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Located in the heart of downtown Edgartown, l'etoile offers a casually elegant dining and bar experience l'étoile is a vibrant modern restaurant located in a restored historic whaling captain's house on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Chef-owned & operated, our focus is on guest satisfaction. We offer an inventive, fresh, seasonally-driven menu along with similar lighter fare in the bar. dine in our contemporary, casually elegant dining rooms or outdoors on our festive tented patio. bar-l'étoile is a stylishly intimate and vibrant destination to enjoy a "Startini" or one of our many specialty cocktails or one of 18 wines by the glass before or after dinner. A seat at the lively bar or at your
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Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
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French, American, Contemporary
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Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed November 11, 2020 via mobile

It was great evening dinner that we booked a month before as we missed having dinner in mid September by not having reservations before our week stay in Edgartown.The service was great during the evening.It was a little colder but we dressed for it and...was fine when the heater kicked in. Our food were excellent as always when dining here for years when in the island . Our visit to the island won’t be complete without having dinner at this establishment. See you in May 2021 .Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 15, 2020

Everything was fabulous. Not inexpensive, but nothing in MV is. After all, it is an island. Atmosphere was lovely. We arrived a little early, but were seated right away. Oysters were luscious, especially with their complementary sauces. Rack of lamb was perfect, as was the...game hen. I had a glass of Sancerre with oysters and a Bordeaux with lamb. Both were perfect. Didn’t even look at the wine list. Service was just right. The waitperson never asked “How is everything,” just appeared whenever we needed something. It just doesn’t get any better.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 13, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant is fine but should be more then fine for the price. The oysters and gnocchi were good. Duck and filet were average. The service was adequate but certainly did not go out of their way to accommodate guests ( it was cold outside...and had not set up patio heaters yet). For $350 dinner for 2 I would expect much moreMore

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 12, 2020

Everything was delicious from start to finish. Service was impeccable and the setting lovely. We go there every time we visit the island and it's consistently the best meal of our trip! I had the gnocchi to start, and the lobster etuvee as my entree....Both delicious. My husband loved his short ribs and the halibut entree. The chef is very creative - everything on the menu is special. You must go here!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

Was advised this place was the spot. Our concierge raved. Anyway, in that this forum is here for honest reviews, I shall deposit mine. Arrived and stood in short line. Was regaled with some jerk ahead of us yelling at the hostesses for not being...admitted without reservation. Said he ate there for 15 years. Blah blah. Whatever. Not the restaurant’s fault at all, and actually made us think we found the right spot. Hostesses were lovely to us. Walked out to a large tent on side of property. I make no comment about it other than to say it seemed like one of those wedding tents they spray out on the Vineyard. Proceeded to order/eat. Ordered the tomato “gazpacho” and what it was was minced tomatoes akin to a hearty salsa, which my wife can make (and better). Should have come with a bag of Tostitos on the side. Maybe a bucket of Natty Ices. Followed with the duck (nothing else on the limited menu appealed to me). Was Never asked how I liked it cooked. Not once. Also it was served long after my wife and kids meals arrived. Have to say my wife’s lobster pappardelle dish was fine. And they went out of their way to make my kid a pappardelle and kid friendly steak and sublime mashed potatoes. However, my duck was overcooked. Not bad, but overcooked. Highlight was my kid’s mashed potatoes and the wine (which I picked). About as unmemorable a place at this level as I’ve eaten at, in all honesty. Not trying to be cruel and I get that restaurants are hurting, but this place seemed to be packed and admittedly this was my first time there, so maybe going there repeatedly helps. The price doesn’t bother me if it’s worth it. The island lacks meaningful competition in this regard overall, in my opinion.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 8, 2020 via mobile

We ate dinner here on a Sunday night. Made the reservation well in advance via OpenTable. Glad we did bc many diners stopping by that night were being told of long wait times. Our server was very nice, professional, and well-versed in the menu. The...wait time between courses was somewhat long, but that could be due to these Covid times. Kudos to the chef for not having indoor dining so to protect his staff. My octopus app was just ok. Didn’t care for the sauce it was in. My main dish, the halibut, came out lukewarm, but the way it was prepared was outstanding. Most delicious sauce I’ve probably ever had with fish. My husband had the rib eye and said it was good and flavorful. Desert was delicious. My husband had the chocolate mousse and I had the peach/blueberry crumb. Would definitely return if in MV again.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 31, 2020

We have eaten at L’Etoile in the past but wanted to update our experience. Food still outstanding. The lobster étuvée remains a highlight. I had the surf and turf and replaced the flatiron steak with filet mignon which melted in my mouth. The gnocchi appetizer...was wonderful. Sean provided excellent service. Tables placed appropriately apart.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 24, 2020 via mobile

Amazing! Best dining experience while in Edgartown. The outdoor seating, attentive service (Kayla was a fab server) and food all exceeded expectations. The oysters were the best I’ve ever had prepared in limoncello and orange zest. I would also recommend the gnocchi which melted in...your mouth. A must while in the areaMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 18, 2020

Made an early reservation online for patio dining to celebrate our anniversary. We expected to have a pleasant dining experience at this "French inspired" restaurant. Unfortunately, our dining experience that night was ruined. When we entered, the hostess was so unfriendly. She pointed at our...table like if she was doing us a favor. We asked if we could get another table not at the entrance (they had 3-4 open tables). I had never been treated so badly! I felt embarrassed! Dear hostess of L'etoile restaurant, If you don't like your job and feel like being nice to people who pays your salary is too much for you, then maybe you should find another job. We all have bad days and I am sure you didn't even realize how rude it was to turn your back without making sure that we are all set when you told us to sit at the dirty table during COVID 19. We should've left at that moment instead of spending $400 for our dinner, but we decided to give it a try. It is really sad that all we remember from that evening is the attitude of the hostess...More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed August 16, 2020 via mobile

Staffs were very friendly and accommodating. Food & presentations were good. The Covid 19 precautionary measures were observed. The reason why I rated it 3* because I requested only “very little salt” and I was served the opposite. I love veggies & couldn’t even it...them. The sauce of the octopus appetizer tasted like it came from the can & extremely salty. Not fresh at all. lamb was nice, tender & juicy but it had a slight smell of the meat to it still. Nothing like the way it’s cook in Iceland. Hubby ordered for them to make the duck’s skin crispy but it was more like burnt. The restaurant is very pricey we spent over $200 (2 people). I don’t think dining back will be possible. It was very nice & sweet of them to add a candle of our dessert to celebrate our 10 yr wedding anniversary. So if you love salt & doesn’t mind the price , I would recommend this place to others.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Although I don't know for sure I can't help but believe they would offer menu items for the ever growing gluten concerns. This restaurant seems to be quaint and romantic yet fresh and in tune with the latest menu options... More
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  • l'étoile restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4.5