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Lombardino's Restaurant

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2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813 (Highland Ave)
608-238-1922
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Lombardino"s Restaurant, a staple in Madison, WI since 1952, features a...
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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  • 81
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  • 49
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Amazing food!

Amazing food. Arrived 10 min earlier than reservations and were seated right away. We were waited on soon after we sat. Service could’ve been better. The waitresses wasn’t rude, but seemed somewhat rushed/bothered that we had questions. She dropped our beverages off as quickly as possible and I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Oshkosh
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Oshkosh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing food. Arrived 10 min earlier than reservations and were seated right away. We were waited on soon after we sat. Service could’ve been better. The waitresses wasn’t rude, but seemed somewhat rushed/bothered that we had questions. She dropped our beverages off as quickly as possible and I don’t recall even getting, “here you go.” She paid very little attention... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Arrived without a reservation during restaurant week and the hostess "squeezed" us in. Our server was fantastic and the food delicious. The portions were regular size, not the small portions served at other places during restaurant week. THE best traditional Italian in Madison.

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Chicago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The restaurant has been around a long time and is in serious need of an update of both the decor and menu. Surprisingly few non-meat entrees. Good pizza. Good service. I had a fish special. The portions were small and the vegetables over cooked.

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Bellevue, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We had dinner here on a Monday evening. Walked over from the Best Western around 7:30. Place is small and it was packed. We sat at the bar and ate there. The Caesar salad was good and the Lombardino pizza was great. The martinis and bread were also good. Service at the bar was quick. No complaints. Will return. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I can't recommend Lombardino's unless you can wait, and wait and wait for your food. We arrived for our 6 p.m. reservation and were immediately seated by a friendly hostess. Our server came over and took our beverage orders, at which time we also ordered our entrees. Our salads arrived quickly but then the waiting began. It did not appear... More 

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Took the family here as my son goes to UW Madison and still had exams the next week. Service was excellent and prices were reasonable. We all had pasta-2 spaghetti bolognese (good), pasta primavera (good) and a goat cheese ravioli (excellent). Place itself is cute with an Italian feel.

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wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Lombardino's had great atmosphere and good food to go with it. On Monday April 27th we arrived about 5:30 or so. The dining room had patrons already seated and some eating. The bar was half full with customers. Husband and I sat at the bar for drinks and also ended up eating at the bar. The restaurant filled up with... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Make a reservation if you want to eat in the dining room, the have a great following and gets packed quickly. Otherwise, if it is not imperative to eat in the dining room, you will have a great time eating at the bar, there a couple of small round tables in the bar area, one sits 3 people, the other... More 

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Lombardino's was our destination for our group of 4 on a Friday night prior to taking in a show. What a great place! It's got a vibe that reminds you of a traditional Italian restaurant of the 50's while delivering quality food and pizza that is up to date with any modern restaurant in town. We were seated immediately and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

There were two of us for dinner and we were able to get in quickly. The food is very good and the place is small. I think they usually take reservations but we were lucky that night. There is a nice bar there and the staff is very good.

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Additional Information about Lombardino's Restaurant

Address: 2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
Phone Number: 608-238-1922
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 12
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
    (Highland Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-238-1922

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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