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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, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

The food is generally reliable. He mussels are a good go to. But sometimes I've had some that were cold. Which then forces me to order other items he next time. They generally have a nice variety of oysters. However the way they shuck them makes me insane. So many shells and the meat is not quite cut away very... More 

Thank Kevido
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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301 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

We took my 80 year old aunt here for brunch and she was treated like a princess by Guillerm. We enjoyed shrimp cakes, steak and eggs and waffles. All were delicious. Not a cheap meal, but nice atmosphere overlooking the lake, great service and great food - so worth it. Highly recommend.

Thank Ann W
Suwanee, Georgia
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108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

In town on business and we did this place a couple times (with a party of 6 and 12, respectively). First, I love the bar. It is a classic, long, wooden bar with a great display of bottles and signage describing the options for the night. The bar tender was awesome. She took time with me explaining the local varieties... More 

Thank Andrew H
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122 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Very nice place to dine. The menu is eclectic. The restaurant has a busy upscale atmosphere. Everything I have had was excellent.

Thank Henry R
Madison, WI
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

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
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29 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

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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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

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 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Romantic
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?