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617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
+1 608-441-1600
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:30
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Tomahawk, Wisconsin
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Saturday at five and only one table open (reservations highly recommended). We were able to eat in the bar and took advantage of the happy hour prices on the wine - $5 I had the pork tenderloin - very tasty, with cabbage. My friend had a shrimp special that she raved about. Fun and informative wait staff. Will definitely return!

Thank Nokomisgal
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I enjoy this place for bringing colleagues who are visiting who are also considered friends. The atmosphere is not that formal and it is a good place to talk and then have good food. The only thinkg that I have not enjoyed when I go there is the pasta dish. Otherwise, everything is good. The house red wine is also... More 

Thank Sherry T
Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Sardine many times now, and each time the food seems to get better and better. I never thought that the food was not up to par, it just seems to be evolving. Although it might not be the easiest place to get into, Sardine is a great place to bring a date, overlook the lake on... More 

Thank wirthcontrol54
Madison, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is generally reliable. He mussels are a good go to. But sometimes I've had some that were cold. Which then forces me to order other items he next time. They generally have a nice variety of oysters. However the way they shuck them makes me insane. So many shells and the meat is not quite cut away very... More 

Thank Kevido
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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301 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took my 80 year old aunt here for brunch and she was treated like a princess by Guillerm. We enjoyed shrimp cakes, steak and eggs and waffles. All were delicious. Not a cheap meal, but nice atmosphere overlooking the lake, great service and great food - so worth it. Highly recommend.

Thank Ann W
Suwanee, Georgia
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108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In town on business and we did this place a couple times (with a party of 6 and 12, respectively). First, I love the bar. It is a classic, long, wooden bar with a great display of bottles and signage describing the options for the night. The bar tender was awesome. She took time with me explaining the local varieties... More 

Thank Andrew H
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111 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Very nice place to dine. The menu is eclectic. The restaurant has a busy upscale atmosphere. Everything I have had was excellent.

Thank Henry R
Madison, WI
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Sardine has it all: a great view of Lake Monona (just have to avert your eyes of the parking lot!), a beautiful space (lofty, airy and tastefully decorated without being overt), amazing local, seasonal menu (but with "your faves" always on the menu!) and wonderful proximity to downtown. Whenever my hubbie and I say, "Where should we go for dinner?"... More 

Thank MadTownMama40
Madison, WI
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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Sardine is a go-to in Madison because of the quality of the food, the friendly service, the lovely space and the fun drink options. Pros: View, location, building, size (rarely a wait), large bar, big dessert menu Cons: Limited entree menu

Thank montognese
Madison, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

In the summer months we love to sit outside on the lakeside terrace. but even in winter there is good ambiance, attentive wait staff and delicious food. It can be a little spendy with cocktails, but they make some good ones.

Thank LizzibethO28

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-441-1600

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