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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 Restaurant, the French American bistro stylings at Sardine and at Lake Vista Cafe, located on the rooftop of the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (open May-September, weather-permitting).


Or try one of the restaurants owned for more than 40 years by the von Rutenberg Family: Mariner's InnCaptain Bill's and the Nau-Ti-Gal. From April through October, 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!

The restaurants within The Edgewater hotel are perched on Lake Mendota, so all dining experiences also come with an amazing view. Their signature restaurant, The Statehouse, serves steaks and seafood, while The Ice House is a lively food hall serving pizza and snacks. For coffee and pastries, sit outside at The Cafe, and The Boathouse serves up brats, burgers, a classic fish fry and Wisconsin craft beers.

Just outside of Madison, you can also experience waterfront dining along the Wisconsin River at the Riverview Spring Green Restaurant, part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center experience in nearby Spring Green.