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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
Today
07:30 - 22:30
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Hours:
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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Osceola, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived at The Old Fashioned at 4pm on a Saturday and it was already busy. We were seated quickly, and were glad we got there when we did as the line kept growing. We were seated by the door, so it was pretty chilly from all of the people coming and going. The sandwiches are all reasonably priced and... More 

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I were traveling to Eau Claire and stopped in for some cheese curds. They were out of this world! I'm from Gloucester, Massachusetts (of The Perfect Storm fame) and I am now home wishing that we were back at the Old Fashioned for more! We were there late afternoon so both Jesse and John had time to... More 

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Thank camh23
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in for drinks with a couple locals, great atmosphere, mix of college students and young professionals

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Thank Nrsone
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Fashioned has a relaxed and cozy vibe. The service is good and the drinks are strong! They have an impressive selection of local brews and they offer samples of beer. The food is very good, great fries and delicious mac and cheese! Definitely would recommend for a visit to Madison.

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Thank Casey O
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small tight bar/restaurant. A 15 minute wait turned into a 5 minute wait. A nice simple menu. Something for everyone. A great Madison downtown location. This is not a place if you are in a hurry.

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Thank Rich F
Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is an icon in Madison, but the food is not that great for me, usually very long lines to enter and service can be a little slow. If you want to try cheese curds and a good old fashioned this is a good place if you can handle the wait and the large crowds.

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Thank MariaM7
hawaii
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great local beer and fried cheese curds. I think that about sums up the Wisconsin experience! The cheese curds were very light by the way - not at all the greasy mess I expected. Very yummy.

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Chicago, IL
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166 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always have to make a stop here for cheese curds (THE BEST) and the summer sausage sandwich. They also have a stellar beer selection and service is always great!

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Thank lovetotravelusa
Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are so many amazing options here. Definitely a burger heaven kind of a place. The Cherry Old Fashioned is a must! They also sell the best popcorn in the business out of their gift store!

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Thank IndigoIce8
Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

In a town where it seems every other block has a fish fry on it, this one is worth the trip to the "Square". Or for that matter anything that may be "Wisconsin" in cuisine; brats? fish? burgers? anything and everything cheese? Door County Cherries in all sorts of things. My favorite is the fish fry with three different fish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Soups
Meals
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, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 02:00
Thursday
07:30 - 02:00
Friday
07:30 - 02:00
Saturday
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?