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Essen Restaurant, Stanthorpe, AU-QLD

Essen Restaurant

4.7
4.7
315 Reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian

We run a set menu that changes weekly! We do the thinking, you do the eating! BYO alcohol only!
**We are happy to accommodate dietary requirements where possible, just let us know when you book your table under "Special Requests"
(View our menu via the link below)

Our 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

Those who cook together...
We are a family team with a passion for cooking and a lifetime of experience, simple as that! We offer you a comfortable environment to share honest food with good friends. The team strives to make food that showcases things that are ready in the garden as well as some of the finest artisan products from the Granite Belt region. We look forward to sharing with you our joy for food, eating it, growing it and cooking it.

We hope you

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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Austrian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–7:15 pm Wed–Sat 7:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (07) 4681 4254

  • 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 315 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DA

    DeniseA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The service was friendly and efficient, the ambiance was relaxed. My dining partner was cautious about the mahi mahi ceviche, but it won him over. The pork was delicious, with just the right amount of crackling. We shared a side dish of crunchy potatoes, which came with slightly pickled shells of onion, which elevated the pork. Then to tiramisu, dessert heaven! The strong coffee flavour cut through the sweetness of the dish. Altogether, a memorable evening.

  2. AM

    AdamM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was amazing and the food was fantastic, they accommodated for our groups dietary needs and the night went perfectly.

  3. SN

    SophieN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    My partner and I visited Essen requesting 2 vegan menus. The resturant provided delicious food and even sent us home with the extra brownies they made especially for us. It was wonderful. We highly recommend a visit and appreciate them going above and beyond to cater to our dietary requirements.

  4. RW

    RossW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Essen's offering of a no-option set menu is questionable and seems to be of benefit to the business only, and somewhat of a lucky dip for the diner.

  5. d

    donm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The pork dish we had was excellent, good atmosphere. The only thing I did not like was the corkage charge, I had to open my own bottle and also pour it, not very good service! Apart from that we enjoyed our meal.

  6. MH

    MaxH

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Essen is a Stanthorpe institution. Bookings are a must and their ever changing weekly menu keeps things as fresh as can be. You can't say you've experienced Stanthorpe without dining at Essen.

  7. LG

    LisaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you are in Stanthorpe you must try Essen. A fantastic experience with great food and service

  8. KB

    KerryB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2

    Very disappointing. The menu was changed just a day or so before our booking, and the new main course did not appeal to either of us at all. But because it was after the 48hr cancellation window, we would have still had to pay $40 per person if we had cancelled. As there are no alternative selections for each course, they really should proactively send the updated menu to people with bookings well in advance of the 48hr cancellation window. I regret having booked a table at Essen.

  9. L

    Lockie

    Queensland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you for another delicious dinner. We recommend you to anyone we know. 🤩

  10. DS

    DonS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Delicious fresh food from an interesting menu .Polite and efficient service Don

  11. DH

    DavidH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For a restaurant in a country town to be as good if not better than most hatted restaurants in a capital city is remarkable. If you are into food and visit Stanthorpe without dining at Essen you are missing a treat. Oh and BYO as well so take something special to suit the quality.

  12. TL

    TraceyL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We were recommended to give this Restaurant a go, we had another Restaurant booked which we cancelled. Our expectations were high, unfortunately we were expecting something amazing for the price.

  13. DR

    DanielleR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Essen is worth driving to Stanthorpe for. The food is delicious. 5 stars!!

  14. LJ

    LiamJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Gorgeous experience all round. Food was timely and delicious. Only small qualm was the potatoes were too crunchy, possibly on purpose, however not to my taste. Well priced for the quality of the experience, have already recommended to friends.

  15. PT

    PhilT

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Fairly limited menu but tasty food. We went for main and dessert as we don't eat beef these days (starter was beef tartare). Nicely prepared fish and lovely chocolatey dessert. Especially recommend the crispy potatoes. Only negative was a post dinner espresso that was like treacle, almost undrinkable....

  16. SB

    StephenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Excellent food and well informed service. BYO the iceing on the cake.

  17. RM

    RobynM

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3

    We dined at Essen last year and feel the quality of,food this time was not up to the previous standard. The sardines on toast were tasty but ordinary, the brisket very fatty and serving size small and the dessert was pre prepared so we the angel cake was dry. We also had to pay extra for beans as a vegetable accompaniment. We were disappointed, given our previous positive dining experience there. Service was friendly and efficient but we were left a little disappointed at the end of the evening, a real pity as Stanthorpe would benefit from a good fine dining establishment.

