L'Etoile Restaurant
L'Etoile Restaurant

L'Etoile Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.letoile-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: (608) 251-0500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tory Miller
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Washington
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Our parking lot is located on the corner of East Washington and Webster Street, behind the American Exchange Bank. Alternate Parking may be found at the Tenney Street parking ramp, located on the corner of Webster and Main Street. Street parking is also available on the Capitol Square most days after 6 P.M.
A word from L'Etoile Restaurant
L'Etoile is a fine dining restaurant on the Capitol Square that focuses on local and sustainably sourced ingredients. Our menu is influenced by numerous culinary traditions and seasonality. Inquire about our monthly wine dinners and tasting menus. Full bar service available.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
L'Etoile Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (93)fit for foodies (89)romantic (77)notable wine list (75)scenic view (67)neighborhood gem (17)hot spot (13)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Outstanding food ,ambiance and service (as always).Frank is an absolutely fabulous and most knowledgable server!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    ErikaMac
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We have been wanting to go here for a while and never got around to it, so when I got a new job we decided to celebrate. We went with the 7 course tasting and the wine pairing, it was really good! They wet ever accommodating with them menu given some afoot allergies and the substitutions were really good. I would definitely go here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place for our anniversary dinner
    Natascha
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I made this reservation not knowing what to expect. We are from Minneapolis and celebrating our 15 year anniversary. It was a perfect choice. We chose the 3 course meal for 2. Everything about our experience was fantastic--the service, the food, the atmosphere, the beverages. Definately recommend this one!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining experience
    rrhenke
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The serive was impecable, the food was exquisite and the cocktails were devine. We had the seven course tasting menu and wine pairings. The wine pairings were perfect and we loved the wine descriptions as they were served. The seven course tasting menu was amazing! Perfect portions too. The cocktails we had were simply amazing! Scott is a wonderful, passionette bartender and made our experience all the more wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected better
    weeatgood
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I'm struggling to pinpoint exactly how L'Etoile failed my expectations. Our party of four chose the 3 item tasting menu with wine pairings. The food was very good; the options had a good combination of the familiar and the exotic. The portions weren't large, as expected from a tasting menu. I think there were at least three little extras. We didn't walk away hungry. The wines were outstanding and the sommelier both knowledgable and friendly. I guess it comes down to two things. The food was noisy. So many different things vying for attention on each plate and they often didn't blend together into a cohesive experience. And the waiter very subtlely made us uncomfortable. I expected better for the premium price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food as expected!
    LFWRN
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our second time at the restaurant and it was just as wonderful as the first. We didn't even mind the menu changes but wish substitutions could be made for the main entree on the 3 course menu. Service was outstanding and we are looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is the first bad review I've ever written on here. The food was okay, but wasn't nearly good enough to justify the price, and the service was sub-par as well. The kitchen took way too long with our food, and with an 8:15 arrival, we weren't out of there in time to catch our 10:00 show which ruined our entire evening. The restaurant didn't offer to give us any kind of price reduction on anything, and we didn't get to enjoy our desert as they packed it up to go at 10:00 (an hour and 45 minutes after we arrived) and it we weren't able to keep it with us inside of the theater. I'm not opposed to paying $65 per plate for food, but I expect a certain level of quality in both food and service for it, and this restaurant fell very short.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable Evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My first time to the restaurant, and I look forward to returning. The menu was varied and the food excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    John
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I tried their 7 course dinner. Each plate was small, tasty, and beautifully prepared. We would love to go again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional
    Radclyffe
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is interesting, creatively prepared and great. The wait staff is exceptionally knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. It's a happy place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Set Apart
    DebG
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This restaurant is really set apart from the rest. Gorgeous views of the Capital and square, wonderful warm ambiance. Two options - $65 for 3 courses or $125 for 7 courses. We chose 3 courses and were given 3+ options for each course. Service was impeccable and food was delish. If you are looking for upscale dining in Madtown, come here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was by far the best dining expericne I have had. The staff was amazing and the food was way above what I expected. The choices were all fantastic and I look foward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    foodie03
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had the 7 course tasting menu with the wine pairing. Every course was paired perfectly and the food was exceptional! The staff was very informed on each dish presented and the sommelier was also very informative. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 48th anniversary / Sweetest Day`14
    Ginger
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a pleasurable experience complete with fine culinary tastes new to our palate. Patrick, our waiter was congenial, quite knowledgable, and informative. Your Sommelier made wine selection easy while recommending offerings within our budget. One unexpected highlight was being reacquainted with one of your long time waitstaff, Frank. We remember him from the old days on the second story a block away. Not only is Frank an professional waiter but, he (a.k.a FRP) has been one of our favorite volunteer radio programers on WORT-FM. In the Jamaican Patois style of his "Tropical Rydims" Reggae broadcast, every ting irie here at L'toile!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not to be missed
    JenDan68
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    L'Etoile is for people that appreciate great food and ambiance. Our amuse bouche' was a delightful squash soup with an apple compote that was to die for. I would have been happy with a big bowl of that. Even the bread and butter are exceptional. We did the seven course meal and the gems of that were the rib eye, 12 year aged Hooks sharp cheddar and a wonderful pumpkin cheesecake embellished with cherries. The only disappointment food wise was that the scallop and lobster were both over cooked, which was a shame, but they were both still delicious, if not a little bit chewy. We did also experience the best wine I have ever had in my life. Service was excellent as usual. The restaurant is fit for royalty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pamper your taste buds!
    Discerningdiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Love the freshness of the ingredients paired with the ingenuity of Tory's culinary skill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Gourmetlover
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Superb- from exquisite food, to flawless service to the arresting view. Absolutely love it! We've been here many times and there is nothing like L'Etoile in Madison.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service not equal to the ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed the meal, though found the service to be a bit hesitant and inconsistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Very Special Experience
    specialoccasiondiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first time at L'Etoile and we were celebrating my husband's 40th birthday. It was clear the restaurant works hard to meet high standards. Our server was warm and engaging, the food was spectacular, and the wine pairings were phenomenal. I have to admit, I could get used to having a sommelier come to our table and hand pick wines for the night - he was fantastic! We loved the atmosphere and that it was a relaxing pace. Did I mention the food...wow, amazing how well balanced all of the flavors were. I am not a foodie, but was certainly appreciative of how it all came together! Thank you for a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of the line in Madison, WI
    Tomny
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    L'Etoile is an outstanding restaurant. From my first impressions of the decor, to the attentive, but not overbearing service, to the tastiest martini I've had in years, to the melt in your mouth cuisine, this is a five star find in Madison, Wisconsin. Attention to details is paramount. On a par with the best French restaurants in Manhattan. Foodies will not be disappointed. Bon appetit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding.
    Blavers
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    If you are looking for food that is creatively and carefully prepared, beautifully presented, and exceptionally delicious, then L'Etoile is the place for you. By far the best dining experience in Madison. The wait staff is extremely knowledgeable and the wine list is a treat. Be sure to leave room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A dining destination
    RoscoeT
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We chose to celebrate our wedding anniversary at L'Etoile because of its reputation for fine cuisine and service. We weren't disappointed on any count. Service was flawless from start to finish, and the dishes were creative and well-prepared. Decor is modern but comfortable, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer a lovely view of the state Capitol grounds across the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh?
    MevsTheBigTastyWorld
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I read mixed reviews but went for a Saturday night dinner while we were in town. My husband and I do tasting menus and upper-end restaurants fairly often, and this didn't really stand out in any way, or for any dish. Service was friendly and quick but a bit...lackluster? The space is gorgeous, quiet, and conducive to conversation. For the 7 course tasting menu, I do admit I was disappointed and a bit remorseful. Perhaps we would have had better luck, and fuller stomachs, with the three course or some dishes to order a la carte. We left and said, "Nice, but we never need to go back." I think that sums it up.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • decadent food, excellent service
    bogyomaci
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant lives up to any expectations - the food is absolutely excellent and beautifully served, the atmosphere is elegant yet friendly, and the service is excellent. Yes of course, all these things cost money, but if you are in the mood for a special night, it's worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection attained
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Too many times I have had dinner at a highly rated, and expensive restaurant and have been disappointed. It may be because if i am going to drop a ton of money on an expensive meal I want everything to be perfect, which ultimately is impossible to attain. L'Etoile has taught me not to settle. This was the perfect meal. The service was excellent, they were patient, informative, and timely in everything they did. The food was delicious, exotic, as well as traditional, and well portioned. The view of the Capital outside the window, and how quiet the restaurant was really created a great atmosphere for one of the most memorable meals I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    Chris
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    L'Etoile was a perfect end to a fun weekend visit to Madison. We dine out often in Chicago (where we are spoiled rotten but the variety and talents of our restaurants), but L'Etoile and their prix fixe menu stood up to the challenge. Definitely a must visit apart from the university bar food that surrounds the Capital. And such a beautiful space.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect dinner
    FromWichita
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My friend and I totally enjoyed our dinner. We look forward to dining at L'etoile whenever we get to Madison and found this visit to be wonderful. The staff are totally committed to the customer and the food was fantastic. You will never go wrong with a dinner there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edible Art
    OAEpilot
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The 7-course prix fixe menu, which changes, frequently, was phenomenal! Monkfish, duck breast, and lamb were excellent. Each of the seven plates were works of art. Our server described the prep of every course making this a wonderful evening. My wife had the 3-course menu with butternut squash soup, strip steak, and creme brûlée. Would have enjoyed the available wine pairings, all good pours, had I not been driving, but instead had excellent Cabernet Sauvignon, my wife - a nice Pinot Grigio. Elegant restaurant, great nighttime setting.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superlative
    DelightfulVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    In lovely downtown Madison with a spectacular view of the Capitol, L'Etoile has been a top rated restaurant for years. Every time we return to enjoy a meal there we are pleasantly surprised with new dishes, fresh menu selections and amazing cocktails. While the restaurant has an elegant, white tablecloth, ambience, servers are unpretentious. While many diners appear dressed for a special occasion, casual clothes/jeans are just as common. Options include a 3 course tasting menu (ample for us) and more extensive options. Great place for a craft-cocktail; if you're meeting friends for dinner elsewhere, suggest starting at L'Etoile for an unusual drink (or perfect pour on the traditional manhattan or martini or ending there for a nightcap.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • capital dining with a view
    LynnfobroVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is a delicious restaurant worthy of any big city on the coasts but all the more because it is in Madison. There is a wonderful view of the capital building and the service couldn't be better. Anyone wanting a special meal in Madison should definitely give it a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • L'Etoile deserves all the etoiles.
    osieorb18
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I came into L'Etoile expecting a nice meal. My expectations were wildly exceeded. L'Etoile is one of the best restaurants I've ever eaten at, comparable to Michelin-starred wonder. It was the best meal I've had in about three years. The experience was great, the service was wonderful. I have nothing negative to say about L'Etoile.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible!
    Lisaro
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is farm to table and everything melted in your mouth. Excellent wine list. Great ambience. And good music (jazz) that matched the ambience.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adelheid
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food was superb, had the 7 course dinner, looked forward to each one. To finish it off our granddaughter who is the assisting pastry chef surprised us with an amazing dessert plate for our birthdays and 54th wedding anniversary.
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Wine Pairings
    Ekecko
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had the three course dinner with wine pairings. The dinner was excellent but the wine pairings were truly awesome. Usually you expect second rate wines paired by a second rate bartender. However, these pairings were with first quality wines that were perfectly matched to the food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown View
    WhenD5
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have been celebrating our anniversaries at LE'toile restaurant for the last 4 years and we love it! Their downtown location is perfectly situated by the Capitol Square. Their menu is always changing and they use local farms and farmer's markets to obtain their ingredients. The service staff is friendly and knowledgeable about the wines and the entrees. They can make recommendations based on what you order. Desserts are the best! So imaginative and the presentation is just perfectly done. We'll be returning again and again!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Etoile 9/8
    Beck
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I"ve dined at L'Etoile perhaps 20 times since the mid-1970s, and it has steadily gotten better. This was my first trip since it moved to street level (although have dined often at its fraternal twin, Graze). Food was excellent, though not memorable. Beautifully presented, though my taste buds would have preferred bolder tastes. The space is lovely, though without the intimacy at its original location. Music was far too loud for the number of diners, though nice music. Staff was terrific; perhaps the best ever, which is saying something. The shift to three and five course options might not be for every diner, like those on a diet. Pleased by the featured list of half bottles of wine -- for two, just perfect, and wonderful wine.
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    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why do you eat
    snarkygal
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    If you eat because the clock has struck the time or because you have a need to fill up please try any fast food. If on the other hand different combinations of flavor actually make you happy and excite you go to L'Etoile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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  • lunchbunchVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Of all of our fine- dining experiences L'Etoile is special! The menu is always splendid, the wait staff knowledgeable and engaging, an excellent wine list with Michael's guidance always perfect which we appreciate--overall an upper echelon dining experience second to none.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • L'Etoile not to be missed!
    JenDan68
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    L'Etoile is the best restaurant I have been to in Madison. I do like the new three course and seven course menu, but was very disappointed to find out that they no longer do cheese platters. This and dessert are my favorite parts of the meal. I also wish the online menu could be updated daily with the actual menu for the evening. That said, it is the best food and wine I have had and the service is always excellent. I would highly recommend this as a special occasion restaurant. Definitely worth the price.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Madison
    GoWithGrace
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    L'Etoile just keeps getting better after years of being the best. The new tasting menus are superb. We chose the 3 course menu with 4 options for each course. The presentation was perfect and very creative. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The squash blossom salad was particularly spectacular. My husband thought the wine pairings were as good as the best in San Francisco. The dining room is elegant, quiet and the views of the Capitol and square are fantastic. Service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet