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617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
+1 608-441-1600
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:30
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Madison, WI
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sardine has it all: a great view of Lake Monona (just have to avert your eyes of the parking lot!), a beautiful space (lofty, airy and tastefully decorated without being overt), amazing local, seasonal menu (but with "your faves" always on the menu!) and wonderful proximity to downtown. Whenever my hubbie and I say, "Where should we go for dinner?"... More 

Thank MadTownMama40
Madison, WI
Level Contributor
27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sardine is a go-to in Madison because of the quality of the food, the friendly service, the lovely space and the fun drink options. Pros: View, location, building, size (rarely a wait), large bar, big dessert menu Cons: Limited entree menu

Thank montognese
Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In the summer months we love to sit outside on the lakeside terrace. but even in winter there is good ambiance, attentive wait staff and delicious food. It can be a little spendy with cocktails, but they make some good ones.

Thank LizzibethO28
Chicago, Illinois
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67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here on a recent trop to Madison. Can't say too much about the ambiance because we had a previous engagement and arrived to the restaurant right before 11p.m. (which is when the kitchen closes) and there were only 4 other people still in the restaurant. The place itself is very cute, typical French style brasserie. The service was great... More 

Thank Natalia S
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Gave this Restaurant the full once over on a crisp Thursday night. Charcuterie app, Steak Frites and Duck entrees shared, desserts and drinks. Our waiter was fantastic, granted it was the son of my dinner partner so no surprise there. Aside from relations he was knowledgeable, professional and made good recommendations. Charcuterie was excellent except from the Pate which I... More 

Thank Braden B
Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We've been here a couple times before and have enjoyed the experience. On this Saturday night they may have been a little overwhelmed. Seated immediately but it was almost 10 minutes before our waiter appeared. Drinks were also slow in arriving. (noticed the hostess busing tables) Ordered a dozen oysters which were just OK. Then the entrees arrived before the... More 

1 Thank Jefa27
Tallinn, Estonia
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I took a visitor for work here last summer. There were four of us and our visitor (who was visiting from out of the country) ordered the special fish entree. After a very long wait, with minimal water, no bread, etc., they brought 3 entrees, with nothing for our visitor. Also, the servers just dropped off 3 entrees, and left.... More 

1 Thank traveler2254
Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
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296 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Well we visited this place last weekend for a Saturday brunch and the whole experience was fabulous , beautiful Lake Monona view in a quiet french atmosphere and good food and service from our waiters , We started with Corsica and Margarita as cocktails and we ordered as main dishes the Grilled Ribeye and the Smoked Salmon Sandwich , delicious... More 

Thank ISRAEL29
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday Brunch at Sardine in Madison. The restaurant looks very nice; French Parisian style. The tiles, the waiters, the oysters, the paper on the tables. Nice and buzzing atmosphere and great food. Rare to find decent portions and nuanced flavors on your plate in the US. On a warmer day the patio at the lake surely... More 

1 Thank RDJ72
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We loved all the dishes we ordered and the staff so very nicely divided our dishes into 2 plates knowing we would be sharing the dishes. We had the bacon wrapped pear, the duck confit, the seared salmon and for dessert- the coconut ice cream and chocolate cookie sandwich and the limoncello with butter cookies. A perfect evening with great... More 

1 Thank jolene c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-441-1600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?