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Lombardino's Restaurant

2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
+1 608-238-1922
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pmAll hours
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
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Reviewed 21 December 2014

Lombardino's is a reliable Madison staple for Italian cuisine. The atmosphere is one of the best in the city for slow-dining experiences with somewhat cozy but comfortable quarters. It's nice but not so fancy that you'd feel out of place wearing business casual attire or...More

1  Thank c4andM
Reviewed 18 December 2014

We were staying at the Best Western Hotel across from this restaurant and decided to give this place a try. We made reservations for 7:30 on a Wednesday night and were surprised how busy they were. The bar area is old world for sure and...More

Thank Wausau_WIWapper
Reviewed 15 December 2014

Wonderful meal, atmosphere, service, and attention to detail! We have been going here for years and it keeps getting better. They do everything right. They have a wonderful seasonally inspired menu that always delights, fresh ingredients, and a great wine list. This is a great...More

Thank Mermaid06
Reviewed 21 November 2014

The food was outstanding, service was great! The restaurant is a bit out of the way, and we did wait 45 minutes for our table.

Thank julie k
Reviewed 9 November 2014

I know we should try other restaurants when we are in Madison, but we absolutely love Lombardino's and have never had anything but a wonderful experience there. The Italian food is excellent, creative, and consistently good, without being so "nouveau" that it isn't recognizable as...More

Thank kayteeMilwaukee
Reviewed 8 November 2014 via mobile

Lovely decor. Great wine list. Bar tenders at bar could be more attentive. Very pushy about insisting you could not carry-over a bar tab to the table service. Octopus appetizer was well-presented and good. Beet salad; Outstanding. Main dish...Scallops were way below expectation...tiny, but pasta...More

Thank Shannan L
Reviewed 4 November 2014

We made reservations ahead of time which is a good idea if you want to go. The restaurant is cozy with booths and random antiques. The server was informative and attentive to our needs. We ordered the fried calamari which was delicious and crispy. My...More

Thank Angel F
Reviewed 26 October 2014

This is not an expansive or terribly innovative menu/restaurant. The ambience is quaint bordering on ' in need of an upgrade'. On this evening, one couple both ordered the whole sea bass. They judged it to be good. It was preceded by an octopus appetizer....More

Thank GiseppeGord
Reviewed 19 October 2014

We are staying at the hotel down the street, we stopped by without a reservation on a Saturday night (tonight). The host/hostess were very respectful even though we did not have a reservation. A table opened in the bar so we took the high top....More

Thank JeannieJay
Reviewed 12 October 2014 via mobile

Classic Italian spot that's been a fixture in Madison for a long time. We decided to go there based in the strong Yelp ratings. This was my first visit after hearing about it for some time. Overall I felt the atmosphere was quaint in a...More

1  Thank JimRiesterer
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 12
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
    (Highland Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-238-1922
  • E-mail
Lombardino"s Restaurant, a staple in Madison, WI since 1952, features a chef driven menu that changes with the seasons. With the 1950's Italian American kitschy decor, one will find excellent, simply made Italian food of the utmost quality in a comfortable neighborhood restaurant setting.
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