I love Otto’s. The lamb chops are my favorite. I always think I will try other things on the menu but most often the lamb wins out. Yum
Our favorite place to celebrate special occasions. Generally we order the salmon stuffed grape leaves or off of the tasting menu. Friends of ours love the steaks, too.
Staff was very welcoming and friendly, foods were really delicious. They were out of chicken and duck (Saturday 8 pm reservation) but the Mediterranean Grill we ordered instead was awesome as well. Upscale and calm ambience, a bit low light but comfortable environment.
Exceptional as always- after theater dinner with family- we love the lamb, and everyone enjoyed a variety of desserts- service is superb- we like to reserve a table in the bar-
I had the sea bass and my wife had the duck. They were both fantastic. We were also introduced to an Italian margarita and we hope we can get those at other bars. We had a wonderful dinner.
Excellent service. The tomato bisque was creamy and flavorful. Scallops were perfect. Duck was crispy outside and tender inside. Prosciutto wrapped shrimp were the best of our appetizer choices. Honest Tea peach tea was a nice find.
Excellent service! Food was great too! Love Otto’s
The food and wine were fantastic. The service was excellent as well. Will definitely return soon.
Dinner date with friends- all had the lamb chops- superb! Service and food is consistently fabulous!
Another wonderful dinner for Valentine's Night. Complete with a complimentary red rose and excellent service by Quinn!
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.
Otto's never fails to impress!
Impeccable service and cuisine that speaks for itself.
Truly one of Madison's best fine dining establishments.
Otto's is one of our Madison favorites. love the calamari and scallop salad! Fun bar. Always dependable for a fine dinner with friends.
Our first visit and we enjoy pretty food with great value and that is what we found.
We will definitely go back
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.
Wonderful dinner. Great service. Food was excellent.
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.
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.
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.
Always great food, drinks, and we had the same great waitress that we have had in the past
The food and environment were great, but the service left a lot to be desired. Would go back, hoping for a different server.
Beautiful and delicious. Had grape leaf wrapped salmon and Chilean sea bass. Both were amazing!
We always enjoy the consistently delicious entrees, the amazing service and the ambiance. A true Madison gem.
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.
We had a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Wonderful meal and service! We loved everything.
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!
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.
Three of us had green beans for a veggie. They were nearly raw, certainly not al dente.
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.
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...
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.
Always fabulous whenever we go. The food is always consistently good and the service exceptional.
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!
Executive chef Karl Granberg always serves up a fantastic meal!
Otto's is our go-to place for special occasions. The service is superb, and the food is always a treat.
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.
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.
Our go to restaurant never disappoints. Great food, service and drinks.
Beautiful place, impressed with decor and ambiance. Nice wine list. Very friendly for those with gluten free needs.
Not impressed with the seafood dishes - we ordered mussels (only 9 on the plate) and they were very rubbery and overcooked. Ditto for the scallops.
I had lamb chops that were very tasty, and the house salad was good too.
I will return for the other interesting items on the menu, but would not order seafood here again.