L'Etoile Restaurant
L'Etoile Restaurant

L'Etoile Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.letoile-restaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6082510500x
  • 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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L'Etoile Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (104)fit for foodies (86)notable wine list (79)romantic (76)scenic view (60)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (9)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • L'Etoile deserves all the etoiles.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • High ted cold but excellent food
    petcop
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We truly enjoyed our dinner at this modern, stylish place. The food was excellent - as it should be if you charge these prices -, the service was attentive. Only minus - and that is important - the zircon secured an arctic climate in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    ManhattanbobVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife and I, long-time Madison residents, recently celebrated her birthday with dinner at L'Etoile. This was our first visit in well over a year. L'Etoile had fallen out of favor with us based on what we deemed to be a disappointing change in direction in 2012-2013. It was obvious to us that management has turned the situation around and that Chef Tory Miller has come back down to earth. We enjoyed our selections from the Three Course Tasting Menu, enhanced by impeccable advice and very well-paced service from Wine Director Michael Kwas. We look forward to another visit soon.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too stuffy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Although the food was wonderful the overall atmosphere is too stuffy. If you can get over the awkward service and pretentious atmosphere definitely try it. I dined here with my boyfriend for his birthday. We walked from the hotel and I had a bottle of water that I brought in. The waiter asked me if he could put it in another receptical or take it from the table. They also Use the crumb scrapers sparatically throughout the dinner. All the staff seems scared to mess something up. They are robot like and not sincere. I love places with delicious food and laid back service so this wasn't for me. If you looking for an uptight atmosphere with well done food you will enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Davie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Simply the best in Madison and one of the finest restaurants in North America.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Complete dining experience
    giverny
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Carefully prepared food, excellent service, professional attentive but not over polite staff. Seasonally light and local ingredients. Even though we ordered the three course option, it turned out to be five courses. Great quiet, subdued ambiance, classy, but not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food is terrific. Wait staff is attentive and informative. Wine is overpriced. View of the Capitol Square is great for people watchers. Parking less than convenient, especially if the weather is unpleasant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    OperationDinnerOutVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is a truly top-flght restaurant with inventive food, an incredible wine list, pleasant staff, and nice ambiance. Cannot imagine that there's a better place in Madison -- or many cities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent service and food. We enjoyed the 3 course meal with wine pairings - which also came with 2 amuse courses. Everything was excellent. I will note that we checked the menu online to ensure we would be happy with the options. The entree that my husband wanted was no longer offered when we arrived at the restuarant and the was no ability to request a subsitute. I suggest calling the restaurant in advance if you have certain food preferences.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Madison
    BZB2
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    L'Etoile offers an original, expertly crafted seasonal menu, phenomenal wines and cocktails and thoughtful, attentive service. Sophisticated dining room with a gorgeous view of Wisconsin's capitol. Excellent wine pairings. The staff clearly enjoy what they do, where they work and are deservedly proud of their product. A 5-star dining experience on par with any, anywhere, and right here in Madison! You absolutely, positively need a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Anniversary
    JosephtheFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had an amazing time celebrating our anniversary. They started us off with complimentary flutes of champagne. Then they had a special menu for anniversaries which they let us take with us after the meal. We had the choice of the 3-course 'Tasting' menu or the 7-course 'Prix Fixe' menu each with an optional wine pairing. We went with the 'Tasting' menu and which included complimentary canape, amuse bouche, house made bread, and after-bite. The cocktails were sublime. The atmosphere was perfect.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bunnygal
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food is wonderful but the portions are so very, very small and the prices are very, very big. Even as a foodie, the ridiculously small portions are even too delicate for a tiny person. L'Etoile should kick it up slightly to a small plate size versus an XXXSmall plate. Wine list good. Members of our dinner table felt they needed to get a pizza afterward because they felt they had only "bites", one each of the three course meal. The combinations of organically grown veggies with supreme seasonings was special. The monkfish was terrific. Only complaint is the price for the overall value.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • gavelingourmet
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Each dish amazing. Less expensive menu not as great. A tad expensive.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over the top, over priced, no park
    experienced
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    This restaurant takes its self too seriously, while the food is good, it is not great and the prices are very high. On top of that parking is very inconvenient. At an average of $100 to $150 for dinner and drinks, overall convenience needs to be better. Will not go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Without Peer in Madison
    HerkyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Once again, an amazing dining experience. Wonderful wine pairings with the three course meal options. One criticism; this is the first time that I felt that I was eating on their schedule and not mine. Felt a bit rushed at times to finish the course and the wine and move along.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Delicious food presented beautifully. Service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for an Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Visited for our anniversary. Very nice experience and great service. Food was excellent and the new menu style was lovely with paired wine selection.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Wiva