  18. WC

    WendyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food and I loved that everything is sourced for it’s freshness and as locally as possible. Great menu, high quality, great service! Thank you 😊

  19. LB

    LizB

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Personal and bespoke menu... All created with passion and creativity. There was nothing I would suggest to make this experience better.

  20. C

    Cara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing night as always meal was perfect our guests were extremely impressed

  21. BS

    BryceS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Great concept Service was vey good , the food was excellent ,though I thought the main was a little bit small in size Nevertheless I would still recommend Essen to friends looking for an enjoyable dining experience We certainly would book again in future Bryce & Michelle

  22. JD

    JesikaD

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it again and can’t wait to come back for more deliciousness!

  23. MK

    MichelleK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Sublime food served with elegant plating up. Very lovely service going above and beyond. A rare find.

  24. WB

    WayneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a lovely dining experience in a quaint setting. The owners have achieved what they set out to do here. Would highly recommend anyone who loves food to go to Essen.

  25. LS

    LindaS

    Gold Coast

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    We were celebrating a birthday and at no time did they mention anything even though they knew from the reservation. The main meal was very underwhelming, the chicken was tough and the skin was leathery. One of the meals the chicken was under cooked and we mentioned it to the wait staff and they took it to the chef and the she came back and put it in the table and said ‘it’s cooked perfectly’. It was red inside and it was NOT cooked perfectly. Overall it is expensive and average.

  26. DP

    DavidP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we had a great experience dining at Essen the food was fabulous and the staff friendly and attentive

  27. JH

    JudyH

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food and service on the night but also great communication leading up to the reservation.

  28. N

    Nicko

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are regular customers of Essen and we honestly have never been disappointed. The menu changes weekly and yet the quality remains of the highest standard each time. The Essen team combines innovation plus first class ingredients with beautiful presentation and skilled execution of different styles and cooking techniques. The dishes are carefully balanced and whilst they are tasty and stylish, they are not pretentious. You will enjoy plates of freshness, texture, colour and flavour. In terms of price, the menu has again been carefully considered. The value for money is spot on and creates a loyal following. We highly recommend this as an exceptional restaurant and certainly the best place for hundreds of miles around!

  29. RC

    RichardC

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Loved meeting the other diners outside the restaurant as we waited for the late sitting, gave sense of togetherness and excitement for what was to come. This turned out to be excellent check in service followed by well timed serving of well presented dishes. From memory we were asked if we wanted to wait a few minutes more before dessert which was great service. Interesting menu packed with flavour as lots of local produce here. Service with a smile.

  30. DD

    DavidD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food. Elegantly presented in a timely manner by friendly, attentive staff.

  31. G

    Girl01

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience1

    Food was good. Rude service from wait staff, won't be going again

  32. CB

    CraigB

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We like the style of this restaurant, a set menu featuring local produce and changing regularly. With one dairy free we were a little nervous but they clearly made a great effort to accomodate. Every course was superb with the grilled duck main as good as any we have ever had, salty, crisp and luscious. Service was spot on and BYO as the cherry on the cake!! Can’t wait to go back.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful!

  34. SB

    SaraB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    We had a beautiful faultless meal, with good company it was a lovely evening, will be back again

  35. NG

    NeilG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Enjoyed the meal but with only one choice as a main meal some people might not have liked what was offered. So you need to check what is on the menu that night before booking. But overall it was a great place to eat.

  36. C

    Clarehw

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and service were excellent. This was our 4 th visit and we will be back.

  37. SM

    StephenM

    Brisbane

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A most unexpected find. Quality was second to none. Congrats to the team at Essen - really enjoyed the experience and the food.

  38. CM

    ChrissyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Essen is an outstanding restaurant with amazing food and service. Would recommend in a heartbeat!!

  39. JK

    JanaK

    Queensland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All in all a perfect dining experience. The food was outstanding as always.

  40. KW

    KayW

    Queensland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Simple food cooked & presented very, very well. Great table advice of what we were being served. Great restaurant.

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 4.7 stars by 315 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Essen Restaurant

2 McGregor Tce Stanthorpe, AU-QLD 4380

Additional information

  • Area

    Stanthorpe

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–7:15 pm Wed–Sat 7:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Modern Australian, Austrian

  • 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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