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“Girls Night out!” 4 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 #7 of 770 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: East Washington
Milton, Wisconsin
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476 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“Girls Night out!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I made reservations on our way back from Wolershine Winery. They asked if I had any food allergies when making the reservation!!! What a GREAT idea!! I am gluten free, so very much appreciated this! My food sensitivity was confirmed when we were seated! Our waiter, Patrick, did a very nice job! I was the designated driver, or would have loved to have tried the wine flights offered. Enjoyed listening to the wine steward as he brought wine to other tables. The view is nice as others have said, looking directly to the capitol. The pre-appetizer was very thinly sliced apples with a nice sauce. The appetizer was a salad with cold veal. Both were great! We both ordered steak for dinner, which was delicious! The desserts were just OK... the flourless cake was displayed beautifully on the plate, but lacked taste. My girlfriend tried the creme brule, but didn't care for it. It was fun to try a new venue! I am very pleased that they us locally sourced ingredients!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Madison, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The best restaurant in Madison!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank VickiSS22
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Portland, ME
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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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“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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Chris G
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