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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
+1 608-251-0500
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good14%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (21 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (10 reviews)
“foie gras” (9 reviews)
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French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
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Reviewed 3 October 2014

Two menus: three courses for $65 or seven for $125. The three course menu offers choices, the seven course menu doesn't, but, to be fair, our waiter told us that if we wanted to replace any course in the seven course menu with one of...More

1  Thank benoitj507
Reviewed 2 October 2014

They offered only two meals, both prix fixe - 3 courses at $65 and 7 courses at $125. We opted for the 3 course and one of us selected only one course (which was a dollar or two less than the $65, thus suggesting a...More

2  Thank Charles B
Reviewed 22 September 2014

Quality of food is excellent, but don't go there hungry...you will be disappointed. For the price no one should leave hungry. My husband and I went there often many years ago when it was under different ownership. It was our favorite restaurant in the Madison...More

1  Thank juno123Wisconsin
Reviewed 19 September 2014

The service and the tasting menu were A+! Fresh local ingredients- great wine! The heirloom tomato appetizer was wonderful, as was the cod entree. The wine selection was vast.

Thank Debny12
Reviewed 18 September 2014

We ate the tasting menu and were treated to seven gourmet courses. The beef tenderloin was exceptional. Service was terrific as well. Did not expect to find such a high end restaurant across the street from the State Capitol.

Thank parkerw2014
Reviewed 10 September 2014

We had been to L'Etoile many many years ago and I will start out by saying it is far better than it was back then. I do appreciate the former chefs passion for locally sourced selections, and I do hope that never ends, but we...More

2  Thank Gumbophage
Reviewed 9 September 2014

My husband and I came here for an anniversary trip. We had been to this restaurant 5 years ago when it was in a different space and had a different chef. Both dinners were absolutely excellent. The new space is gorgeous with beautiful views of...More

1  Thank lologeorge69
Reviewed 1 September 2014

We had selected this restaurant for our upcoming visit to Madison because it offered upscale vegetarian options. We were a bit concerned that the young adult members of our party might find the food too "upscale", we had a few picky eaters in the group....More

Thank RandiFayeC
Reviewed 24 August 2014

L'Etoile was, for decades, my favorite Madison special-occasion restaurant. When Odessa Piper, pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, was the boss, it was deeply hospitable, cozy and surprising and full of delight all at the same time. I've been there dozens of times over the past...More

5  Thank Marge246
Reviewed 17 August 2014

What a great place for dinner. Everything was of great quality. There were three of us and we all enjoyed the service and food. Since it is a tasting menu with three choices per course, we each got different first and dessert courses. One of...More

1  Thank Randy N
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Questions & Answers
19 June 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
19 September 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
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
Business meetings, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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
  • E-mail
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