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The Old Fashioned

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€€ - €€€
American, Bar, Pub, Soups
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23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
+1 608-310-4545
07:30 - 02:00
Open now
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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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Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped here on a Madison pub crawl & had one of the best old fashion. Drinks were amazing, didn't eat here ( a little to crowded), drinks were a little pricey but were still very good.

Thank Gary P
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere. The food was so delicious. Even the Milk!!! Tried a sampling of many things and everything was absolutely delicious. We wanted to try some Wisconsin specialties. This was the place to do it. So worth it! And right next to the beautiful capitol!

Thank Denverdk
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It's named the Old Fashioned so the expect the old fashioneds to be expertly made and satisfying. They don't disappoint. These are BY FAR the best old fashioneds that I've ever had before. I think they make several thousand a night so I suppose they have lots of experience but they haven't cut any corners. We stayed for dinner and... More 

Thank Thomas67_75
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can't beat the location, just make sure you have time to enjoy it. Seems to always be a busy hopping place. Great burgers and can't beat the price. Very family friendly!

Thank Melissa B
Madison, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Menu was adequate. Some very good some OK. Way too noisy - not suitable for dinner conversation. Service was snippy.

Thank sparky731
Hewiitt, WI
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138 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're in Madison and want a little bit of Wisconsin, go to the Old Fashioned. First of all, it has the most incredible view of the Capitol. Next, the drinks. If you're going to name yourself The Old Fashioned, you better be able to make a good one. And that they do! They have several varieties on the menu.... More 

Thank ZeusSNC
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate at the bar on a Friday night. Bartender was a jerk (actively unfriendly, had to repeat my order as he couldn't be bothered to pay attention, plus he wasn't terribly familiar with menu specifics). Tasty wedge salad and burger. Kind of a low-life crowd chowing down on their cheese curds and sucking beers. Seems like a high-volume, factory production... More 

Thank SonomaMark
Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came for breakfast. It was right when they were changing from breakfast to lunch and a very tightly wound young lady who appeared to be training someone met us at the door and pressed us for what we wanted-- breakfast or lunch. Crud-- this was our first time there. Not sure. So we hastily chose breakfast and she seated... More 

Thank pibmomma
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three words: DEEP FRIED CURDS. Wow! This place was so much fun!! The atmosphere is quite comfortable with a very friendly feel. The staff was efficient and lovely. Our drinks were always full and we never felt like we were waiting too long. Lunch on the weekend was VERY busy and we expected a long wait. After being told we... More 

Thank Kelly Ann S
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made another visit to The Old Fashioned while in Madison this week. As always, the food and drinks were excellent. And the service is very good. Staff were all friendly and helpful. Just a great place to stop for either a drink or dinner. Side note: the Old Fashions are excellent!

Thank Tim M

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