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617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
+1 608-441-1600
17:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 14:30
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 09:00 - 14:30
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Madison, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sardine doesn't have a huge menu, but enough variety that you can easily find a great meal. Every time I have been there, the food has been excellent. And because it is situated on the lake, when the weather is nice the atmosphere can't be beat.

Thank Kari K
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything was excellent. Busy place on Sunday . We only waited 30 minutes for a table for 2. Lots of menus choices. We had burgers and beer.

Thank connie80reed
Boston, MA
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice French bistro. Huge and nice people at the bar. Waiters can be hit or miss but the good is solid. Their menu is getting a little old. You can get great foils items at the bar menu that they dint have on the dinner menu. Good wine list. This place is highly recommended.

Thank meatdowntown
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Group dinner of 8 on a busy Saturday night. The place was far too loud to be able to have a conversation. The waiter was arrogant. When asked what is the best locally produced meat from the midwest on the menu, pork shoulder or ribeye, he said he would consider neither a stable of the midwest. The pork shoulder was... More 

Thank charles g
Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brunch, wonderful - Dinner wonderful - outside seating in summer months, excellent. Sardine never disappoints me or my guests. Great cocktail options, perfect for sipping on the outdoor patio that overlooks the lake. I'm a huge fan of their warm duck confit and frisee salad! They also have an excellent half-priced oyster happy hour daily in the bar area. Don't... More 

Thank Lisawhite5608
San Diego Ca
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed dinner on my own in the lovely restaurant. Traveling for genealogy sometimes I end up with my own company for dinner. The oysters were delicious, from Washington state. I had the chicken liver toast to follow. I ate early, 6 pm, by the time I left it was full. Good attentive service, nice setting on the lake.

Thank arkauca
Racine, Wisconsin
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134 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to totally love Sardine. Instead a big like! We did not realize the bar was open because online said open at 5:00. This is for dinner. The bar has 4:00 - 6:00 specials. The appetizers were great and have an extensive wine list. Checked in for our reservation but needed to remind hostess we were at the bar waiting.... More 

Thank pbell123
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, wines by the glass are nicely curated. Food was okay, but not great. Steak was thin, salty and gristly -- maybe half of it was edible. The frisée salad was overwhelmed by chunks of rather bland duck, which seemed unnecessary. (Perhaps the duck should be optional for those who want an entree salad.) Not certain if... More 

Thank SonomaMark
Chicago, IL
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We had dinner here on Sat night - a Large party of 10 celebrating a small reunion, and Sardine did not disappoint. Great food, and wonderful service. As well, a very well-covered wine list. Gems in there as well as traditional expensive wines. Steak frites and octopus salad is very very good.

Thank David T
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Delicious brunch for a sunny Easter day. First time at Sardine for brunch. There were six of us and everyone enjoyed their entree. Menu was a bit limited and reflected trying a bit too hard to be trendy, but everything was delicious.

Thank WashingtonIsland5

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View, Romantic
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 617 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3543
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-441-1600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?