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Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison

4.7
1330 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.

Experiences

  • 3 Course Chef's Tasting Menu

    Multiple dates available

    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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1330 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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janez
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The entrees were well presented and delicious. I enjoyed the variety of options. For some reason our server kept forgetting to refill coffee despite regular requests. The music was a bit loud but I realized we were right next to a speaker. It was a delightful meal overall and hope to return!

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BassMan
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fabulous service, such a courteous and efficient staff, lovely ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around. Tons of Gluten Free options as well which was awesome!

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vipDympnaC
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Nice wine election. Good location. Wonderful experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love trying new restaurants every week. This week was Otto and I was very please with the service. Very polite and attentive to detail. The cold was amazing. My husband had the steak which he loved and I had the halibut. Delicious.

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LeslieG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. Best Kalamari I’ve had.

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vipStewartW
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great dinner and our waitress was exceptional. Ottos is a great value and I always look forward to our next visit.

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MeganE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Our waitress was one of the worst waitresses we have ever had, and screwed most of our meal up. We came for a birthday celebration and noted that on our reservation and no one even acknowledged that.

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LindaE
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant experience. Food was wonderful and the staff was the best

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GreggoryH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great with the service being exceptional. Excellant communication, friendly and professional. My wife worked years at a 5 star Italian restaurant and she was impressed. We very much enjoyed ourselves being out, especially during these times.

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vipBarbieM
Milwaukee
41 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening at Otto’s. We had the mushroom caps to start, the salmon and stuffed chicken followed by bread pudding. A delicious cosmopolitan and a bottle of Wine topped off the evening. We will be back. Delicious as always.

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FloverCleavland
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We had the tasting plate of the week and it was amazing!

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arnet
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

food was good. unfortunately this was our servers second day on the job. she had not tasted nor could describe the items on the menu. not her fault, the manager should have trained her better.

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erin
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to be dining in back at Otto's. Always a great meal and atmosphere.

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vipSunT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

1st time there, Found a nice quiet place for lunch with old friends. Definitely, will be back

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Mmkr
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We've been there many times over the years. Never disappointed.

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MaryH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant!

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MarcyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and very friendly helpful service. Ambience was warm and cozy.

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vipmadcityfoodie
Milwaukee
110 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. The place was hopping due to jazz on the deck. Was awesome to see people supporting this great venue. My steak was perfectly prepared. My husband dad the tasting menu and loved it. I bo longer order my favorite scallop dish due to the change from risotto to Israeli couscous with goat cheese. Not a good switch in my opinion.

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SAHsah
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu had a wide selection of dishes. The flavors were savory and unique.
It was a very pleasant evening out with quiet conversation. A nice wine list with many reasonably priced bottles.

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Leyla
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first experience back in a restaurant in over a year due to COVID and I was helped to feel relaxed and forget my worries. The food and service were excellent and brought back memories of past visits. The lunch menu was varied and there were many choices. Will be back again soon!

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TodG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was amazing. The portions were large. The service was slow (they were busy) but our server kept us well informed and was as attentive as needed. Drink refills were prompt. We will be going back. Would have preferred a little less light to give a more romantic atmosphere but overall it was a very nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was our first time at Otto’s and Our server McKenzie was extremely welcoming and provided superior service. All of her recommendations were spot on as our drink, appetizer and food options were just what we wanted. It’s going to be a new favorite spot.

Mediterranean platter
Seafood trio
Spinach artichoke pasta.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

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vipRichardJ
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Old fashioned place, ok, but not great. Bar better than dining room for ambiance. Porch looks good. Inside dining room rather dull, needs something. Food generally good. Seems expensive for overall quality. Good wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality and service consistently very good

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Tcmarie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great value for food! Server Tracy was WONDERFUL! Our meals were the best we have had in a long time. We had the chief special. We will be back - hidden gem for sure!

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AmyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our most favorite Madison restaurants. Food, service and atmosphere is always tops!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside with the music playing. It was lovely having music but the volume was a bit loud for conversation at the table. Excellent food excellent service Otto's always comes through.

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thanks for coming in, we're glad you enjoyed the music even if it was a little loud. For future visits, may we recommend the patio around the restaurant for a more intimate dinner while still being able to enjoy the music!

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misstammy
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea Bass was wonderful. Soup was a bit flat tasting. Service was good. Everything was so tasty. Will be back again some day. I forgot to check out the bar. I did mention it was my 50th birthday at the reservation. No mention of it nothing special done. ;(

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thanks for stopping in for your birthday, and we're sorry that we missed that during service. Feel free to stop by again and we'll make sure to treat you to a belated birthday!

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GGKK
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our first outing after vaccinations. Easy reservation process, lovely outdoor seating, great service, interesting menu. We’ll visit again.

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thanks for coming in! We're glad that it was a enjoyable experience for you, and hope to see you soon!

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RobinK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Otto’s. The food was delicious. The service was prompt and friendly. The cocktails were delicious. I’ve never been disappointed.

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thanks for stopping in, we're glad to hear that you had a delightful evening. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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YoramS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best restaurant in Madison. Great food and service.

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison
Responded on April 6, 2021

Thank you for stopping in, and we're glad that you consider us as such. We look forward to seeing you in soon!

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CarolS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first experience there & decided to try it for a birthday. From the time we arrived, to the time we left, the service, food, ambiance was over & above. Will definitely return.

Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison
Responded on April 6, 2021

Hi Carol, thanks for stopping in on your birthday! We're so glad that you enjoyed the experience, and we hope to see you in soon!

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TracyW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and food. A lovely evening. Will definitely return.

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bhutch905
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been 26 years since I was last there. Place was as excellent now as it was then. Food and service were terriffic!

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BrendaPow
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Ottos has a great menu of food. The service good and the overall ambiance was nice. It wasn't noisy due to the social distancing set up in the dining room. I had the spinach artichoke pasta with shrimp added and it was delicious! However, my friend got the petite filet which was supposed to be 4 ounces and it was more like 3 ounces. Additionally, it was too rare for her (she should've sent it back). She liked her mashed potatoes. My other friend had the scallop risotto (which I loved last time I was there) but the scallops were under seasoned. But overall it is a nice place and we would give it another try.

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vipHeidiF
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!! Great bar service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The food was not overly salty and you could really enjoy the ingredients. Seafood was amazing.

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vipJonW
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s an old, ‘quaint’ farmhouse. Their food, is second to none.
The best Lamb Chops .. E V E R.

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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 1330 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.