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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
  • Email: dine@ottosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (608) 274-4044
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • 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
  • "My husband and I went to Otto's for our wedding anniversary and had a wonderful dining experience. I ordered the seafood combo and the salmon, scallops, and shrimp were cooked to perfection. My husband had a steak and he said that also was flavorful and seasoned well.Our waiter was very attentive.Our courses came at nice intervals and we never felt rushed. The wait for our main course was very short. We splurged on an appetizer which was stuffed mushrooms and that also was very tasty and just the right size, so it didn't spoil our appetite for supper. The old fashioned I had was excellent! The ambience of an older home was very cozy and relaxing. Will definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Being from Chicago, we were unfamiliar with Otto's but it sounded interesting. The food was very good. As was the service."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was very good and healthy options were plenty. Table by us was taking pictures every two seconds w a bright flash so that got annoying but ither than that it was perfect."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Our delicious main course was book-ended by a superb tomato bisque and and equally superb blood-orange sorbet. I especially would like to commend our server. She was truly professional in the best sense. Friendly and helpful, low key, pleased to answer my daughter's questions about the history of the building, solicitous but not intrusive; she added hugely to our enjoyment of the experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner. We were 11 people in our group, everyone with separate bills. This was handled to perfection. The food was excellent. The waitress was courteous, efficient, and very pleasant. No complaints of any kind. Will definitely return often."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Tuesday through Thursday Otto's has a tasting menu with choice of one of two featured appetizers/entrees/dessert for $25 and wine tasting with each course for additional $10. A real bargain and worth trying. We have done this twice and enjoyed it. The atmosphere in the old farmhouse is good and there is a thriving bar where food is also served for those wanting a snack."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Otto's is one of my favorite places. The combination of a quiet, relaxed atmosphere and gourmet food provides for a perfect dining experience. I visit Otto's on every trip I make to Madison. The atmosphere is best described as casual, yet elegant. My favorites are the New Zealand lamb chops and the Chilean sea bass. My business partner thoroughly enjoys the perfectly aged prime beef. We've also taken advantage of the special tasting menus, which pair a perfectly matched glass of wine with every course, all the way through dessert. (By the way - try their Napoleon for dessert - you've never had anything like it.) There are only a few restaurants in New Orleans and Boston that I would rate as highly. Try Otto's - it is quite unique."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We've been going to Otto's for years to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The food is always wonderful and the service superb. Most recently, we were there with our daughter to celebrate our 41st anniversary. It was a very busy night and when our table wasn't ready at our reservation time, we were offered a free appetizer (delicious!) We declined dessert after our meal -- we were stuffed -- but our waitress suggested we choose a complimentary dessert and take it home -- she'd overheard us toasting our anniversary. You can't go wrong at Otto's!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is a great adult spot for a Saturday night dinner with friends. The atmosphere is conducive to conversation and the service is good but not disruptive."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Ordered the Rib eye steak. It was cooked perfect and was better than the very expensive steak houses. Server was great; Friendly and food came out in a resonable time. Will definitely recommend and return."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Otto's is a nice little restaurant in a historic home. Hidden away in a grove of trees, one can imagine the family that originally lived in this sweet home. Rib eye was very nicely cooked. A little more than the medium rare ordered, but still nice. Server was sweet and very attentive. Quiet and a nice place to have dinner with old friends."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food is always excellent. The dining rooms can be crowded, I think they try to put too many tables in the space available. It is a "fancy" restaurant with out the pretense."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We loved our experience at Otto's. Great service in the bar and at our table. The sea bass was fantastic and the lamb was extremely tender and flavorful. Salads, sides and bread were all outstanding too. I definitely plan to dine here again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Our Valentines Dinner at Otto's was quite nice. Our requests for a quiet corner table and waitperson of choice were honored. The food was nicely presented. The calamari was excellent; hot but not greasy. The lobster was good size but a bit soggy. The Greek salad with chicken was excellent, as usual."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was my first time to Otto's and it was fabulous. the building is older so space is tight but the food was wonderful. This is the best filet mignon in madison. Truffle fries were great, mashed potatoes were a little bit heavy on the garlic but still good."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Another outstanding dining experience at Otto's Restaurant. We went on Valentine's Day & were seated promptly at our reservation time. Wait staff is attentive, but not overly chatty--just the perfect amount of professionalism, courtesy, and information. Food was cooked perfectly, and attractively-displayed. The ambience is quaint, homey and love the character of the restaurant (it's a former home that was converted). We have NEVER had an experience that's less than perfect; that's why we choose to go to Otto's for special occasions (and regular dining occasions). They never disappoint. They have a good thing going. We would recommend Otto's to anyone!