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

Otto's Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://ottosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6082744044x
  • 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: Continental, Mediterranean
  • 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 6082744044x
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Otto's Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (67)romantic (54)great for outdoor dining (48)neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (40)good for groups (23)notable wine list (17)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (3)scenic view (3)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Simply Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I went here on a date. We had not tried the restaurant before, and my husband is apprehensive about trying things for the first time. It turned out to be fantastic!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Service was attentive. Moved us away from a louder, large group. Excellent salmon in grape leaves. Excellent bruschetta. Ribeye was full of flavor and cooked exactly right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had a great experience on a Friday night. The waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and gave us some great suggestions. This is one of the better places in Madison to dine and we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Otto's
    goodeatin
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We dine every month with another couple and try to always try new places. Otto's is at the top of our list so decided to frequent it instead of always trying a new place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • if you like lamb or sea bass
    crazy4food
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I have been dining here for years and these are the only two things we ever get because they are so consistently divine. The appetizers are also wonderful, as is the Strawberry Napoleon dessert. We have always had good service and never had to wait when we have had a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We are from Minneapolis and we brought my aunt here to celebrate her birthday. Great service and really interesting and delicious food. I had the sea bass and it was the best I've had. My husband's steak was perfect and very delicious. My aunt got the ricotta stuffed chicken and it was enough for her to take home and eat the next day. She was so excited to get a complementary dessert for her 91st birthday. It was a very enjoyable evening and we will definitely go back when we are in Madison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Anniversary
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a party of eight celebrating an anniversary. The group next to us was in a celebratory mood and very, very,very noisy. We could not hear conversation even with the person sitting next to us. The staff made arrangements to move us to one of two places. We were on the way when the group next to us suddenly quieted down and we remained at our table. We had two persons with unusual dietary needs due to health concerns. The staff was extremely helpful. This was all done without fuss or overt attention. The food was excellent; the mood festive; and we all had a wonderful time. Finally, the outstanding server took pictures with both cameras. Five stars for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 1st visit-will return, wonderful
    Supportlocalpubs
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    1st visit by my wife and I to Otto's, our 16th Aniversary. Charming building, ate inside, a stormy day out. Upper floor almost full, quiet. Great service, wide selection of appetizers, the Bruscetta fresh, delicious. The side salads fresh, crisp. My wife's chicken breast delicious, my Mediterranean Mix better, great sampling of lamb, chicken, kabobs. The desert complimentary, and wonderful, the Creme Brûlée and Chocolate Suffle the best in Wisconsin, wow, great. My wife's Old Fashoined Sour done well, tasty, a great value. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very fancy
    Chillwang
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    My experience was more than pleasant. The waitresses were all incredibly friendly and definitely noticed when our table needed something. The food was also cooked perfectly. I had gotten the lamb chops and the meat came out exactly the way I ordered it. The green beans were crunchy but lacked a little flavor. I personally like a little bit more though so I just added salt and was content. The potatos were also delicious as the outside was crispy but the inside was still fluffy. Great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So so. Too hot.
    Madfoodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Best crab cake appetizer I've tasted yet...and I try them everywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Otto's is still a gem.
    BUCKIE1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place to dine!
    Dmarie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special birthday dinner
    specialdiner
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Kate
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    gbrock
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening at Otto's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food - beware of stairs
    DevilBlueDress
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Otto's
    Shooter
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent Lamb dinner---tender with a delish pesto sauce drizzled on top.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Outdoor Dining
    TravelerG
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not the same
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always top notch
    Pamm
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cell Phones, Really?
    Warren
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • repeater
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second experience @ Otto's
    Sara
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Filet Mignon and Cheese Plate
    Josephas
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Madisonpal
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a home run!
    ChefIndien
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninteresting
    SanaliA
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Walleye special was colorless and lacked flavor with bland almond coating. Tomato bisque soup was very nice as was Ceasar salad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    DineOut
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good variety
    BACCHUS1
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great for a high school celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Visit
    Out2eat
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    New Zealand rack of lamb was excellent. Dinner service was timely but not rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spices
    Birdlovers
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood spot
    ngrane
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Madison Mainstay.
    johnnquestVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Dependable dining experience with good food and good service in Madison. Not spectacular but consistently good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal at Otto's
    AJNG
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 537 reviews are from the Otto's Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.