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“Best restaurant I have ever eaten at.”

L'Etoile Restaurant
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Ranked #13 of 983 Restaurants in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: East Washington
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“Best restaurant I have ever eaten at.”
Reviewed July 20, 2008

Best restaurant I have ever eaten at.

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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
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“over priced food with an...”
Reviewed July 8, 2008

over priced food with an attitude

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“Just a bit too pretensious for me”
Reviewed July 3, 2008

Just a bit too pretensious for me

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“welcomed by a custom menu”
Reviewed June 22, 2008

just a couple hours after landing in wisconsin, we were at l'etoile for our first meal in madison. i had made reservations prior to our trip and had mentioned that it was my first time in madison and requested a table with a view of the capitol if possible. not only were we seated by the window facing the capitol, we were handed custom menus welcoming us by name scrolled at the top; it was very impressive that they took the time to add a personable touch. our server was great, very friendly and efficient. we ordered a cheese platter to start- phenomenal. strangely, i can't remember what we had for our main, just remember that it was pretty good but not great. for dessert we ordered a flight of dessert wines and shared the banana wontons w/chocolate sauce, which again was pretty good but not great. overall, the food was good, but i was expecting much more considering its reputation as one of the top 50 restaurants listed by gourmet magazine. i thought i'd fall out of my chair it was so good, but that didn't happen. i guess that's the downside of having high expectations. a couple hundred dollars later i was hoping that the meal would be worthwhile. no regrets in going, but i would probably not return. madison is full of fantastic restaurants that also support the local farmers and use of local ingredients. i really thought l'etoile would be the winner during our culinary experience in madison, but we discovered many other good eats that topped our dinner at l'etoile.

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“Nice experience but the...”
Reviewed June 15, 2008

Nice experience but the setting is very loud and does not create an intimate atmoshpere.

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