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Essen Restaurant, Stanthorpe, AU-QLD

Essen Restaurant

4.7
4.7
329 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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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 6 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

What 329 people are saying

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

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible! Food was impeccable and the service and atmosphere was warm and friendly but still what you’d expect at a fine dining restaurant. The setting was very fitting to vibe of the town but still unique! One of the best fine dining experiences I have ever had. Definitely recommend and would love to return soon.
  2. k

    kevinb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful meal at Essen, and were particularly impressed with how well they catered for a dietary restriction - some places may fob you off with a compromise, but the substitutions that the chef used here were thoughtful and delicious.
  3. MJ

    MissJane

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for an exceptional culinary experience, then Essen is the place to go. The food was amazing - beautiful presentation, sensational flavours. The staff are friendly and are able to explain the menu with great detail. I wish I lived closer so that I could go every week to experience the ever changing menu.
  4. JC

    JennyC

    Dublin

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed our dining experience at Essen. The entree (Venison Cacciatore with Mushrooms) was delicious but one piece would have been sufficient. We loved the Venison Cacciatore so much we tried to buy some the next day from Boss Meats but to our dismay Essen had bought the lot. Lucky you!
  5. SK

    ShayK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well thought out menu and dining experience. The food was AMAZING and service top notch. We so enjoyed our experience at Essen and will definitely be back! Thank you for a truly satisfying experience, we didn’t stop taking about the food and the good vibes for the rest of our stay in Stanthorpe!
  6. SM

    StellaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovely little find, we were absolutely delighted with our evening at Essen. The moment we arrived, albeit early, we were welcomed so warmly. The service was excellent and the dining room was warm and cosy with the wood burning fire. Every course was absolutely delicious, the portion sizes were perfect. Locally sourced food and BYO, what more could you ask for! Essen will be on our favourtite list and we will certainly be back the next time we are in Stanthorpe.
  7. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was delicious. Amazing combination of flavours. Great service.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday and it was beautiful
  9. NB

    NickiB

    New South Wales

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious tastes with each course. Well thought out menu for all courses. We had full menu which was perfect. Cute cottage, cosy fire, friendly waiters. We would definitely come back for another taste sensation. Highly recommended!
  10. DD

    DDBrown

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loved the food and the warm welcome - just lovely ! Only negative was the uneven tables and the uncomfortable chairs —.
  11. SB

    StevensB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing thoughtful menu absolutely full of flavour and passion.
  12. p

    petat

    Tasmania

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner at Essen was the culinary highlight of our recent visit to Stanthorpe. We chose the two course option from the set menu and our meals were delicious. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Stanthorpe.
  13. K

    Kezza

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolute perfection. Loved, loved, loved it. I went with some pretty fussy mates too, so I was very bold to pick a restaurant with a set menu. T'was a bit heart in mouth beforehand, especially when they all looked at the menu on the day and weren't super keen on it, but needn't have worried. Ended up with 9 out of 9 people all raving about the delicious food. And a cool, young and hip vibe too. Would not go to Stanthorpe now without going there. Well done Essen!
  14. DA

    DeniseA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    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.
  15. AM

    AdamM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing and the food was fantastic, they accommodated for our groups dietary needs and the night went perfectly.
  16. SN

    SophieN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    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.
  17. RW

    RossW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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. 🤩
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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!!
  27. 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.
  28. 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....
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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 😊
  32. 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.
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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!
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. LS

    LindaS

    Gold Coast

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 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.
  39. 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
  40. JH

    JudyH

    Brisbane

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service on the night but also great communication leading up to the reservation.

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 329 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 6 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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