Essen Restaurant

4.8
233 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

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 233 People Are Saying
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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
4.7
Value
Noise · Moderate
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RosieS
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience1

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.

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vipLockie
7 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Thanks to the fabulous team at Essen for another delicious dining experience.
Always so good!

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JudyA
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food as usual. Service excellent and overall a very enjoyable evening

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Janene
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A ‘unique’ experience. We adored the cozy, homely atmosphere…plus the fact you could hear one another talk ;-)

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PamelaS
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

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.

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TrevorH
2 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Friendly, welcoming and superb dining. Could not fault.

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Locals
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Billi
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding! Made our Anniversary so special!

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KennyMac
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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RobynL
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a pleasant surprise find! Beautiful food and the service was friendly and attentive!

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RandallC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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SimoneG
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We will definitely be back, the food was incredible and the wait staff were lovely.

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MargF
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved every little bit. Food outstanding and service excellent.

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AllenB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

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

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Davec
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

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.

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Rocketcat
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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PeterK
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific food and service. Could not find fault at all.

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DeanneW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, wonderful service, special thank you to Grace!

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KerriM
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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DebbieG
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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woodyj
2 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 😋

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KarenT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding delicious food. Best ever!
Lovely setting with excellent service. Would definitely dine again!

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MartinL
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Well presented and delicious food, set menu, excellent service, timely courses.

JM
JenM
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

JM
JackyM
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

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emmanuelA
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

pleasurable and very relaxing
great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Mouthwatering cuisine prepared uniquely. Such lovely staff

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Essen is divine. Food was perfect. Service was friendly and engaging. Highly recommend it for an overall fabulous dining experience.

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Janet
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

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TIMV
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always outstanding!

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Deeandjay
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

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JerryB
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food offering in Stanthorpe. Certainly the best we experienced. Top quality in ingredients and superb preparation. Highly recommended

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Jess
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely experience. Not matter what is on the menu, it is always exquisite.

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DrueC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Outstanding. Dined there twice while staying in stanthorpe .

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Sunny
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice food. Good service.

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Billi
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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vipLockie
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious eclectic dinner as always.
Perfect sized dinner for us
Always love being surprised by the delicious food.
Thanks to the Essen Team

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

FAQs

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.