Tempest Oyster Bar

4.8
867 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The freshest seafood prepared simply, highlighting the flavor, texture and variety of all the good things that come from our rivers, lakes and oceans.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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KimberlyS
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest is always wonderful. The food, the ambience, the service...everything. It’s our favorite place in Madison ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Kevin!!!

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Sarah
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for creating an environment that is safe during this difficult time. So glad you are open:)

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TanyaZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious. Service attentive.Very loud bar area!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been a regular at Tempest ever since they opened. The food, staff and service has always been top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great drinks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Excellent food. Varied oyster bar always delicious.

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CalvinH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had oysters from the east coast which were perfectly, briney delishiness and the shrimp po boy which was also very, very tasty. My gf had the lobster mac- she was nervous about it because she has never had lobster, but was pleasantly surprised how delicious it was (nice big chunks of lobster). This was the first time here for both of us but we will for sure be back soon.

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AshlingMF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff exceptional! Very organized

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SarahMF
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was prompt and amenable. The food was delicious! Highly recommend the walleye. The outdoor patio around back was a lovely space for dinner.

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vipTwilson348
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish fry in town. Still!

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AngelaS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food. Amazing service. One of my favorite restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and even better service

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ErinB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is perfect for date night. The decor is unique, the staff is friendly, and the food is to die for. Seriously, if I could eat their swordfish every day, I would. Can not recommend this spot enough.

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ChuckS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters are always great! Scallops superb, mussels devine. Love Happy Hour!

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2kanya
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food as always! Best prices during the Happy Hour!!!

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Triathamom
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eric at the bar was downright delightful. Spacing between patrons was good and I felt safe. The food was amazing and I'll be back!

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DanielR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were fantastic and I would highly recommend going.

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ChuckS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the raw oysters. Very fresh! Scallops are wonderful too.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was amazing along with the food. I enjoyed celebrating my 40th Birthday at Tempest Oyster Bar!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Good food. Service was terrible. Brought out our food next checked back with us for anything. Filled up the water glasses as we were getting up to pay the bill

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time here. Very nice dinner for our anniversary celebration. Very good service.

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MariaS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The happy hour was well worth it! Our server was very attentive, and clearly knew the menu very well.

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KurtK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest was outstanding. We sat outdoors in one of the most quaint seating areas we have yet to try this season in Madison. When a few raindrops threatened the staff quickly moved a patio umbrella over us. The rain didn't last long yet the propane towers were both warming and visually cozy. The service was impeccable and the food absolutely delicious. And on top of all that the live guitarist added the final touch to what we felt was the closest experience we have ever had to a European dining experience - all right here in the heart of the Midwest. Kudos to the Tempest team!

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time at Tempest. The food was wonderful, the service was amazing, the location was perfect. We will be back.

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benj
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience fun staff and best seafood in town!

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Julie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service on the patio. Had a few smoke stacks, halibut and crab legs. Best meal in a long, lomg time.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I adore this place. Best oysters in town and happy hour 3 hours a day 5 days a week is on point!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Excellent safety protocols.

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Sava
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Meal and evening were amazing! It was my partner’s birthday and they asked for specification of this on my reservation, but nothing was done for the birthday, so it was a bit anticlimactic. Other than that, would recommend the restaurant to anyone who loves high quality seafood and amazing service!

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ReneeB
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very nice and took good care of us. The food was delicious and the heaters kept us warm outside.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone is so great, from front of the house to servers, to food runners. All seem so pleased to see customers walk through their door!! Food is yummy and a wonderful variety is offered!

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DaCoda
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to go for drinks and dinner. Happy Hour is most generous. Eric manages a well organized seating system and Kevin and Nicole take very good care of their guests. Most enjoyable and very good food. The Duxburys are the finest/freshest oysters in town.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dining here! Love the oysters! King crab!!

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alex
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded expectations and some, will definitely be back.

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2kanya
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and atmosphere! The appetizers are small, for the price, but other than that everything else is great. I definitely recommend this space, and I will definitely come back again.

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shrimplover2
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were perfect

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CallieS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. We had a reservation and it took a little time to get seated but they are following strict COVID protocol so we appreciated the extra attention to cleaning.

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DanB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outside, if just for a moment, transports you to New Orleans. And the seafood is that good too: oysters and conch fritters and smoked fish mmm

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AishaH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oysters were fantastic. Steak was under seasoned. Potatoes weren’t cooked thorough. I’ll go back for the oysters.

FAQs

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 867 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.