Essen Haus

German Restaurant, Bar, and Beer Garden
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 & American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
8.4/10

Based on 89 votes

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  • spaten
  • maibock
  • polka
  • pretzels
  • spätzle
  • beer
  • boots
  • fish fry
  • outdoor seating
  • prime rib
  • sauerkraut
  • great value
  • German food
  • Cajun fries
  • good for groups
  • homemade food
  • sausage
  • popcorn
  • music
  • cheese
  • Peter M.

    Loud atmosphere. A fun place to party.

    Peter Merrill · February 22
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  • Duke K.

    Great beer and very good food.

    Duke Knutson · February 8
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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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  • Allison D.

    Das Boot. Obviously.

    Allison Dreiband · October 5, 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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  • Sean B.

    Wurstteller mit Weißwurst, Knockwurst, und Frankfurter!

    Sean Bossinger · December 29, 2011
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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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