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617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
+1 608-441-1600
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (117 reviews)
“sardines” (215 reviews)
“oysters” (50 reviews)
Closes in 17 min
5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Hours
French, American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Sardine is one of my favorite restaurants in Madison with a view of Lake Monona. Try the Happy Hour with oysters on the half shell. They do chicken, duck, and fish really well and always nice desserts! Nice to sit in the bar area and...More

Thank Paula W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked an outside table for 9 am on a Sunday morning, and we were not disappointed. We arrived early which did not work out well since they did not open until 9 and did not open the doors until 8:59:59. We requested an outdoor seat,...More

Thank Eric J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Six of gathered at Sardine for our 7pm reservation. We were promptly sat & ignored for the next 20 minutes. Several attempts of polite eye contact were made, however, we were unable to lure our server to our table. A member from our group went...More

Thank kitseeliger
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to have dinner for my daughter’s birthday and everything since the reservation online until the desert time was a great enjoyable experience. The service is attentive to details and very courteous. The dishes, delicious, gourmet quality. The table by the window, gave us...More

Thank Ivelisse T
Reviewed June 10, 2018

I've lived in Madison for a while and finally had the pleasure of visiting Sardine. Everything about it was excellent...ambiance, service, bar staff, food, etc. My wife and I both had the house greens preceding our meal. I had the halibut and she had the...More

Thank Chris J
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

We’ve been going to Sardine for years and now that we live in another state, had to come here twice during our 3 day visit. First was oyster happy hour on Thursday. Space at the bar which is our preference and fantastic fresh plump east...More

Thank Andrea H
Reviewed May 13, 2018

We love this place and have been there many times. Maybe our mistake was going to dinner on Mother's Day; a typically busy restaurant time. We had 5:30 PM reservations. The staff was friendly and sat us immediately. We ordered drinks and an appetizer. Upon...More

Thank Madison_WITraveler
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

I was in town to visit my daughter. Beautiful day in Madison; high 70’s, sunny, and not a cloud in the sky. We were able to get an outside patio table without much of a wait. View, once you look past the parking lot, is...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

Three of us were in town for a family wedding. We went to Sardine for dinner and thoroughly enjoyed it. The roasted pork was very good. The waiter changed the whitefish to chicken for my daughter who doesn't eat fish. She loved it. My wife...More

1  Thank Maridevitt
Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

Nice European atmosphere. Very good wines, great food (cheeses and seafood is that we mostly enjoyed) spirited and friendly service and decent dessert. What else one may want? A great view? Well, it’s on the lakeside

Thank BeLaZe
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May 20, 2018|
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Response from GregoryMadison_WI | Reviewed this property |
We've only been there in cold weather. Best to call
Jayne G
September 21, 2016|
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Response from GerritSM55 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking out by the front but it is limited. Get there early. Otherwise you will be 3-4 blocks away in a city ramp.
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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
Romantic, Groups, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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