Otto's Restaurant and Bar - Madison

4.8
979 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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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.

Note: Online reservations are available for the dining rooms only. Bar and deck table reservations must be made via telephone.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Continental, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
Bar: Opens 3:30 Tuesday - Saturday
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Phone number
(608) 274-4044
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Karl Granberg
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Private party facilities
Otto's accommodates semi-private and private parties of up to 40 guests in the top-floor dining room (accessible by stairs only). Customized menus are offered and our staff will work with you to fulfill special requests specific to your event.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (877) 432-0009
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Yellowstone Drive
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Parking details
Ample on-site parking directly in front of and to the side of the restaurant. Wheelchair accessible ramp is located on the west side (back) of the restaurant along with ample parking.
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Public transit
Madison Metro Bus Route 67, Mineral Point Rd. and Yellowstone Dr. stop.
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Entertainment
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Otto's features live jazz performances Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30, on our canopy-covered deck. Deck reservations can be made only by calling the restaurant directly.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

A nice way to celebrate our anniversary.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Otto's is reliable and overall pretty good. During weekdays, they have a 3 course menu, which I can recommend. Unfortunately, this time, the choice was between fish and fish for the main dish and I do not like fish!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Very good as usual....busy time with graduations etc. but service was still very top notch and food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent food and service. We love going to Ottos. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This is our 2nd trip to Otto's and we will return. We have had terrific waitresses, good food, and the atmosphere is nice, and it is easy to talk without too much noise. We have not eaten outside, but the area is covered and looks like fun. We'd like to eat out there next time. We have tried the special 3 course meal and also ordering from the regular menu and enjoyed both. Really pleasant lovely experience. The scallops are especially delicious and so are the salads and what is served with each meal. They also have gelato for dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

What a wonderful place to enjoy our anniversary. We had not been here for many years and what a loss for us. The Chef menu choice of 3 items (starter, main coarse, and dessert-plus wine pairing) was a great deal, food was excellent, wines were very nice with each selection. The atmosphere and service were exceptional. Quite a gem.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We came here for anniversary 2 year and the waitress was really nice efficient helpful the food was awesome it was cooked to perfection I will definitely recommend this and will definitely be back for another anniversary thank you

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

I have eaten at Otto's numerous time over the past 15 years. I brought along my new neighbors Bob & Jane who had never been to Otto's previously. We had a great time, enjoyed a couple of drinks each, Bob loved the Manhattans, and then we had dinner. We each ordered different items from the menu and all three of us loved our respective meals. I had the Seafood Trio and it was yummy. Unfortunately we were too full to enjoy any desserts, but I have had some in the past and they were all very tasty. We had a great time! Wonderful service and a nice leisurely pace and we did not feel that anyone was trying to rush us out the door.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food. The best lamp I ever had in town. The martini was also terrific. The place is very quiet and great for close friends hang out. 5-star recommendation.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Comfortable dining space. Attentive and friendly wait staff. Excellent food, lamb chops are a standout. The helped us celebrate our anniversary with style and fun. Recommended!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent service and great food. Went for my son’s graduation dinner. The seafood, steak, drinks, and desert were all very good.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We loved Otto's! We went here for our wedding anniversary and loved the food! Happy hour at the bar was great and our dinner and dessert was outstanding. The only complaint I have was that it was pretty loud where we were sitting. We sat upstairs where there were 3 larger groups there. This was our first time here, so I'm not sure if it is usually like that but it was also graduation weekend for the University. Service was EXCELLENT! We will no doubt be back!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Madison. Food and service are always great.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very good as always.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Our food ranged from seafood to beef to vegetarian and all the dinners were delicious. The service was very professional. Our waitress was quietly and unobtrusively attentive .

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Our first time here and we loved it. Food and service was outstanding. Thought the customer with the cowboy hat, which he wore for his entire meal, was a little degrading for such a nice restaurant but some people just don't "get it".

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food was amazing and reasonably priced with good size portions!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Otto's never disappoints me. I like the chef's menu you can get during the week. 3 courses for $30 is a deal you don't want to miss.
the place is quiet and peaceful. if you want more action you can hit the bar downstairs where they have a couple TVs for the sport fans.
Overall well worth the money I think.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our meal was excellent and the service was very good. The only slight downside is the noise level of other customers, which the restaurant really can’t control.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fabulous food and service! Made a second reservation for following week!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Reliably good. Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food and our waiter were the best! We love eating at Otto’s.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Love, love Otto's!! Our favorite restaurant. Wished we lived closer to it.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We had an excellent dining experience . Quinn, our favorite waitress is very friendly and professional. The tomato bisque is really good. Scallops are nicely charred and not overdone. Save room for dessert. It’s a hard choice. Warm cherry white chocolate bread pudding with vanilla ice cream, pistachio gelato or blood orange sorbet. I say order all 3.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food as always at Otto's. Really enjoy server Erica (sp?) who is always pleasant and attentive. Nice environment and help on preferred seating. Excellent all around.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delicious well-prepared food. Attentive service. Somewhat noisy. Nice wine selections.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Situated in an old, rehabbed house back behind the trees, Otto's offers a relatively quiet getaway in a busy part of Madison. The relatively intimate setting makes for quiet dining, and we had no trouble conversing throughout dinner. The food was good, and our wait person was very attentive. I will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I love Otto’s. The lamb chops are my favorite. I always think I will try other things on the menu but most often the lamb wins out. Yum

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Our favorite place to celebrate special occasions. Generally we order the salmon stuffed grape leaves or off of the tasting menu. Friends of ours love the steaks, too.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Staff was very welcoming and friendly, foods were really delicious. They were out of chicken and duck (Saturday 8 pm reservation) but the Mediterranean Grill we ordered instead was awesome as well. Upscale and calm ambience, a bit low light but comfortable environment.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Exceptional as always- after theater dinner with family- we love the lamb, and everyone enjoyed a variety of desserts- service is superb- we like to reserve a table in the bar-

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I had the sea bass and my wife had the duck. They were both fantastic. We were also introduced to an Italian margarita and we hope we can get those at other bars. We had a wonderful dinner.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent service. The tomato bisque was creamy and flavorful. Scallops were perfect. Duck was crispy outside and tender inside. Prosciutto wrapped shrimp were the best of our appetizer choices. Honest Tea peach tea was a nice find.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent service! Food was great too! Love Otto’s

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food and wine were fantastic. The service was excellent as well. Will definitely return soon.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Dinner date with friends- all had the lamb chops- superb! Service and food is consistently fabulous!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Another wonderful dinner for Valentine's Night. Complete with a complimentary red rose and excellent service by Quinn!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had three great meals for Valentine's Day. All were excellent. The salmon wrapped in grape leaves was a standard favorite and lived up to the flavorful taste we have come to expect. For the tasting menu, one of us had the lobster tail and one had the short ribs entree. The lobster was done perfectly and the short ribs were delicious along with the potatoes and mushrooms. As part of the tasting menu, the duck confit salad and tiramisu dessert were both exceptional. Quinn was our server. It was a joy talking to her, and she always takes good care of us. The before dinner cocktails did the job getting us relaxed for the excellent dinner that we had.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Otto's never fails to impress!
Impeccable service and cuisine that speaks for itself.
Truly one of Madison's best fine dining establishments.
Highly recommended!

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