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Date
Mon, 5/21
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11:30 PM
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The Mariner's Inn

4.5
763 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • 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 763 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Best restaurant in Madison! The only waterfront dining in Madison. Excellent food and service. Really cool bar.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We’ve always had great food and friendly, capable service at The Mariner’s. With the gorgeous weather, we were able to take advantage of their outdoor seating, with the lake in the background. A fantastic setting for an excellent meal!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food; excellent service. Always love this place.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was bad, new waitress. Order did not come as ordered. Drink prices at table did not match what was paid at the bar. Not a pleasant, relaxing experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food and great service. The view was very nice and everyone in the place was extremely nice

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We ate outside on the lawn and enjoyed the company, weather, drinks and food.
Our waiter was friendly, funny and helpful with his suggestions.
Since it was a middle of the week night, there were very few other occupied tables, so it was calm and peaceful.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had reservations for 6. We got there at 550. At630 my nephew asked about the table. They said they are working on it. Other groups that came in after us were seated. Finally at 710 we were seated. Lots of empty tables They gave an excuse of the table next to us had extra guests. No apology or no comp or gift certificate. Not customer friendly. Lost a bunch of customers because there were three different families in our group

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went there for Mother's Day Brunch. Was reasonably priced and tasty. We have two boys, ages 9 and 8, who had no trouble finding something to eat. My husband and I both enjoyed it as well. We'll definitely come back for brunch. (We didn't see their regular menu so I can't report on their regular offerings.)

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We come often but never for brunch or Mother’s Day. The food was cold or luke warm and you had to wait for the buffet to be refilled each time our party visited. We told 3 different waitstaff but nothing was done. There is no space to maneuver the dessert bar and the buffet. Desserts were out when we went too. They were even out of black tea bags-really??? A Mother’s Day disaster. Has been okay for a dinner in the past.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our family had reservations for Mother’s Day brunch. Upon arrival the host notified us that they were behind schedule. Approximately 30 minutes after reservation time we were seated. We sat in the bar area while we waited and my wife enjoyed a mimosa. The bar area was very busy, but we did not have to wait long for our drinks. The food selection and buffet presentation was reminiscent of a family gathering. My 12 year-old step-daughter enjoyed many things eat. She very much enjoyed the all-you-can-eat part of the feast. She topped off her satisfying meal with ice cream complete with chocolate and cookie dough topping. My 8 year-old step son did not eat much since he already ate a big breakfast before we arrived. My wife enjoyed the buffet and commented positively on the cheesy potatoes. I had the cheesy potatoes, asparagus, and a few pieces of prime rib. The prime rib was surprisingly tasty considering the amount they likely had to prepare. Over all the Mariner provided a nice Mother’s Day Brunch. I’d suggest updating the menu a bit, but from the smiles on the guests faces I might be in the minority in this request.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The Brunch is great, so is the attentive wait staff. Had to wait 15 to 20 minutes for our reservation table.
4 people in our group for Mother's day at $31.99 a person. Yet later after leaving, looking at our bill, we were charged $147.00/nothing extra ordered. ??? We tipped $25.00 on top of that. Just wonder who's bill we paid for.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Loved this place! Amazing, old-school supper club vibe on the waterfront. The food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The best restaurant for seafood in Madison. Huge succulent shrimp, cooked just right lobster, wonderful cleans chowder, and hash browns that beat all!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Our food and service was terrific. Friendly wait staff too. However, I left my credit card in the bill folder called the next morning to see if they had it. I had to leave town and drive back to my office. The person said he would check the safe to see if the card was there and call me back. I went back to the rest called several times and knock on the door with no answer. After about 2 hours he called to let me know he had my card after I had left the state. Seemed like I put him out. Needed to cancel the card and get a replacement. Wouldn't have been that big of a deal except I have at least 20 different automatic charges set up on the account and have to reset them all. What a pain!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Drinks were a little on the skimpy side this time (new bartender?) but the food, the ambiance, the staff, Martha the Wonder Waitress, were all in top form as usual! It was great to see bar manager Doug back in action! Fantastic food at fair prices in a beautiful supper club and with service from great people! Can’t beat it and it’s why we keep coming back!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We always enjoy the Mariner's Inn for its setting and the friendliness of the staff. Usually the food is outstanding but honestly, this time, the main course was only average even though we ordered the specials. The drinks and the salad, the asparagus and the hash browns were the usual fabulous. We will return but hope the next time the food lives up to our usual past experiences.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent meal, excellent view, and excellent service. What more could you ask for ?

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food ! Great service! Beautiful view of the sunset and the lake

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Not a very good porterhouse.
I had prime rib. Had to return it 3 times after telling waitress that I wanted no pink in meat.
We ordered a Bailey icecream drink after supper. It was too runny and had chunks of something in it.

This was for a birthday celebration. We had marked , special occasion when reservation was made on line. Nothing was said or brought in for the occasion.

We had used a gift certificate for most of this. We will not be recommending this restaurant to anyone.

Our waitress was friendly though.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

My family came here for a birthday. They sat our party of 12 in a private room and gave us two very attentive waiters. Great food, great service, amazing scenery.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Mariner's Inn never disappoints us..great food, great service, nice atmosphere , fair pricing...what more could you ask for?

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful dinner for a special occasion!! Great food and service. We'll be back soon!

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Wonderful food cooked to perfection and served with flair and elan. Always a delight to go there and enjoy the fine beverages and exquisite dinners!

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great food and our waiter was excellent though it was obvious he was very busy.

I looked at the Open Table app just 20 minutes before an open reservation. I also saw there were quite a few other open times too and assumed this meant the place was a bit slow.

When we arrived, admittedly 10 minutes late, we were told it was busier than usual and that it would be an additional 10 minutes before we would be seated. It turned out to be 25 minutes before we were seated. Other people at the bar waiting mentioned they had reservations and were waiting too.

Maybe the Open Table app does not reflect real time changes in what is actually available as the restaurant becomes more busy? It would not be as big of a deal for me had we just walked in and knew we would have to wait. I would recommend not offering open reservations if they can't be honored.

The Mariner as a whole always has great food.

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2.0Dined on April 20, 2018

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 on April 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

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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