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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
09:00 - 22:00
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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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Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We like going here on Wednesday nights for the Lake perch special prior to Overture Center performances. We try to get there about 5:30 so we can get a table - if you wait until 6 pm you will likely be waiting in line. Pretty much always order the Lake perch special which is great. Of course need to have... More 

Thank 74johna837
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and atmosphere were wonderful. The staff was very attentive. Would definitely make a return trip!

Thank Sara E
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very few places on the Square are casual and have good food at reasonable prices. The Old Fashioned is all the name implies. The official cocktail of WI is The Old Fashioned, and the bar here offers many varieties, as well as many great WI beers on tap. Have the cheese curds with your drink, they are AMAZING! The food... More 

Thank Sharon Priester M
Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Madison wants it to be the place to be. But the food is mediocre at best, and overpriced. This is a glorified pub food. There is nothing special. It is crowded and noisy, overpacked with screaming people. Not an experience I would recommend to anybody.

Thank Jrsfmm
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The place has good food but is perpetually crowded. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, "Nobody goes there. It's always too busy." The curds are tasty, but I wouldn't call it a supper club, as many do. Maybe the tourist version of a supper club.

Thank Tommy M
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great lunches and dinners. Old Fashions are done truly the way they should be made. The perch fry is totally awesome on Wednesday and Friday evenings. The perch is mouth watering great and is good as you are going to get anywhere. The service and friendly staff make a visit here truly rewarding!

Thank C5770LFdavidh
Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The perfect Madison eatery. Excellent service, fine food, and all at a fair price. The brunch was served quickly but we were not rushed. Cannot go wrong.

Thank bretjina
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Cheese curds, good Wisconsin beer, good nightly special are only a few things that always keep me coming back here. Worth a try never a disappointment.

Thank NS H
Eau Claire, WI
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95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The cheese curds are truly the best! I am a WI native and these are the best around. We visited on a Saturday about 11 a.m. and had to wait for a table for about 20 minutes, but the restaurant texts you when your table is ready allowing us time to roam the square. This is the second time I... More 

Thank WITravelers33
Topeka, Kansas
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52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to a lot of restaurants all over the world. This is one of the best that I have ever been too. I'd rate 10 stars. Busy place. Went on a Sat for lunch and had to wait about 15 minutes which was pretty good considering the amount of people. First off, you have to get the cheese... More 

Thank furpie69

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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?