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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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Washington DC
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Food selection is local, organic and delicious. It's always been a great place to eat, but thought it was an exceptional meal. Excellent service and would recommend it to anyone.

Thank dcindc2003
Madison, WI
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63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

I've never had a bad meal at this spendy but gourmet restaurant. Right on the square, with a lovely view of the capitol.

Thank orchidbee
Chicago, Illinois
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136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

I really like the small, rough, bistro feel of the previous location. The new space is, technically, better in every way but it just didn't feel the same; probably just a loss of nostalgia for me. Otherwise everything was perfect. We made reservations for our anniversary and they made us custom menus. This place is not an everyday restaurant for... More 

Thank GuidoTheKilerPimp
Washington, DC
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2012

A quality of cuisine and service rarely found anywhere let alone in a town the size of Madison. Made for a wonderful family event. Nick the maitre-d was especially gracious in arranging a great table for our party of eight. All our courses were superb and the wine list includes some excellent affordable wines.

1 Thank DCGourmet
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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

The title pretty much says it all, one of the top restaurants in the US, with fresh locally sourced ingredients, and a constantly changing menu. Can't get better in the US.

1 Thank Wayrachaki
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107 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

Happened to randomly be in Madison and made reservations for an important family dinner here. As a New Yorker, imagine my surprise to find a restaurant in Madison to rival NY's best in every way - including cost :)

Thank mowt
Los Angeles
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207 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

We made an online reservation, then decided we would like to go a little late. When we called we were told there was a private party coming and that there were no reservations available at all, but when we stopped in to see if we had a reservation of not, we had no trouble at all changing it to whatever... More 

1 Thank LarryFLosAngeles
Wayne, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2012

This was not just a wonderful restaurant. It was a fantastic experience. I can not say enough good things about the food, the service and the staff. Try it. You will love it!

Thank WayneCouple
Madison, Wisconsin
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2012

I ate here in October and my steak was tough and chewy. I should have sent it back for a new one, so that was my mistake. The salad was the best part of the meal. Crisp and fresh with just the right amount of dressing. Dessert was another thing I could have skipped. Not very impressed at all. I... More 

2 Thank CynthiaK007
Minneapolis Mn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2012

We visited L'Etoile on June 23, 2012, primarily because we knew the chef had been named Best Chef Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, and we were not disappointed. It was a memorable evening. The personalized menu was a very nice touch. The setting is dramatic, almost theatrical, with a raised balcony in the rear that overlooks the very tall... More 

1 Thank JandJ67

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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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, 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?