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The Old Fashioned

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23 N Pinckney St, Ste 1, Madison, WI 53703-4206
+1 608-310-4545
09:00 - 02:00
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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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Winneconne, United States
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Quaint atmosphere right on the capital. Eclectic selection of food an salads. Good food and good micro-brew selection.

Thank Thomas K
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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136 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We recently dined at the Old Fashioned and despite the major weight it was well worth it. First they make Old Fashioneds and make a lot of them. Check out the running tally at the end of the bar. We don't drink them, but based on the number ordered they must do it right. What they do well is reasonably... More 

Thank BadgerTripper
DeForest, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are few places more "Wisconsin" than The Old Fashioned on theSquare in Madison. I love the feel of the place and the food is always great.

Thank grimshaws80
Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A must-visit for some Wisconsin cuisine! They don't take reservations though, so it does get very busy, even on a weeknight in the winter. They will take your phone number and text you when your table is ready though, so you can venture around nearby. Definitely try the fried cheese curds! Other personal favorites are the mac & cheese with... More 

Thank KayMacTravel7
Kewaskum, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in the area and wanted to find a Friday Fish Fry in the city if possible. I found The Old Fashioned on TripAdvisor and the reviews were good. Luckily we got to Madison early and were able to head to restaurant around 4:30 p.m. We were able to find a parking place just around the corner (no parking... More 

Thank PlantManager530
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great sausage and cheeses. Visited three times Somewhat inconsistent. Perch is good. Busy staffing could be better

Thank Galvan O
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I've eaten here on four separate occasions and was disappointed each time with the quality of the food and service. The food was served undercooked (greasy cheese curds ech) and cold, and lacked imagination. Each time I thought that they were understaffed and ill prepared. I won't go back and will dissuade others.

1 Thank Michelle M
Madison, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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?