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L'Etoile Restaurant

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1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892 (East Washington)
+1 608-251-0500
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Madison, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

L"Etoile is the best restaurant in Madison and a wonderful place to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. The restaurant is lovely with huge open windows looking out on the capitol which is lit at night. The food is excellent and creative. You do pay for the quality but it is wonderful. Great wine list though it too is expensive.

Thank Bobbi1234
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Upscale 40 year old restaurant with linen tablecloths with a view of the state capital. We ordered the red snapper on a bed of crunchy rice with a tasty sauce, and delicious ravioli. Dessert was chocolate semifreddo with walnut dacquoise, poached apples with coconut-fig ice cream. Great find. On the expensive side. Friendly service.

Thank LenoraBoyle
Sussex, Wisconsin
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113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing, and the courses were great, and the servers explained what we were served, and how to eat it. The restaurant also offers nice views of the capital.

Thank svowels
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198 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Enjoyed a nice but overrated dinner on a Wednesday evening. It was a special evening in which we were totally disappointed. Special arrangements were made but not followed through by the restaurant. Two people had the 5 course meal and two ordered off the menu. The best dish was the monk fish, very outstanding. But the rest of the meal... More 

Thank Peter L
Middleton, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

The atmosphere is laid back, comfortable. You never feel rushed. It's the place to go when you want good food and quiet conversation for awhile.

Thank Lisa L
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213 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

I've eaten at two other restaurants owned by the same group as L'Etroile - Graze and Estrellon - in the past few months, and now I've added L'Etoile to the list. Graze is a casual establishment, Estrellon is excellent, and at a higher level than Graze, and L'Etoile takes one's entire dining experience (food, atmosphere, service, etc) to an even... More 

Thank Frequenttraveler082
Orlando, Florida
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77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

We spent the evening in Madison bar-hopping and we ended the evening at L'Etoile. The bartender was very sweet and we enjoyed nice conversation. They had an extensive wine selection, which I appreciated. Andrew Zimmern featured the restaurant on Bizarre Foods, so we are anxious to enjoy dinner here another time.

Thank Shannon T
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

A splurge but worth every minute, bite, dollar. Excellent service, great wine list, loved the farm to table menu with French detail.

Thank admpls
Palo Alto, California
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137 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Dinner at L'Etoile – light and yet filling and delicious at every turn. 5 stars for sure, and more if I could. We were passing through Madison, and wanted a good meal after too much road food. The online reviews of L'Etoile looked promising, even if you never know what a claim of “locally sourced” ingredients really means (until recently,... More 

Thank Frank S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Best experience and food---first place in my list. Hubby selected courses and I got chefs tastings courses ---fabulous! Staff helpful and had great attention to detail. Thank you for making my birthday memorable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?