Essen Restaurant

4.8
190 reviews
$41 to $100
Modern Australian
We run a set menu that changes weekly! We do the thinking, you do the eating!
**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...
Clarissa, Stu and Claudia 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 enjoy,

Mahlzeit!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 190 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.9
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.6
Value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All three courses were unreal! Great atmosphere nearby the wood fire and byo wine made it absolutely perfect!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service and superb balanced set menu. Highly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The experience was superb 5 Star food ,service and a very pleasant ambience. The Chef /Owner went well beyond my expectations meeting my dietary requirements

MK
MargieK
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

A culinary experience and friendly excellent service.

JK
JuleenK
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal, attentive staff, background music a little intrusive for older ears

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Food was very good quality but as the menu is fixed and changes each week we did not know what we were going to get or that we would even like the only option we could eat (there are no changes or alternatives). Restaurant is run with “precision” but lacks intimacy for a date night.

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Dommo
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A superbly balanced set menu where each course was fantastic.
Would eat here anytime.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great concept. Thoroughly enjoyed every course!

JJ
JoanneJ
12 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a delightful dining experience at Essen. It’s a set menu for either a 2 or 3 course dinner. We had the 3 course of scallops, chicken and meringue. The meal was delicious and fresh. It’s a beautiful setting and the staff are friendly and helpful. BYO. Highly recommend if you are staying in Stanthorpe

MK
MareeK
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Large group and we all enjoyed the meal. Nice mix of flavours and textures. Will visit again

JC
JennyC
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

My husband and I really enjoyed our Essen experience. The food, service and ambience was excellent. I especially enjoyed the fact it was a small restaurant and the food was locally sourced.

CS
CarolS
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing!!! One of the best dining experiences, all the food was well prepared, tasty and fresh. Service was warm and friendly. Loved that it was byo. Thanks to Claudia and Co for making our night so lovely

LB
LouiseB
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely food with excellent service. A must do when in Stanthorpe. Loved the idea of the set menu and that it changes so frequently. The food is superbly presented and the service is excellent. Beautiful!

JB
JennyB
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal, great atmosphere and fantastic customer service

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Simone
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best place in Stanthorpe. We have been a few times, and the set menu never disappoints. Flawless delivery, beautiful food, friendly hosts. Book early!

GS
GabrielleS
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It took 3 attempts to make a booking here and it was worth it when we finally got there . Will definitely go back when next in Stanthorpe.

LP
LeaP
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Thoughtful, tasty, fresh food. I liked the set menu, so I didn't have to chose and therefore tried food I may not otherwise try.
Loved the combustion fire in the corner, great spot for both a romantic dinner or celebrating with friends and family.

SC
ScottC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific venue. Claudia & her team provide outstanding food & excellent service

DW
DeanW
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the service , loved the honesty of the food. Will be back again

BJ
BoJo
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Lovely food. A straightforward set menu done really well. We had a great night at Essen and would go back again when in Stanthorpe.

B
Barry
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

fixed menu which changes weekly based on what is locally in season. Talented chef and kitchen team with great service

FF
FoodieFiend
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Each course was well conceived with balanced flavours and interesting textures.
The amuse bouche soup was a little bland.
The lamb croquette entree was wonderful. Accompaniments lifted the overall dish.
The Kingfish main was very nice. I would have preferred the flesh a little less cooked, however the crispy skin was perfect. The side of beans was good but not great.
The Mohr im Hemd dessert was perfection, a winning combination of flavours and textures. The crispy Jerusalem artichoke chips were an outstanding component.
The waitstaff were friendly and professional. We will return.

JA
JulieA
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I were warmly welcomed by Claudia and Taryn. The food that Clarissa and Stu prepared was exceptional. Very fresh, interesting and tasty. The amuse bouche was an unexpected bonus at the outset. I could have picked up and licked my plate when I finished the lamb croquette entree - the smoked eggplant base was just delicious! The kingfish main was also very pleasing on the palate with some subtle flavours in the pepperonata. We were glad we ordered the bean and kale salad as its dressing was full of flavour and the veges were garden fresh - the greens complimented the fish prefectly. I am not usually a fan of desserts but the Mohr im Hemd was one of the best I have ever eaten - and what an interesting way to use Jerusalem artichoke - as crispy chips on top! This was one of the best restaurants we have ever visited and it is a real credit to its owners and to Stanthorpe. We feel very grateful to have been included in the "circle of love" that is created by Essen in terms of both its food and its personal service.
(By the way, I have since ordered bottles of both the pumpkin seed oil and Lirah vinegar used in the salad dressing - I really like supporting Australian-made, artisan products, and appreciate that Essen does the same.)

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RuthW
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fabulous, the staff were warm and friendly, we loved our experience at Essen and look forward to going back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful calm ambience, super creative talented chef!! Delicious food.
Front of house, claudia, was warm fun and entertaining. A great evening.

JG
JaneG
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous food, ambience and service. Perfect place for a small romantic meal. Pity it wasn’t cold enough for the fire, but you get the picture. Would retrace our steps to Essen in a heartbeat. Thank you and see you again
Robert & Jane Giles

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VanessaH
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect date night. The staff happily adjusted the ingredients to suit my partners food allergies. The meals were beautifully presented, taste amazing and the wait staff were personable and friendly.
I will definitely return again.

KM
KerriM
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

AMAZING!!! Worth the drive from Brisbane just to dine at Essen!!! Its hard for us to find a such superb food and service coming from a family of chefs. I was impressed the first time I dined here with girlfriends, so Very excited to bring my husband - he was not disappointed. Truly the best part of our stay in the region. Cant wait to come again and see whats on the menu next time xoxoxo

RC
RobertC
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A very relaxing and homely place . Great connection between diners and the kitchen . Warm and uplifting service . Food was bursting with flavours. From start to finish food was a delight . Great to see organic and seasonal food being presented so we’ll . Our hosts were professional yet warm and friendly . The best thing was the care and love of the chefs and staff coming through in the food and experience . It was a reminder of how dining out should be .

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RussellT
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A real example of what can be done by imaginative chefs sourcing local produce and following their own ideals One of the best food experiences we have ever had

DM
DavidM
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The meal was well presented and extremely tasty with a good balance with each course
God value also

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FionaG
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow! The food was fantastic, the service perfect and staff were friendly and efficient. Loved our experience at Essen.

GB
GregB
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Absolutely beautiful food and wonderful friendly service.

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vipBrisso2002
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was excellent, particularly the trout entree and the dessert of yoghurt lime and pomegranate as was the side of greens.

The amuse bouche of chicken stock and crepe was underwhelming, and I hate to sound too critical but the lamb was a little dry particularly when the menu was fixed.

The Macgregor Terrace building could do with a freshen up, but really very good food in a regional town restaurant.

SS
SueS
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed eating here, very special, wonderful flavours and cooked to perfection. We can’t wait to go back again.

PP
PennyP
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a small quaint little restaurant. The food was absolutely brilliant- along with the service.

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RebekahE
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A beautiful experience at Essen in Stanthorpe. What a find, in a small town too.
The menu is set, but we had a lovely dinner and divine dessert. I had thought we would be eating traditional German cuisine, but it was still a great experience. BYO

JB
JanetteBarry
6 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Set menu did not disappoint. The entree was a true delight. Main was well cooked and portions generous. Dessert was stunningly beautiful. A night to remember. BYO makes it very affordable. Bravo to the owners!

LM
LisM
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Best restaurant in Stanthorp. Food was exceptional, showcasing local produce. Service was great. Highly recommend.

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Jennifer
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service and unique ambiance- we will be back!

FAQs

Essen Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 190 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.