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Otto's Restaurant and Bar
Otto's Restaurant and Bar

Otto's Restaurant and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ottosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (608) 274-4044
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
    Bar: Opens 3:30 Tuesday - Friday; 4:30 Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Karl Granberg
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Otto's accommodates semi-private and private parties of up to 40 guests in the top-floor dining room (accessible by stairs only). Customized menus are offered and our staff will work with you to fulfill special requests specific to your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Kamil Tanyeri (608) 274-4044
  • Entertainment: From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Otto's features live jazz performances Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30, on our canopy-covered deck. Deck reservations can be made only by calling the restaurant directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yellowstone Drive
  • Public Transit: Madison Metro Bus Route 67, Mineral Point Rd. and Yellowstone Dr. stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample on-site parking directly in front of and to the side of the restaurant.
A word from Otto's Restaurant and Bar
A locally-owned Madison favorite, Otto's is set in a beautifully restored 1870s stone farm house with two dining levels. The menu features creative, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, fresh seafood and charbroiled Certified Angus Beef steaks. A friendly lower-level bar serves classic cocktails and fine wines, and half-price appetizers from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday – Friday. Outdoor dining and live jazz are featured on the deck during the summer. From fall through spring a mid-week $25 three-course Chef's Tasting Menu is offered. Otto's is not recommended for parties with children under the age of 7.

Note: Online reservations are available for the dining rooms only. Bar and deck table reservations must be made via telephone.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We tried Ottos because of a gluten free requirement of one of our group. They have a large number of gluten free options which is great. The menu is well rounded and has something for everyone. Server was efficient but not very friendly. Well rehearsed lines, with no deviation. Sometimes asking for something felt like we were putting her out. The restaurant was FAR too hot. It was so hot that I lost my appetite and was having to drink the ice water to cool down. We were seated on the top floor, but when going downstairs it wasn't any cooler. I spoke to the manager and asked why it was so hot; there was absolutely no apology. He said they have to leave the patio door open which makes the whole house hot. Avoid on a hot day."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Best crab cake appetizer I've tasted yet...and I try them everywhere!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dining experience with a French friend and her visiting parents. I had the fish special, mom had the spinach salad and the others had steaks. All were perfectly cooked and the sides were all very good. We picked a very good red Merlot (Silverado), and capped it all off with crème brulee, pistachio cake, and chocolate gelato for dessert. The wait staff at Otto's is always excellent. Friendly, very helpful with choosing the food and wine offerings, and the service is second to none."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I went to Ottos for my birthday last year and loved it so much I asked to go again this year. The food is always so great and the portions are very generous. I love the staff here, waiters are always so professional and knowledgable about the menu and wine pairing. We will be back again for my birthday next year!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food was excellent although could add another vegetarian entree. Service was very good but a bit intrusive and felt rushed because cleared the table very quickly before everyone was done eating."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Outstanding is the only word to describe my dining experience at Otto's from start to finish! The food/service is the finest to be found. I have never been disappointed and you can be rest assured you will not be either. The best restaurant in Madison hands down!!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My wife and I came here without knowing much of anything about Otto's and our experience was fantastic. We ordered drinks, appetizers, soup/salad, entrees, and dessert. All of the aforementioned were delightful. They really developed of lot of flavors in their food with exception of the salmon, which is why they only get 4 stars overall. The salmon was cooked perfectly, but they didn't really have any seasoning on it at all. That being said, the scallops and shrimp were great. Their vegetables were cooked to perfection and everything worked together on the plate. When we got the bill we were pleasantly surprised with the total for the amount of food we got. This is a great place to eat and I would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My wife and I have enjoyed Otto's before, and we chose it for our 40th anniversary and it was totally a great experience. Great food, pleasant environment, great service and it was delightful. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Everything was wonderful. Food delicious, wait staff very attentive. Very interesting it's in a house. The noise level wasn't bad at all for the upstairs. Could definitely tell that they just knocked the walls out, but they didn't try to shove a lot of seating upstairs. I have to say again that the food was delicious. Melt in your mouth just plain good. Only odd thing about going for my first time was trying to get to the dining area - I guess we came through the "back" as we found ourselves in the bar at first. Confused looks must abound, as we were very nicely pointed in the direction of the dining area. Next time, we'll have to try the patio!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Our party of 5 had a very good meal out on Otto's deck. We were initially seated on the top floor inside, but due to accessibility issues (lots and lots of stairs), we were moved to the outside deck. Our waiter was very attentive and pleasant. Overall, nice experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent Lamb dinner---tender with a delish pesto sauce drizzled on top."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Otto's has a fun outdoor dining area. Live performace Music is good. A little too loud. Cuts off conversation. I would call everything "overcooked". Food is tasty, but overcooked."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "If you're a regular at Otto's your familiar with the awesome warm sour dough bread they bring before dinner. The bread is one of the reasons for choosing this restaurant. Well, they changed the bread. The bread we received with our dinner was pretty bad. No one in our party had more than one bite. Started the evening on a disappointing note. It was also very noisy. to a level that you couldn't converse. It was a very busy night. Service and dinner was great as always."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Otto's is our family's go-to place for a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc). They are consistent in both excellent service and delicious food. Have not been disappointed ever with Otto's."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We celebrated our anniversary and my wife's birthday at our most special dining place. The bar was friendly and comfortable, the food was exceptional and the service was great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "As always the food and service at Otto's was perfect. We have eaten here many times and not once had a problem with either, however, the past two times we have experienced problems with noise. On our last visit we were placed next to a very loud/boisterous/intoxicated group of six. On this visit, we had a great spot on the outdoor, covered, deck. Beautiful evening. Quiet Tuesday, not busy at all. It could have been a perfect night had the woman seated next to us in the corner not spent a good 10 minutes visiting with her daughter on her cell phone! PEOPLE, EVERYONE SPEAKS LOUDER ON A CELL PHONE, even if you think you are speaking softly! I do put some of the blame on the restaurant for not asking the woman to step out of the dining area."