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101 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703-2115
608-255-2255
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Gourd food in a cozy atmosphere .

My husband and I recently had dinner here on a Friday night. Reservations are accepted and we were seated immediately . Our waitress was friendly and service was perfect . Our seafood was excellent .

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
northwoodsgal61
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Rhinelander,WI
via mobile
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

It takes a passionate team to truly offer the full affect of this restaurant. We came exsausted and Left refreshed! The server and bar tender were knowledgable and able to enlighten us by being sensitive to the mood or our two kids but also offering suggestions to a fully satisfying meal. The options were creative enough that it's worth returning... More 

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Philadelphia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Awful, Awful, Awful food and overall dining experience here! I really don't understand what went wrong. I honestly feel I must have passed thru a vortex to an alternate universe and into the BAD cousin of this establishment. I am not kidding. It has been a long time since I've had such an awful, cold, weirdly flavored meal at ANY... More 

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Beloit, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Enjoyed dinner here on a Thursday at the end of a cold January evening. We did make reservations, but was not needed either because of the day or the cold. Walked into the cozy warm dining area with a friendly greeting and shown to our table. We proceeded to enjoy a relaxing dinner with excellent food and wine. There were... More 

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Rhinelander,WI
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I recently had dinner here on a Friday night. Reservations are accepted and we were seated immediately . Our waitress was friendly and service was perfect . Our seafood was excellent .

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Mc Farland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We were here with other friends for a special evening. We all had a very nice time, were not rushed in our 3 hrs there, and will treasure the memory for a very long time. I'd like to state that we've been here before with absolutely outstanding experiences, so our expectations were very, very high. We did the whole deal... More 

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Cambridge, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Again, a fantastic meal at the Blue Marlin. The staff was pleasant and timely. I ordered the Mahi Mahi with risotto/spinach. Dessert was a chocolate torte. Yummy!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I'm really not sure what the prior negative reviews were about... Wonderful evening, stellar waitress, amazing food. Period.;)

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WI
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Good place to dine with friends or to people watch if you're sitting near the windows. Excellent service and food. Although it can be loud and crowded at times. Probably not a good first choice if you have a large appetite at the time. However, can't go wrong with this as your dining destiny for the evening a majority of... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Shrimp and grits are exceptional and the service is great. I have eaten here many times over the years and have always been impressed. The setting in an old train station just adds to the charm

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virginia, MN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Couldn't get waited on at the Cooper's Tavern or Rare so wandered down the street. All we wanted were burgers and drinks. We're not seafood eaters but the had a burger on the menu. So ordered burgers and they were out of this world. And if you go, make sure you order the roasted potatoes. They are to die for.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703-2115
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-255-2255

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?