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Sardine

617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
608-441-1600
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Ranked #22 of 806 restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
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
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is my happy place when i want to go out for brunch. the Bloody Mary is the best I have had, the ambiance is great and the menu is a winner all the way around. For parents, you should know that this place is kid friendly.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I just celebrated my birthday here and they reserved a nice big table for my party that was decorated with pretty flowers. (Ask for the Harvest Table if you're coming for a party) We had a party of 10 and the service was amazing, the waitress was knowledgable and kind, and was able to expertly divide the the bills of... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We wandered into the bar area for happy hour and wine and mussels but there were not enough seats for the 6 of us. We waited a good half hour and the waitress was not smiling and annoyed with us when she finally took our order while we were standing. We ended up seated with a family who was leaving... More

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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Stopped at Sardine with co-workers for happy hour. The oysters, which Sardine promotes for happy hour, were very good. The mussels and frites appetizer are delicious and enough food for an entree. We sat at the bar and the bar staff was pleasant enough but not very friendly. While I don't expect smiling to be a requirement, it would be... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Took my parents here for dinner when they were visiting from out of town and the good recommendations I'd heard were well-deserved. Excellent service, drinks and food that was well worth the price. I'd say pricing is very reasonable. If you do anything, go here for the scallop appetizer, but just double it and make it a dinner. It will... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Wonderful dining experience. Great food, well prepared, with excellent service in an extremely pleasant environment. Convenient parking in the lot just steps from the restaurant. The views over Lake Monona are just spectacular, so try to get a table along the outside window or, during warm weather, one of the outdoor tables. A meal at Sardine will take some time,... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We live near this restaurant and go there regularly. It is in a good location on Lake Monona and is a pretty place. The noise level is high. Service is excellent. There mussels and frites dinner is outstanding and the price is right. In fact, they make the best fries I have ever tasted. Also not to be missed is... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

The service here has always been good. I have becoming a raving fan of this restaurant of late. They prepare the most perfect and tastiest steamed mussels anywhere. The raw oysters are great and fresh. Their dessert menu is great too.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have been to Sardine three times since moving to Madison and it is one of my favorite places to go... It is busy, but even the noise doesn't draw away from the ambiance. It is romantic and fun, the location has a nice view of the lake and the fresh pastas and oysters are to die for... A definite... More

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Northern California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

We've been to Sardine before (maybe 4 years ago). This was dinner on an autumn evening so the proximity to the lake wasn't really of interest. 6 out-of-towners who come to Madison once a year. I think all of us had fish (the fish of the evening as recommended by our waiter)--great. We were seated in the back (or the... More

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