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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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  • 147
    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
Fresh local ingredients

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Sky_Trekkies
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Hays, Kansas
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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213 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hays, Kansas
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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

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 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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 

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Really wonderful food and wine selection. Tried the orange wine, which was a first for me. Our waiter, Frank, made the evening very enjoyable with his detailed descriptions of all of the dishes we tried. Lovely atmosphere, as well.

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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 

Middleton, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Read this first. If you are looking for large quantities of food at reasonable prices, and if quality and service are secondary to your dining experience, then find a different restaurant. My wife and I had talked about going to L'Etoile for years and finally did so on a Wednesday night this past week. We arrived when they opened and... 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Top notch service, great view, delectable food, stellar presentation. If I kept typing I would just gush. This is a delightful experience. Went here on a weekday evening for a late Valentine's dinner. If you can afford it, please...treat yo-self. This is now all I want for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries. I will be back as often as I can convince... 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
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been here on several occasions for dinner. Never have I been anything less than totally satisfied. The food is terrific, as is the service and the ambience. I have dined at restaurants from coast to coast, and not many can beat L'Etoile Restaurant in Madison. The chef, as you are probably aware is a James Beard Award Winner, awarded... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I recommend to bring your foodie friends here, and they will not be dissapointed. I do suggest make a reservation ahead of time. There were three of us dining for the first in L'Etoile last Saturday. One of my friend did the 7 course Chef tasting menu, and my friend let me try most of it and all I can... 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, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?