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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
+1 608-251-0500
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good15%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (25 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (9 reviews)
“foie gras” (10 reviews)
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French, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Being number one restaurant in Madison sure set our expectations high and able to easily prove the status!! We shared the tasting menu and loved each single dish. Dessert blew me away! They accommodated my dairy intolerance beautifully, too. We spent 3.5 hours and didn’t...More

Thank Ania O
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Went to L'Etoile for the first time last night for a celebratory dinner. It was everything that we hoped it would be. The ambiance is classy (high ceiling, floor to ceiling windows facing out towards the capitol, nice distance between tables) but not formal. At...More

Thank Stephen C
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Dear Stephen, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L'Etoile Restaurant. Your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. We are always happy to customize menu options and we...More

Reviewed August 10, 2018

There were six of us visiting this restaurant, three of whom are wine connoisseurs and one is a foodie. These foodies and wine experts all opted for this restaurant because l'Etoile has been well written and reviewed for its wine list. I, being a peasant,...More

Thank oldbutcool
Reviewed August 9, 2018

The 7-course tasting menu was full of scintillating delights, from the Foie Gras to the Duck to the Aged NY Strip and desert, with all of the courses including multiple foods and tastes that made each of them shine. The wine pairing complemented the food...More

Thank Ken H
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Dear Ken, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L'Etoile Restaurant. We are so glad you enjoyed the tasting menu and wine pairings as you celebrated your wedding anniversary! Your kind words have been...More

Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

We were recently in Madison for a wedding and made a point to eat at L’Etoile. We were not disappointed, it was an exceptional dining experience. The attention of the staff, the exceptional quality of the food and wonderful atmosphere was way beyond our expectations....More

Thank norby49
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

We first came to L’Etoile 6 years ago for a birthday celebration, and we were impressed by the combination of food and service. Since then, we’ve dined at some amazing restaurants... Alinea, Grace, French Laundry just last month. We came back for our 15th anniversary,...More

Thank Dumpyryan
Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

We visited L’Etoile last Saturday after having heard rave reviews from local friends. We opted for the tasting menu as we found ala carte to be a bit boring. Food: we felt the that food was far from what you get from a fine dinning...More

Thank gkullis
Reviewed June 27, 2018

This is definitely a restaurant for a special occasion. We came here for dinner and were impressed by the wine menu. You can do a 5 course tasting menu or order a la carte. The presentation of the food is just beautiful. The prices are...More

Thank Bubblechoc
Reviewed June 18, 2018

This is the best restaurant in Madison. The food is excellent and has great presentation. The wine list is exceptional and very reasonable. Tip - ask for a window table to enjoy the view of the state capitol.

Thank Stacy S
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

$145 per person for Commencement Weekend Menu 5 course prix fix meal. Mediocre food throughout. Lamb, lobster, tuna - did not matter. Barely worth eating. No flavor. Poor presentation. Not hot. Only course that had quality was desert. Pathetic meal.

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Questions & Answers
June 18, 2016|
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Response from Krys W | Property representative |
Thank you for thinking of us! We do have gift cards available online, either in debit-card style that are mailed to you or the recipient, or in email-able instant certificates. Both can be purchased through our website!
Lisa V
September 19, 2015|
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Response from Krys W | Property representative |
At L’Etoile, we do not have a dress code. Many guests are dressed in business casual attire, while some enjoy getting a little more dressed up, especially if they are celebrating a special occasion. Our first priority is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
    (East Washington)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-251-0500
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