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The Old Fashioned

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23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4207
608-310-4545
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7:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 462
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  • 434
    Very good
  • 107
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  • 25
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
My New Favorite

I went to the Old Fashioned for lunch this week. I had heard good things about it from friends and it did not disappoint. There were a variety of sandwiches and salads on the menu as well as sides, cheese-boards, and a number of entrees for dinner. I had the prime-rib sandwich with onion strings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
rickleed
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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96 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went to the Old Fashioned for lunch this week. I had heard good things about it from friends and it did not disappoint. There were a variety of sandwiches and salads on the menu as well as sides, cheese-boards, and a number of entrees for dinner. I had the prime-rib sandwich with onion strings and my dining partner had... More 

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Thank rickleed
Rhinelander,WI
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141 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner her on a Saturday night before a concert. They do not take reservations , so it is important to arrive well before you want to sit down. The atmosphere is awesome - tin ceilings and old world woodwork. The bar is cozy and the drinks are great. It was fun watching the very talented bar tenders mix... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group wanted to go here. Been here before, its average. Pricey drinks. Waited for table and was crowded as always. I've left a few times due to the wait. Like I said, its OK. They have food and booze. Just depends how much you want to spend and how long you want to wait.

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Thank 235nunya
Medina, Ohio
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is cool from the minute you walk in. Great vibe for young and old alike. Every has the look of enjoyment while dining and drinking here. Shana was just great...around when we needed her but not on top of us at any time. Go and enjoy!

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Thank rickgreenberg100
Hartford, Wisconsin
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked here from my Hotel just off of The Square. Opens at 7:30 am Mon.-Fri. for breakfast. I recommend the Eggs & Corned Beef Hash. (The corned beef was superior in quality.) Excellent coffee,very good service and the food service was prompt.

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Thank JOHN1949_12
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sweet spot on the Capitol square with traditional pub fare and classic beers. A must visit place when touring Madison. Friday fish fry with a pitcher of Blatz beer is sure to please. Great atmosphere and good service. Enjoy!

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Thank Rick S
Tokyo, Japan
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165 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's been over a quarter of century since I was a college student at UW Madison. My friend from freshmen year and I met for the first time in 29 1/2 years, and we picked The Old Fashioned Restaurant at the capitol square - glad we dined at this restaurant. Thanks for the great food and the happy mood. Had... More 

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Thank setotravel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you like good burgers and a great view of the Capital, this is the place to dine! My friend and I just visited here last week for lunch and each enjoyed a burger, although they were quite small patties, they still had a lean and excellent taste. The fries were tasty but similar to McDonald's fries. Our server was... More 

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Thank Angela K
Madison, Wisconsin
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Along with a small group of friends, I dined at The Old Fashioned on a recent Friday night. This restaurant is designed to deliver quintessential traditional Wisconsin cuisine and it does indeed deliver it well. All of us had a version of the Friday night fish fry and we were not disappointed. In addition to delivering on the food expectations,... More 

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Thank rgsmsn
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Old Fashioned is a great place to grab a drink or have dinner. The beer selection is huge, as well as the food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4207
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: 608-310-4545

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?