The Mariner's Inn

4.5
1381 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 1381 people are saying
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vipSpam
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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
18 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
19 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
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to for Date Night!

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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.

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Friendly
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress- Aliya - was very efficient, considerate, welcoming without being overbearing, and genuine.

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LarryS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, busy due to Restaurant Week.

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BJSSJS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mariners has good drinks, good food and exceptional service. Great view and ambiance. For the amount of food you get it’s slightly overpriced. The quality is good though. I enjoy eating dinner at Mariners and will return.

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Suzi
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was at the Mariners Inn with a good friend for Madison Restaurant week. Everything was excellent as usual. Never have I ever had an experience less than 5 stars when visiting the restaurant. Attentive and experienced staff and always excellent food.

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RENEEPH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When it’s Restaurant Week (or any other special occasion) in Madison, Mariner’s MUST be on your list. Food was wonderful, service was excellent. Also gotta have a Brandy Old Fashioned-YUM!!

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JamesB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not be sorry for dining at Mariner's Inn. The pride in their history of great food and drink is well deserved!

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thomasK
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, flavor was wonderful, we stopped in for Restaurant week so limited menu, but were ok and very satisfied with entire evening! A Madison area long time favorite!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent food. Good social distancing except at entrance. Server ok, pleasant.

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LovePrimeRib
Milwaukee
44 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Excellent service! No place better!

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JayH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. We have not been there in over 2 years . Very excited and satisfied!

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NancyN
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a classic setting. The staff was all friendly and efficient. Fun night!

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JanetG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

Restaurant week. Because of that no happy hour, no bread, no sides included in the price of the meal. So a seemingly good price for a meal really wasn’t.

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JerryF
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The experience was great! It was a bit cool for us where we sat.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed my time.

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vipMissLiz
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous as always! Best clam chowder ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

nothing noted about occasion- UW 2020 graduate even though noted it in reservation

food overpriced for quality - green beans looked like microwavable type, among others

cheese curds, smashed potatoes soup good

main complaint quality of food - very disappointing for occasion and cost

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DawnD
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for an early dinner and sat outside. Food was fair to good. Pricing too high for food quality. Service was good, but server forgot to tell us the specials, we overheard another server telling his table about them. Probably would not go back. Overall ok.

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MeghanR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was slow despite reservations. Waiter was very slow. Others got food first who sat down after us. Overcharged for what we got. Food was hot and good.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prefect diner with great service.Jim did a great job. Best service ever 👍

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DominicC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jack and crew never disappoint

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vipacer1
Naples
144 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a wonderful meal and service was great

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lrcutler
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to Mariners for over 30 years. Remains a favorite.

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 1381 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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