club Drive enter the second driveway. Paid parking is available in P3 and P4. Enter the College at E12. Map to Essence.

We look forward to your patronage and hope to see you soon!