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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.

5339 Lighthouse Bay Dr
Madison, WI 53704
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Westport Road

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 246-3120

Website:
http://marinersmadison.com/

Entertainment:
Live music outdoors every Saturday from June - August

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.

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (31)
Special Occasion (30)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
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Good for a Date (24)
Scenic View (23)
Romantic (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Cozy (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Casual (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Business Meals (9)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Fun (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Seasonal (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve dinner here, all of our food was very good but the tenderloin steaks ordered medium rare were served very rare, bloody rare. Suggest you to order medium doneness unless you want a rare piece of meat. Cheesecake for dessert was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service and a great evening.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrating New Years Eve so it was pretty crowded. Food was amazing, as always.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Being going to Mariners for 40 years, mostly for special occasions. Always a great meal. Wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic ambience coupled with excellent drinks and wonderful food! You'll come for the bartender and stay for waitresses like Martha! What a cool, subdued restaurant with that perfect mix of quiet formality and yet a relaxed causualness.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 24, 2017

As always, the food was delicious; the service was excellent; and the price was right.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Outstanding Food!
The steak and seafood at the Mariner’s can’t be beat. Service was great. A lovely setting on the top of Lake Mendota. It is our favorite Madison restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Mariners always has Great food! Great service! Great drinks!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Mariners is always great. Love there service and true Madison feel. Locally owned is huge for us.

Jeremy

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 12, 2017

As always, Mariners delivered a perfect night for a Christmas celebration. Food was very good. Service was perfect. Great table and lovely decorations. Can't think of one other thing I would have hoped for.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The drinks were good, but very expensive. Most of the food was good, but 2 of the steaks were pretty tough and chewy. OK if it was a truck stop. But, the cheapest steak was 27.00. Clam chowder was great. Everything average. Pretty overpriced.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was very good. Bartender was friendly and waitress was great.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Enjoyable... wait person was busy so service was fair. Generally food good. Onion rings are amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 18, 2017

An enjoyable evening with friends. Food excellent, the kitchen has shown noticeable improvement. Staff very welcoming and attentive. Noise level low, so conversation easy. Superior value

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant. Surf & turf
Tenderloin and lobster
Spring for the cold water lobster
It’s not on the menu but they have it
Seafood stuffed mushrooms
Hash browns
Clam chowder
Perfect meal

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food is always fantastic. Service is always exceptional.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Our waiter was loud and rude, favoring the man at the table with the bill and thank you for stopping by, even though one of the women at the table was treating us. It was appalling and embarrassing.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Always good at the Mariners - good deal on the 51st year special dinner for two - THANK YOU

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Authentic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was a really good resturaunt. They gave large portions of everything. You definitely get your money's worth at this resturaunt!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The first thing I was impressed with was how easy it was to reserve a table on line. The food was excellent and we enjoyed our time.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very friendly host and servers. Food and drinks were wonderful!

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful food, wonderful waitress and very nice ambiance ! We love Mariner's!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Casual, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were in Madison to see Disney on Ice and thought we check out a local Supper Club it was awesome thanks everyone

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Server was attentive and brought us complimentary dessert for birthday celebration. Food was tasty as usual. Overall a great meal.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Lovely dinner with very good service. Food was very good. Nice calm atmosphere. Great for sharing time together.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The servers and bartenders went above and beyond to make our experience great.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Dinner was OK, but not all that memorable. I had walleye, and it was only average. The server was pleasant, but the overall service was very slow.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great steaks and seafood. Service was exceptional. I love this place. Clam chowder and hash browns are the best anywhere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was just ok, except for their clam chowder and hash browns which were outstanding

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Waterfront, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Been coming to Mariners numerous times a year for special occasions for over 35 years. It is bar none one of the best restaurants in the Madison area for the money.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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