Tempest Oyster Bar

4.9
920 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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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.6
value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vanna
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the happy hour special. Staff is friendly. Craft cocktails are hit and miss depending on bartender, but still drinkable.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timenhere and the food, service and experience were beyond expectations, will definitely go back when back in Madison.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest is one of our all time favorites in Madison. Best oysters around.

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KurtS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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MonaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Love the oysters, ambiance, and funky drinks.

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SAMNBOB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, great waitstaff, enjoyable experience!

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Mariah
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMaheshR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming restaurant in a charming city. Fresh oysters and delicious seafood.

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vipkirbyd
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service.

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John
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. Best oysters we’ve ever had.

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vipAlex
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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TobyJ
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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IngridB
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AndreaH
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this dinner--service, cocktails, oysters, ambience, dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicole was AWESOME!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone there is fantastic and the food and drinks are excellent. Don't sleep on the Job cocktail or the conch fritters!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and Great food.. very Fresh

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vipLarryA
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Eric was a great waiter.

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VaunceA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipDavidL
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary.

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bluebass
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and service as always
like many area restaurants, their menu is limited but still many good choices

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fail to have an amazing dinner and experience. The food and service is at another level. Everything is delicious.

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RyanM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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NicBro
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JoyT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding as always.

The ambiance is so soft and warm, just lovely to dine in.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve

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ValerieB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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EmilyT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Katie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phil is an excellent bartender. Makes a great martini. Food was also very good!

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Piesncakeupnorth
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AmyH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ChristineM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food, great service from hostess Nicole, waiter Kevin and all the staff. Great COVID precautions taken. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fan fricken fabulous !!!

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vipAjohn
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite! Food and service is a 10.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CindiS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

FAQs

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.