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Tempest Oyster Bar

120 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3481
+1 608-258-1443
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“oysters” (61 reviews)
“swordfish” (8 reviews)
“smoke stack” (5 reviews)
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All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
120 E Wilson St, Madison, WI 53703-3481
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We've lived in Madison for years and this was our first time visiting Tempest. First off, the pictures online do not do this place justice! I was a little nervous booking a reservation because the atmosphere did not appear very inviting, but thought we'd give...More

Thank bemiller5
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel shuttle driver managed to get us through the hilly, snow-packed downtown Madison streets to drop us off at Tempest. As we walked in through a large curtain, the place looked empty save for a large family event in a back room. The host...More

Thank Terre H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We booked at Tempest for our wedding anniversary and what a treat it turned out to be. The first thing that hit us, apart from the friendly welcome, was the atmosphere. The place was buzzing with the sound of people enjoying themselves over dinner on...More

Thank JTShanghai
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first visit to Tempest and it was for restaurant week. Atmosphere, Food and service was all excellent. I would go back again. The food was delicious!

Thank mb2845
Reviewed 17 January 2018

We have been here for happy hour various times. But without plans for New Years Eve this year we stopped in early and grabbed a seat at the bar. What a delight our bartender was. Very friendly and attentive. We ordered a number of dishes;...More

1  Thank Rachel B
Reviewed 11 December 2017

The old saying "you get what you pay for " is very appropriate for The Tempest. It was pricey but was excellent. We sat at the bar and Kevin took care of us. We had 4 different kinds of raw oysters and they were the...More

1  Thank GJG-13
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Great neighborhood restaurant! Great atmosphere and food/drinks. Wonderful place for dinner with friends.

1  Thank Glenda N
Reviewed 7 November 2017

We visited on a Friday night. I planned on being there at Happy Hour but learned that is just at the bar not table service. They did honor the happy hour price on the oysters so that worked well. We had oysters to start and...More

1  Thank voyageurfoodie
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Romantic atmosphere. Friendly staff. Large oyster menu. The best king crab I have ever had. It's expensive, but well worth the price you pay. If I ever return to Madison I will definitely return.

1  Thank FunFoodTravel95
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Broiled salmon was tender, moist and flavorful! Prompt courteous service. Bar service was friendly. Striking decor and convenient, clean restroom.

1  Thank Chuck P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 am
4:00 pm - 10:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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