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Sardine

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617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
608-441-1600
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5:00 pm - 10:00 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: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 173
    Excellent
  • 113
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 10
    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
Really unique place

Really unique place. Right on Lake Monona with nice views for about 25% of the seats. Menu features seafood. Meals are very good, but not extraordinary. For instance the mussels & frites are quite good (available as an appetizer or larger entree) are quite good - but far from the best I've ever... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 21, 2015
rjabel77
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Lihue
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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183 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I've visited Sardine for lunch & dinners a half-dozen times in the past couple years (as an out-of-towner). In and of itself that should tell you it is a nice place. Other reviewers are not inaccurate as to appearance, style & select. It is so nice it raises one's expectation level. And that is my reviewing point: it has never... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I am not sure how to rate this. I love the food, atmosphere, service etc. But this is the 3 rd time this year we have been over charged. We often come for happy hour and the happy hour priced oysters. Sometimes just the two of us sometimes with a group. The first time a friend noticed that we didn't... More 

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Lihue
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91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Really unique place. Right on Lake Monona with nice views for about 25% of the seats. Menu features seafood. Meals are very good, but not extraordinary. For instance the mussels & frites are quite good (available as an appetizer or larger entree) are quite good - but far from the best I've ever had. It was similar experience for 5... More 

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Yorkshire
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202 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

Unattractive from the outside, push open the door and Sardine is vibrant, rustic and exciting. Good service from start to finish, nice drinks menu, (try Robert the Bruce beer - that's an experience!), good menu, and interesting well-prepared food at sensible prices. Near the water, pretty nice location in good weather. Take a cab from downtown - it's a hike!

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Kildeer, Illinois
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 NEW

Bustling French Bistro with contemporary cuisine . . . superb service. Visited on a Wednesday night and this place was BUSY! Food had great flavors and everyone around us seemed to be enjoying theirs as well. Beautiful presentation.

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Fayetteville, AR
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had excellent salmon and arctic char last week. Wonderfully presented and perfectly cooked. The salmon was earthy, with mushrooms and lentils. The arctic char was light and refreshing with haricots vert. We had a nice view of the lake and the place was lively and casual. They also had a great selection of wines by the glass. The only... More 

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Oxford, Wisconsin
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Four of us ate brunch here. It was a very busy Sunday service but we had made a reservation, definitely the smart move in that situation. Our waiter was pleasant but very busy. The food was truly delicious and we had a table overlooking the lake. Overall a beautiful location and very good food.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Love brunch here. Dinner is good but not as good as brunch. Also desserts are amazing! The creamed eggs and waffles are the best. I also really enjoy their craft drinks.

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Madison, Wisconsin, Usa
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193 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The food is good, the service is horrible. Very busy Tuesday evening, got a table quickly and ordered wine. Asked a bus person for water and she mentioned that our waiter had to serve it. Disappointed with the lack of attention. 30 minutes later we received our entree and still haven't received our wine or water. Entree was consumed and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I love nearly everything about Sardine. Atmosphere is great; quite noisy when busy, but busy is a good sign. The outside patio is simply glorious. Sardine has delicious craft drinks, perfect fresh fish options and Sardines in a can that are as expected. Their staff is generally friendly and knowledgeable with only a few loose ends to work on; but... 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, Large groups, Special occasions, Doing business
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?