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“Felt E'lite at L'Etoile” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'Etoile Restaurant

L'Etoile Restaurant
1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
+1 608-251-0500
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Ranked #6 of 847 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $100
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
Madison, Wisconsin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Felt E'lite at L'Etoile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We have had 3 excellent meals at L'Etoile. The view of the Capitol out the front window is beautiful. They use only locally sourced ingredients for their offerings, which changes daily. They have one of the best wine selections in the city with excellent staff knowledge. Because the menu changes frequently, I will just say that we have never had a meal that wasn't wonderfully prepared and presented by a very attentive staff. A few of our exceptional offerings have been Lettuce Soup w/fried chicken, Beet Salad and superb Steaks. Worth the price.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The best restaurant in Madison!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

And one of the best I've dined at in the US. A balance of great food, service, and atmosphere, where the staff take real care to give you a perfect dining experience!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, ME
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42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Excellent food, kitchen service concern...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

We started to go into "Graze"', the new affiliated restaurant, but could tell it would be way too loud for us, plus packed and we were concerned about service delay.

So we turned into L'Etoile, a lovely and elegant space and were seated immediately. Our server appeared promptly and took drink orders, which came right along. After a nice amuse bouche, we ordered risotto with ramps, nettles, asparagus and crab - excellent!

But then things started go south, as the shared kitchen was obviously backed up with orders at Graze. Before us, another table had to inquire where their entrees were. Theirs, and ours came shortly thereafter. Both the mushroom/cheese stuffed crepes and the Alaskan halibut were excellent, but the long delay tempered our enjoyment. We skipped dessert..

Management needs to focus immediately on how to focus on the food delivery to BOTH restaurants, not serving the volume of one over the experience at the other.

Visited May 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Loved the artistic and creative versions of their dishes. Very unique and still so tasty. Staff was cordial, and attentive. While the food is great, this is more of an "experience in dining" sort of restaurant. Be prepared to pay a hefty price for the meal, but it is well worth it. My family and I will keep coming back!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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McLean, Virginia
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent food, but a bit overpriced”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Had a very good meal with a large group. The service was excellent, which sometimes be a problem with a large group. We were well attended to, and we weren't left sitting forever, which has happened to me on numerous occasions when dining in a large group. The food was quite good, with a lot of options for the tastes of everyone in our group. Our major complaint was the cost of the meal - especially the wine. I was with a group for a business meeting. We travel to cities all over the country for our meetings throughout the year. We were stunned by the cost of a bottle of wine - which averaged well over $140. In fact, the few white wine drinkers in the group opted for significantly less expensive option to order by the glass. Overall, it was a nice dining experience, and we all had a great meal, but I've had better meals for much less money.

Visited April 2014
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