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Mariner's Inn

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5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53704-1113 (Westport Road)
+1 608-246-3120
16:30 - 22:00
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Sun 16:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Yorba Linda, California
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not many options for eating on the lake in Madison. This is an old school restaurant with very attentive servers. Clam chowder was very good and the Cajun walleye was outstanding. Family run joint that is somewhat hard to find, but this place is worth the effort.

Thank CaliKlines
Midwest USA
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167 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Clam Chowder was different tonight - had a lemon flavor to it. Noticed not only by me but also by guests at other tables who made comments to their waitress & they had part of their meals deducted. The hash browns and the Mariners shrimp were good. Service was okay.

Thank 1_TravelerMidwestUSA
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I am truly sorry for all the years I wasted not coming to Mariner's Inn with mom! For years she raved about their food.. she was right! Wow! I will never forget that steak! The manager was friendly as was the staff! I will be back this summer with the rest of the family! Beautiful!

Thank Shelly B
Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We have enjoyed many meals at the Mariner's Inn, but this was our favorite thus far. We love the tables that are well spaced for privacy. Ours was next to the crackling fireplace with a view of the water. Lovely at sunset! Our server, Renee, was friendly and efficient. The salad was cold and crisp and served with a flavorful... More 

Thank scubawombat
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Went on last day of restaurant week (RW), probably a mistake. Place was packed, we waited awhile to get in even with reservation. My dining companion ordered from the RW menu but I wanted something else (I had called ahead and they assured me that I could get fish, it was Friday and they had that even off RW menu).... More 

Thank Janet N
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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319 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

The wife and I were at Mariner's Inn in August and the service was terrible. Food was very good. Well what a change. On this visit Katlyn was our server and she was very good. She did an excellent job taking care of the four of us and understands customer service. The Small Steer Tenderloin was excellent; very tender and... More 

Thank Delmar M
Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
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296 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Well we visited this remote lakeview restaurant last saturday on our last night in this Capitol city of Wisconsin and the whole experience was awesome although overall prices are a little higher than normal , the service and food were wonderful and excellent..We tried a delicious NE Clam Chowder and we ordered as main dishes the Porterhouse , juicy and... More 

Thank ISRAEL29
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We arrived early for our reservation after the football game. The staff was very flexible in arranging our table even though some of the guests had not yet arrived. We were able to have our drinks and an appetizer (cheese curds!) at our table while waiting for the others. The cheese curds must be the best in Madison. Our food... More 

Thank Judy E
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95 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I went here with family for drinks in September and we were very impressed. The staff are very friendly and knowledgable. The location was good with right on the northside of the lake. We all enjoyed our time and look forward to visiting sometime for dinner.

Thank James F
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I had not been to Mariner's Inn in many years due to distance, but it was truly wonderful! The service was excellent, the view and ambiance were outstanding, and the food was simply delicious! The price was also fair, which is rare these days. It won't be long before I return this time! It's worth the trip.

Thank LizaS888

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Soups, Steakhouse, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53704-1113
    (Westport Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-246-3120

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