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Contemporary Coastal Cuisine - Amara, Madison, WI

Amara

4.4
4.4
530 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 35 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
  • Graduation Dinner at Amara 2024!

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 10 - May 11, 2024
    Due to such high demand for reservations on graduation weekend, we will be charging a $10 ticket fee per person. This applies to bookings during the evenings of Friday May 10th and Saturday May 11th. This ticket is non-refundable and is simply a fee charged to confirm bookings with us on these dates! In the case of cancellations at anytime, this cost will NOT be reimbursed. We are offering a 2-course meal during dinner at $55/per person to appropriately pace all reservations for a 2hr dining experience. All graduates will receive a glass of bubbly from us to celebrate all of their achievements, and all friends & family of graduates will be offered a sampler of bubbly to cheers them with! We can't wait to host you during graduation weekend!
    Graduation Dinner at Amara 2024! Photo
  • Graduation Lunch at Amara 2024!

    $10.00 per person

    Prepaid

    May 10 - May 11, 2024
    Due to such high demand for reservations on graduation weekend, we will be charging a $10 ticket fee per person. This applies to bookings for lunch on Friday May 10th and brunch on Saturday May 11th. This ticket is non-refundable and is simply a fee charged to confirm bookings with us on these dates! In the case of cancellations at anytime, this cost will NOT be reimbursed. We are offering a 2-course meal during lunch at $40/per person to appropriately pace all reservations for a 2hr dining experience. All graduates will receive a glass of bubbly from us to celebrate all of their achievements, and all friends & family of graduates will be offered a sampler of bubbly to cheers them with! We can't wait to host you on graduation weekend!
    Graduation Lunch at Amara 2024! Photo

What 530 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Madison

    Good for business meals

  • Madison

    Innovative

  • Madison

    Healthy

  • Madison

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Madison

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Lively

  • Madison

    Most Booked

530 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect amount of food for lunch. Prices were reasonable. Service was excellent.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent-everything was delicious and fresh.

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  3. aldrewno

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent wine list, food is very good but limited entree menu

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Cacio de Pepe if PHENOMENAL! Will definitely be back!
    AmaraResponded on March 23, 2024
    Thank you so much for the review! The Cacio E Pepe is definitely a fan favorite amongst guests and staff and we're so glad that you were able to come in and enjoy it! Can't wait to have you back in again, cheers!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar and wait staff are incredibly slow. Bartender was not attentive at all. Waited for a drink when only 2 other people were sitting at the bar. Sat down at our table for our waitress to come 20 minutes later for drinks and apps order.

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  6. GLMMEF

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I have dined at Amara multiple times, but this time will make us rethink our next visit. The server brought menus and stopped back soon after to take our food offer without asking if we would like to order drinks. We had to prompt the server to take a drink order. For my entree, I ordered their Ravioli special and although the presentation was unique, it was not at the expected level of quality. The dish seemed to have spent some time under a broiler and sections were dried out, but it was just bland with very little flavor.
    AmaraResponded on March 18, 2024
    Hello and thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your most recent visit left more to be desired. We appreciate your feedback, and will be reviewing your comments with our team to ensure we are always providing the level of quality our regulars have come to enjoy and expect. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to help make it up to you if you could reach out to us directly to help plan your next visit with us.

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  7. JamesS

    Milwaukee

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The bartenders really know their amari and the flights are fun and tasty. All of the food is delicious and the portions are sizeable. It's a great Madison food scene addition. One of our go-tos.
    AmaraResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thanks James! We appreciate your review and look forward to seeing you back again soon.

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  8. AmyH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing pasta, especially the paccheri. More expensive / good for special occasions, but the increased price is reflected well in the elevated quality of the food. Wonderful service.
    AmaraResponded on March 18, 2024
    Thank you Amy, we're glad to hear you've enjoyed our food menu and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  9. ChristineM

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The kitchen had very large tables of guests and was a bit slow We were offered a free appetizer and a gift card upon presenting the check No need but they did it Service was great Food really delicious We can easily wait a bit in such a terrific place
    AmaraResponded on April 1, 2024
    Thank you so very much for your review, Christine! We apologize the wait was a little longer than we would have liked, but so happy our team was able to make it up to you for a great experience overall :) We hope you'll join us again very soon to take advantage of that gift card! ;) Cheers!

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  10. MelissaR

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely beautiful environment and amazing menu. Sadly, many of the things we were interested in on the menu were unavailable once we tried to order with our server. The menu also advertised "Tini Tuesday" which is why we chose a Tuesday evening for dinner. And then upon trying to order a martini, we were told Tini Tuesday is not longer a promotion, even though it's listed on the menu and website. Then our server shared a few drink suggestions, and again we ran into the issue where the drink was unavailable. We've heard such great things about this restaurant, but our experience was a little surprising with the issues stated above.
    AmaraResponded on March 18, 2024
    Hello Melissa and thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize for the mixup on our end while we were in the process of transitioning menus. We strive to always provide the best hospitality possible, and we will be reviewing your comments with our team to discuss how your visit could've gone differently and things we could've provided in the moment to ensure you left happy. We encourage you to reach out to us directly so that we can help make things right from this visit.

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FAQs

Amara is rated 4.4 stars by 530 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 35 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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