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The Old Fashioned

23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4207
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Ranked #28 of 837 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wed - Fri 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The Old Fashioned is a Madison iconic restaurant located right on Capital Square. They are known for the Mac & Cheese which is very comforting on a cold winters night. We enjoyed the beet salad as well. A very busy and lively place.

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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Food was decent. But servers were the rudest I have ever encountered. The atmosphere was so rude overall. Bartender didn't want to remake a drink even though I told him I would pay for the one that was made wrong as well. Even proceeded to roll his eyes at me like a teenager. This was absolutely ridiculous. Will NEVER RETURN!

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Redwood City, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I came here for business and I had never been before, but all of my colleagues in Madison think its the place to go. The menu is extensive, as is the beer offerings (this is Wisconsin, and I mean extensive even for them). I got a burger with a fried egg on top and I was a bit nervous at... More 

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Lake Linden, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Food was good, pricy but good. The hospitality was poor. They made us wait, standing, until the last of our party arrived, even with a child among us. We were told to stand in a place where we were jostled by wait staff and patrons. As we waited, the restaurant was swamped and there were no tables once or final... More 

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Very over-hyped. We arrived 10 minutes before the other 2 members of our party and were told we couldn't be seated until everyone was present. I get wanting to turn tables as fast as possible, but it also means they wouldn't be getting our cocktail money we would've spent in the meantime. While waiting for the other half of our... More 

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Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The locals said "the best cheese curds around" and I can now attest. My burger and homemade chips were excellent too. Others in the my party had the walleye sandwich and raved about how good it was. Best part of the meal had to be the deep fried cheese curds - just the right amount of light batter and gooey... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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363 reviews 363 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

A lot of the locals we spoke to raved about The Old Fashioned. You can tell it's good when there is a large amount of people on a Monday in December... Luckily, we got one of the last available tables. The mac and cheese was probably the best I've ever had. Great choice and I'd definitely recommend it to others!

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Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I'm actually sitting at the table here as I write this I'm so pleased. Three of us have birthdays this week so we are doing a joint celebration. After an hour wait filled with excellent drinks of very good quality, we were seated. I ordered cheese curds, onion strings and their homemade chips for the table for appetizers and all... More 

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Milwaukee, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

A small group of us stopped in for cocktails and a snack after visiting a few other local establishments in Madison. They had brandy, bourbon and vodka infused Door County cherries as special cocktails. We tried all three and they were wonderful. The deep fied cheese curds were also the best we've had. Definitely worth a visit when in town!

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

stopped in after the farmer's market. this is a nice little find along the capital. it appears to be busy on market days. the food and atmosphere were great. would highly recommend.

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Additional Information about The Old Fashioned

Address: 23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4207
Phone Number: 608-310-4545
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisine: American

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