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Essen Restaurant, Stanthorpe, AU-QLD

Essen Restaurant

4.8
4.8
528 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
Welcome to our home...
In an effort to leave a small footprint we have created an evolving set menu that best reflect the season & local availability
(BYO alcohol only!)

PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT SERVICE THE LANDLINE, for all inquiries, cancellations and changes to your reservation please head to essenstanthorpe.com.au and drop us a line via the contact form, thank you!

We have a grow local, eat local approach...
Here at Essen we strive to provide delicious, wholesome food prepared with the freshest local ingredients and products that highlight our regions best growers and artisans

We are a small team with a passion for food and hospitality. We offer you a comfortable environment to share honest food with good friends.
We look forward to sharing with you our joy for food, eating it, growing it and cooking it.

Mahlzeit!

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Farm-to-table, European
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (07) 0000 0000
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Clarissa Pabst
  • Area
    Stanthorpe
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 528 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Queensland

    Most Booked

  • South Queensland

    Most Booked

528 Reviews
  1. FrancaR

    Tropical QLD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great however the service was appalling as the waitress was very hostile to our party for no apparent reason.

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  2. PaulineT

    Queensland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great night will definitely visit again next time we are in Stanthorpe.

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  3. JonathanT

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I visited Essen last Friday (23rd Feb). What a wonderful surprise! The food was truly exceptional. Each of the four dishes of the set menu was unique and the flavours outstanding. I would love to go back and have the same menu again, but I understand Clarissa regularly changes the menu. Our kellnerin Amy was a delight. There are a couple of motels within walking distance along the nicely landscaped Quart Pot Creek. It is worth a trip from Brisbane just to visit Essen (byo by the way), Next morning,go down to Giraween to walk up the "Pyramids", and do a quick detour to Donnelly's Castle on the way home. A truly memorable weekend. Jon and Jill.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! The perfect ambiance, with a delicious set menu, and very welcoming, friendly staff. Would definitely recommend to others and dine here again. The food was sensational!

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  5. Swoosi

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The music is monitored so it is always at a background level. The food is way better than I thought it would be; and I had high expectations. If you go to Stanthorpe and miss out on dining here, you will regret it. Definitely going back.

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  6. kaRENA

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding again. Good was amazing, fresh, delicious and inventive using local produce. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  7. HeatherI

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My partner and I ate at Essen whilst on a weekend away in Ballandean for his 40th. We heard many good things when asked whilst out and about where we were planning to go for dinner. Essen seems much loved by locals! And we certainly weren’t disappointed. The dishes served were fresh, full of flavour, and delightfully balanced. It was a really lovely experience.

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  8. Vino

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience in all regards. Highly recommended.

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  9. GailA

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Catered without any trouble for coeliac. Waitress was fantastic. Loved the whole experience.

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  10. AnthonyD

    Sunshine Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic meal, beautifully presented. My wife does not eat fish and the replacement on the set menu was an extravagant pasta dish that I was envious of. The girls do a great job and have made a unique eating experience that we will definitely do again. Congratulations

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  11. DieterK

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious food, lovely wait staff, will definitely be back!

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  12. JaneB

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dining experience - would definitely recommend

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a lovely experience. The food and service was outstanding. Totally recommend!!

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  14. DavidK

    Queensland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at Essen. we always go there eyes closed. keep up the great work.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful and beautifully presented food with the flavours of the local produce shining through. Great friendly and professional service. Loved the set menu and enjoyed bringing our own local wine.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meals were delicious and fresh. We enjoyed each meal and non alcohol drink. Staff was also so friendly. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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  17. PRUEP

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food cooked with passion - local produce. Mum doing tables with love & personality - what not to love!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    there was a drunk women at the table behind us who just would not tone it down. not the fault of Essen. The food was fabulous, the service was fabulous. this was our second time there. did not dissapoint.

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  19. kaRENA

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was outstanding and the staff who looked after us were lovely. We had a great night!

