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Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison

4.7
1256 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Now serving Lunch! From 11:30-2pm Tuesday-Saturday and the first Monday of each month. 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.
Please Note: Otto's Restaurant is now open the first Monday of each month excluding holidays.
Note: Online reservations are available for the dining rooms only. Bar and deck table reservations must be made via telephone. Reservations are required at this time for dining in the bar, outdoors, and inside for parties of 6 or less.

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Special menus

  • 3 Course Chef's Tasting Menu

    Starting Oct 22, 2020
    Enjoy our 3 course Chef's Tasting Menu highlighting seasonal ingredients. The menu is offered Tuesday -Thursday nights.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1256 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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HeidiZ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restored farmhouse with an evening style menu available at lunch...reasonable prices and portions. Butternut squash soup was very tasty.

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DanB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They did a great job making us feel safe and the service and food were excellent, as always.

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DeborahJ
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with intimate ambiance. Very nice dining experience.

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Heather
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Otto's has been a Madison favorite since I can remember. We have thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor patio during the current COVID pandemic. We just went this past Saturday, and we could eat outside on the patio with heat lamps. I didn't even need my jacket. They usually have live music, which is typically quite pleasant.

My favorite dish is the Sea Bass and Caesar salad, SO delicious!!! The Caesar salad is exceptional, best in town. For a cozy, quality restaurant, I highly recommend Otto's on the West Side of Madison.

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DavidD
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! We were a little apprehensive sitting on the deck with the colder weather but the heat lamps kept us very comfortable. We were glad we did as there was a string quartet which really added to the ambience on our wedding anniversary. After dinner the bar was accommodating and fun. The bartenders were great together!!

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Foodie202
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go rather it be lunch or dinner. Definitely worth the hour drive.

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Plumb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diner, the music was amazing we sat on the patio. Service was great and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Nothing about this experience was great

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MichaelR
Memphis/West TN
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable and consistent. Highly recommend.

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DarrellS
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and great service. Good music on Wednesdays. S

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TimL
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My wife and I dined at Otto's while traveling through Madison. I had an excellent filet, and my wife enjoyed salmon in grape leaves, although it was slightly overdone for her taste (never hurts to specify your preference.) Good food, good wine, and good service.

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JoanL
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 4 of us really liked our delicious different entrees. Steaks and seafood. The bruschetta was a great appetizer as well. It was quiet and we were able to talk easily . Tables were spaced with great regard to the COVID pandemic.

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vipJeffreyS
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My meal at Otto's was delicious as always, and my server was helpful and friendly. Plus it was busier than usual for pandemic times, but of course still socially distanced. I am glad to see them doing well.

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MattG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

First time here. I’d have to say pretty disappointed is an understatement. Service was horrible. New waiter, but he was way in over his head. The food messed up a couple times. Super slow. Drinks way slow. A $40 steak should be offered with some sort of sauce. Really bad experience. I’m not sure it would be worth coming back. The only plus I found is the live music but even then you couldn’t be in the room to listen directly

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ChrisW
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large roof-covered open-air porch with socially-distanced tables and charming lighting is an appealing environment that feels safe. There are heat lamps that hopefully extend the season for outdoor eating. Service is excellent.

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JonW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We waited to get seated. Then we for almost hour to get our food. Then we waited for a long time for our check and then Waited again for Kim to take our Credit card. Apparently, there were issue in kitchen. Also, only one waitress for 5 or 6 tables.

Food is always great and we love this restaurant. We will return.

JK
JillK
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

All was lovely EXCEPT we waited over an hour for our food...at lunch! And we were the very first party there. And other tables had their food before us.

Our waitress/part owner was VERY busy so we didn’t complain at all. But neither did she seem to notice how long we had sat with no food. I ended up being late for a meeting afterward. I had thought an 11:45 reservation would give me plenty of time to make my 2:00!

Despite this unusual hiccup in service, Otto’s is still one of our favs and I think the couple we brought there that day will give it another chance too.

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jamesh
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, good service, good food. Appetizers outstanding. Seafood incredible! Just a great place to have good food, good conversation, and an elegant time out.

