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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
15:00 - 02:00
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Sun 15:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 15:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 15:00 - 02:30
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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216 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ordered the Seafood Cobb Salad which was described on the menu they gave me as having salmon and shrimp. When it came I didn't see any shrimp and the salmon looked more like chicken. I took a small bite. Yep, chicken. I told the waitress who took it into the kitchen and came back and said their Cobb salad... More 

Thank Nancy T
Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Usually we like this place. But on the last night we visited, the entertainment was an Elvis impersonator singing country western songs. An Elvis Impersonator at a German Restaurant? Could anything be more bizarre? Sometimes I think these people don't have a clue.

Thank Rogerandphyllis
Orlando, Florida
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133 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we got a recommendation for this little out of the way spot, and don't regret it. atmosphere was awesome, good German dishes and beer. you can drink the Boot if your up for it! our server Erin, our server/manager - was awesome and very attentive. made us feel like family while we were eating there. I would go back...

Thank Rich M
Kenosha, Wisconsin
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285 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have not ate here in a couple of years. I was visiting in Madison and was hungry for a Fish Fry. When we sat down we were greeted by our server "Greg" toting two pretzels in a basket with dipping sauce. The AYCE Fish Fry was $11.95 I ordered it with Homemade In-House made Potato Pancake. The meal came... More 

Thank Jeep057
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

I have been going to the Essen Haus for years because they serve great German beer at a very inexpensive price. They serve in 1/2 liter steins giving you 4 more ounces than most bars in Madison (considering room for the head) for less money than anyone else in town. And the happy hour prices are in effect every day... More 

Thank Michael T
LaCrosse WI
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

The band, beer and people watching was great-but we were looking for some great German food. The spaetzle was unlike any that we have ever had-it was a white, gooey mess with raw onions and grated yellow cheese on the top. There were none of the promised pretzels in sight. We were quite disappointed. The other couple's schnitzel looked grey,... More 

Thank tiggyLaCrosseWI
Muncie, Indiana
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 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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146 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
German, Bar, Pub, European
Dinner, After-hours, 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
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
15:00 - 22:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:00
15:00 - 02:30
15:00 - 02:30
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?