Estrellon

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
The latest endeavor from Chef Tory Miller, Estrellón, brings Spanish-influenced small plates and tapas to downtown Madison, with the same locally-sourced vision as L’Etoile, Graze, and Sujeo.

Expect simplistically-beautiful composed dishes perfect for sharing, flavorful cheeses and charcuterie, incredible Spanish wines, and rich mahogany woodwork.

We’re proud to represent and support our local family farmers and producers. With a blend of Spanish-imported and Wisconsin-grown ingredients, the cultural and regional merging at Estrellón is a dining experience that is uniquely Madison.
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vipFineDiner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. Brendan was our server and was both professional and attentive. The food was very much on point.

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MichaelF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Great service from the staff. Friendly atmosphere and amazing food.

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CassJane
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always we had a fantastic time. We tried some of the new food items and were delighted with all of them. The papatas bravas makes the meal complete!

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Calisto
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estrellon was the best choice we made this month. What an incredible experience. Delish food, great service, and perfect ambiance.

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Eileen
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could rate it higher than 5, I would. The paella was the best we’ve ever had. And an Italian friend, a foodie and world traveler, has proclaimed their Basque cake to be the best dessert that she has ever eaten anywhere in the world. We are in agreement. It’s the perfect combination of contrasts—soft and firm, warm and cold, tart and sweet, and delicious! Our waiter, Andy, was a professional. Don’t miss a chance to dine at this exceptional restaurant.

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Nickname
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

This was our anniversary dinner. We were so looking forward to it. I think we planned it last year at this time. I understand that COVID changed everything. We did miss tapas - that was the only reason we went to Estrellon - for the famous tapas. We ordered jamon iberica - basically Spanish ham which was fine. Then we thought we'd split a Valenciana paella - it took 1.20 minutes for the paella! Thank goodness the wine was great. The paella was 80% rice and it was super salty. The salt killed all the flavor of saffron. Clams were tiny and there were only about 4 pieces of shrimp. Well, we are not going back to Estrellon until the tapas are back.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Madison. Social distancing was careful, and attentive. Paella is fantastic, service was careful but unstuffy, and the sommelier was very helpful. Have never failed to have a spectacular meal here!

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CassJane
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a special treat with great menu variety. The food is top quality; wonderful flavor and engaging preparation. Totally recommend going on a Saturday for the prime rib - so good!

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kbham08
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing!! Everything qe ordered was prepared and served at the highest quality. There is something pretty awesome knowing that as much of your meal as possible was sourced locally, even as fresh as that morning's farmers market. The service was a touch slow, but im assuming they are light on staff to accommodate the lower numbers of customers due to covid. All covid precautions were followed strictly, masks, gloves on staff, separate entrance and exit, all felt very safe.

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vipJimbo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Paella---every dish was wonderful--a really special place

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Brad
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipWayneH
Caribbean
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and the service was fantastic. Very quiet on this Thursday night, so hopefully more people get out. Highly recommend this spot!!

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Alexis
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was beyond incredible, my only request/ recommendation would be to add the dinner for 2 deal back onto your menu! I value your consideration of limiting shared plates but I can’t wait to visit again when this option is offered.

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JulianE
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For our anniversary meal - our first meal out since the lockdown started - Estrellon was perfect. The food was exceptional, the COVID precautions reassuring and the ambiance quiet (we ate early and were the only diners for an hour or so). Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best flavors in food I have ever tasted in my life! We recently moved here from Chicago and loved Cafe Ba Ba Reeba and thought nothing would ever top that, but we were wrong! Estrellon was amazing!

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vipTomF
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good was very good. Plenty of options. Wine list good. Pricey

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JimK
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

our server was FANTASTIC.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Badg
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Chef was very kind and food was delicious. Totally worth it.

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MonicaF
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful time dining at Estrellon. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, and cheerful from the moment we walked in the door. We felt taken care of, yet had enough privacy for an intimate dinner. Highly recommend!

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WandaR
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Will definitely come back. Everything was delicious and the ambiance of the place was peaceful and calm.

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an outstanding experience on every level. No question we will become regulars at this restaurant.

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KatelynH
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 10 years married during Covid. Food was great. Enjoyed the menu offering a few more large plates. Server was fantastic.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Estrellon restaurant delivers an amazing atmosphere and food that delivers a flavor filled punch. Being a young adult it isn’t always possible for me to afford high quality food like that found at Estrellon. Eating like a king is often a treat for me and I would be more than happy to do it again at Estrellon. Incredible experience.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, inviting, bright and open. Food was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable.

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RickW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience. Yes, Estrellon is about the experience. The food was also delicious. Our dinner lasted 2 1/2 hours and the staff is constantly bringing you food. The timing and order of each new dish was perfect. Highly recommend the taste for two menu for first timers. It’s expensive but we knew that going in but again consider that your entire night was a fabulous food and drink experience we felt it was well worth the price. We will be back. Great atmosphere, service, and fun. We were a group of 4, two adults and two adult teens.

