The Mariner's Inn

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884 reviews
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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.
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Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steaks. Good service. I recommend for a friendly special night out with friends.

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CH
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As is the usual, awesome service, excellent food. We will be back.

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PD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to the Marier's Inn for years! We love it and always have a wonderful time. We also enjoy going to The Naughty Gal and the Betty Lou Cruises. We also have been to Captain Bill's and enjoyed them but they are across town for us. We highly recommend going and have a good time!

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GN
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around wonderful experience. Food was excellent, service was excellent no complaints

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D
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

As always great food and atmosphere. I felt a little rushed on New Years Eve.

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JA
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running late for our reservation, but the host was very gracious and got us right in. Our waitress was friendly and professional. The food was excellent. Very nice evening out with my husband.

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l
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Mariners for 40 years and always a great meal with great people.

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent. The wait staff was friendly, courteous and very attentive. I recommend the Mariners to anyone looking for a good meal with great atmosphere.

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DK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated an early New Years Eve dinner at the Mariners. The food and service was excellent.

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SB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have going to the Mariners for over 40 years for special occasions. It’s a homey place for a celebration and the food is excellent. The staff is very accommodating and the service is excellent as well. I can’t say enough about the food and the feeling of being pampered when we are there. I highly recommend!

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L
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice spot for steaks and seafood, on the water with great service. A hidden gem in the Madison area. Family owned, friendly, inviting. Has a beautiful patio for summer dining. Shrimp and Cajun Salmon were excellent. Nice choices of sides, fresh salad.

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I rarely have a steak. I ordered the rib-eye/seafood combo, medium with a little pink. It came rare. I had it recooked. The outside was charred, the inside still rare. I didn't want to send it back again. Everything else was REALLY good! I asked if they could take the price of the steak off the bill. And they did without a problem. I am not generally a complainer, but it was a bit pricey for me and I wanted my money's worth. The waitress felt bad and was VERY kind about it. And I APPRECIATED IT VERY MUCH!!

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CH
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food was excellent. I brought some out of town guests and they loved it.

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OT
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner with out-of-town guests. Thank you for making our evening memorable and delicious.

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Christmas along with my promotion with my best friend.
Great shrimp! Great Brandy Alexander after dinner drink! It was wonderful.

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Steaks & seafood are the best, cooked the way you order, great salad and the best hashbrowns ever. Service is always great.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We Always have a nice meal here. Very helpful and enjoyable staff.

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CH
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at The Mariner's. Great food, great atmosphere, good value.

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JS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience for our group of 8. Service, food and drinks were all very good.

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n
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a party of 8 and requested a round table so we could all visit easily. They granted our request and we all said this made the meal much more enjoyable!!!

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LP
Milwaukee
29 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service!

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CH
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food !! Great service !! If you are not from the north side of Madison, it's definitely worth the drive.

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BB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy special nights—birthdays and anniversaries—at Mariners. Always smiling servers, good ambience and great menu options.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like going there. My wife needs special made food & the staff was very helpful.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always have a great time here. A great place for small groups. Love it.

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KK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A visit to Mariners is always a best bet when my husband and I visit family in Madison.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistantly outstanding! My out-of-town guests favorite restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, service and food!!! One of our favorite places!

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TL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special, 2 dinners for$52 was a great value! The options were excellent and overall dinner was scrumptious!

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Des Moines
96 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The Mariner has the waterfront going for it and great nautical decor. Our service was great. The wine list was very reasonable. Salad and side included which is a great Supper Club standard. This spot has potential to have a killer combo with a few improvements. Don't order an Old Fashioned unless you want more of a kiddie cocktail - no muddling and not upgraded with the great cheeries - also too weak. While I very much appreciate the local farm purveyor on the beef, both the prime rib and NY strip were very tough, especially for the price, so a big disappointment there. Today's Supper Club model calls for top notch drinks updated with modern fixings, a relish tray of some sort, and steaks on quality par for the price with other offerings in the Madison area.

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OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal even though service was a bot slow because of a larger, higher demand table.

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O
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Was a little disappointed - have definitely had better experiences at the Mariner - food was okay but not as good as previously experienced which was disappointing as we were with family. Two ordered the rib eye which was "just okay".

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JK
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, great food and great service. What a wonderful gem on the lake on the North side of Madison.

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SK
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was fantastic! The deal offered for the anniversary was good. The wine list was okay. The food was okay, but a bit under seasoned. The seating was uncomfortable. But the decor and lighting and view made for a very romantic ambiance.

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M
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy restaurant - wonderful atmosphere - friendly and welcoming.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dining at Mariners! The food and people are awesome.

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CH
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; good value. I had the Canadian walleye. So good.

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TL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious as usual. Waitress was friendly and attentive. We always enjoy dining at Mariner's.

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food Great price Great atmosphere Never disappoints

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MB
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love your tender delicious, steaks, our waitress was fantastic, and you have ICE CREAM DRINKS, which seems to be a rare find recently. Definitely worth the drive. Thank you for a great experience we can always count on.

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