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The Old Fashioned

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Soups
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23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
+1 608-310-4545
Today
07:30 - 02:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 07:30 - 22:30
Wed - Fri 07:30 - 02:00
Sat 09:00 - 02:00
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85 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place provides a bar atmosphere in a family friendly setting. The food is excellent. You feel like you are in a festive environment.

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Thank Henry R
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is like a small supper club in rural Wisconsin. Good food, good drinks, and good service with a smile.

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Thank Poncharo
Madison
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is always entertaining to introduce friends to this fine establishment.Never disappointing,the folks we bring,tell others...and it keeps a -goin'!

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Thank James R
Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Located right across the street from the Capitol building. Service was impeccable. Best "lightly" fried cheese curds ever, generous portions of perch fish fry was delicious and I opted for the side salad instead of the fries due to all the fried food I was having, that too was delicious. The coleslaw was very, very good with poppy seeds in... More 

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Thank Flyinmom3
Madison, WI
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I enjoy the food, but the constant wait and noise factor once you get in are too much. A victim of its own success. Now I only go if I want to take someone who wants "typical Wisconsin" fare but don't want to travel from the core downtown area.

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Thank terrys1000
Cambridge, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fish fry was awesome. Was very crowded but was worth the wait. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere! Can't wait to go back. Loved the tarter sauce.

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Thank Memax97
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great cheese nugggets and a wide selection of craft beer on tap. Nice downtown location location across the street from the Capitol.

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Thank mikeallen2017
Louisville, Kentucky
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111 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was in town on business, TA reviews led me to check it out. I love this place! Staff was very friendly. Best cheese curds I had while in WI. Extensive food and bar menu. I had the ribs special, perfectly done. Right downtown near everything. They have Old bar food menu, tried the pickled turkey gizzards, very.....interesting😀 Can't wait to... More 

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Thank tonysapp2
Montville, Connecticut
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun upbeat atmosphere, good volume level to bring kids. Loved the cheese curds, nice light batter. The salad with Door county cherries was excellent. Walleye sandwich was 3 stars out of 5 stars. Outstanding selection of on tap Wisconsin beers.

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Thank Jill N
Osceola, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived at The Old Fashioned at 4pm on a Saturday and it was already busy. We were seated quickly, and were glad we got there when we did as the line kept growing. We were seated by the door, so it was pretty chilly from all of the people coming and going. The sandwiches are all reasonably priced and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Soups
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 02:00
Thursday
07:30 - 02:00
Friday
07:30 - 02:00
Saturday
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-310-4545

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23 days ago
Marshall, Wisconsin
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?