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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%
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“brunch” (113 reviews)
“sardines” (210 reviews)
“oysters” (50 reviews)
Opens in 27 min
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
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Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

What can I say about this go to best restaurant? Simply excellent all the way around. From the steaks and red wine to the delicate mussels and light deserts it is unequalled. Just make the reservation and enjoy!!! Your tummy will thank you...

1  Thank Icantdrive65
Reviewed 29 April 2016

I had a lovely brunch here -- food well prepared and reasonably priced. Nice ambience. With a great view of the lake! Both indoor and outdoor dining, we made a reservation, but walking up, even on a Saturday late morning, would have snagged you a...More

1  Thank Jody_11
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

I have gone here for brunch and dinner. I think they have the best brunch in town. I usually get the steak that comes with broccoli di rabe for brunch. The Bloody Mary's are the absolute best. The restaurant is very open with tall ceilings...More

1  Thank The_Weary_Traveler87
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We had a two family celebration and decided on brunch at Sardines. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our waiter stated this was his first brunch shift. and it showed. Drinks and food was slow to arrive. Water had to be requested, even...More

Thank Vemm_12
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Initially, we wanted to try Sardine based on our friends' recommendations. So my husband and myself booked a table for a romantic dinner. The quality of the food is good, not excellent for our taste (we are french and a bit picky I admit ;)...More

1  Thank 199lilou8
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Be a four or a five but the service was soooo bad. It didn't seem like anyone working there was concerned with what was going on. Simple things, water, a glass of wine, place settings. The food was delicious but I would not go back...More

3  Thank ChaChi121
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This is hands down my favorite brunch spot in Madison... Where else can you get fantastic cocktails, bloody's and mimosa's, w/ mussels, and a lakeside view!

1  Thank ejimieson
Reviewed 19 April 2016 via mobile

I hate writing a bad review and don't often have to thanks to Trip Advisor and Yelp reviews but unfortunately this restaurant is not worthy of its ratings. We went on a Sunday night and was seated immediately and our server came over dropped off...More

2  Thank ttsoupelis
Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

There are a lot of great things about this restaurant. But there have been some misses. Great: half roasted chicken. So good. So juicy. Great flavor. Bloody Mary: I like the flavor confetti they put in. The garnish adds flavor and a festive visual. Perfectly...More

1  Thank Kevido
Reviewed 8 April 2016

The service was very good, but the food was average or slightly above average. I had the pan-roasted hake, which was cooked well but under-seasoned. My husband had the salmon, which he liked a lot. We had a few drinks at the bar after dinner,...More

Thank kzogger
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Jayne G
21 September 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, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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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