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Lombardino's Restaurant

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2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813 (Highland Ave)
+1 608-238-1922
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love taking clients here, because the service is always excellent. Lovely ambiance, quiet and dependable. My go-to spot for entertaining out of town guests. We had someone from Romania in our group who was completely charmed. Save your calories, your meal will be worth every one. Also a favorite spot when not on business to sit at the bar... More 

Thank Karen W
Rochester, Minnesota
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were waiting at the door at 5, so our service was, of course, fast. Pleasant hostess and wait staff. Food was excellent. We had eggplant plus they have good daily specials they offer.

Thank kenmccaz
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We didn't have reservations so it was a gamble we could get seating on a Friday date night.We entered a small darkened entry way and passed thru hanging drapes. I am not sure if these drapes are permanent ;they may be placed due to the cold weather. Either way they do add to the mystery of this eatery. A sign... More 

Thank 570maryellen
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

This was hands down the best Italian restaurant I've been to. The service was outstanding, and the food was even better.

Thank Jenny T
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71 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

In the entrance, there is a sign saying that the restaurant was elected the best Italian restaurant in the city. I agree. The food is very good, the staff is polite and very attentive. The place is agreeable. I deeply recommend the restaurant for pasta lovers!

Thank Juliana L
Quebradillas, Puerto Rico
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296 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Well we visited this place one week ago and the whole experience was good although the restaurant was full and we needed to sit on the bar area .We tried the Sangria and Calamari Fritti as appetizers and antipasti and later we ordered as main dishes the Spaghetti alla Bolognese and the 8 oz Juniper Brined Jordandal Farm Pork Shop... More 

Thank ISRAEL29
Galena, Illinois
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

The food is outstanding! The service is great! Ambiance charming! Come here, or don't so we can get a table:) This is in our top 3 spots when visiting Madison and we always have a great experience.

Thank NurseAround
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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252 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I usually don't give a restaurant an Excellent rating without an fantastic food experience, but our service at the bar was so exceptional (and our meal was very good!) that it this dinner is deserving of an Excellent rating. The fact that my sister knows the Lombardino's staff pretty well clearly made a difference, but I hope everyone enjoys similar... More 

Thank Jay M
Madison, Wisconsin
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Pretty Average overall. Interesting Point: the reservation system specifically asked if it was for a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. What do you get for a birthday? A small plate of nothing with a single tiny candle stuck to the bottom of the plate. Seriously---one small empty plate with one small candle. Whoopee. This was a much better place... More 

Thank MadisonMan
La Grange, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Happened to stumble upon this place on a business trip and boy am I glad I did. Had a local trout dish that was absolutely killer. The staff couldn't have been nicer and the wine selection was great. I'll be back and you are stupid if you are in Madison and don't go there. Ben the bartender is awesome.

Thank Daniel M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2500 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705-3813
    (Highland Ave)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-238-1922
Lombardino"s Restaurant, a staple in Madison, WI since 1952, features a chef driven menu that changes with the seasons. With the 1950's Italian American kitschy decor, one will find excellent, simply made Italian food of the utmost quality in a comfortable neighborhood restaurant setting.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?