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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
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17:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 17:30 - 21:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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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.

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Thank Metermaid608
Princeville, Hawaii
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32 reviews
23 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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Thank Michael D
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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Toronto
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51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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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Texas
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102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

My wife and I had dinner at L'Etoile on a recent trip to Madison. The food was wonderful and the service top notch. They take advantage of the local agricultural products for the food they serve so everything is very fresh. Is it pricey? Yes, but worth the price. The only thing we did not like about the restaurant were... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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246 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

One of the best meals I have ever had. The food was exceptional and the staff helpful and friendly. They have a wine course with every dish so that was a nice treat to taste different wines as well. I had the Prosciutto with Melon infused with Kimche juice, then the Corn Chowder followed by the Grouper with Cajun Shrimp.... More 

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Thank rkaemp
Chapel Hill
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266 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

The short version: For this money, this restaurant should be among the best in the US, and it's not. Not even the best in WI. Service was stuffy, food came out incorrectly, timing was way off, and the setting is modern, loud, and not romantic. Details: We arrived early, hoping to have a drink at the bar. However, they serve... More 

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Framingham
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Very nice restaurant when you want a fancy night out with interesting meal options. All the food is beautifully prepared and presented. The service was knowledgeable and friendly. My husband has a fish allergy and he made that known when we made the reservation. We were very impressed when on arrival, our server was aware of the allergy and carefully... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Cuisine
French
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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?