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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
07:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 09:00 - 22:00
Mon - Tue 07:30 - 22:30
Wed - Fri 07:30 - 02:00
Sat 09:00 - 02:00
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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Great cheese nugggets and a wide selection of craft beer on tap. Nice downtown location location across the street from the Capitol.

Thank mikeallen2017
Louisville, Kentucky
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was in town on business, TA reviews led me to check it out. I love this place! Staff was very friendly. Best cheese curds I had while in WI. Extensive food and bar menu. I had the ribs special, perfectly done. Right downtown near everything. They have Old bar food menu, tried the pickled turkey gizzards, very.....interesting😀 Can't wait to... More 

Thank tonysapp2
Montville, Connecticut
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Fun upbeat atmosphere, good volume level to bring kids. Loved the cheese curds, nice light batter. The salad with Door county cherries was excellent. Walleye sandwich was 3 stars out of 5 stars. Outstanding selection of on tap Wisconsin beers.

Thank Jill N
Osceola, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived at The Old Fashioned at 4pm on a Saturday and it was already busy. We were seated quickly, and were glad we got there when we did as the line kept growing. We were seated by the door, so it was pretty chilly from all of the people coming and going. The sandwiches are all reasonably priced and... More 

Thank Anne2178
Gloucester, Massachusetts
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I were traveling to Eau Claire and stopped in for some cheese curds. They were out of this world! I'm from Gloucester, Massachusetts (of The Perfect Storm fame) and I am now home wishing that we were back at the Old Fashioned for more! We were there late afternoon so both Jesse and John had time to... More 

Thank camh23
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for drinks with a couple locals, great atmosphere, mix of college students and young professionals

Thank Nrsone
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Fashioned has a relaxed and cozy vibe. The service is good and the drinks are strong! They have an impressive selection of local brews and they offer samples of beer. The food is very good, great fries and delicious mac and cheese! Definitely would recommend for a visit to Madison.

Thank Casey O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small tight bar/restaurant. A 15 minute wait turned into a 5 minute wait. A nice simple menu. Something for everyone. A great Madison downtown location. This is not a place if you are in a hurry.

Thank Rich F
Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is an icon in Madison, but the food is not that great for me, usually very long lines to enter and service can be a little slow. If you want to try cheese curds and a good old fashioned this is a good place if you can handle the wait and the large crowds.

Thank MariaM7
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great local beer and fried cheese curds. I think that about sums up the Wisconsin experience! The cheese curds were very light by the way - not at all the greasy mess I expected. Very yummy.

Thank franny234

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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 22:30
07:30 - 02:00
07:30 - 02:00
07:30 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
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?