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The Old Fashioned

) #3 of 778 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” (393 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 3 days ago via mobile

We came for the Saturday morning brunch, and were wisely advised to be there when it opened at 9--it gets busy! We enjoyed the whole experience--the old fashioneds, corn beef hash, and the Door County cherry granola. Service was excellent! The Farmers Market across the...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our son is moving to the area. We have a friend in the area who suggested we meet here for dinner. It was a Tuesday night, and we waited about an hour for a table. The wait was worth it. The prime rib sandwich was...More

Thank 3CtheUSA
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our party of 7 visited on a Friday evening and were pleasantly surprised about the short wait to get in. The wait staff was excellent, the selection of beers fantastic and the food was really good. The price of the burgers was very good, beers...More

Thank Jeffrey K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had dinner out on the patio and enjoyed the energy of the city, good food, and a fun atmosphere. The cheese curds were a tradition to try, bacon Mac and cheese delicious, the clam chowder creamy and flavorful, the spicy burger was great and...More

Thank kbailey1088
Reviewed 4 days ago

This restaurant is located across from the Capitol building in downtown Madison. A friend recommended it. We tried the fried cheese curds and sandwiches. It was good food. The waiter was very thoughtful when we talked about the menu and my food allergy; I ended...More

Thank BertDC
Reviewed 6 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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Drew G
12 April 2017|
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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, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
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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