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Waterfront Restaurants

Experience some of Madison's most picturesque views as part of your next brunch, lunch or dinner!

Sparkling Lake Monona plays backdrop to delicious dishes presented at Paisan's Italian Restaurant and the French American bistro stylings at Sardine. If you're visiting the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, don't miss the Lake Vista Cafe. This rooftop garden restaurant features sprawling views of the lake and cityscapes, and is the perfect stop for lunch, dinner or happy hour. Or, after a day out on the lake, don't miss the chance to dine alfresco at Brittingham Boats, where gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and a premium coffee bar await!

Lake Mendota shares her shores with a number of lakefront dining establishments, including several owned for more than 40 years by the von Rutenberg Family: Mariner's Inn, Captain Bill's and the Nau-Ti-Gal. The family even offers the chance to dine aboard the Betty Lou, a chartered cruise around Lake Mendota or Monona that comes complete with a captain, bar and buffet service--all you have to do is enjoy!

You can also experience waterfront dining along the Wisconsin River at Riverview Terrace Cafe, part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center experience in nearby Spring Green.