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Essen Haus

$$ - $$$
German, Bar, Pub, European
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514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
+1 608-255-4674
3:00 pm - 2:30 am
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Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 3:00 pm - 2:30 am
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Muncie, Indiana
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 live band was also a treat. The place was packed and having a great time.... More 

Thank TylerTV
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Essen Haus specializes in German fare in the $17-20 range for a full meal. Quality of the food is good -- the portions are hearty and meant for everyday kinds of diners. The place is large and can be noisy -- it has the atmosphere of a beer hall more than a quiet restaurant. Bands play, beer flows --... More 

Thank jdonovan680
fond du lac, wis
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived at 4:30pm on a Saturday. Seated immediately and served pretzels with cream cheese, kraut dip - Very tasty. Nice selection of German beers too. By 5pm the restaurant was very busy. My wife and I both had types of schnitzel which were very good with spaetzele and red cabbage. My only issue was the dish was served Luke warm.... More 

Thank dwatanab
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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104 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great stop to enjoy a German beer. If we have a group of four or so we will get a boot or two and pass it around. We always follow the Das Boot Contest Rules. The warm pretzels with mustard and horseradish are a must with your beer. The restaurant offers good German fare. Essen Haus is a... More 

Thank wsmithhd
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great evening. Had a blast. Enjoyed the band and bartender and fellow guests were so welcoming. Beware of the boot. Loads of fun though.

Thank Marsumeca
Murdo, South Dakota
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate here twice on my last visit to Madison. Both time the meal was a great German dish. The many beers they have are all very good if you are a fan of German beer. Live music one night made for a memorable night with friends! The location isn't all the great, but it is worth the trouble!

Thank SoDakKid
New Milford, NJ
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

When you walk into Essen Haus it's like stepping into a hofbrauhaus in Germany, from the steins on the walls & ceiling to the German bands that play here. The food was real German cuisine from the sauerbraten & schnitzels to the spatzle. They also have a large selection of German beers. The kids will love it since all the... More 

Thank KARS929
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Came to the restaurant with a group of folks from Weir Minerals a nearby industrial equipment manufacturer....place was really good the food excellent the atmosphere authentic and the service was decent. We all had various types of German dishes and none were disappointed. Would recommend this to anyone who is looking for something different

Thank Jim R
Chicago, Illinois
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

Good authentic German food, good service , interesting decor. The only downside was the noisy atmosphere. It is after all a college town and it was Saturday night.

Thank Gemini5930
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345 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

We have been coming here annually with 12-15 of us. They always take excellent care of our group and the service is superb. Typical OmPa place with a polka band and lots of beer. And more beer. Food is authentic and delicious. Friday is Fish Fry in Wisconsin and this is an excellent one. We have fun, have a few... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $25
German, Bar, Pub, European
Dinner, Late Night, 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
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
3:00 pm - 2:30 am
3:00 pm - 2:30 am
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?