Tempest Oyster Bar

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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MariaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great experience fun staff and best seafood in town!

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Julie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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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
1 review
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.

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vipJCC2
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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KevinA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was amazing! Tempest is one of the best restaurants in Madison!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipSadie
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food outstanding. The wait staff, perfect. Dining outdoors was lovely with beautiful soft guitar music. Love the place.

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DigitalEntomologist
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cocktails in town - bartenders can make all the classics extremely well.

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Madisondatenight
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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)

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipEmily
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! COVID precautions taken every step of the way. Excellent ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Great social distancing inside.

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RogerR
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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AmyU
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wonderful service and stellar compliance with mask/social-distancing mandate!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! They did a great job with COVID measures and the new patio is great.

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DougS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening at Tempest heat food, wine and ambiance on their outdoor terrace.

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BreannaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JohnH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They do a great job. We go there frequently and always have a great meal

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SuzanneW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best seafood in Madison hands down.

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Zach
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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VantaY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

If you're going for the oysters, I recommend going during happy hour. You'll get more for your money.

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vipAlexB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for happy hour or grabbing a nice meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and setting were fantastic. We had a variety of oysters and the halibut. Perfect. Nice craft cocktails too! Highly recommend.

FAQs

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.