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The Old Fashioned

23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
+1 608-310-4545
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (61 reviews)
“cheese curds” (384 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Central downtown location. Large multi-room restaurant. Very popular and very busy. Tried the deep fried cheese curds and fish fry. Amazing list of local craft beers. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff if unsure what to drink or eat.

Thank RobS2011
Reviewed 2 days ago

We chose this restaurant when reading they use small Wisconsin business suppliers for their meats, cheeses, breads and produce. We ordered the House-made Beer Battered Cheese Curds first - Wow these were fantastic, I didn't have time to take a picture! Our lunches were: Wood-Grilled...More

Thank Carla V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The old fashions are yummy! We had an appetizer and salad. The wedge salad was unique. They mix French dressing with the blue cheese.

Thank mariegK6154FF
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is our first visit and won’t be our last. We arrived on a Sunday around 11:30 and informed it was s 15-20 minutes wait or we could sit at the bar. We chose the bar. We received a brunch menu and a lunch menu....More

Thank Meat-tastic
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little pub and bar right on the State Capitol Square. Burgers are really good. Onion straws looked great but I didn't try them.

Thank letstakearoadtrip
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Vibe + great regional food + fast happy service + great value prices = a reliably fun and tasty meal. We waited an hour packed cheek and jowl and still loved it.

Thank refelo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by around 8-ish on Friday night for the fish fry. This is a VERY busy place and they don’t take reservations so be prepared to wait a bit. We were told 30-35 minutes, but the wait was probably about 20. Just enough time to...More

Thank Tom O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beer cheese soup was yummy. I enjoyed my pear cider and my friend really liked her tequila sunrise. Very busy so service just ok. Interesting interior.

Thank eraestua
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with some friends and had a great time. It was a busy place on a Saturday night in downtown Madison, Wisconsin right on Capital square. We waited just shy of an hour for a table with no reservations. That was ok with us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a Tuesday at 6:30 and it was jam packed. We got the last seat in the house and it was unfortunately right next to the door and it was blustery and very cold. The service was attentive and quick. We ordered the...More

Thank AshleyB8
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Sharon W
15 March 2018|
Response from eraestua | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think they take reservations and it appears to be wheelchair friendly
Drew G
12 April 2017|
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Response from Eleonora D | Reviewed this property |
Daniel S
26 January 2017|
Response from JillS259 | Reviewed this property |
They do not take reservations.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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