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The Mariner's Inn, Madison, WI

The Mariner's Inn

4.5
4.5
1768 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (608) 246-3120
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Catering
    We now cater off-site events. For outstanding food and memorable hospitality, please contact us in person at any of our restaurants or call/email us regarding your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    We now can accommodate private groups. We have three private dining rooms as well as our beautiful outside waterfront lawn area available. Make your Mariner’s event even more unique by packaging it with a cruise on Betty Lou Cruises. Please ask the manager for details on how to make your next business, social or holiday gathering a memorable one.
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Cross street
    Westport Road
  • Parking details
    None
  • Entertainment
    Live music outdoors every Saturday from June - August
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,768 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Madison

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Madison

    Romantic

1,768 Reviews
  1. BigLol

    Milwaukee

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dinner, excellent service and great food!! Thank you!!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wish they would change up the menu. Crab, lobster, more scallop and shrimp options!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and food! Wow! The person who sat us was friendly and the service was great.

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  4. scotts

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent friendly fast service. Food is excellent

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  5. KEVIN

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic steak. Clam chowder was killer good. Classic Wisconsin supper club.

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  6. JoanneG

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The host, Jack started it out on the right foot! Great customer service! Michelle, our "go to waitress" was once again fabulous. My mom just loves her! Food was great, as usual. Although my mom thought the walleye was a bit "oily/greasy" but still tasty. Happy 58th anniversary. Keep up the good food and service. Thank you.

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  7. DIANAR

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and wine with wonderful service. We loved the evening.

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  8. DelM

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice selection to pick from. Many trays were empty the 1st time in line. When we went back for seconds, the issue was resolved. Fiid raste was excellent.

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  9. PeterB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and super friendly staff! The ambiance on the lake is the best.

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  10. Lynn

    Milwaukee

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mariners always has great food and great service! Cocktails are excellent!

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  11. Lynn

    Milwaukee

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mariners always has great food and great service!

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  12. JosephL

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed with this first time experience. Have been told for years that this was a great place to eat. Finally went, but the meal was mediocre at best. The view was good. The restaurant was worn and dated - lost count of the carpet patterns that seemed dirty. I always try to give restaurants a second chance, but not this time.

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  13. Lynn

    Milwaukee

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have great food and great service at Mariners!

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  14. SylviaJ

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience. Our server was witty and attentive, food was delicious as always, bartenders were great and friendly.

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  15. PpSs

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall a good experience. Prices didn’t match the food in our opinion. There was an anniversary special never mentioned to us so we paid twice the cost. Server was good and attentive. Can give it a try.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic! Our experience from start to finish with the host and server exceeded expectations. The food was delicious. The only food item we thought could be better was the cheese curds. I’d love to see these beer battered vs. breaded. With that being said, it was not a deal breaker. We will definitely be back!!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Coastal Georgia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was really good . Thank you for a delicious dinner.

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  18. howardb

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was mediocre except the prices which were at quite a high level.

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  19. DoloresDonaldDahlke

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Two guests ordered shrimp. The shrimp were overcooked and the green grees were as tough as tree bark. Couldn't cut them without a steak knife. The beef tenderloin resembled ground chuck. We told the waitress but , she was un-sympathetic and offred no recourse. Will not return to this restaurant. My salmon florentine was great. Baked potato was only luke warm. Needed more heat. Very expensive for the quality of food that was served.

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  20. GordonS

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mariner's restaurant is still one of the classiest restaurants in the Madison area. The food is always consistently top notch. Despite how hard it is to find employees, Mariner's always has hard working and friendly staff. If you are entertaining a first date, or just want to feel like you belong, run don't walk to Mariner's.

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  21. GingerB

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My husband and I both had the walleye. Adult kids had Salmon and Steak. All were delicious. The server was fantastic and esp to our 4 year old granddaughter. Very attentive. Cocktails good too.