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It is so nice to find such a great restaurant that is local. We were treated very well and we got the attention when we needed it."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We have been to Otto's many times and we are never disappointed with the food, drinks and service. There is "quality" in all those areas. Kim (the bar manager) always friendly and makes great drinks, the wait staff are very professional and attentive, we just are very pleased with Otto's whenever we visit them."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Otto's delivers steady quality with a varied menu. We love the (small) downstairs bar."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Otto's is a favorite. My wife and I have been going for years and had a wonderful experience every time. We're partial to the seafood, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The wine list is fun, the selections aren't available in the local shops. As you can tell, we're fans and pleased to give Otto's a top recommendation based on many visits."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Madison has many excellent restaurants and sometimes we forget the familiar, friendly, and outstanding favorites - notably, Otto's. A great bar, excellent menu, food and service (great service!). The deck is very nice if it ever warms up again. Inside, we prefer the second floor to the third. Just feels ... cozier."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Otto's at one time had been our family home and it was wonderful to see it being used as an excellent restaurant. The food was superb and our waitress very attentive. A large party in the room made hearing a bit difficult but other than that we had a great evening and we will be back!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We typically dine at Otto's for special occasions, and it has been a while since our last visit. The cuisine, as usual, was suburb and my wife and I enjoyed celebrating my birthday. My only complaint - no after dinner espresso. Or cappuccino."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Loved the atmosphere! Would love to go back for another special occasion."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Love Otto's . Summer jazz is wonderful. We like dinner in winter too. Just a bit noisy for more than four inside. We usually go with another couple."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Always a very good venue for dinner. Great steaks, love the Turkish mixed grill. Great martinis."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food is excellent. It's a comforting and relaxing place to dine. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "What a wonderful place…any evening. thank you for keeping the beautiful site and for the great great chef. The food was terrific and always is. Thanks again Dr. Frank and Dawn Springer"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Otto's Restaurant is the first place we call to celebrate a special occasion, such as wedding anniversary, and as recently as a few days ago our birthdays. Always fantastic service and of course excellent food. I always recommend Ottos to friends and relatives. I've never been disapointed and look forward to my next reservation at Ottos."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "WE have been to Ottos many times and the food is always the best. Our favorite Madison dining spot. Much better than the high priced downtown "trendy" restaurants."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We loved the intimate bar and will look forward to staying longer and eating at a bar table in the future. Service at the bar and upstairs for dinner was perfect; attentive but not overbearing. Food was great. Fresh and well-prepared salmon and scallops. Nice presentation and solid all-around."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "My wife and I were married here several years ago and return often. Great charm and ambiance. Food is consistently superb. Owners take a personal and hands on approach to daily oprations as well as guest relations. A REAL keeper!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The people were a little too uppity for us, but the food was fantastic and the waitress was nice."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Otto's is always a great place for a special occasion or just a good night out. The atmosphere is homey and comfortable. The food is reliably wonderful - delicious and artfully presented. The bar is delightful and comfortable. Always a great choice."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "This hidden gem, was warm and cozy, with great food for the price. The seafood sampler had delicious scallops, grilled shrimp and salmon. My wifes lamb was excellent as well. The Truffel fries were overrated and I wouldn't order again. . We finished with Wonder full deserts."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "when we arrived at Otto's it was extremely loud but the ambiance was very Christmas and decorated beautifully. Our reservations were at 7:30 so it was a very busy time. We sat upstairs so if you request to sit on the first level dining it may be better. By the time we finished our dinner it was very nice. I believe at first the service was slow because of how busy they were, but the food was amazing. I had the ricotta stuffed chicken breast and my partner had the duck breast. They were wonderful. We did receive a surprise dessert from Otto's on the house. They were very gracious. Food arrived hot and delicious. I would definitely go back but just make my reservation a little later (maybe 8-8:30?)."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "The lamb i had was GREAT. I love dining there. It was my second time there. The food and the dessert was outstanding."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Been going to this restauraunt for years and it never disappoints. The food and service are outstanding. A true hidden gem in the Madison food scene."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "we had a large group (10) & still had exceptional service!!! Good menu for a variety of tastes & food was excellently prepared!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "I took my son to Otto's for dinner recently, as I knew he'd be able to eat steak, while I could have bruschetta and scallops. I also knew, from many past visits, that we could count on being seated at a quiet table. Our server was attentive, but not intrusive; our food was wonderful, from the appetizers to the dessert; and Otto's remains a favorite of mine. It may, BTW, be appropriate for several other categories than those I checked off -- I simply don't know, and 'not sure' isn't offered as an option."
    Dined on 12/10/2013