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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” (119 reviews)
“sardines” (212 reviews)
“oysters” (49 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 4 days ago

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

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Julia I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Tom L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank klchivas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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

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

Thank Bob A
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

3  Thank tim m
Reviewed August 27, 2018

very unique and interesting outfit, a publike bar and white table cloth seating. excellent food, wine and attendance. I will be back.

Thank john d
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Great place for brunch right on the lake. Food is great. Recommend the Arugula/Brie omelette. Excellent coffee. Don't miss the pastries - took some home for later! Above average pricing, but worth it.

Thank knitgusknit
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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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Response from Robin O | Reviewed this property |
Casual chic
May 20, 2018|
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Response from Rhonda S | Reviewed this property |
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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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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