The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned

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+1 608-310-4545+ Add website
Hours
Mon
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travelers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Details
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
features
Is this restaurant good for brunch?
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,320 reviews
Excellent
1,204
Very good
831
Average
193
Poor
56
Terrible
36
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

John J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 family
Very poor, arrogant service at the bar. NO whiskey in my wife's Old Fashioned. Bartender Ben insisted he poured 2 ounces of Jameson in both drinks but there clearly was none in one. Ben said there was nothing he could do to fix the problem. Then, Ben never came back to take our food order even though we said we wanted dinner and he left menus. Ben did have time to hang out and yap at the opposite end of the bar while other bartenders hustled. After waiting to order without success, we finished our drinks and found a different restaurant with great food, good drinks, and a friendly server who got a nice tip. The Old Fashioned wasted our time.
Written May 16, 2024
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MoccasinMike
Duluth148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
The drinks are OK but delightfully cheap. The food is OK and average price for the area. It was a great night out with couples where they did not push us to turn the table. Your drink will not be empty, the staff and management thoroughly understand how this works. Parking stinks at the location, you will likely end up in a city ramp. Management could do better. On a cold night they seat an unlucky group near the door where the wind blows on them- how about making some standing room instead of seating that table there. And my pre-portioned dressing had a gross skin on it from sitting around so long. Please look at the food before you serve it.
Written February 20, 2024
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Pegggus
200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 family
I wanted to love this place more. The space is great, lots of tables and lively but overly boisterous on a Friday night. Large menu with lots of choices. Drinks were great. Food was not. Even the burger was only okay, which is a shame because there are places in Madison that serve a great burger. Service was good. Not sure we’ll be back but we might. It may be worth a second shot.
Written February 3, 2024
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Mags boy S
Navarre411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 family
Drive from Chicago to meet up with my cousin who goes to UW. We decided to try this place for lunch. Great food. Great fresh taste. Highly recommend to anyone. Lots of choices. Service and location are great. Parking isn’t bad either. God bless this location.
Written February 2, 2024
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Denise O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 family
Such an amazing spot! We got seated right away. The Old-fashioned and cheese curds do not disappoint. We had the best seat in the front window with a great view of Capital. The service was great and the menu selections made it hard to choose what to eat. Our food was delicious and would definitely go back.
Written December 29, 2023
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C K
Madison1007 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 friends
This spot was a great place to meet friends for a casual night out. We had the appetizer tray along with our main courses. The fish fry was delicious as was the spinach salad. (Additional dressing would have been appreciated). Our server, while busy was attentive. We will return.
Written December 11, 2023
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Elaine J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 couples
My family and I have been going to the Old Fashioned for years. It was one of our favorite places to eat and have drinks in Madison! However, after my experience last week I may never be able to go there again. While eating my favorite Beet Salad, I bit into a red acrylic nail in my food (I thought it was a walnut shell). I understand mistakes happen, but how I was treated made the situation even worse. The bartender and manager did not understand the severity of the situation. The bartender only offered a new salad. Eventually, he did comp our two drinks, but the manager did not come to apologize. I called the next day to talk to another manager and once again they didn’t seem to care about a nail being found in their food or try to remedy the situation. I understand mistakes happen, but the staff dismissed my feeling, the situation, and the overall cleanliness concerns. Sadly, I don’t think I will be able to eat at the Old Fashioned again.
Written November 21, 2023
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Kayla S
Benton6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 family
We ordered cheese curds and the homemade chips with homemade French onion dip for appetizers. So good! The chili was pretty good. The grilled cheese was good. So much food. We will definitely go back and we will always order the cheese curds and chips. We went on a Saturday and the wait time was about an hour and a half. I wish they had an online reservation system, but we used that time to walk around downtown and visit the capital.
Written October 23, 2023
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dambanker
Toronto1742 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
Looked like a great place right downtown. There was a bit of a wait but it was only 15 minutes, which gave us a little time to walk over the to capitol building for a quick visit. Inside it was very busy and people were having a good time here. A few different regional items on the menu which was great to see... had to try the Cheese Curds. We ordered a Fondue (featuring Wisconsin Cheese), with a Summer Sausage Sandwich and the Chicken Breast Sandwich... also ordered a side of Cheese Curds. Our food arrived quickly enough and wow...a side of Cheese Curds was huge! Our food was great, we really enjoyed our meal. The prices were very reasonable and our server was good as well. Highly recommend, would come back again.
Written October 21, 2023
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Cello12345
Urbana668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 business
Directly across from the State Capitol building, this restaurant is in a historic building and is incredibly popular. Even on a Monday night, we had to wait 45 minutes for a table! Fortunately, the weather was nice, and we were able to just hang around the grounds of the Capitol...standing room was incredibly tight in the restaurant. The food was excellent - I was pleasantly surprised, thinking this would be just glorified bar food. Well, it sort of is - but I did enjoy the walleye fish fry (now available every day, not just Fridays).
Written September 15, 2023
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Tj T
Tuscaloosa44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 couples
Went for the fish fry. Got the cheese curds they were very greasy. The fish fry the cod was bland and watery did not enjoy it.
Written September 1, 2023
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bhawkllc
71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 couples
Start out with a real old fashion drink, well done. We had a cup of beer cheese soup , schnitzel platter a big as the plate, had to have help to finish. Special on Tuesday the taco platter another good dish. Great downtown location. Very good food , prices are well placed. Eleanor is a wonderful server, thanks for a job well done. Enjoy the food and drink here.
Written August 31, 2023
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Lisamarie L
Madison869 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 family
It's been awhile since I've been here (when I was in grad school and lived close to downtown, I was here occasionally for drinks) but my family was seeing a show at a local theater so we decided to have a nice throwback Madison dinner. We had a great time; we started out with cheese curds (we realized my kids had never had them), and my husband and I had some nice Old Fashioneds - they have a nice variety of supper club style drinks, including a lot of cherry focused ones. For our meals we got burgers/steak and we were all stuffed. It was a very fun night, and our server was also very attentive. We had an issue with the chocolate milk for my son (something about it tasted a little off) and it was immediately replaced.
Written August 26, 2023
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turtledove123
Sun Prairie29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 friends
I've been to The Old Fashion before for drinks, but never for dinner. With the various reviews, I was hoping to add to the pleased column...which I'm happy to report, our experience was fantastic. We were seated immediately and greeted by our server, Carrie. She is outstanding! Very personable, funny and professional. She mentioned, this was her fun job and that was evident. We loved her. Our dinner choices were the cod fish fry and walleye. Both were very good, plus french fries and coleslaw were tasty. And don't forget to enjoy an Old Fashion. We highly recommend this restaurant.
Written August 26, 2023
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Tracy B
Madison2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
Brilliant place! Very lively and loud. We got the vegetarian Susan for starters (many small plates of pickled green beans, beets, potato salad, coleslaw, and cheese spread), then I had a salad with cherries (Door County salad?) which was excellent. My son had chicken and biscuits, which was great. My husband had the fish fry (also great) and my daughter had mac and cheese which she loved. They have about 40 beers, but we only tried two of those. Excellent service! Highly recommended.
Written July 30, 2023
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