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Lombardino's Restaurant

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2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813 (Highland Ave)
+1 608-238-1922
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Barrington, Illinois
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just read the many negative reviews to which I add a emphatic "Amen!" In contrast with the too-bright-lighting, we had a small dim candle which required using a phone flashlight for the menu. My drink order of a dry bourbon Manhattan was followed by a choice of bourbon, all premiums. The drink, when delivered, was a regular Manhattan with an... More 

Thank jimbequick
Custer, Wisconsin
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived a little after 5 and the place did fill up quickly. We decided to share appetizers and main entree.....to get a taste of as much as we could. It was our decision to dine at the bar and the wait staff were friendly and attentive. Do not let the description of the appetizer: gorgonzola-stuffed dates scare you.....they were... More 

Thank boenski7035
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love taking clients here, because the service is always excellent. Lovely ambiance, quiet and dependable. My go-to spot for entertaining out of town guests. We had someone from Romania in our group who was completely charmed. Save your calories, your meal will be worth every one. Also a favorite spot when not on business to sit at the bar... More 

Thank Karen W
Rochester, Minnesota
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2017

We were waiting at the door at 5, so our service was, of course, fast. Pleasant hostess and wait staff. Food was excellent. We had eggplant plus they have good daily specials they offer.

Thank kenmccaz
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

We didn't have reservations so it was a gamble we could get seating on a Friday date night.We entered a small darkened entry way and passed thru hanging drapes. I am not sure if these drapes are permanent ;they may be placed due to the cold weather. Either way they do add to the mystery of this eatery. A sign... More 

Thank 570maryellen
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

This was hands down the best Italian restaurant I've been to. The service was outstanding, and the food was even better.

Thank Jenny T
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71 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

In the entrance, there is a sign saying that the restaurant was elected the best Italian restaurant in the city. I agree. The food is very good, the staff is polite and very attentive. The place is agreeable. I deeply recommend the restaurant for pasta lovers!

Thank Juliana L
Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
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296 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Well we visited this place one week ago and the whole experience was good although the restaurant was full and we needed to sit on the bar area .We tried the Sangria and Calamari Fritti as appetizers and antipasti and later we ordered as main dishes the Spaghetti alla Bolognese and the 8 oz Juniper Brined Jordandal Farm Pork Shop... More 

Thank ISRAEL29
Galena, Illinois
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

The food is outstanding! The service is great! Ambiance charming! Come here, or don't so we can get a table:) This is in our top 3 spots when visiting Madison and we always have a great experience.

Thank NurseAround
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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259 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

I usually don't give a restaurant an Excellent rating without an fantastic food experience, but our service at the bar was so exceptional (and our meal was very good!) that it this dinner is deserving of an Excellent rating. The fact that my sister knows the Lombardino's staff pretty well clearly made a difference, but I hope everyone enjoys similar... More 

Thank Jay M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings
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: +1 608-238-1922
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?