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Lombardino's Restaurant

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2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813 (Highland Ave)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lombardino's was one of my wife's favorites from her college days (back when "grandma L" still ran it and gave students lunchtime deals. Anyway, we had dinner there recently and it was still quite good. No reservation, so we could only sit in the bar area, which ended up being fine. My wife had a wood fired pork chop, which... More 

Thank KV-MKE
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

stopped in early on Saturday at 5PM, hoping we could grab a quick dinner. Did not realize that reservations are essentially required. We were offered a seat at the bar, but this doesn't work for 2 kids. This is a fancier place. Make reservations or you will be disappointed.

Thank ilBuckeye
Sayville, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ambiance is nice with an attempt at an old world feeling. The food was ok - felt like standard Italian restaurant fare. Portion size was smaller than I expected. I ordered scallops with a side of mixed vegetables, but in hindsight I should have ordered something prepared on the wood-burning oven, because it smelled great. Also had the Black Rum... More 

Thank raffgirl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We go to Lombardinos when we want an old favorite such as pasta with eggplant, or the best Caesar salad in town or when we want to try a creative preparation of a local food which is in season We like the fact that we can have half portions of a pasta dish. And the ambiance is friendly You should... More 

Thank janevoi
Necedah, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

hit or miss with the name Lombardino's you the food would be the best but I find it a average dishes which I can make at home sorry just needed more from you guys

Thank Daryl S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

From the outside the place looks a bit old and worn down but once you step in you can see that it is packed with locals and you will need a reservation to get it. The food itself was pleasant. The eggplant dish was delicious and so was the pork shoulder ragout with pine nuts.

Thank Anawin T
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I ate here one time and one time only. I had several cocktails at the bar before dinner. I asked the bar tender if he wanted me to settle up now or when I came back after dinner. He said just to pay when I came back. I sat at the table and the waiter came up and demanded that... More 

Thank Michael H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Took my wife here for our anniversary. Service was very good, and the good was also very good. Wife had pasta, as did I. Well cooked, al dente, and sauces were also quite good. Will definitely return.

Thank Michael S
madison wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Small cramped space. Food was nothing special. Drink felt watered down. Not bad food but nothing special

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

When asked by locals and vistors "where would you go for a week night dinner", I always answer Lombardino's. This is a near west side Madison restaurant very convenient to the VA Hospital and the UWHC medical complex. The Caesar Salad and Pizza Margarita is a local legend for a quick dinner at the "bar" after work at the hospital.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?