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617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
608-441-1600
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Ranked #26 of 837 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Salem, Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

An absolute must for the happy hour oysters (1/2 price) from 4-6 on weekdays. We had a half dozen of each type (east coast). YUM! House wine is also a steal at 3$. Wonderful start to our evening... Great service and ambience! I gave 5 stars for starters; yet to try dinner.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Sardine is in a class by itself. Incredible atmosphere. Spectacular food. A staff that knows how to take care of the customer. This is a restaurant that would hold it's own in any major foodie city you can think of -- New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans -- but not stuffy in any way. A great place for... More 

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Top Contributor
218 reviews 218 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've heard about this place plenty of times and it was better than I expected. I've only been there on Sat or Sun mornings, so the wait was long as expected both times, but once we got our food it was great and it pretty reasonably priced for the quality of food you get. I highly recommend the burger for... More 

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Madison, WI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Sardine is one of Madison's best restaurants. Casual upscale dining by the lake. Great for weekend brunch, lunch and dinner. Favorite dishes include crab and shrimp cakes with poached eggs, and salad on the side for brunch, oyster happy hour during the week, and mussels and frites are classically delicious! Never disappointed here.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We checked out Sardine for brunch since all review indicate that it is the top brunch spot in Madison. Everything was just so-so and the bill came to about $100 for brunch for 2. We likely won't return. There are definitely better spots around.

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Washington DC
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142 reviews 142 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I took my parents to Sardine in late August and we had a great time. The restaurant was packed, but we had a reservation and only had to wait a few minutes to be seated. The service and the food were both great. I had the rosemary roasted chicken which was cooked to perfection and served with irresistible fries. My... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had the barramundi and the char; both were excellent. The scallop app was OK but overpriced. Nice atmosphere. We had some kind of chocolate dessert the was heavenly.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I went there for dinner with a group of friends. The place is really like a French bistro with the exception that the service is really friendly. They have bistro favorites such as steak frites but we went for seafood which was outstanding. Service is friendly and relaxed (in a good way)

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Our service started with an appetizer and a salad, both of which were amazing. My wife's salad was a seasonal honey crisp Apple with slices of squash chips and a fantastic crumbled smoked blue cheese (made in Wisconsin, sold at Fromagination, on capital square). My appetizer was a special, so you won't see it, but it was fantastic. Our entrees... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Had the happy hours oysters. We're east coasters & like our oysters fresh, cold & briny. These did not disappoint. For dinner, I had the salmon & my husband had the Arctic Char. The fish was moist and flavorful, as were the sides. Had a table looking out to the lake. Very enjoyable evening. The cocktails were very good, but... More 

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Additional Information about Sardine

Address: 617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: 608-441-1600
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm  9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm  9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Cuisine: French

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