The Mariner's Inn

4.7
1261 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 1261 people are saying
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KyielK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipLovePrimeRib
Milwaukee
40 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening out with my family

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vipHuskerdeb
Phoenix
8 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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MelissaA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent, view excellent, friendly and welcoming

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MarkP
Washington DC
6 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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Stacie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks! Our favorite place in Madison for steaks!

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vipJaneP
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was as good as ever!

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JohnS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Mark
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s are favorite Old Fashioned Super Club.Doug is a wonderful manager along with Jack and Robb as Waiter does a great job.

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vipCarolynH
Milwaukee
45 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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WiLocalDiners
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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JaniceS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service would go back anytime for special occasions or just for a night out

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vipJaneP
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great to go back to Mariners! Haven’t been there since pandemic started. We had a wonderful meal, very friendly and attentive server, and felt very safe!

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GaryZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Bartender did not know how to make a Southern Comfort Manhattan-Up. It was not shaken with ice. It was just poured into something like a juice glass.....warm. Also, one was to come with olives, the other with no garnish. Both came with cherries. After they were returned to be shaken with ice, they came back with martini glasses......like they should. My glass was chipped, and believe it or not, there were no more martini glasses available. It would have been nice if you served rolls and butter, anytime during our visit.

We've never been here before and were looking for a new restaurant to go to. We live in Oak Creek, just south of Milwaukee. It was my birthday. We were disappointed that Mariner's was listed as a steak house, and yet most of the menu was seafood. Fortunately, one tenderloin filet was available.

Additionally, my husband called the day before to order a small birthday cake with candles for me. It never showed up. How disappointing.

I doubt that we will be back.

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Chris
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Mariners Inn regularly for over 30 years, since our daughters were young. We went to dinner the other night with our now 37 year old daughter and we all commented on how consistently excellent Mariners food and service are...Just great:)

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JeanmarieS
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bar area very pleasing with a great nautical theme. All the staff unbelievably friendly and the food was fantastic.

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Echo247
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We go to Mariners for special events typically. Food and service is always excellent. This trip was for restaurant week and it did not disappoint. Will definitely be back.

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Joan
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our "Restaurant Week" meals. Perfect portions.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were all very satisfied with everything we ordered

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dbwenger
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, we enjoyed the evening very much!

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Mark
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
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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Anty
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, love the staff.

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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.

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 1261 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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