Tempest Oyster Bar

4.8
1038 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.

Happy Hour available in our Boat Room, Bar Room, and Front Patio from 4-7 Monday-Friday by reservation only. To make reservations for Happy Hour please select "Bar" for Bar and Boat Room tables, or "Counter" for seats directly at the Bar.

Dinner service featuring our full menu offered daily from 5-10PM.

Please email tempestmadison@gmail.com for large party requests.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1038 people are saying
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KevinW
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always loved the vibe at the bar and the cool looking building. This was my first time going for dinner and I was impressed with the oysters, the mai tai tap cocktail, and the hand cut fries. Would recommend.

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SaraL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Came in to celebrate birthday. Only the hostess wished me a happy birthday. Our server was not personable at all. Took forever on everything!! We had to ask if we could put our food order in, he did not inquire. The flank was over cooked for medium & highly under-seasoned, and so was the lobster! Scallops & raw oysters were absolutely perfect that was the best part!!! We tried all around the world for the oysters. Had the side scallop potatoes those were nothing special either. The creamed spinach was boating as well—-there menu needs to build a more personal palate for being labeled as fine dining. You better wow people all around. They did not do that with there food nor service. Also when asked if the air conditioning could be adjusted, because it was so incredibly warm the other service just said no it cannot. 2 out of 5 stars for sure

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just awesome. Happy hour turned into dinner. They seem short staffed, but also still super accommodating and knowledgeable. Don’t miss happy hour!

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TerriP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest is a new favorite! Ambiance is phenomenal and everything we tried off the menu was exceptional. Wait staff was attentive and entertaining with spot-on suggestions. I can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together

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JudyZ
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Oysters. Bucatini - delicious; scallop best ever.

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vipAnon
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing dinner here, as always. Oysters were fresh, and tried a filet for a change. It was cooked perfectly. Our server Abby R did such a great job!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Waitress chose great oysters for us! Food was delicious. This is a must-try restaurant in Madison.

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Zilchie
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, excellent cocktails, impeccably prepared and presented dishes. The Smokestack was a gorgeous tower of deliciousness. The halibut while perhaps a touch dry was fresh and tasty and served with perfectly seasoned greens. Key lime pie was a wonderful way to end the meal, just sweet enough. For the price of a normal cup of coffee in most restaurants they bring you a French press of your chosen grind. Definitely recommend!

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CorbyR
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely ridiculously worth a visit. Please stop arguing with yourself and Go.

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benj
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Tempest always go above and beyond to make the experience great! Add the freshest best seafood in town and it makes for a super evening.

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TimC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Manhattans were mixed perfectly. Had East Coast oysters which were excellent. Ordered the fruits de mer which were deep fried deliciousness. Always one of our favorite places to go out to.

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WilliamK
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food and overall experience was good. If you don't like oysters, the appetizer selection is limited. Don't read anything negative into this review. It's a solid restaurant that I would recommend if someone is interested in seafood. It is on the pricey side for what you get.

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Thao
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was DELICIOUS!!! Service was AWESOME. I loved the happy hour menu!!! A nice seafood place in Madison but a bit expensive.

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steve
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As is many times the case - the wait staff makes the difference - I've never had better more attentive service...

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vipBarbio
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tempest is a good placecto go for seafood steak or pork chops. It gets a bit loud and the service was a bit slow after we ordered our main course. Good selection of wine and a fun vibe.

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vipluv2dineout
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here because our first visit was amazing. The menu is so varied and interesting. The service is outstanding which was part of the reason for coming back. Now we’ll have dinner a third time and can’t wait to try something different!

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HarmonyD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, awesome and knowledgeable staff, and the food is amazing! Always go here when I'm in Madison.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and will definitely be back!

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vipTerriG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We frequent Tempest because we can walk from home and have always had good food and good service. Last night we had an exceptional server and I wish I remembered her name to mention it in this review. We always start with the oysters!

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CalebM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is excellent! Price point is high, but definitely worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and the bartenders were absolutely amazing. I don’t recall the name of the guy we started with but he was fabulous then we ended up interacting with Kevin who was phenomenal. So glad we spent our date night here.

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AnaA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were fresh, the food delicious. Great wine too!
We ate outside, it was quiet and pleasant. Great service

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vipPreetic
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love going to Tempest. Love the Happy Hour, Regular Menu and the Drinks.

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AndrewG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our three daughters and my bride for her birthday last night. It was fantastic at all levels. Not really a place for young kids and the staff treated them like royalty...along with the birthday girl. Well done!

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BrettN
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to sit on the front patio, and as always everything was great.

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vipBarbara
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun place with good food. Good for informal dining with friends or an anniversary dinner with your spouse.

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viprsteve
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is always great. The bar is popular so it is a bit noisy during happy hour. The staff is quite friendly and helpful. The oysters are superb and the drinks are first class.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Madison. Always delicious food, great service, and lovely environment.

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the East Coast oysters that were wonderful. Our main entrees were the Not Famous Fried Chicken and Lobster roll were delicious!

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vipSadie
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around. Best food in Madison!

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HerbH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tempest was a great dining experience for my wife and myself. We were celebrating my retirement from 39 years of being an educator. We wanted to go to a new place and this fit the bill. We also have had our share of supper club steaks and old fashions. So it was also something out of the ordinary for us. The seafood menu was just what we wanted. We started off with a bottle of wine and a couple of appetizers. We ordered the Conch Fritters and I ordered 6 of the east coast oysters. The conch fritters were excellent and the sauce was just the right amount of heat. Very good choice. The oysters were very good too with a couple of sauces. The only complaint I have is I was told these are big plump oysters which was mostly true. However, one of the oysters was maybe the size of a quarter where as the rest fit the bill as being larger than normal. But when you are paying $3 an oyster I kind felt like I should have said something. My bad...or maybe the guy shucking them should have known better.

For dinner my wife ordered the scallops and they sauce of maple flavor and a little bit of heat made for an excellent taste profile. She said they were the best scallops she's ever had. I ordered the yellow fin tuna with a bed of kale and potatoes. Topped with flying fish roe. It was outstanding and very big portion of kale/potatoes, fish, and roe. The roe made for an interesting mouth and taste feel as the tiny roe burst in my mouth with just the right amount of saltiness. Overall we will be back for the food and atmosphere.

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mikep
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The service was awesome and food was good. Would come back again just with a bigger wallet.

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RobL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great oysters! Cool vibe. No cheese curds! A great fine dining spot downtown. We had both fish and the steaks. There is something for everyone on the menu even if you aren’t a seafood person.

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ChadG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had drinks and appetizer at bar area fun and good food moved to table, other room was much warmer. Overall good experience good food and service would recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

They lied about happy hour

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ChrisM
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought clients in for a business dinner. Service and food were outstanding. Our server and the bartender went out of their way to makes sure we had a great evening.

We will be back!

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NanciM
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Tempest is my favorite Madison restaurant. This was my first time back since Covid. The food as always was outstanding. Our server was not. He did not seem to have time for our table of four. As this was the first time this has happened and the food is so good, I will not stop going there. I'm just hoping he was having a bad day.

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Piesncakeupnorth
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oysters are always excellent. Eric makes a great martini! Servers are pleasant and attentive.

FAQs

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

Tempest Oyster Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1038 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.