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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.

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

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Special Occasion (28)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
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Romantic (23)
Cozy (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Bar Seating (15)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Authentic (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Business Meals (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Healthy (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Organic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 4, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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 (Milwaukee)·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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 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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·Dined on December 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 24, 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 22, 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...

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 21, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Executive chef Karl Granberg always serves up a fantastic meal!

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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 9, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Our go to restaurant never disappoints. Great food, service and drinks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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