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Tempest Oyster Bar

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120 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3481
+1 608-258-1443
16:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 10:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We called the same day(Saturday) and could only get a 5PM reservation. We took it and we were glad we did. The atomosphere was great - clean and modern with a little throw back to mid century. Nicole was our server and was very friendly and explained the menu. We decided on lobster bisque and the tall chilled tower. What... More 

Thank JustmeChicago
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the best oysters we've had outside of San Francisco! A giant platter of east coast and west coast oysters @ only $2 each during happy hour! The fish cakes were also in special and were delicious. The main menu is extensive, and for dinner we enjoyed swordfish and mixed seafood on hollow noodles!

Thank DenisJones
Batavia, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I had read about the Tempest Oyster Bar and had been waiting for an opportunity to visit. My husband and I own a lake home just south of Madison and often get there for the awesome farmer's market. Since it was now the depths of Winter, we decided to make a trip to Madison for shopping and dinner in town.... More 

Thank Barbara T
Hollandale, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

My husband and I made dinner reservations with friends at the Tempest. My husband and I have never dined there and it had been a couple of years since our friends had been there. Unknown to us, It was restaurant week. We met at the bar until our table was ready. The bartenders were personable and attentive. Their drink specials... More 

Thank Debra O
Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Had another great dinner this week. The Red Snaper was perfectly fried and I loved the pomegranates with it. The service was attentive and knowledgeable.

Thank Sunny19a
New York City, New York
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Nothing fancy, but good bar menu, nice surroundings and a good drinks selection. Haven't been disappointed on several visits.

Thank Andrew S
Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We visited on a freezing Thursday night. The restaurant was really quiet so they were seating everyone in the bar area. We arrived at 6 so still plenty of time for happy hour. Our waitress was quick to describe the happy hour menu and detail what a good deal it was. We each ordered a cocktail and several items from... More 

Thank BT313
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Went with eleven family members on a Sunday night. Had reservations. Drink selection was good. Menu selections were even better. Everyone at the table was thrilled with their food (and this crowd earshot was out a lot). I would not hesitate to recommend this place.

Thank THPC
Lake Park, IA
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We love stopping here when we are in Madison. The atmosphere is so interesting, with the plastic spoon backdrop behind the bar, the pretty stacked wine bottles under the bar and the lit clam shell seating at the end of the bar. Actually, we've never sat anywhere but IN the bar and we've never been disappointed in the oysters. Last... More 

Thank Paige M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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197 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A group of business associates went to this place for dinner. The ambiance is pretty good.The furniture probably needs to be redone. Most tables have hard base chairs and this is probably a cosmopolitan style but did not work for me. They do have some table with sofa type seats. I enjoyed the fresh oysters and they do have about... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 10:00
16:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3481
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-258-1443

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?