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The Old Fashioned

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Soups
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23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
+1 608-310-4545
7:30 am - 2:00 am
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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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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is excellent from the superb fried cheese curds to the awesome burgers. And the beer selection is a dream! I think they have over 100 selections on tap. How can you go wrong. Also the atmosphere is really cool. I just really like the place.

Thank Dan B
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Alright, I could probably tone it down a notch. Definitely a top 5 restaurant in my book and I've lived all over the US and visited top notch cities and restaurants. Color me surprised when I pop into The Old Fashioned and the food is fantastic! The waiter was very nice and the patrons were nice too. The only complaints... More 

Thank Anonymouse M
Onalaska, Wisconsin
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My daughters and I stopped in for old fashions and a late lunch. Very long wait though we expected that when we got there. Had old fashions and cheese curds while we waited - drinks delicious, cheese curds very greasy though garlic aioli dipping sauce was good! Restaurant was COLD and we were seated next the door. Asked for different... More 

Thank Dana G
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here on a Madison pub crawl & had one of the best old fashion. Drinks were amazing, didn't eat here ( a little to crowded), drinks were a little pricey but were still very good.

Thank Gary P
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere. The food was so delicious. Even the Milk!!! Tried a sampling of many things and everything was absolutely delicious. We wanted to try some Wisconsin specialties. This was the place to do it. So worth it! And right next to the beautiful capitol!

Thank Denverdk
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's named the Old Fashioned so the expect the old fashioneds to be expertly made and satisfying. They don't disappoint. These are BY FAR the best old fashioneds that I've ever had before. I think they make several thousand a night so I suppose they have lots of experience but they haven't cut any corners. We stayed for dinner and... More 

Thank Thomas67_75
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can't beat the location, just make sure you have time to enjoy it. Seems to always be a busy hopping place. Great burgers and can't beat the price. Very family friendly!

Thank Melissa B
Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Menu was adequate. Some very good some OK. Way too noisy - not suitable for dinner conversation. Service was snippy.

Thank sparky731
Hewiitt, WI
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138 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in Madison and want a little bit of Wisconsin, go to the Old Fashioned. First of all, it has the most incredible view of the Capitol. Next, the drinks. If you're going to name yourself The Old Fashioned, you better be able to make a good one. And that they do! They have several varieties on the menu.... More 

Thank ZeusSNC
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate at the bar on a Friday night. Bartender was a jerk (actively unfriendly, had to repeat my order as he couldn't be bothered to pay attention, plus he wasn't terribly familiar with menu specifics). Tasty wedge salad and burger. Kind of a low-life crowd chowing down on their cheese curds and sucking beers. Seems like a high-volume, factory production... More 

Thank SonomaMark

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Soups
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
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
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 53703-4206
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-310-4545

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