Tempest Oyster Bar
Happy Hour available in our Boat Room, Bar Room, and Front Patio from 4-7 Monday-Friday by reservation only. To make reservations for Happy Hour please select "Bar" for Bar and Boat Room tables, or "Counter" for seats directly at the Bar.
Dinner service featuring our full menu offered daily from 5-10PM.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for large party requests.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
The food was so delicious and our server was great. We loved it
Great cocktails, delicious food, and outstanding company. What could be better?
Devine mussels!! We enjoyed a couple fresh oysters to start from the bartenders recommendation. They were very much to our liking! I love mussels and am not able to get them at home so I am always on the lookout when we are traveling. These are close to my all time favorite from Rodney's in Vancouver!!!
Absolutely excellent, as always. Our favorite restaurant in Madison…Tempest is awesome!
Great food and drinks. The service was excellent. I always enjoy going to tempest.
The outside patio is so charming, the heaters were a nice touch.
What a fun evening! Great environment and fabulous service and food.
Wonderful food and service
Good food, excellent oysters. Service was top notch
Old school steakhouse. Quality food and service.
Wonderful everything! Oysters wow! Cocktails and drinks for happy hour were very nice!
Everything from the moment we walked in was amazing. Visiting our freshman daughter at Madison. We sat in the “bar” room at a table. The food starting with appetizers was unbelievable. The service was outstanding. Eric was our waiter. Will come here every time I am in Madison. Hands down.
I've never been to a Michelin starred restaurant. That said, I nominate Tempest to have a Michelin star. I enjoyed my visit to Tempest more than my visit to Mama's Fish House on Maui.
We had a great dinner at Tempest! Sat in the bar area for happy hour and the ambiance was great! Oysters and the smokestack appetizer - delicious. My husband had the double cut pork chop and it was SO good and flavorful. I had the shrimp, scallops, and grits and while less flavorful it was cooked perfectly. Will definitely be back!
Wonderful food and AMAZING service. Nicole was fabulous and made us feel so welcome.
Fun time here at tempest! Really enjoyed the happy hour:) will definitely come again. The waitress was very sweet and patient, definitely felt welcomed. We also had my 2 year old nephew with and felt he was very welcomed as well, he loved the bread and butter! Very clean, fun and delicious happy hour snacks! Wine was also great!
Excellent waitress in the bar!
Food was excellent, oysters in particular were fresh and prime. Was able to try three wines to find the best pairing for our food.
Best oysters in all of Madison! Always a great experience, best staff, great ambiance and BETTER FOOD!
Great experience. Sat at the bar. Bartenders very knowledgeable on food and delicious drinks. Very romantic.
Tempest is great! It’s still a pricy happy hour. I wish we could afford it more often. But it’s a very nice place. The service and quality are both amazing. It’s a little too acoustic for my taste in noise level, but it’s still a great place to visit on occasion!
Loved the variety of oysters they had to offer. Happy hour from 4-7 with food/drink specials.
We are temporarily living an hour outside of Madison and made a trip in on a Thursday night for our anniversary. It was our first time to Tempest. Needless to say we are big fans. Great experience overall and the value was an extra bonus. There’s a $7 appetizer for happy hour that’s off the charts. Smoked fish/trout/salmon mixture on crackers. It’s on the main menu app list for $19. You only need 1 order for two people. This is a higher end menu at reasonable prices. With that said I stuck to the $20 fried chicken plate and it was amazing. My wife had the Swordfish and is still talking about it 24 hours later. Call me an idiot but I had to try the a la crate hashbrowns for $6. Think Smokey’s hash browns but more gourmet. We benefited a bit from happy hour prices for our first round and the app. With that said before tip was $104. 2 craft cocktails 1 beer 1 wine, app, additional side and gourmet main courses. This place is the real deal. Thanks to Eric the host for going the extra mile. Bring an extra $10 for the last menu item - “buy the kitchen a 6 pack” - made me giggle.
Wonderful restaurant that respects social distancing. Had a great meal and superb service!
Refreshingly good seafood in the midwest. Creative menu. Wine list included a rose from Ile de Porquerolles in France, a tiny vineyard that we had no idea was available in the U.S. ! Star dishes included Alaskan King Crab, shrimp + grits, pear upside down cake. Not so great Oysters Rockefeller (overly funky.) Solid service in a time when most restaurants are hammered by labor shortages.
The smoke stack is an amazing deal during happy hour.
What a wonder surprise this place was! The service was amazing. I had the Boncatini which was incredible and my partner had fresh oysters and the yellowfin tuna. It was seriously the first time I have ever seen him totally clean his plate! We sat outside and it was absolutely perfect. Our Lyft driver told us it was the best place in town and he was right. We will definitely be back!
A magnificent place! Great vibe and awesome food.
Delicious seafood and a wonderful happy hour that allows you to try many different things at a lower price than usual which is from 4-7p.m. Great service and ambience too. Will definitely be back.
One of the best spots for Happy Hour as well as dinner in Madison! We've been dining at Tempest for nearly a decade, and I can't recall one bad experience or even any small issues. The staff has always been friendly, attentive and timely. The quality of the food is outstanding, and I've heard they focus on seafood that is more sustainable and have gotten rid of a couple menu items over the years when a particular fish might be overfished. Their oysters are some of the freshest around and they always have a great selection of around 6-10 types, both east and west coast. All of the other seafood apps and entrees we've had here have been delicious, it's a great place for king crab and lobster, and they cook a perfect steak every time (their sister restaurant is Tornado Steakhouse, so it makes sense). No matter where we sit to dine, be it in the dining room, bar area tables, boat area tables, patio and even at the bar, it's always been a comfortable experience. And when we dined here yesterday, we noticed they did some upgrades on the front patio which made it feel much cozier than usual (mainly all the planters they added to the railing). If you haven't been to Tempest, go! And if you have, try something new!
Fantastic Happy Hour with innovative starters and house cocktails. Entrees were more standard but excellent prep and plating. We were impressed with warm service and knowledgeable waitstaff.
Tempest always provides the best Oysters in the area. I think they add a little salt water or something, but it not only enhances their taste, but opens up your taste buds on dinner and drinks.
The food was good, service was very slow, waited 30 minutes to get the wine we ordered.
Had a great dinner with my daughter. I got the steak and she got crab legs. Everything was done perfect. Little snag with the crab legs, but the restaurant made everything perfect. The waitress was great and brought my daughter chalk and different colored pens to occupy her time.
Eric is a great host.
Service is enjoyable and Mave did an excellent job. Food is consistently good. Always a joy.
We visited Tempest for the first time to celebrate a special birthday. We sat outside which had a cool vibe as did the interior. The service couldn't have been better. The food was uniquely prepared and throughly enjoyed. It was on the more expensive side, as would be expected for this type of restaurant/experience. We will return for another special dinner in the future.
Service & food were excellent! Bartender made us a drink that wasn’t on the menu. Waitress was knowledgeable, fun, and made great recommendations.
Always a good overall experience for us - love the seafood!
Tempest Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 258-1443.
Tempest Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1108 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.