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617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
608-441-1600
Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 154
    Excellent
  • 104
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great dinner with clients

Fun, lively, excellent food and good cocktails - even a view over the lake. Perfect venue for a dinner - look forward to an excuse to go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Peaspatula
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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302 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Fun, lively, excellent food and good cocktails - even a view over the lake. Perfect venue for a dinner - look forward to an excuse to go back.

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We have been to Sardine many times. Best atmosphere, bar, food and service in Madison for many years. Consistent high quality food. Don't miss an opportunity to go to Sardine!

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Kansas City, Missouri
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Busy Saturday night and our sixsome had a table by the lakeside window. Had trouble finding entrance as this was a new place for us so missed the car park and main door. Service was not as good as the food which was quite good indeed. Soup, steak, salads and the trout all drew high praise. Rich desserts, chocolate maybe... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Mussels and fries. Oysters. Excellent mixed drinks. Good wines by the glass. Great brunch. And the outdoor seating! It's a great place, and possibly the best non-splurge restaurant in Madison (which is a real compliment since this has become a good restaurant town). My parents love it, and my daughters like it as well. Genuinely broad appeal. Service is unusually... More 

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Green Bay, WI
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152 reviews 152 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

My parents and I came here on a Sunday evening. My Dad walks with a walker, but with the the aide of the ramp outside, we walked right inside. They promptly greeted us and steered us to a great table near the window. Matt was our server, very friendly, patient and attentive. My mother ordered the Dr. Loosen Riesling and... More 

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Chicago, IL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Had an excellent dinner at Sardine last week. Restaurant has an extensive menu, mainly seafood but with other entrees as well. Wine list is very good for a restaurant of this size.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Yum yum! This Sunday we made a reservation for early brunch at Sardines, a wonderful local restaurant in an old machinery building. Not far from the square and located on Lake Monona, we were looking forward to great food, and we weren't disappointed! Even though we ate inside (there's a very small outside seating area) we sat in an open,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This is one of the best places for happy hour. Oysters for 1.5$. And half price appetizers? Duh. Good wine for 3$ a glass. Always an excellent staff. My go to place to take my girlfriend/wife/best friend for a date.

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London, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We met a number of our daughter's new friends in Madison during a recent visit ... they did a fabulous job of looking after our table of 8 or 9 guests through the course of the evening ... all of the food was good and the cost overall was quite reasonable.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We started off with THE best Bloody Mary I have ever had in a bar/restaurant. Previous reviewers had said it was a tie between here & Graze. I haven't been to Graze yet, but I believe it! Service was prompt, courteous & attentive. No complaints there!! I had the creamed baked eggs which were amazing, the Gruyere cheese made it!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-441-1600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients
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

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