Essen Haus Banquets





"You did a wonderful job of getting our group fed, entertained,

and ready for the game. In particular, I appreciate how responsive and

nimble your team was on getting things set up inside after the

inclement weather during set up." 

-Northwestern University


The Essen Haus is the perfect destination for any special occasion.

Your guests will be amazed by our award winning food, authentic German decor and live music

We can accomodate groups of up to 100 or more people, and look forward to hosting your event.


Please click on the tabs above to learn more about our banquets.

Or download our Banquet Menu here

'Tis the season for celebration!

Book a family-style dinner banquet before Feb. 28 and mention the holiday
"postcard" below to receive FREE apfel strudel
with dinner!






Banquet Rooms


Essen Haus has three seperate dining areas, each ranging in size. The smallest holds 60, while the next largest holds 100 and is always offered unless already booked. If you have a party too large for either of those banquet rooms, we offer our main dining hall.

Should you like to hold a banquet during non-business hours, we are happy to open our doors to you. In this case, we can accomodate much larger parties.

Click on the links below to take a look inside...

Konig's Halle - Capacity of 60 people
The Treft - Capacity of 100 people
Main Dining Room


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Essen Haus Tailgates and

Outdoor Parties

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Custom Tailgate and Outdoor Parties


Brats and Burgers prepared on our huge outdoor grill with condiments, potato salad, and baked beans.

Party Area with outdoor and indoor seating, generous amounts of space, and a covered patio.

Kegs of beer available.

Unlimited complimentary non-alcoholic drinks.

Friendly staff to enhance your experience.


Tailgates and Outdoor Events Receive


Free Parking

Free Shuttles to Camp Randal football games.

Indoor Restrooms


Optional Add-ons


Pig Roast 

Additional Food Choices 

Kegs of Bier


Live Music






Essen Haus Banquet







We do not charge a room rental fee. We do require a Visa or MasterCard to hold on file, or a $50 deposit, to reserve a private room on your requested date. The credit card on file will not be charged unless requested and cash deposits will be deducted from the final bill.

We do not issue separate checks for banquets. Only one check will be issued for the event. All bills must be paid the day of the event unless prior written arrangements have been made. We accept Visa and Mastercard. We cannot accept out of state checks.

Food and beverage sales are subject to 5.5% sales tax and a 18% gratuity charge. Tax exempt groups must provide a copy of their tax exempetion certificate in advance.

We reserve the right to seat groups in the area most suited to size and type of function. We also reserve the right to substitute rooms or private areas depending upon the final guaranteed guest count. We can not guarantee a private room during special events.

There is a $500 food minimum to guarantee a private room on Friday and Saturday nights. Main floor seating is also available.

Banquet menu prices are subject to change without notice unless a price has been guaranteed in writing and a deposit has been received.

All food and beverages must be purchased from the Essen Haus, with the exception of sheet cakes. No other carry-ins of any kind will be permitted.

Minors are welcome in the restaurant and bar area only when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We will not serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 21. Please inform your guests to bring along two forms if ID if their age is questionalbe.

We request your final food and beverage selections a minimum of two weeks prior to your event with a guaranteed final guest count three days prior to your event. We allow a 10% leeway on the final count.

The Essen haus will open up exclusively for your banquet during non-business hours for groups of 40 or more. We can also add live entertainment for an additional cost.