About 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, 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. Otto's is not recommended for parties with children under the age of 7. Otto's is now wheelchair accessible.

Note: Online reservations are available for the dining rooms only. Bar and deck table reservations must be made via telephone.

6405 Mineral point Road
Madison, WI 53705
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Continental, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
Bar: Opens 3:30 Tuesday - Saturday

Cross Street:
Yellowstone Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 274-4044

Website:
http://www.ottosrestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Ample on-site parking directly in front of and to the side of the restaurant. Wheelchair accessible ramp is located on the west side (back) of the restaurant along with ample parking.

Public Transit:
Madison Metro Bus Route 67, Mineral Point Rd. and Yellowstone Dr. stop.

Executive Chef:
Karl Granberg

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:
Private Dining Coordinator: (877) 432-0009

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Otto's Restaurant and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Bar Seating (12)
Authentic (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Romantic (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Business Meals (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Casual (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Healthy (5)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Ottos is a hidden gem. Food is always excellent and the bar is a great place to grab a drink before dinner. It was a little noisy on Saturday night but most of the time it’s an easy place to talk around the table. We always say we need to come back more often because the food is always great. They were doing a prisoner wine company special so that is always a bonus!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food. Very good selection for chef's menu. Especially with wine tasting. Good value.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I had been wanting to go there for years. It was great! I enjoyed the yummy scallops and hubby had the rib steak and garlic mashed potatoes. I will be going again and spreading the good word.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent service and attention to detail by staff. Food was great with wonderful flavor. Nice wine selection for price range.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Another wonderful meal and excellent service. They made our wedding rehearsal dinner an evening to remember! Thank you to Dave and Quinn, as always!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good food good service and a good time. Very consistent and a favorite.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was our first visit to Otto's. The structure is a charming old farm house which provides a wonderful atmosphere. The drinks and food were very good. I had a steak which was cooked and seasoned perfectly. My wife had the Sea Bass which was also wonderful. Our server was outstanding and added to our wonderful experience. Highly recommend you try this hidden little gem.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We always enjoy returning here. This evening was louder than we have ever experienced before, but the exuberant people at the next table did not interfere at all with our enjoyment of the excellent food and lovely presentation. We will come again soon.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food and service is always excellent. This weeks tasting menu featured an octopus salad and cassoulet which my husband ordered. He said it was excellent. It. Was. Nice to see the octopus salad as it was a new and very good dish. I had the New York strip which was perfectly rare.. the addition of onion straws was a good choice. The pumpkin. Cheesecake was delicious, more like a mousse and should remain on the menu. This is a great restaurant and is our go to standby

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food and Service! Reservation request (main floor seating) honored. Able to carry on a conversation with another couple we met for dinner ~ noise level was acceptable.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Reliably good service, food and cocktails. The menu doesn’t change so it’s nice that the tasting menu adds variety. The scallops are the best in Madison.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Otto's is an old favorite of ours. We had discerning out of town friends who are used to 'fine dining' & we wanted to impress them for Alumni Homecoming at the UW. They were very impressed with the staff, food, and atmosphere. Special mention has to go to our host Dave & our server Quinn. They both go out of the way to make you feel like old friends visiting them again. The menu is inspiring, fresh, and delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious and portions very generous. I very much appreciated the variety of gluten free items on the menu. It's a lovely place to dine with a family friendly environment and great service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Jessica was a great server! Really enjoyed our anniversary dinner!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2017

A cozy atmosphere in a multi level old house. Menu has a Mediterranean bent...very tasty...and healthy, too. Steak and seafood selections as well. Our waitress had just the right level of attentiveness, friendliness and fun sense of humor. She recommended bread pudding for dessert and it was scrumptious!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great food, service. Unfortunately, I picked a night after a Badger game- and the noise level was higher than I wanted for our anniversity dinner. It was great for the first half-hour but then a group of fans decided to loudly share their colorful language......lesson learned. Apparently, my wife was not impressed so the evening ended early.....

