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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
+1 608-251-0500
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good14%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (22 reviews)
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French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
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Reviewed yesterday

This is the best restaurant in Madison. The food is excellent and has great presentation. The wine list is exceptional and very reasonable. Tip - ask for a window table to enjoy the view of the state capitol.

Thank Stacy S
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

$145 per person for Commencement Weekend Menu 5 course prix fix meal. Mediocre food throughout. Lamb, lobster, tuna - did not matter. Barely worth eating. No flavor. Poor presentation. Not hot. Only course that had quality was desert. Pathetic meal.

Thank 142local
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

L'Etoile was amazing! The dishes were superb, the experience was phenomenal and the atmosphere was great. We spent a wonderful evening here making great memories! Highly recommend!

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

If you are looking to go on a nice date night in downtown Madison, L’Etoile is the place to go. Fine service and an incredible tasting menu led to a meal full of laughs and enjoyment. Five stars.

Thank IndigoIce8
Reviewed 12 March 2018

My husband and I had an event to celebrate so we went to L'Etoile for the first time and it was very good! We splurged and both had the french tasting menu and two glasses of wine each, and it was the most expensive meal...More

1  Thank Jeanne P
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Excellent food and service with creative farm to table menu. High end wine list. THE best restaurant in Madison. Owner chef Tori Miller beat Bobby Flay in the Iron chef competition!

Thank Z0e2014
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

My wife and I decided to eat here because it was a 2017 James Beard semi-finalist. We had a very good dinner but I was expecting more consistency for the price. We both had the tasting menu with wine pairings @ $200 each. We had...More

1  Thank Jeff K
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I waited almost 40 years to eat at L'Etoile and was not disappointed. This is a world class restaurant and I've eaten in many fine restaurants in over 100 international locations. Don't believe any of the negative reviews they must have been written by competitors...More

1  Thank Drew K
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Private party took over the entire restaurant. Imaginative tasty appetizers, excellent bartenders. Impressive wine list. The filet was cooked to perfect temp, beet salad was cold and crisp with just enough goat cheese to keep it on taste. Panna cotta firm, but not gelatinous. Five-start...More

1  Thank MMouseMD
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Dear MMouseMD, Thank you so much for your nice review. The quality of our food and flavor profiles cannot be appreciated without our local artisan producers. Your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers, managers, bartenders and wine director. We look forward...More

Reviewed 28 September 2017

Service was great. Wine suggestions were perfect. Food was presented well, and the taste was worth the price. Great view of the capitol from the large windows. For a great fine dining experience, this is the place!More

1  Thank Feona123
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Dear Feona123, Thank you so much for your kind review of the fine dining experience that you had with us at L'Etoile Restaurant. Your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers, managers and wine director. It is experiences such as yours that...More

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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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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