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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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Sussex, Wisconsin
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109 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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194 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Middleton, United States
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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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170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

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Orlando, Florida
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77 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016

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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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016 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 

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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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?