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Sardine

617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
608-441-1600
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Ranked #31 of 820 restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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
Merrick, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I've dined at many Madison restaurants and am consistently impressed by the quality of the food and the appearance of the establishments. That said, Sardine is one of the best in the city. I won't say "the best", only because I haven't been to EVERY restaurant. The location is right on Lake Monona, and we watched ice fishing during brunch... More

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long island ny
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We ate dinner here on a very crowded night. We would have liked to eat outside but there were no tables available. We were seated in the front room which was fine except for a very loud party that was in a side section.It was so loud we could not hear ourselves talk. They need some way of muffling the... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Sardine is a casual, relaxed place that offers high-quality bistro fare. Make a reservation, ask for a table near the windows for the view or in the back if you want quiet -- the central room, adjacent to the bar can be loud and feel crowded. The food is very nice -- their daily specials tend to be especially nicely... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Never had been to Madison before, local friends recommended Sardine for its food and setting. When we made our reservation, we asked about outside seating, and, though the restaurant was very busy, and we waited for about 20 minutes at the bar, they soon seated us on their little deck overlooking the lake. Our waitress took good care of us... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We went for the first time during a snow storm in December. They were booked up because it was the weekend of the UW graduation. I do believe they were experiencing some cancellations because of the bad weather. There were seven of us and we all enjoyed a lovely quiet brunch. I had the baked creamed eggs and they were... More

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were part of a large (22) group for dinner but also made arrangements for drinks and appetizers in front of the bar beforehand. Waitstaff service was very slow and unfriendly so many of us went to the bar for drinks. They were served promptly but by an equally unfriendly bartender. Felt like we were imposing. Appetizers were average. The... More

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We have eaten here several times and each time we are not disappointed. Our latest visit was for brunch and we had salmon and pouched egg. Great treat and perfectly done.

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Wayne City, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We discovered Sardine by searching the web for restaurants on the waterfront in the Madison area and tried it for lunch as we were departing Madison. Our recent visit was even better, as it used to have a very high level of pretentiousness, I think trying to emulate what they thought a French restaurant experience would be like. And as... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The host was very accommodating and our waitress wad a sweetheart.We dined on an evening of a pre 4th of July celebration with fireworks over the lake, needless to say it was Extremely busy and loud.I believe in different circumstances this venue would be awesome for an adult dinner.Our food was ordered and prepared quickly.The bar drinks were strong. I... More

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Lansing, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I couldn't wait to have an excuse to come back to Sardine after a great experience (minus a very rude hostess) a few months ago. After today, I will never go back! We arrived at 11 and I noticed immediately that our waiter was pretentious - ordering two drinks was like pulling teeth. As for food, I ordered the baked... More

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