Essen Haus

German Restaurant, Bar, and Beer Garden · Downtown Madison
514 E Wilson St (Btw S Franklin & S Blair), Madison, WI 53703, United States
Hours:
Closed until 3:00 PM (Show more)
  • Tue–Thu
    • 3:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 3:00 PM–2:30 AM
  • Sun
    • 3:00 PM–10:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner
Drinks:
Beer
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Visa)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.0/10

Based on 115 votes

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    Megan C
    "Don't forget to polka!"(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!"(2 Tips)
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  • spaten
  • maibock
  • polka
  • German food
  • beer
  • pretzels
  • spätzle
  • schnitzel
  • fish fry
  • prime rib
  • sauerkraut
  • outdoor seating
  • great value
  • Cajun fries
  • free popcorn
  • good for groups
  • Das Boot
  • homemade food
  • sausage
  • music
  • Tyler H.

    Schnitzel was awesome. Note that a "large" beer is about 52oz.

    Tyler Holle · October 10, 2015
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  • Alexander S.

    Gotta' get a boot of German beer. It should go without saying.

    Alexander Smith · May 11, 2015
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  • Peter M.

    Loud atmosphere. A fun place to party.

    Peter Merrill · February 22, 2015
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  • Duke K.

    Great beer and very good food.

    Duke Knutson · February 8, 2015
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  • Brittany M.

    Pass das boot with some friends!

    Brittany Miksch · September 23, 2014
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  • Charles K.

    Live polka bands. Boots full of bier. Need I say more?

    Charles Koch · September 7, 2014
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  • Stephen K.

    Best boots in town!

    Stephen Koontz · August 29, 2014
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  • Brent G.

    Great beer on tap, pretzels and German music!

    Brent Gatewood · August 14, 2014
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  • Lindsay V.

    Das Boot! Prime Rib was so good and cooked perfectly! Love the complimentary hot pretzels and homemade mustard!

    Lindsay V · August 11, 2014
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  • Nicole S.

    Who is Francis Conner? And why am I drinking his beer?

    Nicole Steele · April 28, 2013
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  • Nicole S.

    Boot Q was the best!! Boot Z is the spawn of satan.

    Nicole Steele · April 28, 2013
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  • Zak W.

    Boot. Dance. Accordion. Hair feather flowers.

    Zak Weiland · February 16, 2013
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  • Tricia P.

    The fish fry is amazing. Wednesday or Friday nights! Make sure you get a boot!

    Tricia Pawelski · December 2, 2012
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  • Steven R.

    No jews allowed!

    Steven Rodriguez II · October 13, 2012
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  • Matt K.

    Don't shoot multiple boots.

    Matt Kwapis · September 23, 2012
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  • Amber

    Ain't no party like a polka party 'cause a polka party don't stop.

    Amber · September 5, 2012
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  • Brett W.

    Come down on Thursday nights and catch the Midwesterners performing live.

    Brett Welch · July 12, 2012
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  • Gunther B.

    Try the fried cheese, original Maibock and the Spätzle. Funny place in a neighborhood aside the main tourist routes.

    Gunther B · June 23, 2012
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  • Alyssa F.

    Ask for free popcorn or peanuts to accompany your beer while out on the patio.

    Alyssa Feuerer · June 2, 2012
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  • Jake V.

    Das boot. Awesome double awesome

    Jake Voorhees · December 12, 2011
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  • Sonja L.

    Turn das boot when it nears the ankle...

    Sonja Lange · November 13, 2011
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  • Adam D.

    What? $1 Bloody Marys during weekend breakfast? Who cares if Bloody Marys aren't German?

    Adam D · October 13, 2011
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  • K. D.

    Spaten Oktoberfest!

    K. Dingfelder · September 25, 2011
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  • Eric M.

    Boots are 17 bucks on sundays tuesdays and thursdays. Go for the optimator!

    Eric Minkley · September 5, 2011
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  • Dan P.

    dont let the boot touch the table

    Dan Pinkert · September 5, 2011
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  • Jonathan W.

    Doin it big

    Jonathan Worm · August 8, 2011
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  • Ryan H.

    The cajun fries are a must! Goes great with a boot of maibock :)

    Ryan Howard · May 8, 2011
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  • jerome m.

    Try the Beer cheese soup and some Spaten Optimator

    jerome meyer · March 29, 2011
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  • Esquire

    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

    Esquire · February 3, 2011
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  • Sherri T.

    Good beer!

    Sherri Tarran · July 8, 2010
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  • Jen H.

    Great sausage & kraut plate!

    Jen Holmes · March 17, 2010
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  • Megan C

    Boots of beer and boot games, but only with German beverages. Don't forget to polka!

    Megan C · February 2, 2010
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  • Allison W.

    Das Boot. Obviously.

    Allison Ward · October 5, 2012
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  • Sean B.

    Wurstteller mit Weißwurst, Knockwurst, und Frankfurter!

    Sean Bossinger · December 29, 2011
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