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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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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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  • 158
    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
Trifecta

Another amazing dinner. Spanish octopus was excellent. Mixed greens were outstanding & perhaps best Dijon vinaigrette I have tasted. Sampled my wife's corn risotto & corn creme brûlée that were both unique & well executed. We had the trifecta yesterday...graze for brunch, farmers market & dinner... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
J-Omar A
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Hartland, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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  • French first
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English first
Hartland, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Another amazing dinner. Spanish octopus was excellent. Mixed greens were outstanding & perhaps best Dijon vinaigrette I have tasted. Sampled my wife's corn risotto & corn creme brûlée that were both unique & well executed. We had the trifecta yesterday...graze for brunch, farmers market & dinner here. Great way to spend with my honey on her BD. we will return... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Great French dining with wonderful service. I've been going here for many years and the menu continues to be creative. Great views of the state Capitol. Very relaxed atmosphere. Best service of any restaurant in Madison.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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97 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We ordered the 7 course tasting menu on a weekday for $125 per person. While the price was steep, I feel it delivered in terms of gourmet food. I noticed throughout the night that the service and food quality was quite refined. The restaurant is sourcing their ingredients locally with an eye for quality, and that is evident throughout. I... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Updated review: we took my mom here for her 70th birthday, and it was fantastic. This place delivers, and is as fine a place in the world (yes, world) as you will find. Perfect for special occasions (call ahead and let them know what you're celebrating...sure to impress!). The food is local, real, conscious, perfectly chosen and prepared, and most... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The food was fantastic, farm to table creative local cusine. Not huge portions but plenty to eat. Be prepared to spend $100 a person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

First time experience with a 7 course meal. Not only was the food terrific, but the staff was superb!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

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 22 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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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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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 

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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, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?