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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food. A little pricey. Nicole our server was fantastic.

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Tjamund
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time here, will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The salmon I ordered was good, but it tasted like any other salmon I could have gotten from a different restaurant.

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Frann0615
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall we had a really nice experience here! The food was great and i liked the look of the space . One thing i did notice is that a hostess and a server were rude to my family in the bar area while i ordered drinks. One of my family members has some physical limitations and cannot stand for long periods of time. They prefer to sit in a lower chair so they sat at one of the bar tables. Within minutes, two employees rushed over to ask why they were sitting there and did we have a reservation. We did and the bar area was not busy at all so i was upset they were treated that way. Our actual sever was extremely nice and the dinner was very good.

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Nicole
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very knowledgeable and suggested some great dinner options! The food was fantastic and we enjoyed a wonderful evening full of great food and great wine!

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JeffreyN
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let's put it this way, if I lived within a mile of tempest I would be broke and fat from eating there every day of my life. Can't get seafood like that anywhere around Madison. Great job. Can't wait to try the late night menu

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Really
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We ordered two appetizers, they brought both out, sat one down and left with the other and when our server finally passed by, we had to reminder her. One plate of food was already cold when it was served, and the bottle of wine ordered with dinner arrived after we were almost done eating. We have been here before but this time they seemed like this was their opening night.

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JesseM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here for the oysters, the best in the area. The rest of the food is a bonus. We had the Friday fish fry and both the perch and walleye were incredible.
Don't forget the oysters, try a tower!

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RickR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had not been to Tempest for years as I had been disappointed initially. I was pleasantly surprised in my recent visit. The food, service and ambiance were much improved.

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JakeC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, a bit pricey but worth it, best seafood you'll be able to find in Madison.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience and fun atmosphere! Make sure to go during happy hour!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday for granddaughter. Best oysters I’ve had in a long time.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at the Oyster Bar. The ambience was charming and classy, the staff was helpful and courteous, and wait times were minimal. I wasn't the most impressed with the food. Now, I understand oysters are polarizing, so I'll omit my opinions on those, but the other seafood I ate was pretty mediocre. Not bad, certainly, and the scallops were to die for, but the shrimp and mussels we ate were not great. Normally I would be okay with them, but given the price tag I was not enthused.

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MargaretB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed an evening the the Tempest with two other people, total of three not two. The host handled the seating number with no problems. The food was excellent. The raw oysters were fresh and briny. The Oysters Rockefeller were also very good, with an excellent bread crumb topping. Entrees were the Yellow fin Tuna, Shrimp Scallops and Grits and the Bucatini. All three of us enjoyed our individual choices. The waiter was excellent and answered all questions. A very pleasant evening.

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RobinP
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible. Server Nichole was personable, friendly, helpful. It was my son's birthday and he was given a delicious free dessert, a la candle. Sous chef, Gabriel, came out from the kitchen and greeted us personally. All together great experience.

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CalebM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent! The only ding I would give this place is that I thought it was quite noisy. I had a hard time hearing my wife talk from across the table. But overall, it was good.

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MattT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Will be going back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had reservations for Valentine’s day for over two weeks and were only offered a community high table. The staff was incredibly rude and we actually left before our name was called. Reservation was at 7:15 and our table wasn’t ready until 8. Truly ridiculous. I was excited to go here and now probably will never return, a definite let down.

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HannahS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food. It took us a while to get seated even though we had a reservation, but it was Valentine’s Day and Friday night, so it was understandable. Once we were seated, the service was really prompt and the food was fabulous.

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Drew5240
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day!!! Come for the oysters stay for the steak!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Eric was an exceptional server!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Undoubtably the best meal I’ve had in years.

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vipLovestoEat
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the energy, music and food! Just a fun place for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server and host were fantastic! Food was wonderful!

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing meal. Parents in town visiting and are still talking about it a week later.

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vipTwilson348
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. And a great value for a wonderful Wisconsin fish fry too. Blue gills!!!

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DougA
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Service friendly & helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Tempest! Everyone is always so lovely and goes above and beyond!

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vipkristi
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicole was the best waitress I’ve ever had !! She made the birthday dinner so special :) The food was amazing and the drinks by Scott were the best. Tempest never disappoints, but Nicole and Scott made our night the beat ever !!

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JuliaB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely love Tempest. Tornado Room used to be our #1 place, but it has become too busy and unpredictable. (Good for them, not for us)
Tempest has filled that gap in our lives. We go to Tempest for all of our special occasions, this time was for my husbands birthday. It was delicious, our waiter was very kind and attentive. We do recommend Tempest to all of our friends.

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LaurenG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest Oyster Bar is always our go to. My husband loves steaks while I love seafood so it is a win-win fo rus. Absolutely amazing service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest is a bit tucked away but completely opens up once you walk in. You’re greeted with a huge salvaged boat and friendly smiles. The decor, people, service, and food were all superb and we will definitely be back

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JenniS
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique atmosphere, a hidden gem in central Madison. The menu’s full of interesting and delicious options. We love dining here and recommend it often.

JM
JudyM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated like we were the only customers. Superb bartenders & waitstaff and delicious food/drink! We’re impressed!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The happy hour is a great deal! Also its great to see that there are some nonalcoholic cocktails that are on the menu. They all looked pretty good! The food was amazing, especially the appetizers of she crab soup and smoked whitefish. The carrot cake that I had was a favorite. Not overpowering with the cream cheese, and thank you for not putting raisins in it.

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TwoFoodies
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a sumptuous meal during Restaurant Week. The place was packed but service was brisk. Foods from appetizers to desserts were tasty and filling. We’ll definitely return to try out the regular menu.

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Majordogma
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We attended another Madison Restaurant Week at Tempest. For the most part we had a great experience, but there was one issue that detracted from an otherwise perfect experience. We had reservations for 6:15 and arrived a couple minutes early. We were informed that our table wasn't quite ready because the current guests were lingering longer than they had hoped. We went to the bar to wait, being assured that it wouldn't be too long. Time passed. The bartenders were great and quite entertaining. We chatted with another bar patron. After 30 minutes, we were offered a table in the bar, but it was quite loud/noisy in there, and the table was very small. Finally, I went to check again after almost an hour of waiting. The guests were still lingering, but it looked promising, they said. I wondered why there was only one table for 2 available. About 5 minutes later a table opened up and we were able to take our seats. From there, everything was excellent. Service was outstanding, the food was SO GOOD, and things were served efficiently and hot. My husband had the trout with tarragon butter which he raved about, and I had the swordfish with fingerling potatoes, green beans, and artichoke pieces. The fish roe on top was fresh and crunchy! Desserts were very good as well.

We have never had a bad meal at Tempest. And we have always had a wonderful experience in the past. I understand that the staff has little control over the people they serve. But we were disappointed about the experience because we had intentionally made a reservation. Obviously they had overbooked or had given walk ins preference over people with reservations. This was our singular complaint. Would we return? Absolutely. Every restaurant has a glitch from time to time.

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LarryJ
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food was excellent. Our server Eric was exceptional.

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DavidB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal, top quality food and beverages, along with friendly and attentive service on a busy night. Very impressed!

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Tempest Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 258-1443.

Tempest Oyster Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 765 OpenTable diners.

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