Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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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Yummy007
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of us had the tasting menu and we were very happy with the food. Definitely would order again. One of us had the duck, was very happy with it. The old fashioneds were really good. Creme brulee was a bit as well. The food is great and worth it but is $$$. Parking is easy. I suggest you make a reservation as it was packed when we arrived at 6:45pm.

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KarenSD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do NOT change anything! Keep the quiet, calm atmospher, highly-skilled and considerate wait staff and superb food.

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JeffB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, all employees were very helpful cant wait to go back

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Dick
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Otto’s. Our server was terrific! The noise level was just right. And the dining was, as always, delicious!

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Joseph
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wondeful! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. My wife had four ounce filet a d o had sea bass. Both were fantastic. Cheesecake topped off the dinner. We have been to Ottos before and it is always a hit.

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vipmadcityfoodie
Milwaukee
103 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining at reasonable prices. The best waitstaff in Madison. Mediterranean menu spiced up with a weekly chef’s tasting menu. Always excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

McKensie was one of the best servers we have ever had. She was wonderful with my 87 year-old father, making the evening fun for him. The food was, as usual, perfectly prepared. We had the lamb chops. . . Holy cow! I only wish I could do more often.

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aimeparis
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and very attentive wait staff.

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WendyD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner at Otto's for our anniversary. The atmosphere and ambiance was perfect for a romantic evening and though the restaurant was full it wasn't overly noisy or distracting. The staff was friendly and attentive and the food was delicious. Our portions were just right in that they were filling, but not too heavy. I would definitely recommend Otto's to others looking for an upscale pleasant dining experience.

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MadMax
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I want to check out the patio in the summer time! We had a fine time, drinks in the little hidden bar and dining on the third floor. Really neat space.

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SusanD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Server wasn’t the friendliest, but our food was excellent!

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1lov323at
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening! Great food, service, friends and fun!

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HerbB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Otto’s since it opened many years ago. Of course the food is wonderful but it is the outstanding staff that keep us coming back.

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vipmadcityfoodie
Milwaukee
104 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This week’s tasting menu was fantastic. We started with cauliflower soup which went well with the sour dough buns they bring you with your drink order. Second course was salmon for my husband and clam and scallops pappardelle with lemon cream sauce for me. The absolute best meal I’ve had at Otto’s. I raved about it to everyone who would listen. This dish should be added as a regular menu item. Dessert was macaroons. Couldn’t ask far a better dinner.

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DeSki
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Chef's Tasting Menu Special... the food and wine parings were outstanding... could not have been any better! Our server was also most fantastic, very attentive to our table and was quick to respond our needs. We will be returning very soon. Highly recommended!

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UpscaleComfortFood
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gracious, comfortable dining. If you want to be seated in a warm, comfortable room, enjoy good service and excellent food/drinks at your pace -- Otto's is the place. The menu is traditional but the food is well-prepared and delivered promptly. I had the seared scallops, and my companion had a flavorful Mediterranean platter.

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EricB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great staff with excellent food in a welcoming atmosphere.

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vipmadcityfoodie
Milwaukee
104 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as it always is. I broke from tradition and ordered the rib eye steak with garlic mashed potatoes and a Caesar salad. The steak was prepared to order perfectly rare and was very tender. My husband had the tasting menu. Oysters in the half shell, walleye topped with gremolata asparagus and potatoes, followed by an apple galette. All fabulous.

Our server,Jamie, was very attentive and friendly.

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Mellow
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, food and service was excellent. We will be going back.

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LakeMan13
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erica was a terrific waitress! Very friendly and timely, plus very knowledgeable of the menu. She really helped us have a fabulous dining experience.

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vipmadcityfoodie
Milwaukee
104 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mediterranean menu with a weekly chefs tasting menu added for flare. Nice wine list featuring both wines by the glass and bottles. I always order the scallops which come with a choice of tomato bisque or salad. The scallops are nicely charred and served with risotto and asparagus. My husband tried the tasting menu: mushroom bisque, lamb chops with mashed potatoes and pear bread pudding. He really enjoyed it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
178 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We sat at the bar on the first level. Bartender took our drink order, but then forgot to make our drinks. Not a large problem and we did get our beverages. However, we had to flag down someone else to get water and bread that was supposed to come out was forgotten (did receive after another request). Food is always good here and we will be back. Service could use some improvement.

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CarolD
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time eating at Otto's. We had moved here 5 years ago and neighbors recommended it to us.
We were pleasantly surprised at how nice it is and how good the food is!
This will be our new favorite place to celebrate special occasions!
Thank you!

