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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 #23 of 820 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
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Came on Saturday night for the prime rib, sat outside to eat it. Really glad we got the outside seating because it was quite stuffy inside. Service was great, beer selection was nice. I took my friend for a birthday prime rib and it was perfect. We waited about 20 minutes for our table, which we didn't think was bad... More

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I took my adult daughter here for a celebration lunch. We arrived at about 11:00 a.m. just as the restaurant opened. We were immediately led to a table ad given the instructions for ordering. (Decide what you want to eat and drink, walk to the bar, place your order and pay.) Since I'd had these cheese curds before when a... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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268 reviews 268 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is across the street for the Wisconsin Capitol and is extremely popular with all ages. People seemed to flood into this for hours, many of them in their twenties, as well as older folks. No wonder! The beer, the food, and the service are terrific! We had breaded Walleye fish sandwiches that were to die for. There were... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The Old Fashioned is quintessentially Wisconsin, with a huge beer selection and a delectable menu. The amount of craft and local beers is astounding and won't disappoint a beer afficionado, and for those who prefer something stronger, they have several varieties of old fashioneds! The cheese curds are an absolute must. I have had a lot of cheese curds at... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

They were crowded on a Tuesday evening when we were there. The good this was that they took our reservation and sent us a text when the table we wanted was ready. We sat outside - the weather was nice and we loved the ambiance. We had drinks and sandwiches (roasted pork and chicken). Food was great. Our server was... More

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Borden, Indiana
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70 reviews 70 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere is always busy, but great fun! The walleye sandwich and potato salad was the choice for the night. It was full of flavor and very enjoyable. And......The beer selection is huge!

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Ames, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

First of all, I must note that I was here for breakfast and that only one part of the restaurant is open for breakfast. Let's start with the negatives. "The Old Fashioned" tries very hard to have a specific dining environment for its patrons. One thing that they need to change is the lighting. The lights are dimmed to create... More

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Boston
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Whenever I am in Madison for work I stop by The Old Fashioned. The bartenders are always friendly, the food is good (best fried cheese curds around the square), and they have a large local beer menu. I was there just last week and they have a ton of local beers. Its in a great location right on the corner... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

My brother took us here while we were visiting Madison for the weekend.....I'm glad he did! This is a fantastic drinking establishment well-located in downtown Madison. First, they have a HUGE (and inexpensive) beer menu. What makes it cool is that they really push local and regional beers. Being from Iowa, I hadn't heard of most of them, which made... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

MY daughter suggested this restaurant because she says they have the best cheese curds in Madison...she didn't lie. The Old Fashioned makes the little nuggets of cheesy goodness fried and then serves them with your choice of sauce (we had them with the chipotle sauce). Absolutely amazing! But the goodness doesn't stop there. We both ordered burgers which were cooked... More

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