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The Mariner's Inn

4.4
738 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(608) 246-3120
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Westport Road
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Entertainment
Live music outdoors every Saturday from June - August
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 738 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 3 days ago

Seated at reservation time. Food came out and my steak was raw. Sent back and it was better. My food was okay.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food with exquisite drinks, served by friendly professionals. Who needs more? Five stars all the way!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My guest and I both had the Mediterranean Walleye, drawn butter, the clam chowder and hash browns with Old Fashions, How could it get better?
Best Walleye I have had since a shore lunch in Canada.
Thanks
Dale

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our second visit was disappointing. Our server was not helpful compared to the other servers around us who we overheard giving full descriptions of the specials. The food was mediocre compared to our first visit-the white fish fillet was quite bony and the seasoning pretty tame for a "Rajin Cajin whitefish".

Our first visit was different- the fish fingers, new england chowder, hash browns, and shrimp were well prepared and excellent. The service was outstanding.

Probably won't go back

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Wonderful food coupled with great service! We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food! Great service!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful food and drinks served elegantly and with great aplomb. Couldn’t have been more perfect!

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday and made note of when when we made our online reservation. We noticed our server and other servers were asking their tables if they were celebrating a special occasion, however our server failed to ask us --quite disappointing. Our server seemed to have too many tables as he seemed rushed when he went through the specials as well as taking our orders. We had to ask twice for a drink. The bone in rib eye was nice size, but quite a bit of fat (we noticed this at the table next to us as well). Also, it was ordered medium rare, but came rare. Have had better steaks and more reasonably priced restaurants. If we go back next time, would have the shrimp as that was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was fabulous! We all chose from the special Anniversary menu. My steak was perfect and the chocolate mousse for desert was amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

It was our first time at the Mariner's, and it was beyond impressive!! From being greeted by Jack at the door, his friendly personality, our table looking out over the water, our friendly waitress, our awesome meal, all so impressive!! Yes, we will be back for another great meal and great atmosphere!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love the food; excellent service; a definite "go back"

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent dinner at Mariner's Inn. We haven't been there in ages. Wonderful view of the water with the Canadian Geese and Mallard ducks outside. The salads and soups were tasty. The steaks were grilled to perfection! The lobster tail to go with the steak was delicious. The warm rolls right out of the oven with the melting butter. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. Our only disappointment, we were too full for dessert. Maybe next time. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent food!! Service was fabulous, made our birthday celebration a very special night!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Great food! Great service! Anniversary dinner was awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Wonderful food in a relaxing environment.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We always love dinner at Mariner's Inn....good food, good service and nice atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food and atmosphere! Such a nice host and waiter! Steaks were amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We were taking a morning flight out of Madison and found this awesome place the night before. We will be back. The steaks were great! I seldom say this because as a family we have grown fairly choosy on steaks. The bar was a friendly during our short wait. Talked to the owner. Go here!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The steak was so tender and had very good flavor. Enjoyed the crab and bechemal on top of the steak.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The service was good and the food was good. But it was way overpriced and the portions were small. It's definitely more of a casual atmosphere than I was expecting. Beautiful view and very cool interior.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

We went for fish on a Friday night. Great food and service! Three of the four of us had prawns; so large they were like small lobsters, served in 4 halves. Delicious and buttery! The fourth had salmon. Very good. Upgraded the vegetable to asparagus, which was tender and buttery. Great service, perfect pace of the meal, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Love the Mariner's. One of my favorite dining places. Food was excellent; service was great; Price was reasonable.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Had one of the best meals I've ever had at the Mariner's when my wife and I went for the first time. As someone who is not a big fan of fish I was amazed at how great the Cajun Walleye was. I don't mind paying a little extra money as long as the food delivers and it did quite well. Everything else from the cheese curds to the hash browns were just as excellent. The setting and service were very good, with the only small thing I could say was that I would have loved some more of the bread that they apparently bake to order, which was VERY good. I don't know if it is custom for just one basket per table or if you have to request seconds. Overall, while it may be a little more expensive, it is definitely worth the price if they maintain the quality every time that we enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great food! Great service! Love Mariners!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Visited for an 8pm reservation on a Friday night, and was surprisingly quiet. Great bar service, great cocktails, friendly and attentive wait staff. Would highly recommend the mushroom appetizers, and jumbo shrimp. Steaks were good, but Bearnaise sauce was very heavy/rich and overpowered the steak, so would advise to get it on the side. Overall a very good experience and look forward to another visit.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We had an excellent server. He knew the menu and the options very well and the pace of the meal was perfect.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Mariner's Inn is very consistent.....great food, great service, great owner and nice view! Love this place!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was great. Bar service subpar. Drink menu dated-summer menu in February. Service in dining area was very good.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Not the first time I've been to the Mariners Inn, food was good as usual, but the drink were outrageously priced. It was Valentines Day, and they seemed to tighten up the reservations, we seemed very rushed. The waitress was at our table immediately after serving our drinks, looking for our order, and our food was served in less than 15 minutes.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were there for Valentines Day and the food was excellent and the service was too. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything was perfect in every way. I can’t wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great place - service, location, good steer tenderloins - Good place for us!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food great service would recommend again and again can’t go wrong

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good food overall—had a knowledgable server and the restaurant was very clean and drinks were superb! Had to mention it was our anniversary (was noted on our reservation) but the waitress brought a complimentary slice of key lime pie which was delicious. We hope to return in the summer months!

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2.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Overpriced and I wasn't impressed by the quality of the food.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Very good food and we weren't rushed in anyway. Definitely would go back

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We had a birthday celebration with 7 people. We had a nice place in the bar area where the bartender and waitress were very attentive. We had a nice table with great views of the falling snow outside during our dinner. Our waitress was very busy but made sure we were tended to and was very timely and always with a smile. When food came it was hot and delicious! That can be difficult when your busy and have a loud party to tend to(thanks Renee). All 7 in our group were very impressed and happy with our meals. We all had different steaks, crab cakes, lobster with salad and or soup. We also shared a death by chocolate cake....Well done Mariner staff! We will be back.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

The décor is very fitting to the name of the establishment. The menu choice is varied enough for many differing tastes for sure! The steaks were prepared correctly and the side dishes well prepared and presented as well. I would recommend this place to anyone one. It's not Fazoli's cheap but hopefully no one is expecting that from a supper club.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Although I had made the original reservation for two, friends joined us and the lovely staff accommodated the change. Our writer was attentive and everyone’s food was great! It’s our favorite restaurant and has been a go-to for celebrations and company.

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Man called 2 hrs before reservation to called to confirm. Charged $1 per person for birthday cupcakes. Put them in cooler when told not to. Not impressed

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