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“Top-notch in all respects”

L'Etoile Restaurant
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Ranked #17 of 995 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: East Washington
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Top-notch in all respects”
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.

Visited October 2012
Thank DugansDaughter
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Oxford, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Early Valentines Day”
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 came by, even to fill our water glasses, was professional and pleasant. From start to finish we were there for about two and a half hours.There was lovely jazz piano in the background and the atmosphere was clean and modern while intimate. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank TbabydollW
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Valentine's Day Disappointment”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

We live in Madison and were very excited to try this restaurant and decided to go on valentine's day 2012. I knew going in that the chef was said to be great and the place was a little pricey as most fine dining places are. They had a special multi-course dinner because it was valentine's day. We were both disappointed in the very, very little amount of food u get for the price (which was double the usual price because of the day). I am ok with small portions but u expect to be wowed with the food and neither one of us felt that at all. Presentation on the plate is mainly what was good as well as the atmosphere, but the food was just ok and our server was not good if u could even find her...plus we didn't even go until 10pm (they were taking late night reservations for people who wanted to maybe avoid the crowded dinner time) and we were there for over 2.5 hours when they weren't even busy (long wait between courses). I am not stingy with my money, but for $250 anyone should expect to be amazed, not here. We won't be back. I have ate dinner at high end restaurants in cities like Chicago, Minneapolis area, etc and is no comparison!...even spent less and walked away with that good "wow" feeling at those places. Just disappointing.

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2 Thank EMM32480
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Madison, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is a French restaurant that is really great and worth the high prices you will pay for dinner here.

Thank Virginia M
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Fresh, delicious creative food. Mmmmmm.”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

We booked a day ahead, but how many other restaurants use the information gathered to personalize the menu. This first thoughtful touch was the beginning of one of the most delicious meals I have tasted. THe food was fresh and the promotion of locally sourced ingredients was lovely. We enjoyed looking at the list of farms and suppliers on the back of the menu as well as the map that we spotted when we left showing the location of the restaurant's suppliers located throughout Wisconsin.
The delicate yet interesting mix of flavours was spectacular and each course was a treat.
The service was attentive. This

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank l1nda1
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