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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 137
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 25
    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
Most recent review
Great Chef, Restaurant and View

I've been here for dinner and for a client event. You couldn't ask for more attentive service nor better food. Of course, you would expect that when the chef's a James Beard winner. And he's committed to serving WI farm-to-table cuisine with white table cloth service. Everything is first... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
pjhahn
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Clinton, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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203 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Clinton, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I've been here for dinner and for a client event. You couldn't ask for more attentive service nor better food. Of course, you would expect that when the chef's a James Beard winner. And he's committed to serving WI farm-to-table cuisine with white table cloth service. Everything is first class, including the ambience.

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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is probably the best restaurant in Madison for upscale food. It has been a tradition for 20 years with a new chef who has taken L'Etoile to a new level. Pricey entrees and extensive wine list but be prepared to spend for the experience. The price is worth the trip. The glass enclosed restaurant is next door to the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My husband and I had dinner on Valentine's Day at L'Etoiile with another couple. The food was excellent, the ambience delightful, the service impeccable-- and the price? Pretty exorbitant, even with a fixed-price menu. But we're still glad we did it, at least until the Visa bill comes.

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Wysox, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My wife and I were very pleased with our visit. I normally don't ever eat French onion soup, but it was a special and the chefs twist on a French onion soup. I couldn't believe how flavorful it was. Enjoyed every course, every bite.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Great experience. The restaurant is located right across from the capital building. Can't beat a nice evening at that location. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Ordered the Oak Ridge lamb. It was tender and very-well prepared, one of the best I've had.

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Madison, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

People who follow me know I don't usually write negative reviews, my mom always said if you can't say something nice don't say anything, but when a restaurant costs so much one expects something special. I called ahead 4 days and asked them if they could accomodate one of my dear friends who is vegan, the person on the phone... More 

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Rome, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Four of us went for a saturday dinner and couldn't have had a better experience. The staff was amazing and so knowledgeable about the food and drink, and the food was magnificent. Highly recommended

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McFarland, Wisconsin, United States
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

What an awesome experience. If you have never tried truly gourmet foods, what a great place to venture into that world. If you like to surprise your palate with exciting flavors and tastes that will take you beyond a normal dining experience this is the place in Madison. We had the "Seven Course Chef's Tasting" and to celebrate my wife's... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Each year we celebrate our wedding anniversary at L'Etoile. It's our chance to not look at the prices and simply order whatever appeals. It's always a hard decision because we know that everything will be amazing with just the right mix of complexity and comfort. Lovely touch is the personalized menu printed just for us.

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Williamston, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Three of us made last moment reservation for Saturday and were seated at the big round table next to the entrance door. I thought that it was waiting table, but it was our table (!), so we didn't have the same experience as other guests seating at the regular tables (although we paid the same high price - of course).... 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: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?