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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
17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 21:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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115 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant sits on the square with white linen tables and a tip top staff. For french, it was surprisingly unpretentious, which was nice. Two issues. First, almost nothing in the way of vegetarian fare and second was cost. These were Chicago prices in Madison.

Thank bretjina
Williamsburg, Virginia
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321 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my wife's birthday and we celebrated it in fine style. L'Etoile was everything we expected and more. One of four restaurants owned and operated by Chef Troy, we basked in fine dining elegance with a fantastic view of the State Capitol under the night sky from our table by the glass wall. We certainly appreciated the farm-to-table business... More 

Thank Bern R
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

One of the best restaurants in Madison, right on the square with a view of the capital. Exquisite French quisine with an extensive wine cellar. Truly exceptional and romantic evening

Thank Russell O
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Excellent restaurant. The chef's tasting menu is the way to go. I especially enjoyed the foie gras two ways.

Thank kay965
Madison, WI
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112 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

L'Etoile has been a historic landmark in the very competitive restaurant climate in Madison. Many restaurant owners got their culinary start right here. Sure not to disappoint - this is a must in the heavily populated restaurant climate of downtown.

Thank holeinone44
San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

The service was impeccable and every dish we tried was delicious! The variety of flavors in every bite was outstanding and the chef was extremely talented. I had the scallops and monkfish and both were the best I have tried anywhere! My husband had the duck and red snapper and he loved both. Our waiter suggested wine pairings for both... More 

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Westbrook, Connecticut
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

As good of a restaurant as you could hope for. Did the tasting menu and every course was amazing. Fantastic service and attention to detail. Definitely the best food experience we have had after multiple visits to Madison and there are other fabulous restaurants there. L'etoile is just at another level and compares to Michelin restaurants we have been to... More 

Delafield, Wisconsin
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Our service was great. The staff did a great job answering all our questions. I had one of the signature craft cocktails and it was outstanding.

Thank christineomalley
Madison, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

L"Etoile is the best restaurant in Madison and a wonderful place to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary. The restaurant is lovely with huge open windows looking out on the capitol which is lit at night. The food is excellent and creative. You do pay for the quality but it is wonderful. Great wine list though it too is expensive.

Thank Bobbi1234
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Upscale 40 year old restaurant with linen tablecloths with a view of the state capital. We ordered the red snapper on a bed of crunchy rice with a tasty sauce, and delicious ravioli. Dessert was chocolate semifreddo with walnut dacquoise, poached apples with coconut-fig ice cream. Great find. On the expensive side. Friendly service.

Thank LenoraBoyle

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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
US$25 - US$100
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
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?