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Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison

4.7
1366 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 1366 people are saying
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MarciaA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our server was outstanding and spaced the food entrees just right so that we had ample time to enjoy them without feeling rushed.

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AndrewT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Dining space is split over three floors and we were located on the top floor. The food we ordered was excellent, but was let down by the inattentive staff and slow service. We were seated at our table for 30 minutes before our server came to us and then waited another 30 minutes for drinks to arrive. Overall, I would probably not go back again.

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Babs19
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town for college reunion with roommate and our spouses. Great dinner, drinks, service and dessert! Convenient location easy to find.

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CatherineA
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend for lunch here. We hadn’t seen each other since last December, so had a lot to talk about. I’m glad we came here… it was quiet and had a nice instrumental blend playing in the background. The “old farmhouse renovated into a restaurant” feel was authentic, and very pleasant. Food was excellent… I had the mussels (so good), and my friend had the whitefish sandwich. She also got the roasted tomato bisque, just because it sounded really good… and it did not disappoint. Our waitress was very attentive, and very friendly. We had such a nice time… thank you!

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AngelaK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Otto’s needs to hire more staff. The service is abysmally slow so if you do go, allow yourself plenty of time.

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StevieB
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, quite nice. The tables are a little too close given the pandemic is not over however.

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SteveB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding menu. The Duck was excellent. Pricey but worth it.

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JimR
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined at Otto's for years. Always a great experience Bar staff friendly and efficient. Physical location in an older house is interesting and adds to the atmosphere. Food selection is nice and not the usual run-of- the- mill. Quality of food always excellent and the wait staff is always friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient

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malz
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, and service were great. Overall very nice and worth the price. Area we were in was overall pretty noisy .

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CarolR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for lunch. Even though the day was hot, we felt very cool on the outside deck under the roof. The turkey club sandwich was excellent. Our waiter was attentive. Overall, an excellent experience.

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SKMMadison
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat indoors, great ambience, great date-night with my wife.

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vipNorthwestChicago
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful restaurant with wonderful food. Great for mid-day business meals or evening family meals (or with friends).

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic, I don’t know if they could do anything to make it better. 12/10 recommend to everyone!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!! Highly recommended!

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howardi
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Ambience was excellent with live music and outdoor seating. Food was very good as well.

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JohnS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My lamb chops were fantastic; my wife's seared scallops were exquisite. Very nice wine list.

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vipGaryK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and service! Quinn is the best!

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BlaineL
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice place with linen tablecloths, small lamps on tables nice ambiance. Good prices, we ate inside but the patio looked very inviting.

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gabriela
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was very good and plenty without being extravagant or too much ( quantity wise)
4 🌟for presentation but 5🌟for taste !

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DBGator
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, with timely, efficient and friendly service. A very good and reliable dining value!

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SalliM
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will be brief . . . everything . . . from cocktails to dinner to dessert . . . was amazing! And, the service was as 5-star as the food! Otto's never fails to deliver . . .

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PetraC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but worth it. We had the Chilean sea bass, the scallops, the calamari appetizer, and cheesecake for dessert. Everything was perfect.

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MaryH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding restaurant! Definitely 5 star! Excellent service and lovely atmosphere! Definitely will be one of our go to places!

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JanC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. I had the lamb chops and my husband had the swordfish. Drinks were good, service was great. A bit crowded inside, which surprised me for these days... and quite noisy because of that. The app asked if it was a special occasion (it was) and they said HBD, but nothing else, so why bother to ask. We hadn't been there in many years, and were glad we returned!

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SandraM
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner overall. Unfortunately had to move along as they were pretty booked for the evening....

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Imintrigued
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again, service and food were on point! Can't wait for my next visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food has always been exceptional, service amazing.... tonight we finished off with the bread pudding, and WOW...can't wait to come back again.

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Goodfoodiswonderful
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to lunch to celebrate a friend’s birthday. A wonderful lunch.

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vipaugustb
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great drinks, great food. Even open on Monday

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vipJonW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where can you go for great lunch in nice outdoor setting? We Love all the items on their lunch menu. My husband likes the chicken sandwich with house salad on side. They have several nice salads with salmon or grilled shrimp or chicken. The scallop salad with asparagus is my favorite.

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vipKatieM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We arrived at our reservation time (8pm) and we're told that the kitchen was closing. We felt rushed.

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Maddiner
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This was our first visit to Otto's in many years. Good reviews convinced us to give it a try. We generally eat at least once a week at Madisons better restaurants. Otto's compares favorably with all of them, but I can't say that it's definitely superior to them. The food and selection was very good. It is a change of scenery and pace, and worth another visit. We will go back.

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dkt78
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations. Quality and taste of food A+

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good and Service were excellent. We will come back

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Bill
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Based on our experiences you will not be disappointed.

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NickL
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall an excellent experience. We'd be back if we lived in the area.

We enjoyed an anniversary dinner late on a Saturday. The place was packed when we arrived but we were the 2nd to last guests when we exited. Staff was handling the crowd well while it was busy. When it was down to us and one other table, our waitress took great pains to make us comfortable. She told us and the other remaining table to take our time, that staff stays on for a while and we should enjoy ourselves.

The food was delicious, presented well and at optimal temperature. There's an impressive wine, beer and cocktail menu. My wife doesn't drink but our waitress knew the non-alcoholic & soft drink options off the top of her head.

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BillF
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were happy to find Otto’s food , service and ambiance were all still excellent after 15 months since our last visit. The restaurant knows what it does best and sticks to it.

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vipTimmertoo
Milwaukee
61 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ottos is a nice place for a special meal. Menu prices are a bit high but the quality is evident.

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JimK
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Food and wait service was fantastic. Got a surprise by being seated outside and with live music. Our hostess as great, and Amy our waitress was wonderful.

Can't say enough about everything up until our nightcap at the bar.
Some young lady got really drunk and was by herself and ended up sitting on my friends lap and we had to escalate 3 times to get the manager to step in and take care of her.

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JillC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere, great staff. Reservations were easy to make.

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 1366 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.