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vipAmyC
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Madison! Every dish better than the next and their cocktail and wine list is amazing, try the new Barcelona G&T and you won't be disappointed. The paella is a standout and the Basque cake is the best dessert I've ever had.

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MichaelH
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as usual. There a few things we always get, the patatas bravas, deviled eggs, but we are always excited to try some of the new dishes as well. The butternut squash dish was our favorite of the night, followed closely by the vegetarian paella. The staff is attentive, with many remembering us from our last visit a month ago. Looking forward to going back. It’s become our new standard date night downtown restaurant.

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MelissaC
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening of dining after a show at the Overture Center. It was within walking distance so it was convenient to get to. We arrived before our reservations, but were sat and attended to immediately. Our server was very pleasant and knowledgeable. He had good recommendations for both food and wine. The selection of small plates was excellent and I appreciated the alternate menu for vegetarian options. Our food came out well staggered and nothing was rushed. It was a bit on the expensive side, but then again we had each chosen 2 or 3 items plus wine and dessert. I still felt it was a good value for the dining experience we received and we will definitely return.

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IrinaA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I think this restaurant is overpriced. I have expected a little more from this restaurant. The food was just OK.

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SarahW
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Madison. The food is so good, and unlike anything you'll find elsewhere. The Spanish wine selection is excellent, too.

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vipMADISONIAN
Milwaukee
37 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The best thing about our dinner during this visit (we have dined at Estrellon many times) was our exceptional waiter (he has waited on us before). The best thing on the menu was the bread and butter. The second best was the deviled eggs though during this visit they were mushier than in the past. One plate ordered was two pieces of chicken. The white meat was very thin, small, and dry. The dark meat was larger but almost all bone with almost no meat that could be cut off. If Estrellon expects diners to pick up the bone to chew the meat off perhaps they should provide bibs and finger bowls. Another plate ordered was scallops. They are smaller at at every visit. with this the smallest yet. Any smaller and they could be served on a demi-saucer. Blackened does not mean burnt and these. Writing of burnt brings us to the Paella. While as tasty as in the past, the bottom is expected to be charred making scraping possible. This time it was burnt making scraping fruitless and it tasting burned food is never pleasant. We've never objected to the prices at Estrellon. Perhaps we should if the food continues to deteriorate as it has over the months/years. All in all, a disappointing evening. And, if your plan to to send us the pre-written response to the effect that all feedback is appreciated - don't bother. We'll still return though not sure why, be we will.

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KarenL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service were excellent. Our waiter, Andy, spoke fluent Spanish, and was able to give us background on the dishes we ordered, having lived in Spain much of his life. The sommelier consulted with us to choose wine for the table. This was a superior dining experience!

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EvanE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pricey, but fantastic. Most dishes are great, and some are fantastic.

Standouts this time were the boquerones, the jamon iberico montadito, the paté campagne & chicken liver mousse, and the winter vegetable "poke" (with pickled beets looking uncannily like tuna!).

Reliable faves for us are the patatas bravas, the croquetas, the gambas al ajillo (shrimp), the pulpo a la gallega (octopus), the blackened scallops, the crispy pork belly, and of course the signature dessert, the basque cake (which, after some Googling, I've discovered is in no way what anyone in the Basque region would recognize as a basque cake - but both the traditional and Estrellon's totally-unrelated version are great!).

The paella's been uneven for us - sometimes it's fantastic, and you want to scrape every bit of it out of the pan, and other times it's underwhelming. So, you know, if you like playing the lottery...well, the odds are better on the paella.

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Estrellon is my favorite restaurant in Madison! We have been there several times and were wowed every time. Chef has the ability elevate any ingredient, even things you don't usually like, and the Paella is perfection! Don't forget the basque cake for dessert, it's so buttery and baked to the point where the crust is crispy then complimented with a rotating fruit compote and a scoop of sour cream custard.

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DateNight
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic flavors and creative dishes. Great plates for sharing and makes for a wonderful date night spot.

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peterman776
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wanted to write this review to recommend the tasting menu. My wife and I had a lot of fun partaking in it. That and everything was delicious. Also wanted to make special note of the friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive staff. Thanks for a great night!

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AllisonB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to Estrellon. We were very impressed again at our visit. The food was hot and explained well by all the servers, wine selections were amazing, and our server recognized us from our previous visit! We were so happy we could take our time eating so that we could catch up with our friends and that the staff kept us at a nice pace that was not rushed.

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Amazing
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and ambience! Paella was to die for. It was our anniversary and we had a special toast before dinner. ALWAYS order the Basque cake!

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Navithemodel
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The wait was way to long. I I should have never waited for the table I reserved weeks prior the date! I don’t think I can come back!

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TanyaQ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner. The Chefs Choice Menu was delicious. What a treat.
Thank You, Tanya and Ryan Quint

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Estrellon offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 251-2111.

Estrellon is rated 4.7 stars by 1041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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