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The Old Fashioned

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23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
+1 608-310-4545
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7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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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
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Muskego, Wisconsin
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168 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Should have heeded the advice of other reviewers... Tried to stop in for dinner before a show at 6pm and of course the wait for 2 was 1.5 hours. We saw a group of 5 told it would be 2.5 hours for them. We decided to grab an old fashioned cocktail at the bar and agree it is one of... More 

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Thank epsharon
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Serve food till midnight. Food was better than average. We chose for fish on Friday because it offered walleye perch and cod. Atmosphere was loud and vibrant. Lots of alcohol served. More of an adult vibe.

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Thank Melissa G
Winneconne, United States
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Quaint atmosphere right on the capital. Eclectic selection of food an salads. Good food and good micro-brew selection.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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136 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We recently dined at the Old Fashioned and despite the major weight it was well worth it. First they make Old Fashioneds and make a lot of them. Check out the running tally at the end of the bar. We don't drink them, but based on the number ordered they must do it right. What they do well is reasonably... More 

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DeForest, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are few places more "Wisconsin" than The Old Fashioned on theSquare in Madison. I love the feel of the place and the food is always great.

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A must-visit for some Wisconsin cuisine! They don't take reservations though, so it does get very busy, even on a weeknight in the winter. They will take your phone number and text you when your table is ready though, so you can venture around nearby. Definitely try the fried cheese curds! Other personal favorites are the mac & cheese with... More 

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Kewaskum, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stayed in the area and wanted to find a Friday Fish Fry in the city if possible. I found The Old Fashioned on TripAdvisor and the reviews were good. Luckily we got to Madison early and were able to head to restaurant around 4:30 p.m. We were able to find a parking place just around the corner (no parking... More 

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Thank PlantManager530
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great sausage and cheeses. Visited three times Somewhat inconsistent. Perch is good. Busy staffing could be better

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Thank Galvan O
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've eaten here on four separate occasions and was disappointed each time with the quality of the food and service. The food was served undercooked (greasy cheese curds ech) and cold, and lacked imagination. Each time I thought that they were understaffed and ill prepared. I won't go back and will dissuade others.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We like going here on Wednesday nights for the Lake perch special prior to Overture Center performances. We try to get there about 5:30 so we can get a table - if you wait until 6 pm you will likely be waiting in line. Pretty much always order the Lake perch special which is great. Of course need to have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-310-4545

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