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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
7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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

Thank Galvan O
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Michelle M
Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank 74johna837
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and atmosphere were wonderful. The staff was very attentive. Would definitely make a return trip!

Thank Sara E
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very few places on the Square are casual and have good food at reasonable prices. The Old Fashioned is all the name implies. The official cocktail of WI is The Old Fashioned, and the bar here offers many varieties, as well as many great WI beers on tap. Have the cheese curds with your drink, they are AMAZING! The food... More 

Thank Sharon Priester M
Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Madison wants it to be the place to be. But the food is mediocre at best, and overpriced. This is a glorified pub food. There is nothing special. It is crowded and noisy, overpacked with screaming people. Not an experience I would recommend to anybody.

Thank Jrsfmm
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place has good food but is perpetually crowded. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, "Nobody goes there. It's always too busy." The curds are tasty, but I wouldn't call it a supper club, as many do. Maybe the tourist version of a supper club.

Thank Tommy M
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great lunches and dinners. Old Fashions are done truly the way they should be made. The perch fry is totally awesome on Wednesday and Friday evenings. The perch is mouth watering great and is good as you are going to get anywhere. The service and friendly staff make a visit here truly rewarding!

Thank C5770LFdavidh
Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The perfect Madison eatery. Excellent service, fine food, and all at a fair price. The brunch was served quickly but we were not rushed. Cannot go wrong.

Thank bretjina
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Cheese curds, good Wisconsin beer, good nightly special are only a few things that always keep me coming back here. Worth a try never a disappointment.

Thank NS H

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, 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?