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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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Edgerton, Wisconsin
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

My husband and I had our first meal at L’Etoile for an anniversary back in autumn ’08 or so at the old location. That meal was one of the best I’ve had. The flavors from one dish to the next were perfectly complementary. The old location felt a bit stuffy, with tables feeling very close to one another, and with... More 

1 Thank Ashen15
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279 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

Reserved a table in advance. We were greeted and seated immediately. Restaurant has wonderful view of Capital building and we were seated in window directly from Capital. Snow falling and magical view all during dinner. We ordered some of the specialty cocktails I believe mine was Zero to Sixty. It was very refreshing and a great start to a food... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2013

I usually order something other than fish in the midwest; however, the restaurant featured a smoked sturgeon with breaded oysters on spinach. Sounded inventive and it was outstanding. We lingered over great starters and enjoyed the view of the Capitol building at night. Because of a group that ordered their expresso drinks just before us, we were comped a medly... More 

1 Thank travelerpdx38
Silver Spring, Maryland
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807 reviews
361 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013

I expect more from a restaurant that charges $45+ for entrees. Decor is white table cloth in a large atrium just across from the Wisconsin state capitol. At the entrance there is a map showing the Wisconsin suppliers of the restaurant. Our group received an overblown speech about the quality of ingredients from the waiter when we could have read... More 

1 Thank areview28
Madison, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

L'Etoile continues as Madison's finest restaurant by constantly evolving its menu. In the summer months, dining choices feature the finest and freshest ingredients from the twice weekly Farmers' Market, just steps from the restaurant. The best of Wisconsin's cheeses are offered throughout the year.

Thank Metermaid608
Princeville, Hawaii
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Outstanding food and service but not inexpensive at $350.00 for two. That involved sharing 2 of 4 courses and each with the 3 glass wine flight.

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Ann Arbor MI
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34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

We drove through Madison on our way home to Michigan and decided to try L'Etoile. We have special dietary restrictions and L'Etoile was happy to work with us. We had 3 courses and no dessert or wine - the bill came to $180 with tip, pretty much what one expects to pay at a top (but unstarred) restaurant. My husband... More 

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Milwaukee, WI
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

For first-class dining in Madison - and maybe Wisconsin - L'Etoile is simply the best. We're from Milwaukee, and have dined at all of the best restaurants there, but for our 5-year anniversary, we chose L'Etoile because we knew the combination of food and service cannot be beat. It is not a French resaurant per se, so don't be thrown... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Madison is a foodie town and L'Etoile is the crown jewel. If you are willing to pay for it, you could go here and have the best meal of your life. You can order anything on the menu and it will be yummy, even if it's something you don't normally order or even like. If you're not in to putting... More 

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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

My friends in Madison claimed that their small city has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else in North America. Interesting, but places like Dallas have a lot of restaurants, and that doesn't necessarily convert to quality. I said nothing, but I wasn't expecting three Michelin stars on my first visit to the capitol of Wisconsin. OK, I stand corrected.... More 

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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
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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?