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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
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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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Claremont, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Difficult to get a table Saturday evening with all the events around Madison. Waited around 50 minutes but finally seated. Good food and service- they put us by the door which constantly opened and closed. At first it was annoying but as it went on the restaurant was so hot that a nice breeze every few minutes was pleasant. Don't... More 

Thank Chris M
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to The Old Fashioned a few times now, and it has become our go-to place when we are in Madison on date night. We were here around 5:30 on a Saturday night and were seated immediately. By the time we left at 6:45 it was quite full. We had the cheese curds as an appetizer, it was... More 

Thank Ryan S
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wisconsin is famous for Packers and Cheese. People know about the beer, but not everyone knows about the Brandy Old Fashioned. Wisconsin drinks more brandy than any other state except California, it must be the winters. The Old Fashioned serves what Wisconsin does best. Food, cheese, and Brandy Old Fashioned. I've taken clients there and you HAVE to try the... More 

Thank Richard H
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92 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place provides a bar atmosphere in a family friendly setting. The food is excellent. You feel like you are in a festive environment.

Thank Henry R
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is like a small supper club in rural Wisconsin. Good food, good drinks, and good service with a smile.

Thank Poncharo
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It is always entertaining to introduce friends to this fine establishment.Never disappointing,the folks we bring,tell others...and it keeps a -goin'!

Thank James R
Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located right across the street from the Capitol building. Service was impeccable. Best "lightly" fried cheese curds ever, generous portions of perch fish fry was delicious and I opted for the side salad instead of the fries due to all the fried food I was having, that too was delicious. The coleslaw was very, very good with poppy seeds in... More 

Thank Flyinmom3
Madison, WI
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I enjoy the food, but the constant wait and noise factor once you get in are too much. A victim of its own success. Now I only go if I want to take someone who wants "typical Wisconsin" fare but don't want to travel from the core downtown area.

Thank terrys1000
Cambridge, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The fish fry was awesome. Was very crowded but was worth the wait. Friendly staff. Great atmosphere! Can't wait to go back. Loved the tarter sauce.

Thank Memax97
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank mikeallen2017

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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
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?