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L'Etoile Restaurant

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1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703 (East Washington)
+1 608-251-0500
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 152
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
If you need fancy and really nice, this is your spot

For those who need the very finest and fanciest, this is your spot in Madison, period. Right on the capital, and very expensive, this is your choice for that very special occasion, or to impress somebody. The chef and owner is a Madison devotee who has done an amazing job with this place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

For those who need the very finest and fanciest, this is your spot in Madison, period. Right on the capital, and very expensive, this is your choice for that very special occasion, or to impress somebody. The chef and owner is a Madison devotee who has done an amazing job with this place.

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Both excellent food and a well-curated wine list. Not just the wines that the distributor is pushing this week, but quality wines. Food is wonderful, the wait staff are knowledgeable, and the only real downside is that the near-perfection comes with a hefty pricetag. Save room for dessert!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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84 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I went just for dessert since this is a very fine dining place. Desert was amazing and you were treated with 2 truffles afterwards. Worth the extra cost and amazing customer service. Hope to eat a full meal here one day.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Just moved to town and wanted to try what is considered the best right off the bat. I definitely picked a winner. Scallops were absolutely divine. Wine list and service is a good as it gets. Good Job.

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear, beau o, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and... More 

Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My husband and I like to come here in July to celbrate our anniversary and my birthday. Often it is also during Concerts on the Square. It is lovely to listen to the music and then head over to L'toile for an amazing farm to table dinner. I love seeing the map of all the farmers they work with all... More 

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Christine, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and our... More 

Hays, Kansas
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Excellent place for romantic celebration and business gathering. The food, wine, service and view are all outstanding. A little pricey but was well worth it. We had lamb and scallops. Both melted in our mouths. Wonderful experience.

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Sky_Trekkies, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and our community... More 

New York City, New York
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73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

First I will say we live and eat out in NYC so that is our basis for comparing restaurants. Service was right up there with NYC four star and quality of the food was terrific. The menu is based on midwestern meats, cheeses and local produce. Fresh ramps and new garlic was favored in many dishes. The use of marrow... More 

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

rwfishermn, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and our community... More 

Manchester, MD
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

What can you say about an impeccable service and dining experience! In town to attend our son's grad school graduation, we dined at L'etoile to celebrate my husband's birthday. The course choices offer something for everyone and use locally sourced materials to make everything from a soft shell crab appetizer ( which was delectable) to steak and morel mushrooms (... More 

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and our community as... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The food was outstanding, the service was invisible meaning there were no interruptions and the atmosphere is quite pleasant. If you like fine dining and are in Madison L'Etoile is a must.

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and our community as... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Chef Tori Miller is a mad genius, and L'Etoile is my go-to spot for fine dining in Madison. This is my favorite birthday, anniversary, special occasion place. The menu changes frequently, depending on what local produce is in season (nearly all of their ingredients are organic). Every dish is imaginative, beautifully presented, and exceptionally good. The wine selection is great,... More 

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and our community as... More 

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Additional Information about L'Etoile Restaurant

Address: 1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: +1 608-251-0500
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
Open Hours:
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
    (East Washington)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-251-0500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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