High end place with high endHigh end place with high end prices. Food was great, knowledge of server was top-notch, and a great view of the capital. Was it all worth the price? Probably not, but a great experience none the less. Would go again for a very special occasion.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMCompetent Fine DiningFor Madison, WI, this is an excellent restaurant and one of the best in town in my opinion. The other is Nostrano. The food is good and well presented but we did not have any stellar dishes. I had a lovely beet salad and a very good agnolotti dish. The setting is nice, if a bit formal. The waiter was great, very polite and knowledgeable and clearly had a love for food.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful EveningWe had a wonderful evening at L'Etoile. The food and service were excellent. This has been my favorite restaurant since it opened years and years ago. I have never been disappointed.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time. Our waiterWe had a great time. Our waiter was excellent. First time there and he was very helpful.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing FoodHow often do you go out to eat and the salad is the best part of the meal? It wasn't because the rest of the food wasn't amazing, but just because the salad was so incredible. My husband and I have been to L'Etoile twice now and loved it both times. I will say that the service was much better the first time, but I think that's because it was graduation weekend vs. a regular, slow Thursday night. We particularly enjoyed the nonalcoholic mixed drinks, and the truffle at the end of the meal. Really, though, everything is so wonderful. It's a meal you won't soon forget. Very pricey, and best enjoyed over the course of several hours, so I don't recommend planning anything else for your evening.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AML'Etoile came very highlyL'Etoile came very highly recommended by very close friends, so we looked forward to enjoying our anniversary dinner there. The atmosphere was excellent with the Wisconsin State Capitol in the background. Lots of glass and great scenery. The menu was somewhat limited, but understandably so, as this place advertises farm to table. We were satisfied with the choices (scallops, beef were our picks) and wowed with the presentations. The food was very good, though not excellent. That being said, we would return to this place and would recommend it, as well. We expected to pay top dollar, but we also expected 5-star food and 5-star service. These we did not get.6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMSplendidMy guests and I could not be more pleased. The restaurant is a gem in Madison. It would be equally a gem in New York, New Orleans or San Francisco.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMBeyond our expectations.After seeing Chef Tory on an episode of Wisconsin Foodie, my wife and I were really looking forward to driving down to Madison from Stillwater, MN to have supper at L'Etoile. And I must say, we were not let down at all. This restaurant is nothing short of fabulous!! It's literally right across the street from the Wisconsin State Capital building. Our waitress was so helpful with educating us on all of the wonderful items on their menu. Each dish that she brought out was more delicious than the last. I consider myself a true pork lover. The pork chop that I ordered was the finest I've ever had...and I've had many. :)
If you'd like to treat yourself to a top shelf experience, visit L'Etoile.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat eveningThis was a very enjoyable evening. From the service to the excellent food to the relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere, L"Etoile was a great choice for a special event. We were able to have a leisurely meal and the staff made us feel like they were there to make our evening perfect. I would recommend this; just be prepared to pay more than average for an evening out. We were and I would definitely go here again!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best restaurant'sOne of the best restaurant's you will find anywhere in WI.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMClassyI enjoyed the classy (yet not pretentious) atmosphere and the prompt and welcoming greeting I received upon arrival. The cocktail list was exquisite and unique. I had a difficult time narrowing down my selection for dinner but the server was helpful with that. All in all, a great way to spend my one night in Madison.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMMADISON FUNFood was exquisite and service was impeccable and very helpful ! It was our first dinner at L'Etoile and we enjoyed every minute of it.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was far more than I expected!Tory Miller has built an organization that not only buys and serves local food superbly but he also pays close attention to every detail making his restaurants an experience not to be missed.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA FRESH TreatLoved this casual yet upscale urban chic restaurant. The staff was friendly and very attentive also helpful in selecting menu items. All items were listed with the local vendor or farm of origin and the produce was selected by the chef that morning according to the wait staff. The menue changes daily according to what the kitchen can get fresh. There were wine pairings and flights offered as well and a "group meal" offered that involved some special huge cut of beef (I didn't pay attention to details but loved the idea). All our food was excellent! Very cool concept and very cool spot. There were older folks dress in suit and tie and college students in jeans. All are welcome. I will return.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for a special occasionThis was my first time in the new Capitol Square location on Pinckney. The new location, remote from the people-watching on State St. was off-putting at first, but floor to ceiling windows facing the Capitol made up for it. It's a larger space, but it still seems intimate because of the way it is partitioned.
