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The Old Fashioned

23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4207
608-310-4545
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Ranked #21 of 823 restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Ulverston, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We had a very good meal and with 50 beers on tap I found 1 or 2 or more I liked. Thanks to the staff.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Loved this place for the atmosphere (old paneling, tin ceiling, ghosts of politicians), beer selection and well-prepared pub food. We did not have the ordering problem some have mentioned. That may be the lunch procedure. We had an efficient, well-trained waitress. Not being a beer lover, I appreciated being served a shot glass for a tasting. Loved the Wisconsin New... More

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Sheboygan, WI
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Do you love a brandy old fashion? This is the place. The restaurant is such a fun place. You feel like you've gone back in time. The old timey beer signs and just reading the menu. One page is titled "booze." Subtle :) My son had an amazing grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and bell peppers. It was excellent. I... More

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Mason, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Many Wisconsin choices of food and beverage. Good service, although loud atmosphere as you'd expect in a bar ... go early to avoid a line. Excellent draft and bottled beer selection. My wife liked the ribs as I did the Mac&Cheese and ring bologna. Recommended when looking for local experience.

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lonerganmm
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We have been here three times in the last 2 days! Started out with an old fashioned (sweet) and the matchstick fries with smoked paprika dipping sauce. We could have eaten the dipping sauce without the fries, it was that good! Followed up with more old fashioneds and lunch today. We had the double bratwurst sandwich and a fresh salad... More

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Madison
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Was looking for a good burger last night so my son and I went to The Old Fashioned (I've heard great reviews). Didn't expect a 45 minute wait on a Thursday night at 6:00 pm, but we gave them our cell # and walked around the Capitol which was great. 30 minutes later we received a text our table was... More

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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65 reviews 65 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Four of us went to supper at The Old Fashioned on Wednesday night. This was a first time visit for my wife and I. Got there at 6pm and the place was packed and waited 30 minutes for a table - not an issue. While we waited we went to the bar...really long and adequate service No one came for... More

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Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My wife and I had a long overdue date night in Madison sans children. We caught a play, and then headed to our favorite restaurant in Madison, The Old Fashioned. Upon arriving, we were told it would be about a 45 minute wait. That was fine. They have a great system that takes your cell phone number and sends you... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Coming from the Washington DC area, we needed and got an infusion of Madison and Wisconsin local color! Over 100 Wisconsin beers and many Old Fashions offered, as well as a terrifically broad (and numbered) menu selection! I loved my trout with beets and veggies--the others were very happy with the cheeseburger, fried walleye sandwich, and portobello and other veggies... More

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Palatine, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were picking up our daughter after she attended a conference at the University in July and decided to go to The Old Fashioned for lunch after reading about it on TripAdvisor. The place was crowded as expected, but the wait was worth it. We tried the cheese curds which were amazing. I had the Wisconsin Burger since their burgers... More

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