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Sardine

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617 Williamson, Madison, WI 53703
608-441-1600
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 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: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 147
    Excellent
  • 98
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
What a nice experience!d

We've dined at Sardine before, but our friends suggested we get there early this time for happy hour in the bar and so glad we did! While dinner there was wonderful (seafood as good as anywhere we've ever eaten), sitting in the bar enjoying $3 house wines, terrific mussels (gotta try them if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Mary F
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Scottsdale, Arizona
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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289 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

We've dined at Sardine before, but our friends suggested we get there early this time for happy hour in the bar and so glad we did! While dinner there was wonderful (seafood as good as anywhere we've ever eaten), sitting in the bar enjoying $3 house wines, terrific mussels (gotta try them if you go!), and a nice selection of... More 

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Georgia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Fantastic selection of seafood dishes with emphasis on local ingredients. I had the trout, which was amazing. Service was on point.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Loved the atmosphere, the cucumber corpse reviver and the scallop appetizer. Our waitress was very quiet, we could barely hear her when she talked, which wasn't often.The house made gnoochi was edible, but I would have called it spaetzle instead. It was also swimming in what tasted like beef broth, which was odd considering it was a no meat dish.... More 

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Madison, WI
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've had many superb meals at Sardine, and never had a bad one. The service and atmosphere are excellent, too - a little upscale, but not stuffy.

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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Love the food and drink selection. Food is always consistently good. Me and wife only eat in the dining room if we're with a larger party otherwise we sit in the bar area which is way cooler. Prices are in line with the expectations, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the location is great with parking usually a short... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have been to Sardine on multiple occasions. Dinner is always delicious. There are a lot of options. We have also been for their brunch, the food did not disappoint. The building that it is in is a great old building with character.

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We went here for a Sunday morning brunch. Luckily we had made a reservation. When we arrived we were seating immediately, which was good. On the downside, the place was packed. The staff was pretty good, but far from great. The room... is decorated in an old industrial. The biggest problem was the room was loud. LOUD!! Far and away... More 

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I love Sardine. From the highly polished nickel bar to the outdoor seating facing Lake Monona. It is always a hub of activity from business diners, couples or families. Service is usually prompt and consistent even when the restaurant is busy. Eating at the bar is my favorite actually. Creative cocktail offerings......can't go wrong with the Basil Smash. My all... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Wonderful place to grab dinner. The staff is incredibly friendly and nice. Great menu with a lot of options to choose from. We enjoyed all of the entrees we ordered.

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Weinfelden, Switzerland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Had a chance to dine in Sardines during Restaurant week. The place was crowded, but we got our place right at the window and were served immediately. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Dishes were interesting variations (goat cheese/onion tart and Salad for starter, grilled Norwegian salmon and hazelnut dacquoise / crème renversée as tasty desserts. The plates are... 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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?