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  20. AnneH

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience. All dishes from set menu were absolutely delicious. Service was very attentive and friendly but not intrusive.

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  21. BhavnaP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was spectacular! Beautiful presentation, delicious flavours, amazing ingredients, super fresh! Hospitality was delightful! Mumma bear was front of house and created a warm and friendly experience for my friend and I. I’m a fan and I highly recommend dining here :)

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  22. Sunshineandlollypops

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful food with a delicate balance of flavours. A gorgeous display of local produce, cooked in a refined, talented way.

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  23. MattW

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Essen serves food the highest quality and made with fresh local (and some home grown) ingredients. The menu was also delightful.

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  24. AndrewC

    Tasmania

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Essen is simply great food and excellent service. They have a changing menu which utilises local produce and even ingredients growing in the back yard. We also love that it is BYO so you can bring along your favourite wine. Always an enjoyable experience.

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  25. AnnB

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have lost count in how many times we have visited and enjoyed everything about Essen.

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  26. Jodes

    Gold Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, fresh and very tasty. The service was exceptional. The only fault for me was the noise level. It’s only a small space so is expected, had to do a bit of lip reading to hear my hubby across the table though. Won’t stop us coming back though. Highly recommended this quaint little piece of paradise in the back streets of Stanthorpe. See you again!

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  27. BelindaF

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy location and amazing food using fresh seasonal ingredients. Definitely worth going

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  28. LaurenJ

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the welcoming entry to the final farewell I cannot fault this amazing restaurant.

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  29. Rhoni

    Brisbane

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quaint little restaurant with a relaxing ambiance. The service was great with friendly staff and the food enjoyable but, the price point should reflect that no red meat was offered. The fish tartare was tasty. Would recommend but a bit pricey.

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  30. AngelaM

    Queensland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can not come to Stanthorpe without a visit to Essen. Delicious food and fabulous service.

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  31. PaulS

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a must when staying in or around Stanthorpe. The food was amazing and the staff were so friendly. Will definitely be back to Essen!

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  32. Laura

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! What a wonderful experience! There was sooo much good food, tasty, unique and creatively presented! Being an icecream connoisseur, I can vouch for the dessert. On Facebook, lots of people asked what the entree was. It was delicious! Treat yourself!

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  33. AndreaM

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our third time eating there and thoroughly enjoyed this meal also. Delicious combinations of flavours and fresh produce. Very satisfied.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent and everyone we come back to Essen the quality is consistently good . Look forward to next years return

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  35. benandjane

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our Essen experience. The welcome was warm and the service attentive. We felt instantly at home and well looked after the entire time. The flavours were expertly balanced and each dish tasted as delicious as it looked. A true delight, Essen is a firm favourite.

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  36. RebeccaE

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious, quality produce and beautiful attention to detail. The flavour combinations were perfect. Thank you Clarissa and team, we appreciate your passion and hard work.

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  37. EmmaP

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cosy restaurant. Interesting Austrian food packed with flavour. Staff are attentive but not intrusive.

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  38. ShaunaW

    Sunshine Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic foodie find in Stanthorpe - innovative menu; flavoursome food; enthusiastic, helpful staff; quiet location. BYO is icing on the cake! Will definitely return.

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  39. EloiseP

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to the team at Essen! We had a wonderful night, incredible food and lovely service. Great value for money, we left full and very happy. BYO was wonderful too, great to enjoy a bottle we got at the wineries. We will definitely be back!

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  40. Laura

    Angus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food we had on our trip hands down, gorgeous little intimate spot. Amazing service and vibe. The smashed potatoes were incredible!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Essen Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 528 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Essen Restaurant

2 McGregor Tce, Stanthorpe, AU-QLD 4380

Additional information

  • Area
    Stanthorpe
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Modern Australian, Farm-to-table, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Clarissa Pabst
  • Additional
    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining
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