Tempest Oyster Bar

120 E Wilson St Suite 3, Madison
(608) 258-1443

Recent Reviews

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Food was excellent, oysters in particular were fresh and prime. Was able to try three wines to find the best pairing for our food.


Loved the variety of oysters they had to offer. Happy hour from 4-7 with food/drink specials.

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Tempest is great! It’s still a pricy happy hour. I wish we could afford it more often. But it’s a very nice place. The service and quality are both amazing. It’s a little too acoustic for my taste in noise level, but it’s still a great place to visit on occasion!


Great experience. Sat at the bar. Bartenders very knowledgeable on food and delicious drinks. Very romantic.

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Always great


Wonderful restaurant that respects social distancing. Had a great meal and superb service!

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We are temporarily living an hour outside of Madison and made a trip in on a Thursday night for our anniversary. It was our first time to Tempest. Needless to say we are big fans. Great experience overall and the value was an extra bonus. There’s a $7 appetizer for happy hour that’s off the charts. Smoked fish/trout/salmon mixture on crackers. It’s on the main menu app list for $19. You only need 1 order for two people. This is a higher end menu at reasonable prices. With that said I stuck to the $20 fried chicken plate and it was amazing. My wife had the Swordfish and is still talking about it 24 hours later. Call me an idiot but I had to try the a la crate hashbrowns for $6. Think Smokey’s hash browns but more gourmet. We benefited a bit from happy hour prices for our first round and the app. With that said before tip was $104. 2 craft cocktails 1 beer 1 wine, app, additional side and gourmet main courses. This place is the real deal. Thanks to Eric the host for going the extra mile. Bring an extra $10 for the last menu item - “buy the kitchen a 6 pack” - made me giggle.


Refreshingly good seafood in the midwest. Creative menu. Wine list included a rose from Ile de Porquerolles in France, a tiny vineyard that we had no idea was available in the U.S. ! Star dishes included Alaskan King Crab, shrimp + grits, pear upside down cake. Not so great Oysters Rockefeller (overly funky.) Solid service in a time when most restaurants are hammered by labor shortages.

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The smoke stack is an amazing deal during happy hour.


What a wonder surprise this place was! The service was amazing. I had the Boncatini which was incredible and my partner had fresh oysters and the yellowfin tuna. It was seriously the first time I have ever seen him totally clean his plate! We sat outside and it was absolutely perfect. Our Lyft driver told us it was the best place in town and he was right. We will definitely be back!


One of the best spots for Happy Hour as well as dinner in Madison! We've been dining at Tempest for nearly a decade, and I can't recall one bad experience or even any small issues. The staff has always been friendly, attentive and timely. The quality of the food is outstanding, and I've heard they focus on seafood that is more sustainable and have gotten rid of a couple menu items over the years when a particular fish might be overfished. Their oysters are some of the freshest around and they always have a great selection of around 6-10 types, both east and west coast. All of the other seafood apps and entrees we've had here have been delicious, it's a great place for king crab and lobster, and they cook a perfect steak every time (their sister restaurant is Tornado Steakhouse, so it makes sense). No matter where we sit to dine, be it in the dining room, bar area tables, boat area tables, patio and even at the bar, it's always been a comfortable experience. And when we dined here yesterday, we noticed they did some upgrades on the front patio which made it feel much cozier than usual (mainly all the planters they added to the railing). If you haven't been to Tempest, go! And if you have, try something new!


A magnificent place! Great vibe and awesome food.


Delicious seafood and a wonderful happy hour that allows you to try many different things at a lower price than usual which is from 4-7p.m. Great service and ambience too. Will definitely be back.


Fantastic Happy Hour with innovative starters and house cocktails. Entrees were more standard but excellent prep and plating. We were impressed with warm service and knowledgeable waitstaff.

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Tempest always provides the best Oysters in the area. I think they add a little salt water or something, but it not only enhances their taste, but opens up your taste buds on dinner and drinks.

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