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  22. KEVIN

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Wisconsin supper club experience. Staff is super friendly and the steaks were great.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go to Mariner’s Inn when we want to celebrate something special and they never disappoint!! No place has better shrimp than Mariners!!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Shrimp were out of this world. The clam chowder soup was excellent. However the Cajun walleye was just so so. Over all I would definitely go back! On water and has excellent Ambience.

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  25. Bobbi

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was amazing. I feel like our waiter may have been new as he was a little nervous, but he still did a good job. It was our first time there and we'd go back again.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty food, welcommg ambiance.prompt seating Looking forward to retuning

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  27. Richard

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a birthday dinner for my wife. She said it's the best dinner she ever had. That is one big time endorsement. I agree. We had a great dinner.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the only negative i have to say is when they have special event menus such as mother’s day or valentines the prices are jacked up a bit for the meals. these are the same meals they serve on a regular basis so it’s not like it’s a special menu item or special cut of meat.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at Mariner’s Inn. We haven’t been there in such a long time!! Our waitress was very attentive and kind. Our dinner was delicious and well prepared! We will be back again soon!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been coming here for years and years however, the past couple years have gotten worse with each visit. Once upon a time you were given this amazing little wooden box with the menu and history of the restaurant. The menu was impressive. Now, they barely have menu options and the quality is subpar in comparison. We had to send our steaks back multiple times because they were near raw. The table behind us had the same issue. The sour cream tasted like spoiled French onion dip not even close to sour cream. I ended up eating a baked potatoes with butter and bread. I miss the good quality melt in your mouth steak. They also use to offer steak and a tail. I didn’t see that as an option anymore. My friend and I both ordered lemon drop Martinee’s and neither one tasted similar to each other and they were both lacking an ingredient. Our waitress seemed bothered by having to wait on tables. Her tone with all tables around us spoke of pure annoyance.

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  31. Lucy

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything from the drinks to dinner was awesome. Best clam chowder we've ever had!

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  32. MaryS

    Naples

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our Valentine’s Day dinner with great friends was excellent. The food was delicious shrimp, steak, salmon commodore and delicious drinks- chocolate martini and brandy old fashion sweet with their own mix. Couldn’t have been better - our server Sara was very personable and efficient. We love Mariner’s Inn and have been coming here for 50 years. It is especially nice for celebrations

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  33. Diner

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great. Ask for a substitution for surf n turf which came with shrimp and I’m allergic to shrimp. Said I’d pay the difference for lobster tail but waitress said no. Other than that everything was very nice. Enjoyed the food and my dinner companion. :)

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  34. CharlesT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent! The shrimp 🍤 were huge! Would love to go back again!

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  35. MichaelT

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual service and food was great. If you have Rob as a server you got it made. He is the best.

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  36. SheilaM

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Mariners. The food is always excellent. The service and ambiance are fabulous. We’ll go back soon.

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  37. JennP

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited Mariners for my birthday, and had a wonderful experience that included a free dessert! The food was delicious and service was excellent.

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  38. MonicaS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Amazing food, atmosphere and service! Will definitely return!

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  39. Brenda

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was very friendly and the service was great! The food was excellent! Wonderful Dinner! Looking forward to next time!

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  40. JoeC

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the food was great and we had a fantastic server. Highly recommend.

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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 1768 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Mariner's Inn

5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr, Madison, WI 53704

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Westport Road
  • Neighborhood
    Madison
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live music outdoors every Saturday from June - August
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (608) 246-3120
  • Catering
    We now cater off-site events. For outstanding food and memorable hospitality, please contact us in person at any of our restaurants or call/email us regarding your next event.
  • Private party facilities
    We now can accommodate private groups. We have three private dining rooms as well as our beautiful outside waterfront lawn area available. Make your Mariner’s event even more unique by packaging it with a cruise on Betty Lou Cruises. Please ask the manager for details on how to make your next business, social or holiday gathering a memorable one.
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