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Excellent service. Fast, efficient, not obtrusive. Good food as usual (love the tomato bisque and blood orange sorbet). However, the stairs were extremely difficult for one of our group. If we had known our table would involve such a climb we would have requested another one, since there was plenty of room below. Perhaps the server could have noticed our friend struggling?"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We dined at Otto's for a second time a couple of weekends ago. The service in the bar was excellent--friendly and accommodating. The service at the table was outstanding and it was beautiful to dine on the porch. Our friend tried duck for the first time and he thought it was delicious and so was the sea bass and lamb. We will definitely return to this restaurant."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My wife and I dine at Otto's roughly each month and we get the 3 cheese plate appetizer and an 8 Oz Filet, always very tender, always cooked perfectly. Best in town, especially for the price. The soups are also quite good. Summer balcony dining is very relaxing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Made a reservation for early evening when there was not a full house of diners. We both ordered seafood... one dinner was mixed seafood grill the other was Scottish salmon special. Both meals were well prepared and very tasty. The server was very pleasant and efficient. She offered gluten-free toast with the salad (I have celiac disease) which was a nice touch. Orange sorbet was our dessert and it was also very good. Overall it was a very pleasant and satisfying dining experience. We will do it again."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I had the duck and many places dont know how to cook it correctly. The duck was the best Ive had in a long time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've been visiting Madison once a month for several years and one of my regular stops has always been at Otto's. Great ambiance, great service, great wines and above all, fine cuisine which means that selecting a dish is actually hard. Way to go with the 3-course menu at $25, or $35 if you add the pairing wines. Only regret: this menu is not offered in the summer time."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Walleye special was colorless and lacked flavor with bland almond coating. Tomato bisque soup was very nice as was Ceasar salad."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We have eaten at Otto's many times over the years and we feel it has some of the best food in the area as well as excellent service."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had three diverse eating preferences in our group and we were all able to find an entrée that met our needs and all were found to be very good. We had good service despite a large party in the upper level. Our server pointed that out a upon our arrival and recommended that we should get our orders in to avoid a long wait."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had 3 generations celebrating a high school graduation and a girlfriend of the graduate and a new boyfriend and we had a wonderful time together. The lamb was exceptional! Would recommend to others. Our waiter did a great job but was challenged with a witty group and I don't think he was too happy with us. He did a great job though."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "New Zealand rack of lamb was excellent. Dinner service was timely but not rushed."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Vegetables had an unusual spice and too much of it. I wanted to taste vegetable not basil, dill, or whatever it was. Both of us felt an over use of spices in our meals."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Otto's is always good. Service is excellent and all your needs are taken care of with a smile. Husband's Chilean Bass was wonderful. My salmon which I had asked for rare came well-done. However, they quickly apologized and returned with a perfectly done substitute. They know how to keep a happy customer."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We had a great meal on a Friday evening at Otto's. We're seated outside on the side patio area. Next time we'll make reservations for the covered patio so we won't have to deal with the hot afternoon sun in our eyes. Chose a sampler starter with mushroom caps, bruschetta and prosciutto wrapped shrimp. Shrimp was a bit chewy but the other two were great. Chose the Scottish salmon special and the diver scallops for our main course. Everything was seasoned well, scallops and salmon prepared perfectly and the rice was a great complement to the scallops. Portions were good sized and we had enough salmon and rice left over for one lunch the following day. Service was attentive and very friendly. Will definitely dine here again."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "There was a mix-up with our order in the kitchen so there was a slight delay in our service. The waitress offered us complementary dessert to compensate, but it wasn't necessary as the delay wasn't that bad. Very nice dinner. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great find.. Friendly neighborhood place.. Great food and excellent service"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This restaurant is one of my favorites. The excellent quality of the food is always consistent, service great-even on an extremely busy night. Great bar as well, with many options, and great appetizer options."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "try the pistachio cake with apricot sauce - unforgettable!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent Lamb Chops. Go there for many special life cycle events because we know it will be consistant."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We had been dining at this restaurant since it opened, but stopped a few years ago after several unpleasant experiences with the food. We have tried it again three times over the last 3-4 months. The problem is the food. It's just not all that good. The fish is over-sauced, the steak is thin, a bit dry (no marbling), cooked on a too-low heat, and pretty much tasteless. The salads are good and the service is superb. We doubt we'll be visiting again anytime soon ... a shame since it's locally owned and only a short drive from our home."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Two of us in the party are gluten free and dairy free, and it was so awesome to go to a restaurant that really understands that and got it right. Not just that, but the dinner was awesome and our server was good. All in all, an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Otto in several years, and my companion had never dined there. Our experience was wonderful. The atmosophere was warm, the cocktails outstanding, the service excellent, and the food delicious and beautifully presented. I dine out often, and I am sorry it took me so long to re-visit Otto's. It is surely one of Madison's top restaurants. I'll be back soon and often. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to Otto's for 13 to 14 years it is consistently one of the best restaurants in the Madison area. The food and service have always been excellent and Kim the bartender is a true gem."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "wow, what a nice find. this is probably the best restaurant we have ever dined. the ambiance was great, sitting outside, beautiful flowers in the flower boxes, nice linens and then the food.... super good and nice size portions. the tomato bisque soup was the best I had had, the duck my husband has very good. we will definitely be back. we used the Around Me app on my phone as we were just passing through, that App found us our hotel and this excellent restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014