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514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
608-255-4674
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3:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 3:00 pm - 2:30 am
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Madison's authentic German Restaurant, located in a historic Old...
Madison's authentic German Restaurant, located in a historic Old Settlement neighborhood. Features 17 German biers on tap, 200 import & microbrew bottles, live Oompah music, daily specials & lots of Gemuetilchkeit. The Essen Haus is proud to be the largest seller of German tap biers in the U.S.! Friendly staff, dressed in German outfits. For an experience not soon forgotten, pass around a boot of one of the specially selected biers.
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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good drinks, good food, good music

I like to go to the Essen Haus on Saturday to listen to polka. It's a very fun place, and an upbeat crowd. This place houses regulars to tourists. Food is good, service is great. (and I love the traditional dirndlkleider and lederhosen)

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
germangirl25
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Wisconsin
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Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Stopped here on a cross country trip that took us through Madison. My husband and I both love German food so I filtered in Tripadvisor and found this. It did not disappoint. The service was fast and friendly. The waitress brought out free samples of several side dishes for us to try. We both were very pleased with our food.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

No spices, food was not worth the money Nothing compared to Kings Bier garden in Pearland,Tx. Manager Matt and Megan very rude. Never coming back . Dont even go for the beer.

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Essen Haus does not lack on providing adequate amounts of food BUT it is just below average. my pork chops were so well done, i could have used them for a hockey puck! extremely dry!! my family agreed that the food was just not that good. Service was excellent however!! no complaints on that. Based on this meal, would... More 

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Wisconsin
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93 reviews 93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I like to go to the Essen Haus on Saturday to listen to polka. It's a very fun place, and an upbeat crowd. This place houses regulars to tourists. Food is good, service is great. (and I love the traditional dirndlkleider and lederhosen)

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I must say I didn't know what to expect upon arrival at this older establishment. Yet inside, it was fun, food good, service great and atmosphere authentic.

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Westbury, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Go there and get what ever is on the menu; the food is great and the beer is even better! The staff is fantastic and place is wonderful! I have my favorites when I come to Madison and this place is one of them and I try to get there as much as possible!

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Lawrence, Kansas
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120 reviews 120 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I visited Essen haus with my family and half of us were happy with our meals. I had a sausage platter and was so full that I could barely get up to go to the bathroom. On the other hand, my brother had the pork chops and received what was essentially a cheap, fatty piece of filler. He didn't blame... More 

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Oakfield, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Enjoyed the corn beef and cabbage special. Everyone enjoyed their meals. I'm not overly fond of German food and the other options are limited - but if that is what you are looking for, it is a good place to fulfill your craving.

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Avon, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant definitely has a German flair from the uniforms to the decor. The beer selection is extensive. They have mostly German beer, but they do have a few others. The menu is also mainly German but they do have a children's menu with non-German food. The portions are huge! We split an entree and had plenty to eat! The... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Yes, there was a slab of steak between two pieces of bread and slathered with cheese and sautéed veggies, and yes, it was delicious, I recommend the parmesan fries and yes, it was affordable! Plus, if you start drinking, you may even think the themed outfits are appealing.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-255-4674

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: German

Description

Madison's authentic German Restaurant, located in a historic Old Settlement neighborhood. Features 17 German biers on tap, 200 import & microbrew bottles, live Oompah music, daily specials & lots of Gemuetilchkeit. The Essen Haus is proud to be the largest seller of German tap biers in the U.S.! Friendly staff, dressed in German outfits. For an experience not soon forgotten, pass around a boot of one of the specially selected biers.
Open Hours
Sunday
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
3:00 pm - 2:30 am
Saturday
3:00 pm - 2:30 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?