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L'Etoile Restaurant

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1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703 (East Washington)
+1 608-251-0500
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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WI
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been here a few times for various celebrations. Prices are high and portions are not large, but the locally sourced food and artistry is inspiring. Waitstaff is extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the food and wines and describe all the elements of your dish when presented. We had the cobia, a pea and yogurt puree with blue crab... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant on a work trip and was impressed with the service as well as the quality of the food. We had the pork cheek and octopus as appetizers, and the scallops and New York strip as entrees. All of these selections were well prepared and presented. The only qualification is that the food is not as good... More 

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Atlanta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We rolled into Madison and checked into our hotel, then walked to the Square to see the Capitol building under a full moon. It was a gorgeous night. We were dressed in casual traveling garb, not proper dinner raiments, but asked at the front desk if they could possibly feed us. Not only were they gracious and welcoming, we had... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We joined our friend for her Birthday Celebration. The food was truly a celebration! with each tasting their was a wine pairing, very well done, yes, expensive but well worth it, Food and wine were all excellent, what a presentation.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

This is fine dining of the highest order with every ingredient of every course explained in detail by the knowledgeable staff. The food and wine were delicious, the staff courteous and the room beautifully presented. A real treat.

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Brooklyn, New York
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

This was our second meal at L'Etoile, and we left possibly even more impressed this time. Given it was UW graduation weekend, the restaurant was packed, and had changed to a 5-course prix fixe menu only. They may have underestimated the time that the menu took, as seatings were running 20-30 minutes behind. We found a seat at the bar... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

They have an exquisite menu featuring local foods. Their menu changes daily, depending on what they have found locally.

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Madison, WI
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Every note is perfectly pitched at this fine dining farm-to-table restaurant. The wait staff are knowledgable and friendly. The food is magnificent seasonal fare. Let the restaurant know your preferences in advance so that they can plan ahead. Chef Tory Miller has continued the great heritage of Odessa Piper as L'toile remains the number one foodie destination in Madison and... More 

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear maitin, Thank you so much for your kind review of L’Etoile Restaurant. I can assure you that your thoughtful words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is guests such as yourself that allow us to continue our mission to support local artisan producers and our community as a whole. Please do not hesitate to... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

I've always wanted to come to L'Etoile. Maybe the delay due to it being a little pricey, comparatively . I would have to say it was more than worth it!!! Loved every aspect of L'Etoile. The food, the staff and the view were all memorable...that is an understatement! To those that waited on us (sorry can't remember names) and chefs,... More 

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Cheetah2112, Thank you so much for your very kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L’Etoile Restaurant. I am glad to hear it was worth the wait! I can assure you that your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that allow us... More 

Madison, WIsconsin
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

Madison is blessed to have a restaurant this special. Wonderful 7 course tasting with each dish impeccable in presentation and taste; service amazing. Wine flight was delightful with unique options. Perfect way to celebrate my hubby's birthday!!🍾🎂🎁

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Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear BeachyOne, Thank you so much for your kind review of the dining experience that you had with us at L'Etoile. I can assure you that your very kind words of our 7-Course Chef's tasting menu that you enjoyed for your husbands birthday, have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. It is experiences such as yours that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
American
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 South Pinckney Street, Madison, WI 53703
    (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?