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My husband and I went for dinner last week and it was a truly enjoyable experience. The restaurant itself is beautiful and immaculate, the service is flawless, the wine pairings were perfect, and the food itself was art. Absolutely delicious, inventive, and beautifully presented. We will definitely return!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion Treat
    Delicious
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We opted for the $65 3 course tasting menu, with 3 options for each course. Our table of three thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers and desserts we selected but were not wowed by the entrees. The Argentinean inflected ribeye was thin so it was difficult to achieve medium rare and the chimichurri sauce overwhelmed the beef flavor. The meat also had some gristle. The grouper with summer vegetables was nicely done but a tad bland. Service was excellent. With a middle level bottle of wine and tip, the bill ran around $115 per person. L'Etoile's food is generally but not always wonderful, which one expects it to be at this price point. The overall dining experience befits a special occasion restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    foodiev
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I like the intimacy of the old L'Etoile concept better. I'm not a fan of the updated more open air dining. I miss the old concept. I also prefer options other than a fixed-price menu.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Have frequented this restaurant since its opening. Always fantastic. Last meal saw a sharp decline in the food quality. Had rib eye that was unrecognizable and covered in a thick sauce. Partner had the sea bass and thought it was somewhat ordinary. The new menu also limits choices and made it difficult to find suitable items. It seems to me the menu change was made to decrease the work in the kitchen and not for the benefit of the patron. Will try again in case it was an off night, but if it continues will not return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RZCoMo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Have dined here at least a dozen times and have always come away feeling that I have been in one of the premier restaurants in the mid-West. I did not have that feeling this last time. I was very disappointed in the exclusive fixed price menu. Also, the main course that I ordered was not up to the standards that I have come to expect. For the first time, in all of my meals here, I did not feel that I had been to a first class restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    seeswo
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My wife and I visited for our anniversary and ordered the 7 course tasting menu. We were not disappointed! The food kept coming out in waves of deliciousness, with just the right portion size and timing to feel neither hungry nor full. The flavor combinations were outstanding, where even the worst dish of the night was excellent. We eschewed the wine pairings for cocktails and thoroughly enjoyed them. I would highly recommend this restaurant, and the 7 course tasting menu, for a special occasion!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best meal
    aesojka
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We went all-out and ordered the $125 seven course menu with the $65 wine pairing. It was one of the best meals I have ever had. My husband and I had an absolutely amazing experience. Our waiter was top-notch as well.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Great restaurant
    LostGreek
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had L'Etoile recommended and were not disappointed. It was great experience: Wonderful food and attentive service. I tack this as "kid-friendly" as our kids (aged 10 and 13) really like the restaurant (and their large selection of non alcoholic cocktails :-) In our opinion the best restaurant in Madison and it could compete with the good ones in Chicago too.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • L'Etoile's new prix fixe menu=5star
    cwdb
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I don't know how L'Etoile manages to stay in top form, year after year. I went whole hog and took the tasting menu for 8jul and it was well worth the the twelve and a half thousand pennies it cost, each of the seven dishes a piece of culinary art, and some simply stunning. I am not sophisticated enough to fully appreciate the rich variety of wines provided to go along these dishes.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    foodie1VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great experience beginning to end. Service was outstanding. Food the same. Wine pairings with tasting menu were great. Beautiful location on capitol square. Clearly one of the best restaurants in the country.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place in town!
    Blavers
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in Madison, especially for special occasions. If you want an exceptional dining experience, this is the place. Absolutely hands down the best dining experience in Madison. We are always blown away by the Chef's imaginative use of ingredients, which also happen to be exceptionally fresh and mostly locally-sourced. They have a superb wine list and extremely knowledgeable staff. If you've never dined at L'Etoile, do yourself a favor and make a reservation.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Madison's Best
    finedining4me
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Undoubtedly the finest dining in Madison Wisconsin. Impeccable "proper" service, wonderful food that was as pleasing to the eye as it was to the palate. The use of local ingredients adds to the experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dinner experience
    FlyNDine
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Having been to top restaurants all over the world, I would put L'Etoile right up there with some of the best places I've dined. The small restaurant allows for top-notch service and a great atmosphere. Their new menu choices (2 dining options) allowed for enough variety that we were both satisfied despite different preferences. We loved the overall experience and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking about a nice night out.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    SkiZG
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My husband and I have long been fans of Graze, but had never been to L'Etoile. We were delighted. We ordered from the 3-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Each and every course was brilliant; and the wines were perfectly suited to each. Our server Mike was knowledgeable and added to the enjoyment if our meal. Acknowledging our wedding anniversary with our names in our menus and complimentary bubbly to begin made us feel special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.