The Mariner's Inn

4.7
1285 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 1285 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JulieB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MollyS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Chris
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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vipBrookeB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

UW Madison graduation.

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MikeR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarkT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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.

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Dray
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great old supper club atmosphere!Travis makes a killer old-fashioned

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WallyS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and great waitress that was spread too thin.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and customer service!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a big group and we were treated very good. All the staff were very polite and food was great!

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JuanN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michelle was amazing, it was our first time there and it’s a place I will definitely go back to.

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vipDocGourmet
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Service almost too attentive
Food pales to what is always used to be
Not worth the $150 per couple

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williamf
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in Madison for our 37th wedding anniversary and chose Mariner's Inn for dinner. EVERYTHING about the meal and evening was perfect. Great location and view on the water as well as the best cheese curds ever. I had the bone in ribeye and my wife had the filet--both were superb. The service was top shelf and couldn't have been a more perfect celebration of 37 years as well as the birth of our first grandchild which happened to be on the same day!

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vipCarolynH
Milwaukee
47 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariner's was as wonderful as ever. I love taking family friends there. The food was delicious and the staff were awesome. I am never disappointed. Thank you, Michelle for taking such good care of us.

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BarbaraE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and view are always great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant

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Poodlegus
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is our special occasion restaurant, because it is pretty pricey (for us at least). But the food & service are outstanding, so it's worth the splurge now & then!

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vipLovePrimeRib
Milwaukee
42 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service!

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John
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was fantastic. My steak was one of the best I’ve had in a long time! We will be back....many times.

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KyielK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great location with a great history

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Six for dinner and we all overindulged, the food and service was good.

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vipLovePrimeRib
Milwaukee
42 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so great to be able to dine out again (after our COVID19 vaccinations). Of course we chose Mariners! Great food & service - and the old fashions were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome home from military

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ShirleyB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy coming there. Like being able to make a reservation online and have always been accomadated. Doug and kent are the best. Sorry i don't remember any of our waitresses names but we have always had to service. Thank you for asking. Shirley baltzer

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vipPilotjeff1
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Understaffed
Food cold
Service slow

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PBJJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Mariner's was my mother's favorite restaurant over a decade or two ago and she hadn't been there since. I wanted to do something special for her birthday and spoil her. The food was amazing but our only two complaints would be the happy hour only being in the bar and the server. We were sat at the table directly across from the door to the bar area, not even ten feet away and yet we couldn't get the happy hour specials? that just seems a tad ridiculous; we even considered ordering our drinks in the bar room and walking them the TEN FEET back to our table. The server was just a bit short. He did a fine job, but was not personable at all. There were also a few times he would ask us a question or we would be mid sentence and he would walk away to where the entrance to the kitchen was. I understand he was getting waters for other tables or something else but it seems very unprofessional to multitask that obviously considering how much we are paying. It's not just the food we pay for, it's also the experience and that was not catered to very well by him. We were not looking for a "drive by" ordering experience.

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DebbieC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I really enjoyed the Easter brunch. The food was delicious. The service was good, and the ambience was great. Thank you for a great experience!

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BethM
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch - I understand they are normally open during the evening but they did a very nice job on the Brunch. Service came fast and the menu was great!

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MillieT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered tenderloin and lobster. Our meal was "to die for". The staff was so kind and friendly. This is my favorite restaurant.

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SamM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great steak and the jumbo shrimp were the best. The interior decor is somewhat dated, but the food makes up for it. Definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our group of friends are all vaccinated so we celebrated with dinner out! Only small little issue, it was a bit dark at our table. Otherwise, everything else was great!

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Willie
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out with my family

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vipHuskerdeb
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

While visiting Madison, decided to try a new restaurant. While the service was good, it was also disappointing. Our server neglected to mention the daily specials to us and was more interested in just taking our order and being done. I will say, it looked like they cater to their "regular" patrons though.

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MarkP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariners, as usual, was a beautiful experience! The place was pretty much as expected with a few how's to covid. Service was great and rh food was wonderful. Looking out the window was as satisfying as ever. If you're looking for a Wisconsin supper club on the water around Madison, this is the place!

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MelissaA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent, view excellent, friendly and welcoming

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 4.7 stars by 1285 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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