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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
608-251-0500
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Ranked #5 of 823 restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $100
Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: East Washington
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English first
Plymouth, Michigan
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

What a great place for dinner. Everything was of great quality. There were three of us and we all enjoyed the service and food. Since it is a tasting menu with three choices per course, we each got different first and dessert courses. One of the desserts was disappointing, the creme brulee was pretty runny and not set. Would return... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I've frequented this fine establishment several times over the years. While I miss the charm of the old location, the views at the new location just can't be beat. The food is always fantastic, and the service is always set to the highest standard. I enjoy stopping in for a good scotch and desserts too. The bartender is knowledgable and... More

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Deer Park, Illinois
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My wife had the 4 course and I had the 7 course dinner last Friday night. Each bite of both our dinners was amazing and it was fun to share. I had wine pairings and Rubin the wine steward was both informative and fun, not to mention the pairings were spot on. The staff is great. I mentioned to Chef... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I cannot be specific about a meal because I haven't dined here since anniversary dinner last October. L'Etoile - it is worth every cent when we can go. I mean it. That anniversary dinner ... we sat on the 'balcony' level; seemed like it would be rather open and cold, but was Exceptionally elegant, beautiful, and something about the acoustics... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is likely the most artsy food presentation I have ever eaten. The atmosphere is meant to be chic and romantic but it's a bit empty feeling. The floor to ceiling windows with a view of the Capitol made up for it. I was a bit put off by the first hostess we encountered, but our waitress was fantastic. We... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We were first at l'Etoile about 25 years ago and enjoyed the meal. Last weekend we were there with our children and were not impressed. While the service was very good, the menu is limited and the price is high for what you get. While it may be a good restaurant for Madison, it doesn't compare to a number of... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Madison is a dichotomy -- folks consider it a "foodie" haven, but it doesn't have many really good restaurants. There are a few good ones, and L'Etoile is head and shoulders the best of the bunch. It is a seriously ambitious restaurant, and successfully so. It is the only place in Madison that would be considered good by Chicago or... More

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

My wife and I share a birthday. Our son and his wife treated us to dinner last night at L'Etiole. They have changed format to a chef's choice tasting menu. We opted for the Seven Course offering with wine paring. It was incredible. The service was most attentive but not intrusive. Our party required dietary modifications which they accomodatd handily... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a very nice restaurant with good food and service. It has a very impressive cocktail service with very unusual combinations and liquors. The food uses local ingredients and is similarly top-notch. The issue is price. Some of the cocktails are very reasonable (around $12) but a few were $20 - I don't think I've seen those prices in... More

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Ann Arbor
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Maybe it's because Madison is a state capitol, but this restaurant far exceeded expectations for fine dining. It could have been a much more expensive meal, but we were not that hungry and we all opted for two first courses. Nevertheless, these came with an amuse bouche and a small taste of cold soup. I had the smoked salmon and... More

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