Tempest Oyster Bar
On the half shell, choose from our daily selection
on the half shell
broiled; spinach, bacon, fennel, breadcrumbs
Love the happy hour special. Staff is friendly. Craft cocktails are hit and miss depending on bartender, but still drinkable.
First timenhere and the food, service and experience were beyond expectations, will definitely go back when back in Madison.
Tempest is one of our all time favorites in Madison. Best oysters around.
This place is such a classic. Rick behind the bar is a true professional. The happy hour is one of the best in town. Food is top notch.
Great restaurant. Love the oysters, ambiance, and funky drinks.
Excellent food, great waitstaff, enjoyable experience!
Great spot for dinner! I made note on the reservation & mentioned when we arrived that it was my fiance's birthday. Usually you get a glass of champagne or dessert option. But I get that it's COVID times and sadly nothing special was done.
The food was outstanding as usual! I loved the new add-ons to the menu and the mahi mahi and king crab cakes are to die for! Our server Nicole was nothing less than amazing. By far my favorite restaurant in Madison.
A charming restaurant in a charming city. Fresh oysters and delicious seafood.
Great food and outstanding service.
One of our favorite restaurants. Best oysters we’ve ever had.
Amazing as always, our go-to for celebrating a special occasion or happy hour with friends. We feel like family when we're here thanks to servers like Nicole and the wonderful menu.
I had the Shrimp scallop Porkbelly and grits. If you are going to have soft texture things then at least use stone ground grits for texture cause the quick or overcooked ones don’t work.
The shrimp app the scallop app and the oysters were delicious. Drinks overpriced.
Delicious! Definitely recommend.
My boyfriend and I had an amazing dinner! We got the fritters for an app. Then he got a selection of the east coast oysters and I got the lobster roll! Both were amazing. Our server was so kind and we had a great meal.
I loved everything about this dinner--service, cocktails, oysters, ambience, dinner.
Nicole was AWESOME!!!
Everyone there is fantastic and the food and drinks are excellent. Don't sleep on the Job cocktail or the conch fritters!
Great service and Great food.. very Fresh
Eric was a great waiter.
We had reservations but waited for the host who also juggles online orders. The food and service was wonderful. As promised the oysters were incredible and I loved my tuna. I said in my reservation that it was my partner’s birthday. I thought there would at least be a verbal acknowledgment of it but alas no. Glad I made reservations at another restaurant for drinks and dessert.
The food and drinks were great! Oysters on the half shell were fresh and my lobster bisque was delicious. I don’t recall what my wife had as her entrée but she said it was superb. Shall definitely go back!
great food and service as always
like many area restaurants, their menu is limited but still many good choices
Never fail to have an amazing dinner and experience. The food and service is at another level. Everything is delicious.
We had a great dinner and the service was excellent - very attentive and friendly. Did a good job following COVID guidelines and we felt very safe and separated from other diners.
We love coming to Tempest as the quality is always outstanding. My son especially loves that the staff remember him and I feel more than comfortable taking him as I know the safety standards during the pandemic are being followed. We so appreciate all the extra care. It's such a warm, lovely place with delicious food.
Service and food were outstanding as always.
The ambiance is so soft and warm, just lovely to dine in.
New Years Eve
Everything about our experience was outstanding! Fantastic service, phenomenal cuisine, and inviting atmosphere. It made the beginning of our New Year’s Eve celebration top notch.
Came in for drinks and appetizers to celebrate NYE, and as usual, it was amazing! Their cocktails are always delicious, the oysters were on point, and the atmosphere was beautiful. Service is always amazing, and their bar area is always the best place for a great photo op!
This was the first restaurant I have dined in since the pandemic began. I was super nervous but they spread people out, all staff had masks on. They sat us in a quiet corner by a door and said if we needed to open the door we could. There as a separate extra air filter in the room as well. I was happy to see them taking a lot of caution.
The server was super nice! And the food was delicious. Thanks for a great date night!
Phil is an excellent bartender. Makes a great martini. Food was also very good!
The oysters here are always so fresh. We love happy hour when oysters are $2. The scallops on the happy hour menu are very good. French fries are very tasty.
I love this place! The food is always exceptional and the service is fantastic! The only place in town that I will go to for oysters. So fresh and delicious!
wonderful food, great service from hostess Nicole, waiter Kevin and all the staff. Great COVID precautions taken. Thank you!
Fan fricken fabulous !!!
Always a favorite! Food and service is a 10.
Great happy hour. Oysters were fresh and plump. Entrees were fantastic - you must have the crab legs period.
Don’t go past the carrot cake for dessert.
Best service. Best seafood. Best Oysters in Madison. As much as I love to try new experiences, we keep coming back to Tempest because we know we won't be disappointed. Favorite dishes are the carpetbagger (steak stuffed with oysters) and the shrimp, scallop, and grits. The staff is always so warm and welcoming.
Tempest Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 258-1443.
Tempest Oyster Bar is rated 4.9 stars by 920 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.