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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (31)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Special Occasion (23)
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Scenic View (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Romantic (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Casual (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Cozy (12)
Authentic (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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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food4
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value3

 
·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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food5
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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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·Dined on September 11, 2017

My steak was very good but our service person seemed very hurried and rushed. I burnt my finger on the serving platter when he served me and didn't even ask if I need anything for it. He didn't fill our drinks until we finally asked him. My co-workers' steak was not done to what he asked for and the service person didn't ask if our steaks were cooked to our preference. I travel a lot with work and when you say you specialize in steaks normally you are asked to either cut into your steak to check it or asked if they were cooked properly.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wonderful setting with great water views and excellent service and food. Will go back. Also child friendly with outdoor space for them to explore. Have a nice outside area to have a cocktail or drink..

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We went to Mariner's Inn after a UW football game. It was a beautiful fall day. Our cocktails at the bar were served quickly and with a smile. The brandy old fashioned was particularly good. We were given the option of dining outside and the area was nicely landscaped. Jacob was our service he was very helpful and attentive. We ordered the two different steak specials, a New York strip and a tenderloin. Both were good quality and cooked to order. We also had the clam chowder which was our favorite part of the meal. We would go again and are planning on trying their other two restaurants.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We brought our neighbors and out of town friends for dinner. Quiet ambiance and delicious food. So glad this local gem has withstood the test of time and remains a a classic Madison restaurant.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We were at Mariner's Inn for a Friday night fish fry. I had the fried fish and my wife had the broiled fish. The fried fish had too much batter on it. You could literally crack the breading and remove the fish. That also makes the fish greasy in my opinion. My wife enjoyed her broiled fish. The hash browns and clam chowder were also quite good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Old style restaurant near a marina. Good food, fairly basic, but well-prepared. Not noisy, so easy to converse. Place to go every five years or so.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

My husband and I used to live in Madison and would go to the Mariners in for special occasions when we were young. We would have to save up to go there for special occasions. We have been married 30 years now and thought that would be the perfect place to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. The food was as good as I remember, the staff was friendly and helpful and the view was great. Thanks for a good evening.

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

The Mariner's continues to be one of Madison's "gems". We were concerned about visiting on a Friday evening, fearing that it would be congested, noisy and not a relaxing experience. We were very pleasantly surprised. The bar staff was friendly, the wine was affordable and delicious, service was excellent, and the fish fry options were unique. We were able to converse with our friends over dinner, and enjoy the beautiful setting and atmosphere. All in all, a very pleasant evening and dining experience. Thanks, Mariner. After all your successful years, you're still one of Madison's very finest.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Disappointed in the portabella tenderloin light entree. The steak was hardly tender and the taste was somehow "off".

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Mariners has been our favorite since the 80s. Always great food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

We were really let down. Our family went for the Friday fish fry. We waited 20 minutes for our food. The portions are very small. The three pieces of fish were the equivalent of eating 5 or 6 fish sticks. Most of the fish was breading. We will not be going back. Sad.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had never been here, but heard great reviews from others. We were taking family and friends out for a special get-together. The food, drinks, and service were wonderful! We will now recommend it to others.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful food--the clam chowder is as good as they claim!! Great, friendly service. The fish fry was worth the trip.

The décor and the landscaping can definitely use an update. The front entrance is particularly unattractive. A little weeding and some freshening would go a long way to start a visit off right and improve the curb appeal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

always have had excellent service and food at the mariners

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Casual, Scenic View
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