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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.

Lake Mendota shares her shores with a number of lakefront dining establishments, including the new Statehouse restaurant at The Edgewater, the first of several waterfront dining options to open at Madison's newest hotel property. Or, try one of the restaurants owned for more than 40 years by the von Rutenberg Family: Mariner's Inn, Captain 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!


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