Essen Haus

German Restaurant, Bar, and Beer Garden$$$$
Downtown Madison, Madison
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  • Amber
    "Ain't no party like a polka party 'cause a polka party don't stop."(4 Tips)
    jerome m.
    "Try the Beer cheese soup and some Spaten Optimator"(2 Tips)
    Gunther B.
    "Try the fried cheese, original Maibock and the Spätzle."(2 Tips)
    Lindsay V.
    "Love the complimentary hot pretzels and homemade mustard!"(3 Tips)
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  • Jim M.
    Jim MinardSeptember 2
    I lived in Germany. I fell in love with the culture, the food & beer. The fare here was lackluster at best. Removed from choices.
  • Matt O.
    Matt OApril 22
    Love it early in the evening. Can get busy.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonFebruary 24
    Free pretzels and lone liter boots o beer
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HolleOctober 10, 2015
    Schnitzel was awesome. Note that a "large" beer is about 52oz.
  • Alexander S.
    Alexander SmithMay 11, 2015
    Gotta' get a boot of German beer. It should go without saying.
  • Peter M.
    Peter MerrillFebruary 22, 2015
    Loud atmosphere. A fun place to party.
  • Duke K.
    Duke KnutsonFebruary 8, 2015
    Great beer and very good food.
  • Brittany M.
    Brittany MikschSeptember 23, 2014
    Pass das boot with some friends!
  • Charles K.
    Charles KochSeptember 7, 2014
    Live polka bands. Boots full of bier. Need I say more?
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KoontzAugust 29, 2014
    Best boots in town!
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodAugust 14, 2014
    Great beer on tap, pretzels and German music!
  • Lindsay V.
    Lindsay VAugust 11, 2014
    Das Boot! Prime Rib was so good and cooked perfectly! Love the complimentary hot pretzels and homemade mustard!
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SteeleApril 28, 2013
    Who is Francis Conner? And why am I drinking his beer?
  • Nicole S.
    Nicole SteeleApril 28, 2013
    Boot Q was the best!! Boot Z is the spawn of satan.
  • Zak W.
    Zak WeilandFebruary 16, 2013
    Boot. Dance. Accordion. Hair feather flowers.
  • Tricia P.
    Tricia PawelskiDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The fish fry is amazing. Wednesday or Friday nights! Make sure you get a boot!
  • Steven R.
    Steven Rodriguez IIOctober 13, 2012
    No jews allowed!
  • Matt K.
    Matt KwapisSeptember 23, 2012
    Don't shoot multiple boots.
  • Amber
    AmberSeptember 5, 2012
    Ain't no party like a polka party 'cause a polka party don't stop.
  • Brett W.
    Brett WelchJuly 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Come down on Thursday nights and catch the Midwesterners performing live.
  • Gunther B.
    Gunther BJune 23, 2012
    Try the fried cheese, original Maibock and the Spätzle. Funny place in a neighborhood aside the main tourist routes.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FeuererJune 2, 2012
    Ask for free popcorn or peanuts to accompany your beer while out on the patio.
  • Jake V.
    Jake VoorheesDecember 12, 2011
    Das boot. Awesome double awesome
  • Sonja L.
    Sonja LangeNovember 13, 2011
    Turn das boot when it nears the ankle...
  • Adam D.
    Adam DOctober 13, 2011
    What? $1 Bloody Marys during weekend breakfast? Who cares if Bloody Marys aren't German?
  • K. D.
    K. DingfelderSeptember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Spaten Oktoberfest!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MinkleySeptember 5, 2011
    Boots are 17 bucks on sundays tuesdays and thursdays. Go for the optimator!
  • Dan P.
    Dan PinkertSeptember 5, 2011
    dont let the boot touch the table
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WormAugust 8, 2011
    Doin it big
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HowardMay 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The cajun fries are a must! Goes great with a boot of maibock :)
  • jerome m.
    jerome meyerMarch 29, 2011
    Try the Beer cheese soup and some Spaten Optimator
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 3, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Try any one of the 17 German tap biers, in a two-liter boot stein. Read more
  • Sherri T.
    Sherri TarranJuly 8, 2010
    Good beer!
  • Jen H.
    Jen HolmesMarch 17, 2010
    Great sausage & kraut plate!
  • Megan C
    Megan CFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Boots of beer and boot games, but only with German beverages. Don't forget to polka!
  • Allison W.
    Allison WardOctober 5, 2012
    Das Boot. Obviously.
  • Sean B.
    Sean BossingerDecember 29, 2011
    Wurstteller mit Weißwurst, Knockwurst, und Frankfurter!
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