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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: Drinks, Brunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 163
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  • 106
    Very good
  • 28
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  • 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
Fantastic Food and Lousy Acoustics

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Mark B
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Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Wisconsin
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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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Pasco, Washington, United States
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Wish we had a table outside looking over the lake, but it was a crowded night. I had wine and the braised beef cheeks. It was fantastic! Cleaned my plate!

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Good food, not great, but a wonderful ambiance, very polished yet relaxed, a place where anyone and everyone goes, and, if you are lucky, make a reservation for outside in the good weather days, with a view of the lake.

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Maplewood, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

On a busy Saturday night, four of us had dinner at Sardine. Good news - unlike many restaurants in Madison, they take reservations, the room was attractive and the service attentive and professional. The appetizers - a very nicely selected cheese plate and steamed mussels were excellent, breads and dessert, chocolate and strawberry cake were very good. The problem was... More 

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wisconsin
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Over the past 4 months, I have noticed a steep decline in the quality of food and service at Sardine. Formerly one of my favorite restaurants in Madison, I thought perhaps only I had experienced food that wasn't made with care (overly salted, rare burger ordered, well-done burger received, bone-dry gnocchi) and staff who are rude to patrons. After comparing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Amazing brunch, wonderful atmosphere, highly recommend! Warm, inviting, wonderful staff. One of the best restaurants in Madison.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

After a hectic day we arrived late for a combo birthday -thank you meal. Although we were the only patrons at 9:30 PM we were afforded all services with a smile. We all agreed that we were pleased with our excellent food and service!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My boyfriend took me here for my 25th birthday. Everything from the decor to the waiter to the food was spectacular!! We started off with an appetizer of sardines (special of the day) which was phenomenal! Neither of us had ever had sardines before and we just decided to go for it - why not? So thankful we did! I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

With our children and grandchildren present, my husband and I enjoyed our Golden Wedding Anniversary dinner at this restaurant and it was absolutely wonderful. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. We were not rushed, we were treated with attentive care. Recommendations were made and everyone had a clean plate at the end of the evening. Although it is on... More 

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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: Romantic, Large groups, Entertaining clients, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?