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About The Mariner's Inn
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.
Madison, WI 53704
American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Bar Open Nightly at 4:30; Happy Hour Tues. - Fri. 4:30 - 6:00
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music outdoors every Saturday from June - August
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Watch out website or Facebook for our year round events such as Live Lobster Boils, Spring and Fall Wine Dinners, Beef and Bourbon, and Email Club "Thank You" Party.
The Mariner's Inn Ratings and Reviews
We went for New Year's Eve dinner. The Old Fashions before dinner were just fair and overpriced however the dessert drinks were very good. Did not realize that they had a limited menu that night and could not accommodate extras on the hash browns . The steaks were ordered medium and came out medium rare but were good after being sent back. Salmon got high marks from the person in our party that ordered it. In general the food was very good, however, our waitress Rene, not so much. She was too busy, short in conversation and not very personable. We barely ordered or asked questions before she was leaving the table.
I would return for the food but not the service.
Had not been to the Mariners in quite some time. We used to visit often especially for special occasions for years. It was our go to restaurant. So many good restaurants in Madison to visit so no other reason other than expanding our options. After dining there on New Years Eve we will be frequenting our "old fav" again. The food was amazing, the atmosphere cozy ( which is hard to find these days) , the service was wonderful!! We will be back soon
We went on New Years Eve so menú pared down. I had tenderloin steak with peppercorn sauce and hash browns. Both were delicious. My husband had New York strip steak with mashed potatoes. The steak was very good, but my tenderloin was much better. He wanted a bigger steak at 14oz vs mine at 6 oz. The rolls were delicious and piping hot so the butter would melt nicely on them. The salad was your average salad. We were celebrating our anniversary and did not mention to server, so I am not sure if they do anything special for the occasion.
I just hate to say this, but we were so disappointed with dinner on New Years Eve....we save money in a jug all year long just so we can have a wonderful meal for New Years. We got there at 4:30, got our table promptly and was greeted by our waitress, Heather. I then mentioned to her about the champagne and how I knew it was supposed to be free for tables of 4 or 5...there was some confusion and when she brought the champagne she said it was $20! I had stated that the Celebration menu had stated it was free....oh no, she said, she said you had to order drinks from the bar and then you could get the free champagne with the meal. Yikes, I stated that I did not see that listed on the webpage and then she got rather snippy, ....so fine, we all ordered drinks. The apps came, and then the soup and salad before we were even done with the apps, and then the main course came before we were done with salad. Like they were trying to hurry us along...and then to top it off, all of our steaks were rare and they all had to go back. Ugh....the steaks finally came back after we had eaten half of our potatoes. So much for a nice dinner out, guess we will have to try somewhere else next year. So sorry to complain but when you spend that kind of money on a dinner it really should be perfect and the waitress should be smiley and happy...neither of which we got that night.
Although we were about 20min late from our 7pm reservation, (there were several open tables), we were there with friends so it was ok. Our male waiter was fantastic and I really enjoyed my Lighter Fare entree. My husband had a NY Strip and said it could have been a tad more done, but it was still tasty. Our onion straws for the appetizer were delicious! It's been a long time since our last visit and it didn't disappoint. We came because we both had a round disc for $10 off.
Food was very tasty. Service excellent and quick. Thought the glass of wine was on the skimpy size though. I read raves about the Pumpernickel rolls, but I really wasn't wowed by them. They had a oniony taste that I didn't like. So glad to get green beans plain. Other places add onions or tomatoes or bacon grease. I want to taste the green bean and I did here. Not many choices for wheat/tomato/potato allergies though. We had Grilled Walleye and Ragin Cajun Salmon. Large servings so only ate half and had other half next day. So that made meal cost reasonable.
Service and ambiance was nice. Food was good but not for the price. Have had fish frys
at other local places with just as good/better quality, good service and ambiance ....but not
as pricey. For the price I would expect better quality. Am not in favor of hash browns (or anything for that matter) served family style---simply cheapens the whole event.
Probably would not return for fish friday....maybe a steak, if that would be better than most
for the value.
There’s a good reason why this family owned restaurant has been around for 50 years ; the food is consistently excellent ! The ambiance is nautical and refined, yet casual. The place is cozy and welcoming to small or large groups. Our group recently ate there to celebrate a birthday and were treated royally. With all the new restaurants opening in Madison, it is easy to forget the tried and true; this one is definitely worth your consideration.
The only 'plaint was that the stuffed shrimp were a little overcooked. My Chef's Tenderloin was just right and delicious. The potatoes lived up to the hype. The bartender understands 'perfect' but got confused on 'neat' and wasn't clear about 'up.' Depending on how many dry Manhattans you want to drink, choose your ask carefully.
We enjoyed fish finger appetizer. I had the Cajun tenderloin and hash browns. It had great flavor and was very tender. We had a great server but was very busy. It would've been nice if the bartenders could have brought the drinks out once they were made because we were eating with nothing to drink until I requested them at the bar.
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