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“Excellent for night not for lunch”
Review of The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned
Ranked #5 of 1,020 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout
Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

We took our family here for lunch before heading to the Children's Museum. My husband and I visited this place last winter for after dinner drinks and had a fantastic time. We were excited to eat lunch. The environment was chaotic and felt disorganized. Even though there was a written description of how to order at lunch, we felt like we didnt know what to do. Despite asking what to do we were really disappointed. Food was quick and good. But every time we wanted a drink or water filled we had to walk to bar and do it ourselves. Too expensive for that kind of set up. We will visit again when in town but never again for lunch.

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We visited on a Friday night. We tried to go early to beat the rush, but even just shy of 6 they were already packed. The volume is loud as well, so this isn't a place to go for an intimate dinner. Plan to wait for a table and talk over the noise. The food was great! I had the macaroni and cheese and my husband had the steak. We were both pleased. We would definitely return.

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Thank WisconsinTravelbug09
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Great atmosphere, great drinks, good selection of beer. Had to knock a hole in the wall to expand to the storefront next door. Every sandwich I have tried on their menu has been good. If you're looking to try Wisconsin cheese curds, this is the place.
The Old Fashioned isn't a fine dining experience, but its a great place for lunch, casual dinner, and it should be a stop during any visit to Madison. Convenient location on Capitol Square, but beware, they don't take reservations. Be prepared to have a drink or two at the bar prior to being seated.

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Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Another great place to meet up with friends after work... Great beer and good bar food. Excellent hamburgers!

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Thank KarenXYZ
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

We figured a 5 o'clock arrival on a Friday evening allow us to be seated for dinner without a long wait. The Old Fashioned doesn't take reservations. Well, it was still 40 minutes. Fortunately we found a spot at the bar. A good selection of beer and, of course, a variety of Old Fashions. The crowd was twenty and thirty year olds, with the occasional older folks. We were seated for dinner at a table near the front door, so there was a chilly draft as people came and went. Ah, winter in Wisconsin. The dinner menu has a few entrees, but plenty of sandwiches from which to choose. Be sure to try the cheese curds. The sandwhiches are generous, so come hungry or willing to share. This is a popular place and quintessential Wisconsin.

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Thank Droplet1927
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