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617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
+1 608-441-1600
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (122 reviews)
“sardines” (221 reviews)
“oysters” (51 reviews)
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French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

Recently visited Sardine for brunch and it was excellent. Food was amazing, service was great and the ambiance was one of the betters ones I’ve seen. It was extremely busy (they take reservations) and you could tell it was a very popular place for Sunday...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank NWArkKyle
Reviewed October 22, 2018

Recommended by HotelRed- Didn't disappoint-- Husband had Oysters from 2 different locations, Bartender Karen was fun to watch-- Enjoyed Red Car Rose while waiting for a window table- - Dinner with Lamb & Sausage-with Cauliflower au Gratin- FAB! App of Roasted Beets is a fruity...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank KerriSTL
Reviewed October 14, 2018

2 people in my party, first time at this restaurant, Server explained the menu very well. My friend ordered a salmon omelette.. I ordered an baked egg dish. Te server came back to the table and told my friend that they were out of the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Michael R
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Both the food and service at Sardine are top notch. We compare every other upscale restaurant to this one and it’s rare we find a place that combines such high quality food and courteous professional service. (We only go once or twice a year and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 10juliai
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We've gone to Sardines for a variety of occasions, from Sunday Brunches to Graduation dinners - everything has always been excellent. The food is great and the service is great. Sardines is in an old agricultural machinery dealership, with open beams and framing - a...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Tom L
Reviewed October 2, 2018

My husband and I had a lovely evening here. The food, service, ambience were all superb. The wait staff in particular was really impressive and attentive. I had the white fish and my husband had the pork (which was a bit fatty). Don't forget to...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank klchivas
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

My son took my wife and I there for Father's Day. Our first trip. The atmosphere was fun, the view of the lake awesome. We had a specialty drinks and lunch, both were excellent. This was fine dining without all the pomp and circumstance. We...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 210cubby
Reviewed September 11, 2018

My husband and I found Sardine walking along the lake in downtown Madison. So glad we were hungry and stoped in The restaurant has an old warehouse feel with a touch of up scale vibe. Our waiter was very informative and helped us pair a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LittleGram
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic setting on the lake. Eclectic environment with great food and excellent service. Cocktails at the Bar are made by professional bartenders with lots of personality! Nice menu and decent wine list. Great variety of salads. Door county peach salad was very tasty but most...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank raa4510
Reviewed August 31, 2018

3 hours ... 3 hours! to get 2 beers and a burger and the check. The check ALONE took an hour to arrive. This isn't just a complaint about bad service ... we were TRAPPED there until the check arrived, trapped by sheer incompetence. I...More

Date of visit: August 2018
4  Thank tim m
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Jim H
September 14, 2018|
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Response from Paula W | Reviewed this property |
No, not open for lunch during the week. But they do have a Fabulous Happy Hour on weekdays starting at 5pm which includes oysters on the half shell. Go for it!
James Z
August 14, 2018|
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Casual chic
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I believe yes- but limited
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene, View, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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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