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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (42)
Good for a Date (40)
Special Occasion (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (39)
Romantic (30)
Scenic View (27)
Good for Birthdays (26)
Cozy (22)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Casual (18)
Comfort Food (15)
Authentic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Fun (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Notable Wine List (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Bar Seating
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined 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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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on February 4, 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 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

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The fillet and crab was tough and short on crab. It was restaurant week and I got the worst choice.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Was there for "restaurant week" on January 26,2018. The menu selections were great, it was a perfect amount of terrific food. Wish they had the 3 item menu for a set price available all the time.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Casual, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was excellent, jumbo shrimp was prepared perfectly

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 25, 2018

Always great food and consistent attentive service.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Surf & turf was excellent, as were the hash browns!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

WE love going to Mariners Inn and do so often. Our friends and neighbors try to get together every year for Restaurant Week and love the fact we never feel rushed!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 24, 2018

As always, the staff was very welcoming, friendly, and gave excellent service!

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Have been multiple times. It is a great place to go have dinner and enjoy the company you are with. Service is always great and so is the food! Would recommend to anyone looking for a good night out.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Thank you Mariners Inn for always being consistent and making every effort to fit any requests made.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

Great service and a great evening.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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

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 (Milwaukee)·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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 (Milwaukee)·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 23, 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 17, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Milwaukee)·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 6, 2017

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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