Tempest Oyster Bar
large white gulf shrimp, horseradish cream, cocktail sauce
pan-seared lardons, apple, brown sugar, brandy
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
Our first time here. Very nice dinner for our anniversary celebration. Very good service.
The happy hour was well worth it! Our server was very attentive, and clearly knew the menu very well.
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!
This was the first time at Tempest. The food was wonderful, the service was amazing, the location was perfect. We will be back.
great experience fun staff and best seafood in town!
Amazing food and service on the patio. Had a few smoke stacks, halibut and crab legs. Best meal in a long, lomg time.
I adore this place. Best oysters in town and happy hour 3 hours a day 5 days a week is on point!
Amazing food. Excellent safety protocols.
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!
The waiter was very nice and took good care of us. The food was delicious and the heaters kept us warm outside.
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.
I always enjoy dining here! Love the oysters! King crab!!
Exceeded expectations and some, will definitely be back.
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.
Service and food were perfect
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.
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
Oysters were fantastic. Steak was under seasoned. Potatoes weren’t cooked thorough. I’ll go back for the oysters.
Tempest offers the same high quality seafood , and if anything, the cooking is even better. The restaurant had good spacing and other safety precautions. They have a lot of out door seating as well. Highly recommended.
Everything about our experience was amazing! Tempest is one of the best restaurants in Madison!
I booked a table at Tempest to surprise my girlfriend after I proposed. I needed a table to accommodate her family. Tempest was able to get us a large enough table. They had chilled champagne waiting. The service was incredible. The food was outstanding. Their oyster selection is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend Tempest!
Food outstanding. The wait staff, perfect. Dining outdoors was lovely with beautiful soft guitar music. Love the place.
Best cocktails in town - bartenders can make all the classics extremely well.
Appetizers and oysters were great! Entrees were mediocre, had 2 servers who didnt seem to communicate super well and forgot about our entrees until we asked (brought out the check before entrees)
Food/drinks were fantastic, along with excellent service from Eric. The outdoor area on the side of the building contributed to the ambiance of the evening. Thanks for another great experience!
Everything was fantastic! COVID precautions taken every step of the way. Excellent ambiance.
Excellent food and service. Great social distancing inside.
The Tempest staff was overworked, which led to some confusion and delay in serving, but under the circumstances, they did an excellent job, and the Tempest continues to be a favorite dining place for us.
Excellent food, wonderful service and stellar compliance with mask/social-distancing mandate!
It was wonderful! They did a great job with COVID measures and the new patio is great.
We had a wonderful evening at Tempest heat food, wine and ambiance on their outdoor terrace.
The Tempest team did a great job of renovating their alley to create a beautiful outdoor dining space! The whole experience from the waitstaff down to my own personal bottle of handsanitizer was wonderful. Thank you for allowing us to forget about the pandemic for the evening and enjoy good food and friends in a lovely setting.
They do a great job. We go there frequently and always have a great meal
The food at The Tempest was presented beautifully and was absolutely delicious! We started with A variety of oysters on the half shell about which our server was well informed. The tuna steak and grilled swordfish for entrees were cooked to perfection and served on a gorgeous combination of sauces and delicacies. One of my best dinners ever!
This is the best seafood in Madison hands down.
We had a wonderful time eating dinner at Tempest. Our waiter (who’s name I cannot remember, but he was very dashing and had long hair) was knowledgeable, personable and funny. He helped us capture the evening with a picture with the pike, (who’s name I also can’t remember). And finally, we had a wonderful special made cocktail that balanced our palettes and wrapped up the dinner beautifully. Tempest has done a great job providing a space that is both alluring and in line with CDC guidelines with protections against COVID-19. We hope to be back soon to support such a fine establishment in these turbulent times for the Food and Beverage Industry.
If you're going for the oysters, I recommend going during happy hour. You'll get more for your money.
Great spot for happy hour or grabbing a nice meal.
The food, service, and setting were fantastic. We had a variety of oysters and the halibut. Perfect. Nice craft cocktails too! Highly recommend.
Tempest Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 258-1443.
Tempest Oyster Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 845 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.