Service was friendly, helpful, and well-timed. I felt they went above expectations, and I was impressed with the extra touches like the pre-appetizer, small soup course and dessert sendoff. Next time we'll make sure we save room left for a full dessert! Standout dishes were the beef carpaccio and the gyoza soup.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExpensiveWe spent the most on this meal than we ever had before (about $250), but it was a special occassion. So, if you have a special occassion to celebrate and don't mind spending quite a bit then I would reccomend this place. The food and service were worth the price.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMexcellentI am a food snobby and words can't be enough to describe the exquisite dinning at L'etoile.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways the BestAlways the best. The food is always so creative. Chef makes the best of local produce no matter the time of year.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is the best in Madison,Food is the best in Madison, hands down! Our service had a few hiccups which distracted from the meal. With only two people dining, it was a little embarassing to have three of five courses presented to the incorrect diner.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBest food I have ever had.Best food I have ever had. Just want to linger over every bite4/27/2013 12:00:00 AManother fabulous meal at letoile,another fabulous meal at letoile, we are never disappointed.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMPhenomenal!What can I say? L'Etoile served up the best food I have ever experienced at a restaurant. Wine pairings were spot on for each course and the staff was informative and had impeccable timing.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect eveningI have been to many restaurants that ask in advance if you are celebrating a special occasion. L'Etoile did and is the only one I can recall that ACTUALLY used this info. Our servers extended appropriate wishes and a candle was provided with dessert as I had asked. The food was PERFECT - creative, delicious, appropriately portioned, well timed, beautifully presented, not stuffy. Sommelier was helpful and approachable. We had a perfect evening and are already scheming our next attack!4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMI proposed to my fiancé here.I proposed to my fiancé here. The staff was more than accommodating and helpful to set that event up. (She said yes) The food was some of the best I've ever had, and very different too. Drinks were nothing but top shelf. Service was prompt and friendly, and very knowledgeable. Prices were steep, but it is a very classy place, and I do recommend it.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMMadison, April 2013The last time we dined at L'Etoile it was still being run by Odessa Piper. The wonderful reviews of current chef/owner Tory Miller's stewardship of such a fine restaurant are all true. The food was fantastic and the view of the Capitol and passing pedestrians was lovely and fun.
We definitely missed the coziness and ambiance of the former location but the new iteration is lovely. We'll be back sooner rather than later.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMFine service, food, wine!!Had a wonderful evening and the service was outstanding. Food and wine were delicious.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMMy only complaint is the smallMy only complaint is the small pours of wine. $18.00 for a glass of 2009 Stoller was acceptable if it was 6 - 8 oz. but it was not.
This borders on gouging in my opinion. Judy Kelley4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything about Le'toileEverything about Le'toile is special. Each dish is paired with unusual and tasteful ingredients and the entrees arrive looking beautiful. I had the grouper and it was the best fish I've ever had. Each person in our party was raving about their selection. Highly recommend.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA very lovely anniversaryA very lovely anniversary evening. Beautiful view of the Capitol building lit up at night. Service was excellent. The food was very, very good, interesting preparations. The only thing keeping me from giving outstanding ratings across the board was that my halibut cheeks were a bit overdone, and the very high ceilings and hard finishes in the room, while beautiful, made the room a bit loud. Fortunately the seating was very gracious, not packed together.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFine Time, Fine DiningA truly memorable meal with excellent food and drink, lovely presentation, ample portions, and attentive service. My family gathered in honor of my father's recent passing, and we could not have asked for a nicer time.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic...Once AgainJust an awesome dining experience each time we come here. An inventive, local-vore menu w/ impeccable service and the food is just fantastic. Everything from the servers to the wine pairings to the cheeze flight to the complimentary canapes, amuse-bouche & chocolate. Like I said...just a fantastic dining experience.
Yes, it IS expensive, but that is what you pay for true fine dining and this level of service. Frankly though, the same level of meal in Chicago or New York would cost 50-75% more and not be any better of an experience. Plus, the custom cocktails are just magnificent!4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a wonderful experience!We had a wonderful experience! The entire evening was perfect. You elevated the dining experience to a new height. Without a doubt we will return. Thank you.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMStars and Stars for L'EtoileL'Etoile continues to astound with it's ability to deliver at the highest level on pretty much all fronts. The foodis planned, prepared and presented to perfection; the flavor combinations a delight ~ inventive, unexpected and subtle. The depth of wine knowledge makes for outstanding pairings with whichever dish one chooses. The "new" (moved in 2010?) restaurant is sleekly elegant, but since it's Wisconsin, food devotees arrive in casual attire and no one bats an eye. It's all about the consumption and appreciation of finely prepared, locally sourced food, or rather a CELEBRATION of all those things. Yes, pricey, but we all need to remind ourselves of what excellence truly is. If that can be only once a year, just go remind yourself!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMStill "over the top"-fabulousStill "over the top"-fabulous food; with a spectacular view of the capitol ang wonderful service!!!!! It doesn't get any better!!!!!!!!!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of Madison's best...This was our first experience at L'Etoile and we were not disappointed. The food was very good and the service was exceptional. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and had good recommendations. We would certainly return to the restaurant.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful place with deliciousWonderful place with delicious food and a great pairing of wines. L'Etoile was delicious and romantic, and the staff really topped off the whole experience. Everyone there was so nice, and had great recommendations and funny comments.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMProvides a great food experience.Provides a great food experience. Complicated dishes that are just different enough and taste great. I'll go back next time I'm in Madison!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAs usual, excellent food,As usual, excellent food, wine, beverages and service. Classy embience and courteous staff.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat an unexpected treat.What an unexpected treat. As a vistitor to Madison, I didn't expect this NYC quality.3/4/2013 12:00:00 AM