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Contemporary Coastal Cuisine - Amara, Madison, WI

Amara

4.4
4.4
552 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Amara is our take on contemporary coastal Italian cuisine featuring sharable small plates and bites, hand-crafted pastas, and entrées showcasing the bounty of Madison, Wisconsin. Our wine list features cutting edge Italian and Italian-inspired artisan wines farmed by hand and made with classical methods. Our bar showcases the art of Italian drinking including aperitifs, negronis, cocktails, and espresso. It all comes together to match our decor – light, beautiful, clean, relaxed, simple, energetic, and revitalizing…

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (608) 716-7989
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Aperitivo Happy Hour!

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for Aperitivo Hour every day of the week from 2-6pm, in the bar! Including wine, spritzi, and NA/ cocktail drink specials, in addition to spuntino and bruschetta food offerings! Please note our full dinner menu is available starting at 5pm. Aperitivo Hour discounts available in the bar, food available in the entire dining room. Please note that this does not qualify as a dinner reservation. Dinner reservations are available starting at 5pm! The Art of the Aperitivo: Derived from the Latin aperire, the tradition is meant “to open” the appetite before dining. We invite you to take this moment to unwind with a drink and a bite, reconnect with family and friends, and toast to health, rejuvenation, and the meal to come. Cheers!
    Aperitivo Happy Hour! Photo

What 552 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Madison

    Innovative

  • Madison

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  • Madison

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552 Reviews
  1. Molinda

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed ourselves very much and Diandria was an exceptional server. I apologize if I got the name wrong. Our server was great. I will continue to come to Amara. It is one of my favorites!!!!!

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  2. SusanF

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Setting is wonderful with open concept. However the menu choices were disappointing. Second and likely last time there.

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  3. MichaelG

    Sacramento

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful and excellent all around. Every dish was excellent and we had a party of 5 and everybody was very happy.
    AmaraResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you so much for this feedback, Michael! Cheers (:

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  4. JenniferT

    Milwaukee

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had delicious golden beets, and calamari. And then we ordered the seafood pasta special to share, and that is where the disappointment came. We dine out often and I am a home cook. There could not have been more than an ounce of seafood in the entire dish. It was disappointing, although the flavor was good. We did let the server know she did tell the hostess the hostess apologized that we were disappointed bit then said well they do dice the seafood — that is not an explanation for less than an ounce of seafood in an entire pasta dish that is charged accordingly for Dungeness crab, and shrimp. -and I said I recognize that, but there was nothing there hardly at all . She was very sweet and we were offered a free dessert to go home we declined. We were on our way to a concert. And we are not dessert people regardless. I truly would’ve expected it to be taken off of our bill, but I did not ask I did not ask. I do like Amira. I think they have good cocktails and I have several times dined there for lunch before— this is the first time I am with my husband, and he is not eager to go back- I think it was a miss —but we will come again— because I think it was maybe a miscalculated special. I’m not sure it just was so parse so small in the amount of seafood, but we weren’t able to tell anyone because at the end our server did not check on us until we were well into our meal, we had wanted some fresh Parmesan on the meal as well anyway, but she was very sweet. It’s just she fell off at the end.

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  5. Thebulb

    Milwaukee

    37 reviews

    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a very nice dinner at Amara. The food was very good; very tasty and presented nicely. I have to say, the food at Amara is not subtle, but that is not meant to be a bad thing. It is definitely not your grandma’s traditional red sauce Italian. We will go back.
    AmaraResponded 4 days ago
    We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed our Italian escape, and we look forward to serving you again. Cheers!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, service was terrific! Highly recommend!
    AmaraResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you so much for the kind feedback!

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  7. Molinda

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had another amazing experience at Amara on Midvale. The food , the ambiance and the service were amazing. Our server was Air ( they) were amazing, attentive and very knowledgeable re: what to order. I am so happy!!! I will not only recommend the restaurant to anyone, it is now my favorite dining experience!!!! Thank you all!!!
    AmaraResponded on May 21, 2024
    Thank you so much, Molinda! We can't tell you how much your kind words mean.

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  8. mad2dine

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, big servings, service was very good, knowledgeable and friendly.
    AmaraResponded on May 21, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to leave your positive feedback! Cheers

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful atmosphere with great service. Delicious food!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First off, I paid $10 a person to reserve a table. I assumed that would go towards the meal as long as I showed up with my party of 5 but that I would relinquish the $50 if we bailed. We showed up and the restaurant just kept the $50. It did not go towards the meal which is ridiculous. And the meal was terrible. It was a price fixed menu with 2 courses for $55. That sounds like a reasonable price but the server told us the first courses are huge and we should only order a 2-3 to share….if I’m paying for 5 starters, they should be appropriately sized and I should get 5 starters. That’s how prix fix works. We did not follow the absurd advice and instead ordered 5 starters. Well the 5 starters were huge and not very good. They were followed by 5 mains that were mediocre at best. Also, each plate came out one at at time instead of all at once. For the price we paid, it was a huge disappointment.

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FAQs

Amara is rated 4.4 stars by 552 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Amara

670 N Midvale Blvd, Madison, WI 53705

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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