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Essen Haus

) #106 of 779 Restaurants in Madison $$ - $$$ German, ,
514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
+1 608-255-4674
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good30%
  • Average25%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“pretzels” (30 reviews)
“sauerbraten” (11 reviews)
“strudel” (5 reviews)
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German, Bar, Pub, European, Central European
$$ - $$$
514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I spent 10 years in Germany as an Army brat and I've been searching for a good German restaurant in the States ever since. This one let me down. It didn't even pull off a cozy traditional German ambience. I ordered 2 different sample plates...More

Thank FlightSurgeon66
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time to Essen Haus for a small party in their event room. First impression was good -- authentic atmosphere, antique bier steins, live music. But a closer look revealed stained ceiling tiles, dust and cobwebs, worn and dirty tables and chairs, tired decor. I...More

Thank No T
Reviewed 5 June 2017

If this is a special outing, as in you normally don't have access to German food, save the debate and order one of the two combo platters. We ordered one each and both the variety and quality were great. Pair it with a seasonal beer...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

I ordered the Seafood Cobb Salad which was described on the menu they gave me as having salmon and shrimp. When it came I didn't see any shrimp and the salmon looked more like chicken. I took a small bite. Yep, chicken. I told the...More

Thank Nancy T
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Usually we like this place. But on the last night we visited, the entertainment was an Elvis impersonator singing country western songs. An Elvis Impersonator at a German Restaurant? Could anything be more bizarre? Sometimes I think these people don't have a clue.

Thank Rogerandphyllis
Reviewed 30 April 2017

we got a recommendation for this little out of the way spot, and don't regret it. atmosphere was awesome, good German dishes and beer. you can drink the Boot if your up for it! our server Erin, our server/manager - was awesome and very attentive....More

Thank Rich M
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I have not ate here in a couple of years. I was visiting in Madison and was hungry for a Fish Fry. When we sat down we were greeted by our server "Greg" toting two pretzels in a basket with dipping sauce. The AYCE Fish...More

Thank Jeep057
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

I have been going to the Essen Haus for years because they serve great German beer at a very inexpensive price. They serve in 1/2 liter steins giving you 4 more ounces than most bars in Madison (considering room for the head) for less money...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 25 March 2017

The band, beer and people watching was great-but we were looking for some great German food. The spaetzle was unlike any that we have ever had-it was a white, gooey mess with raw onions and grated yellow cheese on the top. There were none of...More

Thank tiggyLaCrosseWI
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Went with a group of ten to Essen Haus on Saturday night. What a treat! A great selection of food, including American favorites for those who don't want German cuisine. It all tasted great and the prices were pretty reasonable for a solid meal. The...More

Thank TylerTV
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
German, Bar, Pub, European, Central European
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:30
15:00 - 02:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-255-4674
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The Essen Haus invites you to take a trip to Germany without ever leaving Madison. Experience German food, bier and culture from the time you arrive until the time you say Auf Wiedersehen. Essen Haus proudly features 16 rotating German tap bier selections, a wide variety of bottled imports, traditional German entrees, live oompah music and a friendly staff dressed in Old-World German attire. A perfect location for banquets, holiday parties, special events or simply a fun night out.
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