**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
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Chairs very uncomfortable, ambiance very average considering the price of the food. No vale for money. Food was tasty but had to return lamb as still bloody. Would not return. Staff average.
Thanks to the fabulous team at Essen for another delicious dining experience.
Always so good!
Great food as usual. Service excellent and overall a very enjoyable evening
A ‘unique’ experience. We adored the cozy, homely atmosphere…plus the fact you could hear one another talk ;-)
Entree was excellent but the main course was dissapointing, probably due to the selected ingredients for the weeks menu. Perhaps booking when the menus is known is an advantage.
Friendly, welcoming and superb dining. Could not fault.
Fine dining with a set menu. Each meal element is paired and orchestrated to perfection with the infusion of fresh, seasonal and local produce. Personalised service excellence exudes in a quaint, private dining experience . Highly highly recommend.
Absolutely outstanding! Made our Anniversary so special!
What an spectacular night
The food was amazing and service was swift and courteous
Chef has created a great menu this week
Can’t wait to have an excuse to drive 3.5hrs to go back
Definitely worth making the time
Such a pleasant surprise find! Beautiful food and the service was friendly and attentive!
Great food in a pleasant setting - we do like sitting outside when available, great value for money, high standard of food for a regional town.
We will definitely be back, the food was incredible and the wait staff were lovely.
Loved every little bit. Food outstanding and service excellent.
The entre and the dessert were fine as was the amuse bouche .The main course was disappointing . The fennel was cold ,deliberate? The roasted cauliflower mash was great but only enough for one taste. The trout was nothing special and the kumquat sauce lacked flavour
I would recommend tablecloths, more comfortable cushions (they slide forwards ), and a 'snake' for the very cold draught coming in under the door behind our table,
Otherwise a great night- truly delicious food and great service.
Essen in Stanthorpe is our favourite restaurant. Their set menu always showcases Clarissa's creative flair with local ingredients. We have been delighted with every visit and to date have been there eight times. We will keep going back to sample the great service, the relaxed atmosphere and the fabulous food.
We had the 3 course option. Duck main course was provided for my wife who does not eat seafood. All the meals were very tasty. Service was friendly and quick (and slowed down a little when requested to!) Highly recommended
Terrific food and service. Could not find fault at all.
Amazing food, wonderful service, special thank you to Grace!
Absolutely fabulous meal and service. I could not fault it. We were staying at Girraween Environmental Lodge so it was a 30 minute drive to dinner but I was so glad we did it - it was certainly worth the drive.
Our first time to Essen after a few very good recommendations while we were staying in Stanthorpe. Definitely worth the visit. Food was delicious and love that it's BYO.
We went there for our anniversary. It was amazing experience. Great concept, interesting and fresh ingredients, perfectly execution, pretty presentation, friendly service, worm and lovely environment🏆🏆🏆 We will be back for sure 😋
Outstanding delicious food. Best ever!
Lovely setting with excellent service. Would definitely dine again!
Well presented and delicious food, set menu, excellent service, timely courses.
My husband and I have eaten at Essen many times. The quality of the food is always exceptional and we often get to try things we’ve never eaten before. The atmosphere is always unhurried, kind and assured. We’ve taken friends and family of all ages. It’s always a special night out.
As long as you're comfortable with a set menu with no choices, this place is a gem. Food is good though not exactly great, BYO to keep prices down, service solid but not inspiring. We would have liked it to be slowed down a bit (since Covid everything is so rushed, each course barely finished before the next arrives!), not sure why corkage is $3 per person when we had to pour our own wine but the staff were pleasant enough. Prices were very fair I thought, atmosphere not special but fine. Not a special night out, but a comfortable and tasty one.
pleasurable and very relaxing
great food and service
Mouthwatering cuisine prepared uniquely. Such lovely staff
Essen is divine. Food was perfect. Service was friendly and engaging. Highly recommend it for an overall fabulous dining experience.
We thought your food was amazing.
The noise was a little louder than our last visit, due to a very loud table seated nearby. Our group of four was near the front door and not so noisy and quite private.
What a delight to find such an amazing restaurant in such a small town. We loved it. The food was amazing and the service genuine and friendly.
Great concept - like being invited to a friend's place for dinner. Menu posted on website so you know what will be served. Main course of Wood fired Porchetta was superb, the entree of Venison carpaccio was beautifully presented but a little too rich for my personal taste.The Amuse Bouche is a delicious surprise. Would definitely recommend and go again when in the area.
Great food offering in Stanthorpe. Certainly the best we experienced. Top quality in ingredients and superb preparation. Highly recommended
Such a lovely experience. Not matter what is on the menu, it is always exquisite.
Outstanding. Dined there twice while staying in stanthorpe .
Very nice food. Good service.
Amazing food and great atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
Delicious eclectic dinner as always.
Perfect sized dinner for us
Always love being surprised by the delicious food.
Thanks to the Essen Team
Great food. Enjoyed having the set menu as we could leave it up to the expert chef to design the menu based on what was in season.
Essen Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 233 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.