JK (420) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | August 18, 2017
German style restaurant, but I was outside for the pre Great Taste party. Large patio. I stepped inside briefly and it is what you expect, accordion music, sausage and Bavarian themed decoration. Common German draft beers. Not a bad place, just do not expect interesting beer, and as this is Ratebeer, that is important.
A German themed restaurant and bar with a large patio space out back. Live music inside and outside! Service was good but not particularly beer oriented. A decent selection on tap, mainly locals. I did not try the food on my visit but prices seemed inline with the area. A decent spot but not a must hit for Madison.
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 (893) 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 = ★★½ (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 (47) 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 couldn’t 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.