The Mariner's Inn

4.5
1312 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1312 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BarbaraJ
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Marine’s Inn is the quintessential supper club on the water. That being said, we couldn’t eat outside because there was not enough staff. This was summer midweek, but the place was busy. We ordered the shrimp special and it was special indeed! Perfectly prepared, served quickly by a cool, calm experienced waitperson who was unflappably serving several tables at once. One of the side dishes they are known for is the clam chowder, lots of crab and no potato fillers.And even though ewe were quite satisfied by dinner, we ordered the fresh cherry cheesecake and key lime pie. Generous servings and mouth filling deliciousness really put us over the top! Next time I’m trying the walleye.

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MarioC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the entry to the exit was excellent. Paul greeted me and my wife and seated us with a great view of the lake.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We had a server named Pam. We were seated on the patio which we wanted but turns out they have plastic chairs and tables that don’t quite match the prices to the menu. We ordered our drinks, 20 mins later our appetizer came out, still waiting for our drinks. The server finally brings them out and my drink was wrong but she insisted it was not. We told her we were just doing the apps and she snatched the menus away. We also heard her tell the table behind us that she was not the chef and she didn’t know what broiled meant. The manager handled it very well and was super pleasant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly and attentive staff. Delicious food. Beautiful waterfront setting with lots of outdoor tables facing lake and marina. Madison icon. So glad it survived the harsh economics brought on by the pandemic.

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ClaireB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Anniversary celebration. They offered us a free dessert to share which was a nice touch.
Food was good but for a restaurant like this, food plating was lacking.

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PhillipS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our 53rd anniversary . Mariners made it special . They gave us a perfect table and the food was excellent. Great value for the money. We had not been there in years and they did not let us down. Thanks so much for a lovely evening. Karen and Phil

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vipMarieB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Wanted a true Wisconsin dining experience and we got it. The service was marvelous and solicitous, but everything

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TerryC
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant with the old supper club ambience. The broiled walleye and filet were both delicious.

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vipRegulardiner
New England
488 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fabulous waterside setting with wonderful service.

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Mimi
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Beautiful view. Wait service seemed to be stretched. There were fairly long periods of time between the waiter showing up at the table and he was unaware of the drink prices. The clam chowder, although good in taste, was small in portion. It was a third of the Bowl.

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vipCaroleA
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a summer meal by the marina...always great food and great service.
Thank you for the nice outdoor table.

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RobertB
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

after 40 years it was as great as then. excellent

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vipPhyl123
Milwaukee
41 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly, attentive service and delicious meals, as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, gorgeous scenery and wonderful ownership!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service amazing

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CondonV
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious. In spite of making a reservation for a certain time, we had a 25 minute wait for a table. Point of making a reservation?

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vipDoorCountyFan
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friends, great food, great service!

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Steve
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish fry in Madison for sure! Plus many other delicious dishes.

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vipacer1
Naples
132 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual!!!!

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KellyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We ordered the bone in ribeyes. They were gray. Very tough. No flavor. Our server was very inattentive and the couple times he did check in on us he couldn’t get away from our table fast enough and didn’t even give us a chance to respond before he ran off. Our bill was $108 for two of us and I’ve never felt more disappointed in a meal or experience.

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vipAllenW
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, although we had to send burnt hash browns back
But second batch were good

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vipSquishy
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambiance for visiting with family.

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vipmimza
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Be careful that you get your charge card back.

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vipMadisonFoodie
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Place we can always count on for a great dinner with good food, nice atmosphere and a feeling of being de-stressed and relaxed by the time we leave.

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PackerRN
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariner’s Inn is always outstanding! We love the fish fry and go there frequently. We’ve eaten there for over 20 years and always have had an outstanding experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary and had an outstanding meal. Great drinks and service too.

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RogerP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Mothers Day

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JulieB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and service was outstanding! We can’t wait to go back.

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MollyS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great. The service was a little slow, but I think that was because they were so busy. I'd go back again.

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LisaV
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We went for Mother's Day Brunch. Due to Covid the buffett was not available but staff brought each table a selection of items off and on throughout the time you were there. Food was not the best. Eggs were cold, prime rib seemed off. The waitstaff tried very hard to serve a brunch the best they could. Should have just stuck with entrees vs. trying to do a brunch "Covid-style". Not recommending right now.

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DanM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went their for the Mother's Day special. It was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation dinner! Mariners Inn staff treated us to a wonderful experience!

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Chris
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations on the night of UW's graduation. The host (Jack), was awesome! We had some last minute changes that were handled exceptionally. Jack was able to put our group together on one table which made topped off a grade day for our graduate and his family. The food was fantastic! The service was great! The drinks were perfect! I highly recommend The Mariner's Inn.

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MikeR
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service as usual. The waitress was prompt, accommodating, and friendly

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BrookeB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

UW Madison graduation.

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MarkT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariner's Inn is always our first choice for celebrations so it was obvious that our family of eight celebrated our son's graduation from UW School of Medicine at Mariner's Inn on Friday. We were cordially greeted by the owner Jack von Rutenberg upon arrival. Our linen covered table was waiting for us next to the windows overlooking the marina and the bay. Our attentive waiter served us our cocktails promptly and allowed us time to converse. We started the evening with appetizers - calamari, shrimp cocktail and of course Wisconsin cheese curds. The next course was the house salad or their famous clam chowder served with warm dinner rolls (including pumpernickel - my favorite). We complimented the meal with a bottle each of cabernet and pinot grigio. The food was wonderful as always - steaks cooked to perfection, salmon that melted in your mouth and our 2 year old grandson loved the mac and cheese. Served with choice of potato (garlic mashed & hash browns are the best) and my wife loved the veggies also. Our newly anointed MD son devoured the lobster tail and tenderloin steak. All in all, a wonderful meal with impeccable service, providing a memorable experience to honor a life achievement in our family. Thank you to Jack and the staff at Mariner's for a wonderful experience to honor our son.

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MikeK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've enjoyed many dinners at The Mariner's over the years, but I have to say that last Friday's meal was the best! Jack ans his staff are at the top of their game! I can't wait to go back.

Mike K

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food and service were fabulous. We were celebrating our daughters college graduation, but there was no mention or acknowledgement from the staff. if you’re looking for help from the restaurant to celebrate, you might need to make special arrangements.

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 4.5 stars by 1312 OpenTable diners.

The Mariner's Inn does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://vrv-madison.instagift.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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