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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.
Madison, WI 53705
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Madison Metro Bus Route 67, Mineral Point Rd. and Yellowstone Dr. stop.
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
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
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
The food was excellent & Erica, our server, couldn’t have been any better. We celebrated a birthday & family visiting from out of state. We were allowed all the time we wanted to sit & visit. It was a perfect evening & we are telling everyone-& can’t wait to go back!!
Otto's always delivers a great dining experience. Quiet, a touch of elegance but comfortable, gracious service, well-prepared food, excellent bar and good wine list. It's one of my favorite places to eat with spouse, family, and/or friends. If I had to offer any criticism, it would be for a fairly limited menu for those who do not like lamb or scallops but would like something other than beef. A special thanks to "Erica" who served us and graciously took family photos on the occasion of my wife's 75th birthday.
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.....
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.
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