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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” (59 reviews)
“cheese curds” (381 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 2 days ago

This place is always crammed with people and there is usually a wait, but there are two bars and the wait is worth it. The food is really great for very reasonable prices. It is a very casual atmosphere and people are everywhere but the...More

Thank SteveT6029677454
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Busy place with great food. Appetizers are delicious and prices are reasonable. I was there on a Tuesday and the place was jam packed, not ideal for an intimate conversation, but perfect for a fun night on the town.

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Saw excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, went in for lunch. Walked out since space was cramped and it was a 1hour wait. Skip it.

Thank MichelleandJeff L
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fun place to visit, great food! Crowded, with a view of the Capital. People of all ages, toddlers to my ninety year old Mom, every one loves the Old Fashioned!

Thank Z3872BXjuliec
Reviewed 1 week ago

The burger was very tasty, fries were fine and I loved the beer selection. Were here for breakfast as well and had a delicious scramble with goat cheese.

Thank Andreas S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has some of the best food anywhere in town, bar or otherwise. Awesome cheese curds, amazing burgers. It is always busy though so plan accordingly

Thank BadgerFan47
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great menu, the fish fry is exceptional and nicely priced. Some of the best fried cheese curds in Madison (although they have plenty of competition, too) and the beer was ice cold. They have a beautiful view of the capitol building, too.

Thank plmolina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a cool place on the Capitol Square in Madison. Original woodwork on their bars, bar backs and floors! A sign said 799,635 Old Fashions served - we made it 799,636 at brunch before a Sunday morning Badger b-ball game! The hosts & servers were...More

Thank Renee H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went this weekend based on the reviews. The crowd was large and there was no place to stand. We spent 30 mins saying excuse me to staff and patrons trying to get by. It was loud, very loud. Food was decent and on par...More

Thank bclarke292
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having lived in Madison for decades I had never been to The Old Fashioned, so I recently met a friend for lunch there. The environment is dark wood with lots of glass facing the Capitol, tables scattered about and in a row along the walls,...More

Thank WillyinWI
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Drew G
12 April 2017|
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26 January 2017|
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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