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Really great meal not too far from downtown. Can always count on getting a table same day even on busy badger game days. Really enjoy this place

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food and service (meal and Bar ) a Madison go to

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Otto’s is one of our favorite places. Lovely old farmhouse. Delicious fresh food. Beautiful presentation and good service. We love the fish and duck in particular.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Happy Hour, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

GREAT atmosphere, service and food. I'm looking at this as an option for dinner after my sons college graduation. The only complaint I would have is that the noise level was terrible. My son and I were trying to have a conversation and it was so loud we couldn't even hear ourselves. So with my larger group for the after graduation dinner, that would be my only concern.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server seemed like he would rather be some where else! Always had to ask anything we needed including a second drink and the check.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Loved the menu selections including the 2 appetizers we ordered. Our waitress seemed very business like and maybe even an edge of acting irritated, but not sure why.

Tags: Healthy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Always happy having dinner at Otto's! Great tasting menu the night we went. Perfect wine pairings and amazing Door County cherry macaroons! Highly

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Outstanding as always. Had our favorite waitress who has been at Otto's from the beginning. Food delicious. Not rushed but meal prompt. Can't say enough. Glad the new owners were able to keep things the same. Looking forward to coming Iagain soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 2, 2017

great food and service! Very good wine selections and bar. Our favorite Madison restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Otto's is our "go to" place for special occasions. The food, beverages, and service are consistently excellent.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Everything was absolutely perfect. They more than accommodated one wheelchair guest and the service was impeccable. The food was outstanding. We had the hummus appetizer and it was a large quantity. Everyone had something different including 2 tasting menus, pasta, duck, steak, scallops and fish. It was certainly a memorable night!

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent atmosphere. Quiet and sophisticated. Calamari was great -- perfect for two. Delicious lamb and sea bass. Good wine selection at fair prices.

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 (Naples)·Dined on August 19, 2017

A beautiful night on the porch. The weather was perfect, the food delicious and we had great service. A very enjoyable evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Friendly and efficient staff. I ordered this scallops with risotto. 3 very large diver scallops were nicely seared on the outside. Done to perfection. My husband had the tasting menu with wine. The mussel and skate wing entre good with the exception of the skate wing cheeks which were tasteless. The lobster corn bisque was also very good and the chocolate gelato should always be on the menu. I highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Very quaint, excellent service great food

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Welcoming and accommodating host, server, Ally, knowledgable. Well timed even though busy. Server pleasant without being intrusive. Nice presentation. A special restaurant!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Our server was nice, but always seemed rushed and that made us uncomfortable. Our food was good as was the wine we had. It was nice to sit outdoors with the good weather.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Wonderful food. Excellent service. By far, our most favorite restaurant in Madison.

Tags: Good for Groups, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Excellent lamb and ribeye. Upper-level room was nearly empty and quiet.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We went for the tasting menu which was very good. Chef Karl Granberg never disappoints. They know our favorite table and always reserve it for us. All of the waitstaff are very professional and courteous. We always ask for Quin who is our favorite. The scallops are done to perfection. Never overdone. The kofte is excellent as is the tomato bisque. This is a solid restaurant that never disappoints. During the summer they have live jazz on the deck and year around offer a chefs tasting menu with wine pairing. These are dishes that never appear on the regular menu. Worth going for.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Was pleasantly surprised. We had the chef's menu with the wine pairings. The appetizer, main entree and dessert were all good and I was truly impressed with the wine's that were paired with each. The chef did a good job. Also, we didn't think that $30 for appetizer, entree and dessert was a bad price and with the pairing only $15 more.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Waitress Quinn (sp?) was the best waitress in the world. She was so attentive and a joy for every conversation. Love her - Give her a raise

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Our server was good. While the location is nice and the outdoor patio area is fun for outdoor dining, the food itself was mediocre and overpriced. It was very expensive for what it was. The Caesar salads were watery and dressing was very poor and tasteless. The duck was overcooked and mashed potatoes were mushy. The salmon dish was just okay and the spinach with it was watery and overcooked and had no flavor. I was very disappointed in the cost, over $100 with tip for a disappointing meal.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 8, 2017

One of our go-to restaurants. consistently good food and service.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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