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Essen Haus

514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
+1 608-255-4674
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good31%
  • Average24%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travelers talk about
“pretzels” (28 reviews)
“sauerbraten” (11 reviews)
“strudel” (6 reviews)
Opens in 26 min
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German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
$$ - $$$
514 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3431
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Reviewed November 3, 2014

Three and a half stars might be more accurate, but I can see room for others to give higher ratings. It all depends on why you're here. We're a couple of 60-year-olds looking for good food in an appealing environment. Essen Haus definitely has a...More

Thank TRW1952
Reviewed October 21, 2014

We came for drinks only. The "boot" is a local favorite! Also can't argue with FREE popcorn. Very good atmosphere and feels very authentic.

Thank mitchell m
Reviewed September 29, 2014

Okay, let's call it for what it is--a huge college bar with wait staff dressed in tired German costumes... So if you want to revisit college and drink beer out of a boot you'll have a blast. Can't comment on food since we didn't have...More

Thank Studiodog
Reviewed September 20, 2014

It's not clean. You don't really want to use the bathroom for that same reason (until you've had enough beer to dull your senses - even at that I personally go next door to use the restroom). The food is mediocre, and the service is...More

1  Thank FiveFreaks
Reviewed September 15, 2014

This restaurant serves good German food and beer. It has a beer hall feel and there are actually 3 restaurants on the property, each offering a different menu.

Thank beerstl
Reviewed September 14, 2014

The fresh baked pretzels they give you with your drinks are spectacular and the food is really really good if you want a taste of German. My husband had the Friday fish fry and said it was excellent. My son said he was full after...More

Thank GBPackerFan4evah
Reviewed September 13, 2014

We went to Capital shopping and then to a really great German meal with Spaten Draft. A pig nuckle with real authentic side dishes. Outside open air band, dancing, and beer hall rounded out the afternoon. A great meal at a great place. Loved it!

Thank James P
Reviewed September 12, 2014

Good German Food (although my roasted potatoes seemed to have been on the steam table a bit overlong). I had Kassler Rippchen and my wife Sauerbraten and both were good. I actually enjoyed seeing young people if varied races and ethnicities togged out in lederhosen...More

Thank jdkegel
Reviewed September 12, 2014

The complimentary pretzels were great ans served warm. The schnitzel and potatoes were lukewarm and soggy with grease.

Thank A J
Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

No music. No atmosphere. Bland food. Slow service. Out of popular bier on tap. Maybe 30 years ago this WAS the place. It's tired and past its prime. Can't even get a bratwurst here unless it's chicken.

1  Thank CurtC972
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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
Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, 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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