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SusanS
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the waitress was EXCELLENT. She was attentive and very helpful with menu selections.

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vipSlubar
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful. Never had a bad meal at Otto’s.

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Paulgf
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful service and high quality food. Warm, cozy atmosphere.

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ShelleyL
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The filet was good and cooked perfect. We had potatoes as a side and they were very dry and tasteless. The green beans were not cooked enough. The Creme brûlée was very good as well. Overall I will probably not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very neat place with a great menu and excellent service.

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vipRobbo1
Milwaukee
123 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I decided to dine at Ott's on New Year's Eve as we've always enjoyed eating there. Upon being seated our server was very prompt in bringing the menu and wine list to us. After reviewing the menu my wife and I both decided to order one of the specials which was a 5 ounce lobster tail meal. Upon reviewing the wine list I discovered a bottle of Pouilly-Fuisse which is a French white wine that complemented the meals very nicely. When our server brought the meals the lobster was prepared perfectly and we enjoyed both the lobster and the wine. Our server gave us very nice service throughout the meal and we never felt he was trying to rush us. All in all we had a very nice evening and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We will definitely return.

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Chuck
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The ambiance of Otto's is excellent and the service for on New Years Eve was very good although not quite to the level of excellent because of the very busy New Years Eve. My wife and I both had the 6 ounce lobster tail meal. Our lobster were quite tasty and superbly prepared as was the asparagus. The garlic potato portions were a bit large and mine seemed lacking in flavor, although my wife found hers to be excellent. My Caesar salad and my wife's garden salad were both top-notch and filling. Our desert was Chocolate Truffle Cake and Strawberry Napoleon which were both over-the-top delicious
as a fitting end to our meals!

The only down-side for me was the quite limited number of white wines by the glass. The Riesling wine offered was Pacific Rim Riesling which was very dry and did not match my personal preferences.

Overall, Otto's is our go-to-place for dining out!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the service was excellent and the food was fabulous....consistently amazing place to enjoy a great dining experience. On top of my list of best restaurant in Madison!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of favorite go to restaurants in Madison.

Excellent food, good service and reasonable prices.

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Satisfieddiner
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always get a friendly greeting at Otto's. The atmosphere is lively. The service is second to none. The menu gives you plenty of choice. Everything is fresh and deliciously prepared. Otto's is our go-to place for special occasions, but it can also be an "every day" choice. Highly recommended.

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KaitlinT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cozy atmosphere in an old home on the west side of Madison. Food was great. Drinks were super.

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KierraM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I love this restaurant and was super excited to take my boyfriend there for his bday! Food was amazing, love the atmosphere! Serving is not always fun and I know that from personal experience but a little more interest and care from the servers would have been appreciated, especially on someone’s special day!

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JohnandLinda
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a nice time. Very enjoyable

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JeanT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food and service. This is one of our go-to restaurants in Madison.

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vipJohnU
Minneapolis
29 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been going there for over 20 years and the menu is the same but you don't mind as everything is great! wife looks forward to the Chilean Sea Bass and I enjoy the ribeye. Make sure to same room dor the deserts, especially the bread pudding.

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vipMadison
Milwaukee
71 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was fantastic-great food, great service. There were 6 of us and everyone really liked their order. Sea Bass, stuffed chicken breast and scallops were wonderful. Lobster special was very good.

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HarryT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Otto’s with a friend from Shanghai because he wanted to try a local Madison restaurant. The last time he was here we went to a steak house, but you can find those in Shanghai. Mediterranean-Madison restaurants, not so many. Anyway, we were very pleased with the experience. Our server was excellent, giving us time to make our selections and not hurrying us once we had our order. First we shared a mussels starter. I could have ordered that as a mains, it was so good. However, for the mains, I had the signature New Zealand lamb chops, which were beautifully presented with simply prepared, lovely green beans and roasted small red potatoes. The lamb was cooked exactly as I asked for it - medium rare - and it was excellent. My friend had a steak (My Chinese friends all love Midwest steak), and it also was well prepared. The wine list was a bit skimpy, but we found an excellent Cabernet.

We especially liked the ambiance. We were on the top floor, where there were only a few well-spaced tables. It was nice to have white tablecloths and a lower ceiling than found in so many Madison restaurants. The room in general was perfect for me - I am quite deaf and noise levels in many Madison eateries are such that I simply cannot carry on a decent conversation.

So - we’ll done Otto’s. I will be bringing more Asian friends from time to time.

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 4.8 stars by 1207 OpenTable diners.

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