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Lombardino's Restaurant

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2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813 (Highland Ave)
+1 608-238-1922
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Toms River, New Jersey
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

On a business trip with five people. We asked for suggestions and many people said Lombardino's was the place to go. Service was good, parking was tough, and the food was average as everyone in our party agreed. Sorry folks maybe it's cause we are east coast people but it was about the same a Olive Garden. Not that it's... More 

Thank bennisennis
Madison, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

We were not pleased with the food, prices and choices. Haven't been there for some time, we moved and not convent to get there. No simple spaghetti and meatballs with a tasty sauce. Instead it was some awful tasting stuff and a cup of not fresh grated cheese on it. For $17 there was no salad. The prices were way... More 

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Madison, WI
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

You might expect such an established fixture of a restaurant to have a traditional, timeless menu. You will find some of that, but most of the offerings are quite updated, with interesting and fresh ingredients. We had everything from appetizers to salads to pasta to pizza to grilled chops. Everything was beautifully presented. One standout was the roasted cauliflower panzanella... More 

Thank Madkiss
green bay, wi
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Great food! Celebrated our son's birthday, starting off with a drink at the bar.The bar area is small but one can look at all the Italian tile paintings and the rest of the decor. Calamari fritti-fried to perfection and prosciutto cotto bruschetta, mmmm, to start off our dinner! Orrecchiette with sausage & rapini was my choice.The cream sauce was very... More 

Thank jill2bz
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

The rotating menu is always fresh, local and excellently prepared. Be adventurous and try something new every time - or do as I have and stick with the ragu. You will not be disappointed.

Thank Biotecchie
Madison, Wisconsin
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130 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

We went for dinner and had the Bolognese pasta and the Roasted Mushroom & Prosciutto Cotto. My partner loved the Bolognese and it was such a large portion that he took half with for lunch the next day. And you know what happens to pasta the next day it gets even better :). My pizza was really rich, I could... More 

Thank amezcua67
Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited this evening. We periodically come here, and are always hopeful that our next will be better than the last. There is always something that seems to be off, yet we keep coming back in hopes that those little things work themselves out. I've finally come to the conclusion that they will not. It is just... More 

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Rhinelander, Wisconsin
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425 reviews
304 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

I went with a large party of people; so large that the staff put us at different tables. This restaurant has been a mainstay of Madison for 60 years or so and I saw why. Terrific service and dinners that were tasty as well as big.........I actually had to take part of mine home and that doesn't happen very often.... More 

Thank TLV007
Madison, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

Lombardino's doesn't rest on its laurels as a top dining choice in Madison. It's regular menu items are consistently well prepared, but we are never disappointed when we try one of the evening's specials. If you want to dine lightly, I'd suggest a salad followed by bowl of soup as an entree. Or Lombardino's also serves an entree size of... More 

Thank Metermaid608
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2014

This is some of the best food in Madison, notice I didn't just say Italian food. The flavors they create and the freshness of the ingredients will impress. You wouldn't know by the outside of the building, but stepping inside is like taking a break from Madison for the evening and taking a trip to Italy.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
    (Highland Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-238-1922
Lombardino"s Restaurant, a staple in Madison, WI since 1952, features a chef driven menu that changes with the seasons. With the 1950's Italian American kitschy decor, one will find excellent, simply made Italian food of the utmost quality in a comfortable neighborhood restaurant setting.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?