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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Soup Du Jour
Seared Scallops
Braised pork belly, celeriac-potato purée, black currant gastrique
Piccolo Fritto
With aïoli; changes daily
Oysters on the Half Shell
With mignonette
Warm Goat Cheese and Crostini
With petite arugula salad
Country Paté
Grilled rustic bread, celeriac rémoulade, pickled onions, cornichons, dijon mustard
Pan-roasted, lemon-garlic vinaigrette, chile-braised white beans, frisée
Lobster Croquettes
Wilted‎ spinach, lemon-caper beurre blanc, petite tomato and frisée salad
Charcuterie Plate
Sopressata, prosciutto, saucisson, duck liver mousse, crostini, cornichons
Steamed Mussels
Frites and mayonnaise
House Salad
Mixed greens, bibb lettuce, shaved shallots, crispy chickpeas, beets, sieved egg, champagne-tarragon vinaigrette
Sardine Caesar
Romaine, bibb lettuce, croutons, anchovy, grana padano
Mâche Salad
Roasted beet, orange, fennel, avocado, champagne vinaigrette
Warm Duck Confit Salad
Haricots verts, frisée, tomato, bacon lardons, crispy potato, poached egg
Endive, Cherry, Warm Mt Tam Triple Cream Crouton
Toasted marcona almonds, red onion, sherry vinaigrette
Cauliflower Gratin
Creamy‎ parmesan polenta, frites, haricots verts, broccoli rabe, sautéed spinach, braised french lentils
Roasted potatoes, mushroooms, bacon lardons, creamed swiss chard, carrots
Grilled Norwegian Salmon
French lentils, sautéed spinach, portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, beurre blanc
Hazelnut-scallion brown butter, roasted baby carrots, red potatoes, bok choy
Steamed Mussels
Frites and mayonnaise
Grilled Swordfish
Creamy parmesan polenta, pipérade, with ham, leek, black olive ragoût
Smoked salmon, roasted cauliflower, sweet peas, caper, lemon, olive oil, garlic bread crumbs
Broccoli rabe, oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, roasted garlic, niçoise olives, parmesan
House-Made Cavatelli
Mushrooms, carrots, gorgonzola, sage, truffle oil
Grilled Hanger Steak
Caramelized onions, mushroom sauce, potato dauphinoise, roasted brussels sprouts
Grilled Pork Chop
Roasted apples, brandied prunes, roasted shallots, spinach, potato purée, riesling-dijon mustard sauce
Steak Frites
Grilled ribeye, compound butter, frites
Roasted Half Chicken
Balsamic butter sauce, frites, petite frisée salad
Braised Beef
Flageolet beans, escarole, carrots, roasted tomatoes, parsley cream, fried parsnips
Duck à L'Orange
Celeriac-potato purée, baby bok choy, spiced orange sauce
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
French, American
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed yesterday

During a week in Madison we had brunch once and dinner once in this very exciting establishment. Both meals were excellent. The dinner specials well prepared and really tasty. And they had a rich selection of sea food, with oysters both from east and west.......More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank helge407
Reviewed yesterday

What an amazing place! Wonderful French cuisine. I had been recommended to try the espresso martini, there was no longer this martini on the menu when I visited but the amazing waitress we had offered to get one made for me and it was excellent!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 4rtylv
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I went to have dinner at Sardine with my girl friends, everything was absolutely amazing, great food and great service! We were there talking for hours and didn’t feel rushed at all! I tried the Skate and paired it with a fabulous red wine. It...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Meghan S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant, the food has a French flair and it delicious. There is a water view from some seats. The waitstaff is very friendly. We love it

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Tonya6425
Reviewed December 24, 2018

Beautiful place, great food, wonderful service. We have been here many times as the building ambiance and good food create a great experience. It does get noisy, a trend in many restaurants, but it reflects its popularity.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Madison737
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
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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 Lyngaas | Reviewed this property |
No dress code at Sardine
May 20, 2018|
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I believe yes- but limited
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