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Essen Haus

514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
+1 608-255-4674
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good30%
  • Average25%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
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“pretzels” (28 reviews)
“sauerbraten” (11 reviews)
“strudel” (6 reviews)
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German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
$$ - $$$
514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

The atmosphere was very enjoyable, with an Oompah Band. We were in a large group which was fed family style. The quality of the food was mediocre. My husband and I enjoy a great variety of foods, but he felt the Wurst served was tasteless...More

Thank Mella G
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Fun atmosphere, German food and german beer. they have outdoor and indoor seating as well. I didn't find the food particularly amazing, and would have preferred to spend less. BUT, it's a great atmosphere, and the food is still good. I think I have to...More

Thank Vanessa K
Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Place is dreadful. Truly one of the most disgusting places I have ever been. A dive is an understatement. What's worse is that the place is quite expensive.

Thank TJ O
Reviewed August 2, 2013

Boots, polka dance, and free popcorn... Why not? Essen Haus is a good place to hang out and feel young again. If you're hungry and need a little something in your stomach before you crank up the volume, the brats they serve come in handy.

Thank Tunaidi
Reviewed July 5, 2013

Both my husband and I like German food so were looking forward to dinner here on a recent trip to the area. Unfortunately the food was just okay -- not horrible but not what good German food tastes like. We both had schnitzels but the...More

Thank labs33
Reviewed June 3, 2013

On this occasion I was just meeting up with some of my friends who are in the Stein Club (or whatever they call there official drinking organization) I had my son's UW graduation party here many years ago and have ate here many a time...More

Thank Kendall S
Reviewed May 17, 2013

I can't believe the Dane County Health Dept allows this much filth in a restaurant. Tables and chairs are dirty, the carpet is filthy and smells. If you happen to be there after some heavy rains be ready for the stinch, not sure if it's...More

Thank Tartineauchocolat
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I went on a Tuesday evening when they offered live music. The music was entertaining but the place was empty. As per many German Restaurants, it was very dark on the inside because of all the wood but this place was almost dirty looking. Many...More

Thank asumrall
Reviewed March 24, 2013

We eaten there over the years, last time 3 yrs. ago. Place is dirty, tables are dirty, chairs are worn and dirty, the costumes the wait staff wears are very dirty..... like ground in dirt over a long period of time. Food is too expensive...More

Thank Katey M
Reviewed March 18, 2013

My first trip here was in 2007 or 8, and my most recent trip was March 2013. From all of that (but mostly the recent trip) here's my pros and cons- Pros: Fun place to bring out of town guests for a drink (or more)...More

Thank chip27915
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $25
German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
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
  • E-mail
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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