The Mariner's Inn

4.6
1394 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.

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 1394 people are saying
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vipRick
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Mom came to WI for Thanksgiving!

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LovePrimeRib
Milwaukee
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and so was the service. We left another place that we have been going to for many years after Badger games because of a 90 minute wait for a table. We looked up other restaurants in the area that had open reservations and found the Mariner’s Inn. They got us right in and provided a wonderful evening experience for a reasonable price. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Jane was a wonderful server and we gave her a generous tip. The fried shrimp might have been the best I’ve ever had. I’m not a cocktail sauce fan so perhaps some sort of aioli alternative would be nice. Still ate everything

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service and food

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CarolynH
Milwaukee
51 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, Excellent service, I will definitely go back. Thanks, Mariner's, you did it again.

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Matthew
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all respects. We had a great experience.

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Pammym
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a traditional Wisconsin supper club atmosphere but with a fabulous view of the lake and setting sun. The food is perfect! Every little detail is tended to. And the the prices are not eye-popping outrageously high - Just a decent price for a fabulous meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jill was an awesome server!! Very sweet, attentive but not overbearing and always very customer service oriented. She’s a great employee!!!

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Johnz
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a romantic dinner or just dinner with friends. Mariners shrimp is excellent and the lobster tail were amazing.

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Nancy
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved dinner for four and all of us enjoyed our food. The salmon was outstanding. What really made it a special evening was our server. He was attentive without being intrusive and above all, he listened and brought us everything we asked for. We will definitely be returning.

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vipNathanB
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food and good service!

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Jimbo
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience1

What can one say? Short staffed to the extreme unfortunately. The two gentlemen who took care of us did their best but, there did not appear to be any regular wait staff present that night.
Despite that fact, the food was excellent but, overpriced.
I had mentioned when making the reservation that we were to celebrate my wife's birthday. No mention or acknowledgement by the staff unfortunately.

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CarolynH
Milwaukee
52 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to go. Food was excellent. Service was great. I will always go back. Kudos to Rob, our waiter.

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LadyDi
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Except for some intestinal issues I'd have given a higher rating. I don't know if it was food or cooking oil related, or just my intestinal tract, but I would still recommend Mariner's and will be back.

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Miranda
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. We went for our anniversary and enjoyed every minute of the evening. Our server offered tips based on our food preferences, she shared history of the place and sincerely cared about our experience. It really was a special evening out!

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TerryQ
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy the Mariners very much. The quality of service and food is excellent.

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JeffB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience for my Birthday!

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MarilynB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible setting. The salmon was outstanding and the hash browns “legendary”

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CarolH
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Watched a lovely sunset over calm waters. Sand hill cranes and ducks nearby.

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glenj
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Mariners for our 55th anniversary and it was a wonderful dining experience. Even though they were very busy the service was great and we were not rushed in any way. When they found out about our anniversary they seated us in a very quiet spot. First class experience!

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vipSpam
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Madison. We love visiting this restaurant. Mmm!

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grandmajo
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal! Highly recommend Mariner’s Inn.

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vipMissLiz
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent time celebrating my dad’s birthday dinner, food was outstanding, service was excellent and as always we’ll be back soon! We had people order cheese curds, calamari, walleye with the shrimp addition, porterhouse, salmon Florentine, filets, and chocolate decadence cake for dessert. It all tasted amazing, meal was well paced and our whole group enjoyed themselves.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food excellent! Hidden gem in Madison!

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JeffZ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent. My Cajun Walleye was delicious and my wife’s tenderloin was perfect. Dinner was served with the right amount of time between courses.

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Gregg
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the history of the building and the family ownership story/situation. Happy Hour specials are very good. Service and food very high quality without arrogance or stuffiness. Will be back!

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vipMissLiz
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Went out to dinner with my mom since my dad was at the Brewers game, we sat in the room that looks out at the lake, it was a beautiful setting. Food was excellent—had the filet, world famous clam chowder and some cocktails. Our server was excellent as well, really enjoyed her and the pace of the meal!

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vipRick
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to for Date Night!

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AnthonyV
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there. The decor is your typical supper club. The waitress was very friendly. The food was simply amazing! The appetizers were fresh and tasty. The calamari was not chewy or over breaded. The filet was cooked to perfection. And I couldn’t get enough of the cream sauce….yum! The broiled lobster was sweet and succulent,definitely not over cooked. I can’t wait to go back! I would also recommend trying to make it there during the day and in the summer, so you can sit outside by the water. What a great happy hour that would be.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Two of us had walleye. The walleye was over cooked. Both of our fillets were over cooked. And one of the fillets tasted a terrible fishy taste to it. The other one other than being over cooked was OK in the past a while I has been very good. But tonight was terrible.

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ellenlucinda
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I love the setting of this place, and the nautical theme, and the food. Still, the interior looks dated and worn (scratched walls, etc.), and the outside seating is way too casual (almost junky) to fit the food and expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, the best in Madison has to offer.

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Echo247
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was delightful and the food absolutely delicious. Will definitely return for the surf and turf!!

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JulieM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great! The lobster had no flavor nor did the butter to dip it in. The steak was good but not great. It's has been better in the past. We went there for our Anniversary and didn't feel that it was very special even though we told them.

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vipTonyP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best beef in Madison

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HappyCustomer1
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We always go on Restaurant week, good value and food is excellent.

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Shorty
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Male Server was really nice and v efficient on such a busy night, Friday, last day of restaurant week.

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BradF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the waitress was great.

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 1394 OpenTable diners.

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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