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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
7:00 PM
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Otto's Restaurant and Bar

4.7
944 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Continental, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
Bar: Opens 3:30 Tuesday - Saturday
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Phone number
(608) 274-4044
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Karl Granberg
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (877) 432-0009
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Yellowstone Drive
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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.
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Public transit
Madison Metro Bus Route 67, Mineral Point Rd. and Yellowstone Dr. stop.
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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.
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
What 944 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Dinner date with friends- all had the lamb chops- superb! Service and food is consistently fabulous!

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vipBrunosBest (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Another wonderful dinner for Valentine's Night. Complete with a complimentary red rose and excellent service by Quinn!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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GusPotter (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had three great meals for Valentine's Day. All were excellent. The salmon wrapped in grape leaves was a standard favorite and lived up to the flavorful taste we have come to expect. For the tasting menu, one of us had the lobster tail and one had the short ribs entree. The lobster was done perfectly and the short ribs were delicious along with the potatoes and mushrooms. As part of the tasting menu, the duck confit salad and tiramisu dessert were both exceptional. Quinn was our server. It was a joy talking to her, and she always takes good care of us. The before dinner cocktails did the job getting us relaxed for the excellent dinner that we had.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Otto's never fails to impress!
Impeccable service and cuisine that speaks for itself.
Truly one of Madison's best fine dining establishments.
Highly recommended!

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SueS (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Otto's is one of our Madison favorites. love the calamari and scallop salad! Fun bar. Always dependable for a fine dinner with friends.

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PeteH (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Our first visit and we enjoy pretty food with great value and that is what we found.
We will definitely go back

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melbydoo (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Four of us attended on a Friday night. The specials were very good along with our cocktails. Our server was very attentive but not intrusive. This is a great place for special occasions or just when you want to treat yourself and your spouse to a different dining experience. The menu is very diverse without being 8 pages long. A great time was had by all four of us attending.

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TracyB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Great service. Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We were celebrating my Mom's 70th birthday. Our waitress was great and the food was delicious. Salads left something to be desired, at our table we had both the house salad and the caesar salad, and neither were anything to rave about. Our meals were prepared and presented well. Drinks were delicious. Deserts were also excellent. All in all a wonderful experience. The only true "negative" would be the design of the building and the bitter cold Wisconsin weather. Even with a space heater near the front door I was VERY glad we were seated in a far corner upstairs, as I noticed others needing to dine with their coats on.

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Fredloes (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Another fine Evening at Otto's, the ribeye is better than at most steak restaurants, the rest of the menu is top notch, service is great and the ambience is outstanding -- no intrusive music, so you can have a conversation without yelling at your dining partners, not as common as one would like in Dane County restaurants these days. Do stay for the excellent desserts, especially the chocolate truffle cake.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Definitely skip anything seafood at Ottos. Unfortunately I got the seafood trio - scallops were gummy, salmon was bone dry, and the shrimp tasted like chlorine. Not worth the $100+ bill.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Always great food, drinks, and we had the same great waitress that we have had in the past

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The food and environment were great, but the service left a lot to be desired. Would go back, hoping for a different server.

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CWilli (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Beautiful and delicious. Had grape leaf wrapped salmon and Chilean sea bass. Both were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We always enjoy the consistently delicious entrees, the amazing service and the ambiance. A true Madison gem.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

The restaurant has a lovely dining room. The menu is varied and enticing. I had the shrimp cocktail for a starter. The shrimp were tasty and I would definitely recommend it. My caesar salad lacked a little something. I added the anchovies (two filets). They improved the salad, but I would rather have a more robust dressing. For my entree I had the 12 oz. ribeye. It was excellent. The vegetables served with it still tasted strongly of wine, which didn't pair with what I was drinking for dinner. Sadly, I skipped those. Overall the food was delicious and the portions are very generous. I definitely recommend Otto's and will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Wonderful meal and service! We loved everything.

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Crazycarol (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We dined at Ottos on New Year's Eve. It was a perfect setting for a romantic, quiet evening. The drinks and food were fabulous! We will dine there again!

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vipmartinigirl (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Described as a rustic farm house ambience with Mediterranean food. It was indeed a farm house but so simplistic in decor that it felt stark. There was no warmth to the room at all. Service was very good, there was only one other table occupied on a Saturday night. The mushroom soup was superb. Very hot and full of flavor. I had the sea bass they are known for and while it was good, not great for the price. Other than some appetizer choices, there seemed to be much more American fare than Mediterranean.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Three of us had green beans for a veggie. They were nearly raw, certainly not al dente.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious food in a beautiful setting. It is always consistently delicious. I like that main dishes come with salad or soup. The only thing that was odd was that my son ordered a steak and the waitress asked if he wanted mushrooms and fried onions on it. What came to the table was a pound of mushrooms and enough onions for 6. We wish we had been made aware of that as he would have declined.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at Ottos, as we always have. The lamb chops were delicious and my husband's ribeye was perfectly cooked and full of flavor. Best part of the night was the young couple getting engaged right next to us! A memorable and fun evening all around! Oh, and of course our server was top notch...

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Very good food with a creative flair. Excellent service.
Always a good fish dish.
Dinning rooms are a bit noisey but overall a nice ambience.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Always fabulous whenever we go. The food is always consistently good and the service exceptional.

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LakeMan13 (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Friday was our first time to dine at Otto’s. Even from the outside walking up, I knew I chose wisely for our date. When you walk in, the bar is warm and welcoming. The main dining room upstairs was beautifully decorated for Yuletide. Our waitress and support staff were very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and handled our evening in a very timely fashion. I was impressed with the creative menu, which was superbly executed. We had a wonderful night!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Executive chef Karl Granberg always serves up a fantastic meal!

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Satisfieddiner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Otto's is our go-to place for special occasions. The service is superb, and the food is always a treat.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was delicious. I had the duck, my wife had the scallops. Both were cooked to perfection. Service and ambience made for a very enjoyable night out. I recommend coming early and having a before dinner drink at the bar.

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vipRobbo1 (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

My wife and I had dinner at Otto's with friends and it was just ok. My wife ordered scallops and her reaction was they were overcooked. I ordered the Seafood Trio that included scallops and they were burned on the bottom. The meal also included salmon and it was dry.......it was over cooked as well. We have dined at Otto's a number of times and this time may have been the most disappointing meal we've had there. Having said that we did have great service. Quinn, our server, was very pleasant and did a great job with the service she provided us. Even though our meals weren't the best, the restaurant may have had an off night and we will return.

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