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

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  • 168
    Excellent
  • 109
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 9
    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
Cycling vacation in Madison

Amazing location and the seafood entrees are to die for. My kids ordered off the bar snacks menu and it was perfect for them (charcuterie and a prosciutto with gruyere sandwich). The braised lentils might have been the best I've ever had. The view of the lake and rustic building are tremendous in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Patrick K
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Amazing location and the seafood entrees are to die for. My kids ordered off the bar snacks menu and it was perfect for them (charcuterie and a prosciutto with gruyere sandwich). The braised lentils might have been the best I've ever had. The view of the lake and rustic building are tremendous in terms of setting an ideal ambience. The... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was a special anniversary dinner and we were not disappointed. Stop at the bar and have an appetizer and drink ~ they make fabulous Bloody Mary's! Then enjoy a fish entrée for dinner. You will love this place!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This will have to be my favorite couple's place in Madison. The food was incredible and the service was great. Everything tasted so fresh and well-seasoned, which for some reason is a common problem with so many restaurants. The view from the lake is pretty amazing but parking can be a problem if you get there too late. (There is,... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I dined at the Sardine for her birthday. The service was excellent and we ate our dinners at the outdoor seating with a great view of Lake Monona. Our meals were very good and the restaurant atmosphere was outstanding.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

While L'etoile deserves it's ranking as the best restaurant in Madison, this is my personal favorite and my go-to place when dining alone. Sit at the bar! Not only are the bartenders friendly, engaging, and talented at their craft; but he menu has added items ONLY available to bar patrons! Bistro classics and the subway tile backbar truly lets me... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great food, super service and beautiful view... a place I would immediately come back to. Enjoyed the house cured salmon which is a delicious starter...worth a detour

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Chicago, Illinois
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I've been to this place for both dinner and brunch. The brunch menu is succinct but everything I've tried is outstanding. My favorite is the smocked salmon sandwich - fresh fish and balanced flavor. The dinner on the other hand does not match the expectations given the prices. While the dished we had (e.g. duck confit, smocked salmon pasta, etc)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Great food and great place to have night out with friends. Food is always good, new menu every so often. A must Madison experience!

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Wisconsin
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15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I visit Madison often and try lots of different places. Sardines serves some of the tastiest dishes in Madison for lunch or dinner. Their wait staff and bar tenders are wonderful. However, if the restaurant is 2/3 full or more, it's hard to hear your dinner companions unless you're willing to shout. The food is fantastic but the acoustics are... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It's nice to find a place that takes reservation. There were eight of us who who celebrated a friends birthday dinner. The place is relaxing and allows for conversation. The menu is limited and food was good, not great. .

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Additional Information about Sardine

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

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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: Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic, Large groups
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?