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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
+1 608-251-0500
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Overview
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good14%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tasting menu” (22 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (9 reviews)
“foie gras” (9 reviews)
Closed
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$$$
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LOCATION
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
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1 - 10 of 319 reviews

Reviewed 13 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

Reviewed 16 September 2017

They could serve you anything and your mouth would just crumble in delight. Cow tongue with this and that????....it was awesome. Doesn't matter what you order...you will probably love anything they serve. The restaurant is very high end and so is the staff. Very of...More

1  Thank Ben K
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Dear Ben, Thank you so much for your nice review and also recognizing our support of local artisan producers, which is reflected in the awesome dishes you had! Your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. We look forward to...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

I was looking for a nice restaurant to entertain some friends, and they suggested L'Etoile. This restaurant had a very nice menu that focused on local items. While sometimes items seemed a bit fussy -- such as "transcendent tomatoes". But the flavors were really well...More

Thank mike60521
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Dear Mike, Thank you for the kind 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 and managers. We look forward to seeing you on your...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

The presentations are as pleasing as the flavors, and the ambiance at night, with lights and glass all about, create an urban experience not readily found in Madison. The ravioli Provencal was the evening's winner, deconstructed and a range of surprising flavors. For its type,...More

Thank DanK822
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

Dear DanK822, Thank you for your kind review. We are happy that you enjoyed the Provençal Ravioli. Your kind words have been shared with our culinary staff, servers and managers. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit from Denmark! Best, Krys Wachowiak...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

This was a special treat for us during our holiday. I'm a Brit who has been lucky enough to eat at some fancy places; my girlfriend is a Madison local with a passion for farm-to-plate cooking, so we had high expectations which were absolutely met....More

Thank Russell N
Krys W, Owner at L'Etoile Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Dear Russell, Thank you for such a nice review of L'Etoile Restaurant; we are glad your expectations were met! The quality and flavors from our Seven-course Chef's Tasting Menu reflect our support of local artisan producers. Your kind words have been shared with our culinary...More

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nicciecrespin
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!
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Lisa V
20 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
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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