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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 179
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
for the special occasion

A great place for that special occasion with that special person for an excellent fine dining experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
MikeRipp
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Waunakee, WI
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Waunakee, WI
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place for that special occasion with that special person for an excellent fine dining experience.

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

Dear MikeRipp, Thank you so much for your kind review of L'Etoile. 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 a whole. We look forward to seeing you... More 

Monona, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Like many great restaurants, they've gone to a tasting menu. We tried it with the wine pairing and was very good. Great ambiance with the Capitol view - can't beat it. Service spot on.

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

Dear Bud, 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 about our tasting menu and the great service you experienced have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tasting menu is an Amazing 7 course event. Every dish was spot on. Service was exceptional. Worth every penny.

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

Dear Jeff, On behalf of the entire L'Etoile team, I wanted to personally thank you for your feedback on our restaurant. It means a lot to us that you would take time out of your busy schedule to tell us about your dining experience, and we are so happy to hear that you enjoy the chef's seven-course tasting menu. Madison... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great Night and amazing food. The next time we're in Madison we'll make reservations. Nice atmosphere and amazing service, but again you'd expect this with the price.

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1 Thank Harvard323
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Harvard323, On behalf of the entire L'Etoile team, I wanted to personally thank you for your feedback on our restaurant. It means a lot to us that you would take time out of your busy schedule to tell us about your dining experience, and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your birthday dinner. Madison has many... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I recently dined at L'Etoile. The atmosphere was very elegant and the service impeccable. It was one of the top 5 dining experiences I'd ever had in terms of exceptional service. It was clear the staff worked together well, and the maitre d' was very attentive. I'm giving this review only 4 stars due to some the food not being... More 

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

Dear Tay, 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 very kind words about the service you experienced have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to... More 

Hartland, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Business mates reserved a dinner at L'Etoile on the Capital Square in downtown Madison and enjoyed a great meal. We were comfortably seated with a nice view of the Capital building lit up at night and sat down for a relaxing meal. All of us enjoyed the quality of our food, service and the ambience of L'Etoile - this award... More 

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

Dear Will, Thank you very much for your kind review of L'Etoile restaurant. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience. I also will pass along your kind words to our culinary team, managers, and servers. Madison has many wonderful restaurants, and it can be difficult to choose where to dine, so we truly appreciate your... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

L'Etoile as far as I'm concerned has been one of the best consistent French restaurant in Madison, I have never had a bad meal there. If you want to go someplace special go there. Beautiful view of the capitol and great cocktails, it's not cheap but you get what you pay for.

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Thank Dubster6666
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Dubster6666, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experiences that you have had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your kind words of our menu and ambience have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us to continue our mission to... More 

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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A place for special occasions. The most elegant and exquiste quisine in Madison. Food prepared from local producers with an artistic flair. Great views of the state capitol.

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

Dear Rick, 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 of our ambiance and cuisine 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... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

One of the best restaurants in Madison! Beautiful view of the Capitol, welcoming ambiance and wonderful food. Pricey but worth it!

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Thank madison221
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Madison221, 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 

Chicago, Illinois
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233 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

L’Etoile Restaurant: At 1 South Pinckney St., across from the State Capitol. This is a fine dining restaurant located in a stunning, contemporary space. The food and service are outstanding. I loved my Halibut entree, salad plus acorn squash creme brulee. The restaurant was started in 1976 and is today owned by Chef Tory MIller. Miller received the James Beard... More 

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

Dear Globalphile, On behalf of the entire L'Etoile team, I wanted to personally thank you for your feedback on our restaurant. It means a lot to us that you would take time out of your busy schedule to tell us about your dining experience, and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your Halibut. Madison has many wonderful... More 

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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: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?