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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
+1 608-251-0500
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good14%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Wow. Really nice. Oh yah, really expensive. White table cloth, multiple courses, small servings, distinctive flavors to each bite. Wonderful meal. Great service. Probably won't go again. Too expensive. If I want to spend over a couple hundred on dinner and a moderate bottle of...More

1  Thank David N
Reviewed May 9, 2013

I went here for a solo dinner. I picked three small plates instead of an app and main. The pork belly was first and was the best, I would recommend. This was followed by the sweetbreads. They were the worst sweetbreads that I have ever...More

3  Thank 3StarsFoodie
Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is not your typical Wisconsin restaurant. It is heavy on the pocketbook and not heavy on quantity. So if you are looking for a cheap restaurant with loads of food, do not go here. However, if you are looking for a true foodie experience...More

Thank 2inc0kid
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Hands down the best restaurant and best dining experience in a town with a lot of very good ones. You'll need to take out a second mortgage on the house, but you'll feel it was worth it.

2  Thank Dave C
Reviewed March 18, 2013

A random trip to Madison, WI was topped off with dinner at L'Etoile. Make reservations ahead of time. They had personalized menus we got to keep and the view of the Madison Capitol at night was amazing. I recommend the wine paring with your meal....More

1  Thank BlondeItalian
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Of all the places I could have gone, I chose to have dinner at L'Etoile to celebrate my 65th birthday. I had my pick of any restaurant in Milwaukee, Chicago, or Madison, but I knew where I wanted to spend my special evening! This restaurant...More

1  Thank Mermac
Reviewed February 24, 2013

It's expensive, but well worth it. Fresh local foods combined with a world class chef and interesting and lovely dishes prepared for a discerning audience in downtown Madison.

Thank Christine J
Reviewed February 21, 2013

We began dining here twenty eight years ago and have eperienced all of its growth. At times like any child it can go astray but not far because this is a high quality place. Of course it is our home base but we dine all...More

Thank Dosestudientes
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is one of the best restaurants in the midwest. We come here for birthdays and anniversaries, and are never disappointed: creative food from local sources, and (a rarity in Madison) excellent service. Yes, you pay for it, but it's worth every penny.

Thank DugansDaughter
Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband took us to this lovely little restaurant for Valentine ’s Day. It was perfect! We had an excellent server named, Erin, who was very sweet and chatted happily with us. The food was marvelous, well prepared and presented. Every server or attendant that...More

Thank TbabydollW
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June 18, 2016|
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Response from Krys W | Property representative |
Thank you for thinking of us! We do have gift cards available online, either in debit-card style that are mailed to you or the recipient, or in email-able instant certificates. Both can be purchased through our website!
Lisa V
September 19, 2015|
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Response from Krys W | Property representative |
At L’Etoile, we do not have a dress code. Many guests are dressed in business casual attire, while some enjoy getting a little more dressed up, especially if they are celebrating a special occasion. Our first priority is... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$25 - $100
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, 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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