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Otto's Restaurant and Bar

4.8
963 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
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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 963 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was amazing and reasonably priced with good size portions!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Otto's never disappoints me. I like the chef's menu you can get during the week. 3 courses for $30 is a deal you don't want to miss.
the place is quiet and peaceful. if you want more action you can hit the bar downstairs where they have a couple TVs for the sport fans.
Overall well worth the money I think.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our meal was excellent and the service was very good. The only slight downside is the noise level of other customers, which the restaurant really can’t control.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fabulous food and service! Made a second reservation for following week!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Reliably good. Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food and our waiter were the best! We love eating at Otto’s.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Love, love Otto's!! Our favorite restaurant. Wished we lived closer to it.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We had an excellent dining experience . Quinn, our favorite waitress is very friendly and professional. The tomato bisque is really good. Scallops are nicely charred and not overdone. Save room for dessert. It’s a hard choice. Warm cherry white chocolate bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, pistachio gelato or blood orange sorbet. I say order all 3.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food as always at Otto's. Really enjoy server Erica (sp?) who is always pleasant and attentive. Nice environment and help on preferred seating. Excellent all around.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious well-prepared food. Attentive service. Somewhat noisy. Nice wine selections.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Situated in an old, rehabbed house back behind the trees, Otto's offers a relatively quiet getaway in a busy part of Madison. The relatively intimate setting makes for quiet dining, and we had no trouble conversing throughout dinner. The food was good, and our wait person was very attentive. I will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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-

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent service! Food was great too! Love Otto’s

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food and wine were fantastic. The service was excellent as well. Will definitely return soon.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Great service. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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