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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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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 5 weeks ago

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 16 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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42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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
Sussex, Wisconsin
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137 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing, and the courses were great, and the servers explained what we were served, and how to eat it. The restaurant also offers nice views of the capital.

Thank svowels
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206 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Enjoyed a nice but overrated dinner on a Wednesday evening. It was a special evening in which we were totally disappointed. Special arrangements were made but not followed through by the restaurant. Two people had the 5 course meal and two ordered off the menu. The best dish was the monk fish, very outstanding. But the rest of the meal... More 

Thank Peter L

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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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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?