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The Old Fashioned

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23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4207
7:30 am - 2:00 am
Closed now
All 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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Madison, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Old Fashioned is a classic Wisconsin restaurant where you go when you want a real taste of the state, especially some forgotten classics. The fish fry/fish sandwich is a must try, as well as getting a brandy old fashioned at the bar. A must visit for anyone traveling to Madison.

Thank adtalerico
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was really good. Their ordering system for lunch was odd. We waited to be seated, but had to place our order at the bar. We were then given a number by which staff brought us our order. We also had to get another serving set from the bar as they person who sat us forgot to bring it after... More 

Thank Machelle H
waterloo, wi
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have dined at "The Old Fashioned" many times. The food is excellent, including the homemade deep fried cheese curds and the Friday night fish fry, as well. Of course, they always make fabulous drinks, too. Great place to meet up with friends! Typically a fairly long wait on weekend nights, but worth the wait!

Thank Ann A
Madison, Wisconsin
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Beer selection is Amazing! The atmosphere is really good. Waitress was a bit slow and drink orders needed repeating. Food was good but not Great.

Thank spike706
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Every visit has included good food and a fun environment. Going early (5-ish) can save you a wait. A great place to eat around the Capitol square.

Thank Nikki U
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited the Old Fashioned for a couple of drinks. My friend and I sat at the bar, where we were looked after by a pleasant bartender. Drinks were great! The place was packed, lively and fun. Would return!

Thank Becksvan86z
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49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The most delicious burger I've tried! The spicy burger is sooooooooooo good, along with the tossed salad. And cheese curds - oh so yum. Kids meals are great too! Perfect for little tummies.

Thank hbassett
Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enlightened owners create a fun, loud, busy atmosphere with locally sourced ingredients in extremely well prepared foods that Madisonians and other Wisconsinites crave. Right on "the square" immediately across the street from our beautiful Capital Building, they have the most amazing selection of beers on tap that I've ever seen. The cocktails are, of course, excellent. Perfectly manufactured Old Fashioneds... More 

Thank GK-LMS
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Been there many times always a good experience. They make excellent Old Fashions and the food is great. Enjoyable atmosphere too.

Thank mveldran
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was pouring outside and we went or early dinner. We waited for everything. They are very busy and should be used to it. The cheddar beer soup was very rich, the BLT was awesome, good burgers and appetizers were very tasty!

Thank Stephanie P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
7:30 am - 2:00 am
7:30 am - 2:00 am
7:30 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
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

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