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The Old Fashioned

) #3 of 780 Restaurants in Madison $$ - $$$ American, ,
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” (53 reviews)
“cheese curds” (386 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Old Fashioned's good reputation is well deserved. Great fish fry - although going there again, we'd opt for the lake perch (fantastic!) rather than the cod (OK - the outside was overdone, although the inside was fine). Tried two old fashioned - the house...More

Thank KV-MKE
Reviewed 3 days ago

The menu is pure Wisconsin from fish to reubens and much more. It emulates the menu that might be in a Wisconsin supper club. The drinks are excellent. This is a tough place to get in to and they don't take reservations so go early...More

Thank Lyngaas
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a hard time choosing an Ol'Fashion as they had many choices!Our Korbel Ol Fashion was excellent! We all chose different burgers and no complaints..all very very good. They came with choice of a salad or fries....We arrived after the brunch ended at 1pm.Around...More

Thank WeAreGoneAgain
Reviewed 3 days ago

I read about the Friday night crowds at the Old Fashioned, but I was hoping the torrential downpour that night would dissuade folks from coming out on a Friday night. Nope. When we arrived at 7, the place was packed to the gills. The hostess...More

Thank WiscoBarbie
Reviewed 3 days ago

My first visit to Madison, WI, a colleague took me to the Old Fashioned. Who knew a burger could be so good! If you go, you'll have a hard time choosing from the great menu selection so ask one of the friendly waitstaff to recommend...More

Thank barbarasJ8379XY
Reviewed 4 days ago

Quality food, drinks and service...and atmosphere on the square. Looking forward to the 2017 Cherry Bounce

Thank Stella_F00die
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great drinks, even better cheese, straight-up Wisconsin atmosphere. If you're visiting our state capital, stop in, have a brandy Old-Fashioned (they'll even swap the brandy for whiskey if you're not ready for the full Wisconsin experience) and enjoy the atmosphere.

Thank Clayton G
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place really represents some of the great things about Wisconsin. The beer selection is from all over the state, with a lot of them being on tap. The cheese curds were the best we have every had. Consensus of the four of us that...More

Thank 256kennethk
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had a great Saturday brunch. I liked that I was able to come by, put my name on the waiting list, give my mobile number and continue to wonder around the Capitol Square until I was texted saying my table was ready. Great menu....More

Thank FlightSurgeon66
Reviewed 1 week ago

We passed through Madison on a family vacation. One of the people traveling with us has family there, and told us how good the Old Fashioned was. He was right! We went in for a late lunch. One of the 'specials' was an Heirloom Tomato...More

Thank Breeze313
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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
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids
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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