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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” (211 reviews)
“oysters” (49 reviews)
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French, American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank tim m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice clean restaurant with good service and some outside seating. I had the salmon, my friend had arctic char, and the other person had whitefish. The dishes are somewhat small, especially the white fish dish. It was one thin slice of white fish for...More

Thank Jerry M
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Sardine is NEVER a disappointment! We have been there for brunch many times. They are very accommodating and always serve a great meal. But tonight, dinner was beyond compare. We had great salads, superb entrees, and the butter scotch pots de creme was absolutely out...More

Thank rachael1107
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Friday evening went to Sardine fo supper.We have been there before and have eaten well. But this evening everything was off, from the service, food, and cost. First off, our server never introduced himself to either of,( we could have asked his name ), started...More

Thank alex s
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Friendly hostess and servers, decent wine prices and pours, nice range of dishes: the whitefish was very tasty, including the polenta underneath it. Nice spot overlooking the lake. Would definitely return!😀

Thank prosier
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Dropped in for Happy Hour during restaurant week. Busy, vibrant and packed yet the atmosphere was serene and food impeccable. Charcuterie plate crowned with melt in your mouth Duck Liver pate, prosciutto and other porcine goodness; shimmering oyster plates, full bar selection & attentive &...More

Thank Robin O
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Jim H
September 14, 2018|
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Response from Eric J | Reviewed this property |
No, they are not open for Lunch during the week. They have a fantastic brunch on Saturday and Sunday though.
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
Bar Scene, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, 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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