Tempest Oyster Bar

4.9
957 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.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 957 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.8
service
4.8
ambience
4.7
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to be back at Tempest, one of our favorite spots in Madison! After being in quarantine this was one of the spots we were excited to go back to first. From the inventive cocktails to the amazing food and the spectacular service, this was a no brainer. Our college son and one of his friends joined us for a spectacular meal. Thank you, Tempest. You’re a shining star.

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EmilyK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for oysters in Madison! We loved our waitress and the food and drinks were excellent.

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Bluedolphin
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and great food! Wonderful date night and definitely plan on coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

KJ was awesome, as was the lobster!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome steak, scallops and oysters. Always a blast here.

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ScottR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic experience, again! Love, love, love Tempest! The service and food and drink could not have been any better. Thank you!

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MikeK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Will be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was wonderful- we enjoyed lobster, king crab , and steaks. Everything was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience1

Rowdy customers being super loud and belligerent drunk. The staff did nothing about it even though it was disturbing the entire restaurant.

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vipAmyC
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and overall wonderful experience. The oysters were particularly great and all of the main dishes with seafood are excellent. Really thoughtful wine list, both by the glass and full bottles - great wines to choose from. The cocktail are also excellent, they make the best version of a dirty martini we have ever had.

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vipBecky
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening celebrating our anniversary. The food was fantastic and the staff did a great job of taking care of us.

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vipHeidiF
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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mokajo
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

the oyster happy hour is a must on a budget the smoke stack is great we sent the conch fritters back they only tasted like peppers yuck the oysters rockefeller had too much spinach and the bacon masked the oyster flavor the scallops were tasty the smokestck needs better crackers not just saltines drinks were good

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vipAnon
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service every time.

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MadisonTraveler
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Great Happy Hour. The service and food is always great and perfect!!

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Nathan
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polite staff. Great food. One of my favorite dining experiences in the Madison area. We will continue to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST!!!!!

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MIKEM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from drinks to entrees were outstanding. We enjoyed raw oysters. Oysters Rockefeller. Mahi mahi and lobster Mac. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
90 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been over a year since we’ve been there. We thought they had closed due to COVID but found out they didn’t. Wish I would have known that. They didn’t miss a beat in the year - great food equaled by attentive and friendly service. Not going to wait a year to go back !!

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Matt
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, even with the reduced COVID era menu. Great spacing in the restaurant, oysters were delicious, and cocktails were great. Service is always great, and no different this time.

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AshleyE
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! We arrived during happy hour and started with a couple drinks, some pei oysters and the smokestack— which was delicious! The music was an enjoyable and subtle jazz compilation. Overall great and can’t wait to return next time we visit from chicago!

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Sara
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience and delicious seafood. Amazing cocktails. The service was attentive and friendly. We had an excellent time. Will definitely return

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AnneM
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our daughters 21st with delicious cocktails and food - loved everything! The oysters were amazing, our entrees were spectacular - mahi mahi, yellow fin tuna, and shrimp, scallops, and grits. Key lime pie for dessert. Impeccable service included a Bees Knees birthday shot to celebrate. Tempest is one of the nest restaurants in Madison!

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AllisonD
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our ladies night out at tempest. It was so nice to be served dinner again. The food and cocktails are great

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was good. Food was wonderful as always. We will be back for sure!

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DaCoda
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with super food and fine service. Consistent quality and good value.

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BaileyB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing server (Kevin), amazing food, amazing drinks, and an all around amazing time. What more can you ask for/need? I really appreciated the COVID safety protocols, and the cute bottle of hand sanitizer that was presented to our table. We’ll definitely be back!

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JulieB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent seafood and fish! Smokestack, shrimp, and oysters an absolute must.

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ScottR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC!!! Great food and the service was so friendly! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It was really busy so I’m sure there was pressure in the kitchen. Some food was over cooked, some was undercooked, but we love Tempest. The service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience per usual! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality seafood, super cool space. Very on theme, but also very warm and kind of quirky. Drinks were strong and tasty. Service was quick, helpful, and attentive. Got a slew of oysters for the table as an app, would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite special evenings in Madison is Tempest! Love the oysters, tuna, pork chop (my partner can not avoid it!), the drinks (especially mocktails for me!). And, KJ, one of the kindest servers around, we are always grateful to see her. A friendly face in an inviting place!! Love love love Tempest!

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JuliaB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tempest is by far our favorite place to go for any occasion. The food and cocktails are outstanding. A+

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YengC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the romantic atmosphere and socially distanced setting. The service and food was also exceptional.

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TiaR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our meal was tasty and satisfying. I recommend the shrimp, scallops, and pork belly w/grits. Honestly, I'm not a pork belly fan - too greasy, fatty, unhealthy - so I could do without. The shrimp and scallops were plump and the grits creamy...yum. My husband is loves the bucatini and the West Coast oysters.
Kevin, our server, was very pleasant, attentive and helpful with my husband's oyster selection. Kudos to all the staff for their attention to ensure a memorable dining experience.

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Vanna
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2021
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 on February 27, 2021
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 on February 24, 2021
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.

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 957 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.