Tempest Oyster Bar
(Not Available Friday-Saturday) cocktail sauce, lemon caper garlic aioli
pan-seared, lardon, apple, brown sugar, brandy
broiled, spinach, bacon, fennel, breadcrumb
Great experience! Everyone was so kind and helpful. Especially true of the cook and the person working the front desk.
We thought this was a very nice restaurant. It was January, so it was cold outside but it was very drafty and a bit chilly. It looks like they are doing what they can to keep the cold air out of the dining room but it was still cold.
Stylish and memorable ambiance, especially in the bar area which features some dramatic features and fantastic lighting. The salad and bread were good, the fries were very good and the appetizers were also good.
For dinner, 2 of us ordered The Carpetbagger, which we cannot recommend. It was a beautiful tenderloin, stuffed with shellfish. It was this strange, slimy and very fishy shellfish mixture that ruined the entree. It just didn't work. We all scraped it off the steak and tried to work around it.
The waitstaff was lovely and aimed to please. In fairness, none of us complained about The Carpetbagger. We were on a schedule and wouldn't have had time for the kitchen to redo our entree anyway. I believe they would've been very responsive, had we. It's a beautiful restaurant. I just wouldn't order the Carpetbagger again.
Excellent, as always. Fresh oysters, creative cocktails, entrées you can't find anywhere else in town. The bill is always a bit of a hangup or we'd go more often, but it's become our go-to place for celebrations. Can't beat happy-hour, though, if you can get a reservation! (Reservations required during COVID to control patronage numbers.)
Fantastic food and service!
Excellent dining experience and food. We’ll definitely be back.
Nelle (that's the spelling on the receipt) is a truly delightful server! Combined with terrific food and some Dragon's Milk, it all adds up to a most excellent meal.
I’ve never had a bad experience at Tempest. Staff is always super friendly and attentive and sincere. Food is always delicious!
Great place, food was amazing, staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, highly recommend for a date night.
Fresh seafood and good selection. On the fried selections, batter was light and not “doughy”. Oysters are a bit overpriced though.
We had a great experience! The food was incredible from beginning to end, the service was great, and the environment felt casual yet chic.
Love this place. It is our happy place to go out. Rarely a misstep in service or food.
The oysters were amazing! Great service and atmosphere.
Best food, always lovely service! Always a perfect place for date night or even catching up with friends.
Went to Tempest for the first time as I had heard great things about it. My husband and I went during their happy hour (happy hour is 4-7). The service and food was phenomenal. We ordered scallops, smoke stack, Brussel sprouts, scalloped potatoes, she-crab soup, and the oysters Rockefeller. All the food was AMAZING. I could have ordered about 5 more scallops ($8/each during happy hour). We will definitely be going back.
One of our very favorites. The staff is very knowledgeable, the oysters are outstanding, food and ambiance wonderful. A cold night outside but cozy and warm at Tempest.
Tempest is so great! The food is really delicious and service is great!
Would give 6 stars if I could, love the crew at Tempest. Always enjoy my time here.
Fantastic oysters and cocktails, our boys loved the fried walleye and fries. Waitress was great with our boys!
We took friends from out of state to dinner at Tempest. Our dinner was outstanding! Our wait staff was exceptional! It’s always a pleasure to eat there.
It was my first time there and absolutely amazing! 10/10 will be returning
This is super place for seafood. I had a seaweed salad that was terrific. My only complaint is that the tables are still too close for my comfort level. But that can be said of every restaurant I’ve been to.
Took my wife here for her birthday and was very pleased with service and food. Everyone was very respectful about wearing masks and they social distanced the tables.
Loved the fried oysters and they provided 2 different sauces.
Would definitely try more items on the menu in the future!
Great happy hour. Great drinks and service! Wonderful food!
Service and food was outstanding! Our server, Nelle, was a rock star and took excellent care of our group. Tempest never disappoints!
Our server was lovely and perfect, some of the food was not hot when served. I’m definitely going back for oysters!
Hard to find better food, drinks, or vibes than here. A classic favorite.
Excellent food and service! Nicole is amazing!
If you’re into some of the freshest oysters you can find anywhere, great happy hour deals, delicious food, lovely ambiance, and awesome service then this is the right place for you. Also, don’t forget to try some of their delectable cocktails.
The seating, service, food and beverage could not have been more perfect!
The staff taking care of us all knew it was my wife's birthday--complimentary cocktail and desert. The oysters were succulent, the food wonderful and beautifully presented. The staff were knowledgable and friendly. My wife felt like a queen.
Everyone Exceeded our expectations from the front desk accommodated us to changing our reservation time. To the outstanding waitress we had, she was extremely attentive and very knowledgeable and the food being exceptional which made for a wonderful celebration for my son’s birthday. Definitely will return.
Our server was adequate but seemed annoyed each time we ordered an item. We sat at a table in the bar room and it was spectacular! We celebrated a birthday (but were not given a free dessert) and the ambience was perfect. Expensive!
We love to go to Tempest for Happy Hour. The appetizers are amazing, service is great, ambiance vibrant. We were a bit surprised that the conch fritters were not as crispy as usual, but that was the only thing that was not to the usual outstanding quality standard. They refunded us for these. Our friends had never been there and they absolutely loved the place! Will be back soon.
If you love oysters as much as I do, you will love this place. Never had better.
Tempest is my favorite restaurant around Madison. Great food, great staff, great ambiance.
I’ve always had a great experience at Tempest, so I was disappointed with our experience last night. The food was great as always, but our waitress, Darcy, was incredibly inattentive and cold. She rarely came to our table, often waiting 20-30 minutes in between visits. She also spoke with a cold tone and never checked on us to ask how things were or if we needed anything. The waiter for the table next to us ended up taking care of us more than her. I’ll happily come back to Tempest, but I certainly hope the service is better next time.
Tempest is always awesome. We always feel welcome and valued. Oysters are terrific! Our server was friendly and checked in on us regularly. The Smokestack is incredible. It is not “fishy” or too smokey. From beginning to end, the evening was wonderful. Shout out to Chip and Eric!
Tempest is always fabulous - great food and drinks, nice ambiance and terrific service.
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OpenTable ダイナー1175名によるTempest Oyster Barの評価は4.8☆です。