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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-251-0500
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Ranked #10 of 838 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
Hours:
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
Salt Lake City, Utah
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192 reviews 192 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is Madison's best restaurant, in my estimation. I love the selections (entrees) and the wine and beer offerings are perfect pairings. I especially appreciate the professional service and the warm ambiance of the room. It is, simply, a five-star experience. If you have to entertain for one special meal in Madison, there is no peer.

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Darien, Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Two menus: three courses for $65 or seven for $125. The three course menu offers choices, the seven course menu doesn't, but, to be fair, our waiter told us that if we wanted to replace any course in the seven course menu with one of the options in the three course menu, we could. When the women in our party... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

They offered only two meals, both prix fixe - 3 courses at $65 and 7 courses at $125. We opted for the 3 course and one of us selected only one course (which was a dollar or two less than the $65, thus suggesting a bad decision). The staff was well trained and efficient. The interior is most attractive. In... More 

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Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Orlando
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
160 helpful votes 160 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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Additional Information about L'Etoile Restaurant

Address: 1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
Phone Number: +1 608-251-0500
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: American

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