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Sardine

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617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
608-441-1600
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 192
    Excellent
  • 124
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 12
    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
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If you want to impress someone's senses take them to Sardine. A nifty repurposing of a warehouse into a lively space to please the olfactory sensation and partake in pleasures of the palate. A must visit if craving oysters and seafood in general. Creative dishes with the perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rick S
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to impress someone's senses take them to Sardine. A nifty repurposing of a warehouse into a lively space to please the olfactory sensation and partake in pleasures of the palate. A must visit if craving oysters and seafood in general. Creative dishes with the perfect panache. Indulge yourself, you'll be glad you did!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

visited on the last day of Restaurant Week, so things were a little hectic since the place was packed. The food was great, portions were a bit small but what I got was very tasty. Will go back again.

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Thank Dan B
Wisconsin
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat on the indoor "porch" with the view of the lake which was beautiful. Had the omelet, Belgian waffles and bloody mary which all were excellent. Great atmosphere. French type cuisine.

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Thank Cowgirl198
Denver, Colorado
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great place to enjoy a relaxing brunch! We had excellent food and a wonderful & friendly server. The seating by the windows overlooking the lake was a welcome break from the cold as we enjoyed the sunshine coming through the windows. Not a busy place when we were here, surprisingly, but maybe coming from Denver it is typical... More 

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Thank Gillian A
Hatley
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Arrived at happy hour so there seemed to be only one waiter for the tables, waiting, bussing, serving. There were 2 customers at the bar and one other table besides ours. After our excellent server took our order of 2 beers, 1 of 3 bartenders poured our beers and placed them on the end of the bar. Those beers sat... More 

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Thank ks714
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

My sister and her husband took me to the restaurant on Sunday, I was visiting from New York the food and the service was excellent. Great brunch menu. Make reservations ahead of time the restaurant was very busy.

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Thank Milagros S
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a nice restaurant with a great feel/atmosphere. The interior design is well put together. The menu is not your average menu...it is very unique. If you are into trying new menu items, Sardine has you covered.

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Thank H2OBoy21
Lake Geneva, WI
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Kudos to the management, chefs, staff of Sardine for fulfilling a perfect evening of dining and celebration honoring my husband! I could not have asked for anything more! He had just had a significant birthday and was to receive a big award the next day and the stakes were high in providing the perfect dinner to commemorate the celebration. We... More 

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Thank augiemom
Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

My wife and I have visited Sardine a few different times for dinner. Both by ourselves as well as entertaining guests from out of town. The dining area has a great atmosphere about it. The charm of an older building, with contemporary-formal table settings. Every item that I have ordered off the menu has been wonderful, from chicken to steaks.... More 

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Thank Al C
Madison, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Warning, I go out to eat to enjoy great food and great conversation so if a restaurant is so noisy I can't hear my companions no amount of great cooking can compensate. So be advised. Sardine had excellent food and service, but unless it is summer and I can snag an outside table or I go REALLY early before 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, Business meetings, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
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?