**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,
- 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
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.
As usual this experience was beautiful. Food delicious and ambiance beautiful. Great little restaurant!❤️Booking again for October!👏👏👏
Always friendly and accommodating to our needs even though it is a set menu they always change it a little for us as we are on a Keto diet
Food was amazing and service was top notch!
All three courses were unreal! Great atmosphere nearby the wood fire and byo wine made it absolutely perfect!
Wonderful service and superb balanced set menu. Highly recommended.
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
A culinary experience and friendly excellent service.
Lovely meal, attentive staff, background music a little intrusive for older ears
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.
A superbly balanced set menu where each course was fantastic.
Would eat here anytime.
Delicious food, great concept. Thoroughly enjoyed every course!
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
Large group and we all enjoyed the meal. Nice mix of flavours and textures. Will visit again
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.
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
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!
Amazing meal, great atmosphere and fantastic customer service
Best place in Stanthorpe. We have been a few times, and the set menu never disappoints. Flawless delivery, beautiful food, friendly hosts. Book early!
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.
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.
Terrific venue. Claudia & her team provide outstanding food & excellent service
Loved the service , loved the honesty of the food. Will be back again
Lovely food. A straightforward set menu done really well. We had a great night at Essen and would go back again when in Stanthorpe.
fixed menu which changes weekly based on what is locally in season. Talented chef and kitchen team with great service
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.
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.)
The food was fabulous, the staff were warm and friendly, we loved our experience at Essen and look forward to going back soon.
Wonderful calm ambience, super creative talented chef!! Delicious food.
Front of house, claudia, was warm fun and entertaining. A great evening.
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
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.
Essen Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 203 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.