The Mariner's Inn

4.8
1230 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 1230 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MikeM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were all very satisfied with everything we ordered

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dbwenger
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, we enjoyed the evening very much!

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Mark
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined there all winter long once a week. Service has been outstanding, drinks and food top drawer. Hard to beat family owned supper clubs.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always feel like valued guest by staff. Love the atmosphere, and the food is top of the line. Even had my favorite beer on tap! Made for a special anniversary dinner. I highly recommend!

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RobertP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mariner's has been a long time establishment we have enjoyed for 30+ years. We have enjoyed the family and continue to return on occasion.

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james
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Food was not that good , small portions, over cooked and not the highest quality. People who came after us were served before us. Waitress was overwhelmed or not well trained. They didn't seem that prepared for the crowd size.

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ShawnM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is hard to find a better restaurant for a quite and enjoyable dinner than the Mariners.

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JodiA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a nice evening. Very busy and ended up being a very late dinner, but worth it.

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DianneL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to the Mariner's Inn. The food is always delicious and the staff is outstanding! Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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BillB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The folks at Mariner's Inn know what they're doing! Started with a great Brandy Old Fashioned in the bar area. Seated in a nice window seat and had an excellent dinner. Wine selection is very good. Cannot go wrong if you're looking for a nice, intimate dinner experience.

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BrandiS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good and service were delicious. They offered free dessert for my husbands birthday, and it was delicious. We had filet, lobster tail, and the chocolate mousse dessert. The views on the lake would be beautiful on warm summer evening. We will be back!

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KariH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Mariners often as the food and drinks are always consistent. Very good steaks and atmosphere.

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ScottW
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Our favorite restaurant in Madison. My wife had filet and lobster and I had filet and shrimp. Both were outstanding!

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PaulH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great night. Great steaks and seafood, takes me back to the good old days.

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QuevonL
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place. I loved the nautical theme and it’s a local business right in our backyard! We will be dining here again.

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WendyCF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were wonderful, we had lovely interactions with each person from arrival to departure. It was dark and snowing when we arrived and when seated it was like sitting in a snow globe. We very much enjoyed the food and hope to visit this place in the future. The pumpernickel dinner rolls were an amazing start to our meal. My husband cajun fish as well as my steak were delicious. We added fried shrimp which were tasty and huge! I recommend the hashbrowns but don't be surprised if you don't have enough room to eat them all!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING was AMAZING!
Our 1st time dining at Mariner’s will not be our last...this may well be our favorite place to go!
Thank you Mariner’s!

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Clay
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My family loves the Mariner’s Inn. The setting is nice, the food is good, and the service is polite and efficient. The price, however, is a bit steep. They are not a typical Friday night fish fry, and their prices reflect that.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years celebration

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CharlesG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was great as always as is the setting. Steaks were requested medium rare and well done. The medium rare was well and the well done was cooked medium rare. This has happened the last fee times, which is very disappointing at the price point.

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WiLocalDiners
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Mariner’s for New Year’s Eve. Wonderful service and the food was fabulous!!

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Marty
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great ,service was also everyone in are group was ☺☺☺

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DIANAR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food and service

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vipLarryB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and inviting especially for a relaxing holiday dinner. Always enjoyable experience

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TimH
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very good dining experience in the midst of the situation the restaurants. It was
nice to get out and be with people again. They had set the restaurant up to be compliant with the directives that they have been given, and were most accommodating to us as
customers. Highly recommend eating there.

DH
DavidH
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love Mariner’s Inn and recommend it to all of our friends and family. Great steaks and seafood combined with a great atmosphere.

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Mark
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful spot and very good service.

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JoannaH
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated for Christmas! The food and service were great, and it was very safe during COVID.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated for the holiday! Ambiance is wonderful, friendly and warm. Takes you back to the good old days of really fine dining!

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PackerRN
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fish fry (cod, lake perch, walleye) and excellent service always make Mariner’s a winner!

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JeanneD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Perfect place for a great steak and lobster dinner! Attentive service, friendly, welcoming, food came out hot and delicious! We love having dinner at Mariner's Inn.

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Anon
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Mariner's has it down pat, feels safe in COVID days, excellent food, service. Perfect for quiet, but spirited dinner with close friends.

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BrianR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations ahead of time, when we arrived we were seated promptly and with good social distancing. Our server Michelle was great! Made suggestions on both food and beverages as well as appropriate checking back time intervals. Overall, great experience and great atmosphere! We will be back soon!

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TammyW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is wonderful! My husband and I were able to celebrate our 22nd Anniversary and we felt very special! Since covid has started I have not been able to get my husband out and he was very happy with how they are handling the situation and felt very comfortable. Thank you for the wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely and safe time celebrating two family birthdays.

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Sally
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mariners was very accommodating with our wish to sit outside in this time of COVID. In addition our food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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JanS
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good steak but expensive. Nice place to celebrate something special.

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Carey
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful evening with exceptional food and service. Tables are widely spaced in several rooms. I love the Mariners Shrimp, which always brings me back. I also love the brown rolls served warm, the hash browns and the blue cheese dressing on the salad. I tried the Brandy Alexander for dessert, which was exceptional. Please support this wonderful restaurant!!! They deserve to be kept open!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time here for a date night out. Very enjoyable evening. Excellent service, good food. Food was a little pricey in my opinion, but big servings for leftovers, so evens out. Definitely recommend and we will come back soon.

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Doke
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food1service4ambience5

i ap pricate meriners being open (our aniversary) . our service was great . location of table outstanding . my wifes meal (tenderloin ) outstanding .my bone in ribeye was tough and almost uneatable .took most home still tough as leather . I didnt send back . I appricate Meriners . maybe better next time . thanks
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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 4.8 stars by 1230 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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