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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-251-0500
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Ranked #7 of 824 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: East Washington
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  • English first
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Quality of food is excellent, but don't go there hungry...you will be disappointed. For the price no one should leave hungry. My husband and I went there often many years ago when it was under different ownership. It was our favorite restaurant in the Madison area. Since the new owner began the portion sizes are very small. The glass of... More

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long island, ny
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The service and the tasting menu were A+! Fresh local ingredients- great wine! The heirloom tomato appetizer was wonderful, as was the cod entree. The wine selection was vast.

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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We ate the tasting menu and were treated to seven gourmet courses. The beef tenderloin was exceptional. Service was terrific as well. Did not expect to find such a high end restaurant across the street from the State Capitol.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We had been to L'Etoile many many years ago and I will start out by saying it is far better than it was back then. I do appreciate the former chefs passion for locally sourced selections, and I do hope that never ends, but we sometimes felt that the menu suffered as a result of limited availability and we stopped... More

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Naperville, Illinois
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My husband and I came here for an anniversary trip. We had been to this restaurant 5 years ago when it was in a different space and had a different chef. Both dinners were absolutely excellent. The new space is gorgeous with beautiful views of the Capital illuminated. From our craft cocktails at the bar to our 7 course tasting... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had selected this restaurant for our upcoming visit to Madison because it offered upscale vegetarian options. We were a bit concerned that the young adult members of our party might find the food too "upscale", we had a few picky eaters in the group. We were seated promptly at a lovely spacious table and the service throughout our meal... More

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Madison, WI
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

L'Etoile was, for decades, my favorite Madison special-occasion restaurant. When Odessa Piper, pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, was the boss, it was deeply hospitable, cozy and surprising and full of delight all at the same time. I've been there dozens of times over the past decades, and it used to be my favorite restaurant in town. Now in the hands... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

What a great place for dinner. Everything was of great quality. There were three of us and we all enjoyed the service and food. Since it is a tasting menu with three choices per course, we each got different first and dessert courses. One of the desserts was disappointing, the creme brulee was pretty runny and not set. Would return... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I've frequented this fine establishment several times over the years. While I miss the charm of the old location, the views at the new location just can't be beat. The food is always fantastic, and the service is always set to the highest standard. I enjoy stopping in for a good scotch and desserts too. The bartender is knowledgable and... More

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Deer Park, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My wife had the 4 course and I had the 7 course dinner last Friday night. Each bite of both our dinners was amazing and it was fun to share. I had wine pairings and Rubin the wine steward was both informative and fun, not to mention the pairings were spot on. The staff is great. I mentioned to Chef... More

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