2 liter boots are the thing to do when at the Essen Haus! Always a pretty decent selection of German beer. Polka music is always going. The food is decent, fairly heavy since it is a German restaurant.
large building decked out in traditional Bavarian decorations. large meat and potato German portions, all of the common traditional dishes, but sadly the food quality is pretty poor. the jagerbraten was overcooked and the spatzle dry and crusty. there are about a dozen common draft German beers (Bitburger, Paulaner, Kostritzer, DAB, etc.). American micros can be found next door at the Come Back Inn.
Authentic German food - quite good. Mostly German imports, but an okay selection in general. Have had numerous boots here back in the day.
theisti (859) Kansas | October 4, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Had dinner hear with a large group of friends on a busy Friday night. This is a German restaurant in the Wisconsin tradition - lots of seating, great polka band going, and the whole crowd drinking and having a good time. I had the Kase Spaetzle (sp?) which was really good - only better I have had was in Vienna. Beer wise - pretty standard German offerings - mostly focused on the boot. Service was great - I honestly have no idea how she handled our group. Overall, fun festive atmosphere and solid German food.
70 = ★★Ĺ (Locals should check it out, visitors with extended time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Great German beer hall. If you love German beer and food, look no further. Bring on the boot!!!!
nuplastikk (44) Madison, Wisconsin | March 1, 2010| Updated December 14, 2014
This place seems OK from the website, but Id avoid it. The tap beers were all old and embarrassingly bad. The Hacker Edelhell was horribly off. The prices are outrageously high for Madison, about 5.50 a pint. The service was crappy, they couldnít seem to be able to grasp the whole tab thing, constantly bringing us receipts and bills, even though we only had 3 beers that were all supposed to be on one tab. Maximum disappointment, avoid!!!! Bad reputation around town, deservedly so. The tap lines have off flavors in them, and the bottles are generally 2-3 years past expiration.
Visited on a crowded weekend night. The place had plenty of good German beer on tap, including some relatively hard to find stuff. It definitely didnít look like there were 200 bottles available. The food was decent, but not exactly true to German standards. The polka music and drunk people on the dance floor added to the ambiance. Iíd visit again.
Stopped in here with the girlfriend to get a couple liters of Dinkelacker Dark on tap, as I was told a few years ago that it was one of the few places in the state that has it. Unfortunately they didnít at this time. Atmosphere was great, staff dressed in lederhosen and what not. Didnít try too hard to be a German Beer Hall like some places, was just rough enough to be realistic. Beer menu was solid, but had hoped they had more Schneider or Ayinger varieties there then what they did.