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PJFreeb
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating on an upper level porch for safer dining. A jazz quartet playing their own arrangement of standards an excellent food. A great evening.

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DaveG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, drinks, and music was wonderful will be going again very soon !

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vipAmandaB
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Food was amazing.

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Dissapointed
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was disappointing given the price. Very sad given past experiences.

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vipAndreaK
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience. Sat inside. Tables safely distanced and staff all wore masks n used gloves. Felt very comfortable. Staff warm n welcoming. Gods n serve very good. Lamb chops were outstanding. Cioppino was alright - shrimp a bit overcooked. Nice wine list. Menu very friendly if eating gluten free. Will definitely return.

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LanaF
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We drove in from Chicago to celebrate our son's 21st birthday during COVID. The restaurant was super accomodating. We were their last customers and they were willing to seat us. The food and the service were great. We ordered four of their desserts and loved them all. The strawberry Napoloeon and the Creme Bruelle were out standing. I have to say I like this retaurant much better than the restaurants near the Capitol. It's warm and charming. The out door patio is a real plus. I would defintely recommend this restaurant.

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Heather
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was pretty good but not worth the price. $5 for 3 spears of asparagus? Ridiculous. Nothing special was even done to then. And $5 for McDonald type fries? I would expect better quality.

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vipmadcityfoodie
Milwaukee
107 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottos is now open for lunch and they have a fabulous patio on which to enjoy it. Excellent service and great food. It was hot on the day we went with a nice breeze. Our server was considerate enough to leave a carafe of water on our table. The lunch menu is limited to a few appetizers; calamari, shrimp, crab cakes caesar salad, soup, sandwiches; short rib, chicken, turkey, fish and entrees; cioppino, steak and risotto among others. I ordered a cup of tomato bisque and a Caesar salad. Our waiter asked if I wanted the side or large salad and if I wanted chicken or shrimp on it. I was impressed as only the side salad was on the menu. Very accommodating. I ordered the large salad with grilled chicken. The chicken was the star. Moist flavorful and tender. My husband ordered the cioppino. It’s very large. I was amazed by the amount of seafood it contained. About 20 mussels, shrimp, salmon, whitefish and plenty of bacon in a smokey red broth. He almost couldn’t finish all of it. It was definitely more of a dinner serving than lunch. Excellent choice. Upon being served he wished lunch included the sour dough bread served at dinner so he could soak up the excellent broth.

We’ll be back soon for sure as this is our favorite supper spot as well.

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vipNYStripper
Milwaukee
53 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Otto’s was clean, well spaced, and compliant with local sanitation rules. Our server was very pleasant. The food was very good. Our only issue was that the bills for both couples were incorrect. More cocktails were on the bills than were actually consumed. They adjusted the bills, of course. It was just odd.

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vipMSNian
Chicago
179 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We always have a pleasant time at Otto's, and the staff consistently is friendly, helpful and efficient. My husband enjoyed his sirloin tip dinner. My halibut entree was very good, except that the fish seemed watery for some reason. We still will be back!

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JG29
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Seating outside was not 6 ft apart and table was right behind the band. Food was just fair so will not eat here again

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keig
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service excellent. Inside seating was great. Food excellent. Salmon with grape leaves was outstanding. Dessert of blackberry sorbet was creamy and sublime.

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Wade
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience with superb service.

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RichardN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside and had a wonderful dinner and drinks. Mosquitoes showed up at the very end of our visit otherwise everything over all was great.

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Lucky
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Food was delicious and service was superb.

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vipLinda
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipJojo
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottos is one of our favorite restaurants in Madison. The food is consistently good and the service is friendly and attentive. We love sitting on their deck and listening to the jazz musicians they have on certain nights. We're never disappointed when we have a night at Ottos.

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor seating, music, food and service was all very good.

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richards
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The atmosphere was very intimate. The service was excellent from the minute we walked in the door! Excellent appetizers and a very good main course!

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal on your deck listening to wonderful live music on a pleasant evening!

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Steve
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and great food

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vipJeffreyS
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Otto's was delightful! How can I not have visited it before. My only wish: more old-school Greek lamb dishes.

FAQs

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 274-4044.

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison is rated 4.7 stars by 1256 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.