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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
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Ranked #7 of 826 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $100
Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Madison, Wisconsin
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I cannot be specific about a meal because I haven't dined here since anniversary dinner last October. L'Etoile - it is worth every cent when we can go. I mean it. That anniversary dinner ... we sat on the 'balcony' level; seemed like it would be rather open and cold, but was Exceptionally elegant, beautiful, and something about the acoustics... More

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Bentonville, Arkansas
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is likely the most artsy food presentation I have ever eaten. The atmosphere is meant to be chic and romantic but it's a bit empty feeling. The floor to ceiling windows with a view of the Capitol made up for it. I was a bit put off by the first hostess we encountered, but our waitress was fantastic. We... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We were first at l'Etoile about 25 years ago and enjoyed the meal. Last weekend we were there with our children and were not impressed. While the service was very good, the menu is limited and the price is high for what you get. While it may be a good restaurant for Madison, it doesn't compare to a number of... More

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