The Mariner's Inn
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
World Famous Clam Chowder
The von Rutenberg family award-winning recipe!
Twin 6-oz. tails of succulent lobster, served with drawn butter
Went for our anniversary and had an outstanding meal. Great drinks and service too.
We went their for the Mother's Day special. It was great.
Graduation dinner! Mariners Inn staff treated us to a wonderful experience!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great old supper club atmosphere!Travis makes a killer old-fashioned
Great food and great waitress that was spread too thin.
Excellent food and customer service!
Service almost too attentive
Food pales to what is always used to be
Not worth the $150 per couple
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!
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.
The food and view are always great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant
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!
Excellent food and excellent service!
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.
Great food. Great service. Great location with a great history
Six for dinner and we all overindulged, the food and service was good.
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!
Welcome home from military
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
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.
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!
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!
We ordered tenderloin and lobster. Our meal was "to die for". The staff was so kind and friendly. This is my favorite restaurant.
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!
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!
Great evening out with my family
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.
Food excellent, view excellent, friendly and welcoming
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!
Mariner’s Inn has quickly become our favorite restaurant in Madison. Food, service and value are unsurpassed in Madison...without debate!
Thank you Mariner’s Inn!!!
Amazing food and drinks! Our favorite place in Madison for steaks!
It was as good as ever!
We love having a special evening at the Mariners. We usually get the Tuesday ShrimpLivers and with leftovers we manage another complete meal. Yummy. Romantic. And fun. John
It’s are favorite Old Fashioned Super Club.Doug is a wonderful manager along with Jack and Robb as Waiter does a great job.
As usual, the food was exceptional. Our server, Michelle, was awesome. I took my nieces there for their birthday, and everyone had a great time.
Celebrated our wedding anniversary at Mariner’s Inn. Food was fabulous!! Tenderloin medallions, hash browns, clam chowder/salad and fresh baked rolls!! Our server was new, but she tried hard. Sandhills cranes were putting on quite a show within 40 feet of the window where we were seated. Would have been nice for the hostess to acknowledge the occasion, but that’s setting a really high standard.
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 1278 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.