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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: 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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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A fun German treat.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
2 helpful votes 2 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
52 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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7 reviews 7 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

We had a large group gathering on a Saturday Night with dinner reservations. Upon arrival the hostess escorted us to an area that was not accommodating for our group of 17. When we asked could we please have a more accommodating table .....the answer was "NO". Whatever happened to the customer is right theory? Before I go any further, I... More 

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Bettendorf, IA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I had just about given up on finding real German food in this country until my wife and I happened upon the Essen Haus while we were in downtown Madison. I loved the atmosphere: a homey non-corporate place with German decorations and steins all over, and a view of the lake. The staff was excellent and dressed in authentic dirndls... More 

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Bettendorf, Iowa, USA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My husband and I were briefly in Madison, WI., and happened to pass by the Essen Haus on our way to our destination. We both LOVE German food, and it is almost impossible to get good, real German meals anywhere anymore. We decided to stop for an early dinner and we are so glad we did. First of all, it... More 

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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Our expectations had been tempered by the many reviews on TripAdvisor, so we thought we had realistic expectations of a Thanksgiving dinner in a German bar - a bit quirky, casual, and comfortable with merely adequate food offerings. How bad could it be when good German beer is involved? Well, the parking lot was full to running over at 12:50... More 

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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?