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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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Middleton, United States
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Orlando, Florida
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being as the restaurant is across the street from the capital building and amidst the square filled will college students, I didn't know what type of crowd or quality of food to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by a very upscale restaurant with modern decor, and courteous, knowledgeable staff. We had the chef's tasting with wine pairings, and everything we... More 

Thank MalevolentWeb
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a restaurant that I heard much about and was eager to try. My husband had the seven course tasting menu and each one was a delight. I ordered a la carte and the artichoke first course, snapper second course and chocolate coated almond cake dessert were impeccably prepared. What surprised us both was how distinctly each ingredient was... More 

Thank W H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

everything about this restaurant is proper. The beautiful room, the views, the professional staff and of course absolutely delicious and beautiful food. The care in the presentation is artful. The food was as good as I have had anywhere. The vegetarian fare was great too.

Thank Peter K
Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

For my wife’s birthday I decided to give L’Etoile a try. She had eaten at the restaurant with her high school French class about 40 years ago. If you want outstanding food prepared exquisitely and presented beautifully, look no further. We each had a different combination of the 3-course dinner with wine pairings. You could not ask for better food... More 

Thank Dan H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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?