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The Mariner's Inn, Madison, WI

The Mariner's Inn

4.6
4.6
1799 Reviews
$30 and under
American
  • Good for special occasions
  • Great for scenic views
  • Charming
When Bill and Betty Von Rutenberg opened The Mariner’s Inn in 1966, they set out to provide a steak and seafood dining experience like none other. Mouth watering, delicious steaks aged to perfection and an assortment of seafood from lobster to the famous Friday Fish Fry.
Bill and Betty’s sons, Bill, Jack, and Robert, along with their crew, now carry on the tradition of outstanding hospitality of von Rutenberg Ventures. Waterfront dining on the patio and a sunset over the marina make dinner at Mariner’s an evening to remember. We offer five options for dining. Dine-in, expanded outdoor seating, carryout, curbside, and dockside. Try our monthly summer Lobster Boil. You can now enjoy the lobster boils by dine-in or takeout! Advance reservations required.

To make a reservation that is larger then 8 people please call us.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (608) 246-3120
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We now cater off-site events. For outstanding food and memorable hospitality, please contact us in person at any of our restaurants or call/email us regarding your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    We now can accommodate private groups. We have three private dining rooms as well as our beautiful outside waterfront lawn area available. Make your Mariner’s event even more unique by packaging it with a cruise on Betty Lou Cruises. Please ask the manager for details on how to make your next business, social or holiday gathering a memorable one.
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Cross street
    Westport Road
  • Parking details
    None
  • Entertainment
    Live music outdoors every Saturday from June - August
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,799 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    American

  • Madison

    Best Food

  • Madison

    Best Service

  • Madison

    Best Value

  • Madison

    Good for business meals

  • Madison

    Good for groups

  • Madison

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Madison

    Good for special occasions

1,799 Reviews
  1. Terry

    New York City

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were seated a bit after 5pm before the crowd arrived and it took almost ten minutes for anyone to come to our table. Overall the service was slow, but it was Restaurant Week and they became busy while we were there. Our server didn’t come into the room where our table was for long stretches of time throughout the meal. We ordered surf and turf and the lobster was warm at best and the medium filet was seriously under cooked, even after it was sent back to the kitchen to be cooked more. The jumbo shrimp was great, as was the generous portion of wall-eye, and those were both served hot. Looking forward to trying again when it is not restaurant week.

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  2. JoeC

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the food was excellent paired with good wine with the bonus of live music.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful steaks and martinis

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  4. Golfgal

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks, service and ambiance. In addition, music outside by the water on weekends.

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  5. MaryS

    Naples

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    First of all we have always loved Mariners, but our service last night was the worst it has ever been. Our reservation was for 6:15, but we did not have table service until 7:15. Our waiter is good we have had him before, but he was obviously over committed and there must have been short staffing. My entre was cold but did not say anything because I really did not want to stress him more.

    1 person found this helpful

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing - I had a reservation made through open table. We got to the restaurant and the hostess said our table wasn’t ready cause they were running behind, 45 minutes later we got our table. Waited another 20 to get our food. Drinks are expensive and not great. We ordered 4 old fashioned at the bar and they were mostly ice and juice. Food was great - service was great. If you want to overpay for your fish fry and drinks go here. Not recommend this restaurant meh 🥴

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    i was disappointed with food for first time The deep fried fish was over done and fish was dry The 2 small potatoe pancakes we tasteless and needed apple sauce or syrup I would not recommend fish to a friend Coming for restaurant week and now wondering if we should It always been good in the past

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  8. RichardJ

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was our first visit & we were looking forward to it as it had been recommended to me. My Manhattan & my guest's cucumber martini were both room temperature. A warm drink is never a good sign. My guest liked her shrimp. The batter on my walleye was thick & overcooked. Overall, a very disappointing experience. I see no reason to ever return.

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  9. Maddiner

    Milwaukee

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've been visiting Mariner's Inn for over 50 years and can't remember ever having a bad meal or experience there. Recently, the family announced that it will be closing the restaurant late next year. This may be the last of the old time Madison's supper clubs specializing in steak and seafood. If you haven't been there, now is the time to go. Enjoy!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We felt like we were in a private room! The food was excellent and our server was excellent, also. Everyone liked their steak/shrimp.

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FAQs

The Mariner's Inn offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 246-3120.

The Mariner's Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1799 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Mariner's Inn

5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53704

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Westport Road
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live music outdoors every Saturday from June - August
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (608) 246-3120
  • Catering
    We now cater off-site events. For outstanding food and memorable hospitality, please contact us in person at any of our restaurants or call/email us regarding your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    We now can accommodate private groups. We have three private dining rooms as well as our beautiful outside waterfront lawn area available. Make your Mariner’s event even more unique by packaging it with a cruise on Betty Lou Cruises. Please ask the manager for details on how to make your next business, social or holiday gathering a memorable one.
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