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Review of Essen Haus

Essen Haus
Ranked #155 of 1,014 Restaurants in Madison
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: German
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed February 8, 2014

I love this restaurant! The German fare is outstanding and they have the best beer in the area! They have music-a concertina player in the middle of the week and loved it! Great service too and the soft pretzels and horseradish sauce was delicious.

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Reviewed February 8, 2014

The bad is that the food is subpar at best, so I do not recommend people going here just to eat. The service is always good and fast though and all the service staff wear dirndls and lederhosen, so I can't complain about them at all as it definitely adds to the experience.

The beer and the ambiance are the real reasons you go here. It has all the traditional German beers and you can get them in liter glasses, boots, and the 5 liter stein if you're with a large enough group to drink it. The polka bands and dancing that goes along with it are also a must experience.

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Thank ee978
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

This is great for a one time experience with beer and if you like to see older people dance polka (best attraction there). The staff is immature and forced to wear traditional german outfits, and looks like they hate it. Food is not great but it is cheap.

Thank BemusedBee
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

Selection of beer, atmosphere with the band going, all seemed fun and akin to the spirit in a rathskeller. Unfortunately I came to eat.

Menu was disappointingly limited, and in doing so, had many small variations on the same theme. Preparation was crude, entrees were tasteless, the kasespatzle was extremely disappointing, salads were small, and the oil clearly needed changing. Entrees were also surprisingly expensive when compared with other German restaurants in metropolitan locations - was expecting a little more value.

May return for a happy hour or late night for some dancing, but, for food - can do it better myself for a lot less.

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Thank kingofsp8s
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

The food has the taste and texture of German food. The pickled salad plate is delicious (surprisingly!). The spatzele are good. The menu choices are a little constrained now for the winter, and you must eat kraut with potatoes or rotkraut with spatzele--no substitutions allowed--which means I haven't tried all the entrees. The wait staff are friendly and everything I've eaten there has been good.

Thank MLyndaO
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