Estrellon

4.7
887 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef’s Choice was fantastic! The perfect amount of food for two and the service was wonderful.

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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sommelier was excellent. Our waiter Neil was also exceptional. Tasting menu was very good. Will be back!

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KM
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seasonal dishes keep the menu fresh and the palate alive! But leave room for Basque Cake for dessert, of course.

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Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, nicely paced, extensive wine list, and wonderful service.
Our second time at the restaurant. Both times were excellent.

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Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We ordered the blood sausage, valenciana paella, and basque cake. I absolutely loved the blood sausage, smokey, salty, and goes lovely with batch bakehouse’s baguette!
The paella tasted amazing, rice cooked perfectly and packed with flavor, however couple of small flaws: the shrimps weren’t the freshest (it’s the midwest not surprised) and the mussels were tiny.
I was looking forward to the basque cake because everyone recommended it. It was yummy, but a little too sweet for me.

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k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Service was uncomfortable. With such a beautiful space and slower tapas style food, I was looking forward to conversation with my dinner guest. But, we're often interrupted and our server seemed confused by our requests.
Food was only OK for such a high caliber and price. Some plates were lackluster while others were interesting and the seafood was really terrible. Definitely hit or miss.

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LT
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the service was just right - they were there when needed without being there too much. The chef's tasting menu was wonderful.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef’s table (counter) is an awesome experience. As was the tasting menu! Highly recommend both.

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RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great friendly and professional service. We had just had a very bad experience somewhere else and Estrellon turned what could have been a terrible evening into a wonderful one. Highly recommended.

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Charleston
30 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was way below par. Expected more! Food was superb.

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JH
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great find in Madison. Wonderful Spanish small plates for sharing, and the Basque Cake is worth every delicious calorie.

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F
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! The blood sausage crostini is cravable! One of our favorite spots!

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San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Spanish dining experience. The chef’s tasting menu highlighted the savory and sweet dishes of the country. The food was amazing and delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant as a neighborhood gem.

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f
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful meal and space. So going back. We enjoyed the chef dinner for two and could not have made a better selection

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VS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 of us went to Estrellon last week and all of us thought it was great. Estrellon is Tory Miller's tapas and Spanish themed restaurant. Besides the tapas, there's paella (a traditional one and a vegetarian one) and a number of small/moderated sized plates, designed to be shared. While I've been there a number of times this was the first time for the others. Afterwords I received a number of comments saying this was their best meal ever. While I've eaten there with one dining companion, ten of us, and various numbers in between, it's particularly fun with more than a few dining companions. With greater numbers one can sample a greater variety. We ordered about 20 dishes (a little less than half the menu) and pretty much every one of the plates was a favorite of at least one of us. We happened to mostly order vegetarian items (which I think they are great at. If eating like this was what it meant to eat vegetarian, I could be happy being a vegetarian), there are seafood and meat items on the menu as well. For example on different occasions the Jamon Iberico was described as the best ham they have ever eaten.
Decor is nice. Wait staff was good. The pacing of bringing out the various plates was perfect, removing of finished orders was timely. Food cost was about $45/person and considering this is one of the best restaurants in Madison, I think that's a good value. I've spent way more at other restaurants around the world and not been as pleased. With the 20 dishes or so, we did have some leftovers. I took home some vegetarian paella and another took some leftovers as well.

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CL
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The restraint feels a little like a hotel lobby, but it is nice. Some of the plates were very tasty, others were too rich. Best plate we had was the pork belly. Overall it was overpriced for the quantity and type of dishes. The wait staff was very attentive though.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the chef's tasting menu and were served a lot of bread. I would choose our own plates next time but the food, staff, and atmosphere are fantastic, there WILL be a next time!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estrellon is a solid A-. I have had many meals at so-called popular, high end restaurants in Madison. None have graded higher than a B- overall. Estrellon was different. As many have commented, the food at Estrellon is not cheap. However, they knock it out of the park with unique flavors. I brought my family there for Father's Day and my sons birthday.

Between the 5 of us, we had the olives(good), the baked goat cheese(amazing), 4 different kind of croquettes( all were tasty), rosemary focaccia with butter(amazing), carrot crostini(2 vegetarians loved it), meatballs(delicious), fried oyster mushrooms(one of the best dishes I've had in years and I just got back from Paris!), pork belly(really good), shrimp(the only mediocre dish we had), vegetarian paella(fabulous, but $45 for veggies and rice is ridiculous!), every dessert except the sorbet( the Basque cake is life changing!), beverages(I think 10 glasses of wine, plus 1 cocktail and 5 irish coffees)the wine was really quite good for spanish wines, which I am not a fan of normally.

In all, I think we had about 18 dishes(the mushrooms and bread we reordered. ) 16 beverages with booze was about $405 plus tip. I've spent $500/person at places such as Alinea, so cost isn't always the determining factor for me. Eliminate the beverages, and the cost goes way down. Tory's other neighbor restaurants Graze and L'Etoile are both way over priced for what you get. However, I loved Estrellon so much, I will definitely be back. Even if it's just to have the fried oyster mushrooms, the baked goat cheese, a glass of wine and the basque cake.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. The basque cake is exceptional

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time with my mother in law, celebrating our pre-anniversary!

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MA
Milwaukee
32 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food is good and tasty albeit very skimpy. Described as tapas to be shared, the portion size belies that possibility. It's the higher cost "large plates" that seem to have the skimpiest portion. The menu is small making return visits kind of boring. More menu choices would be welcome. Service is always just fair, staff appears to be bored and host is often missing. For the price, Estrellon could and should cover the cost of in-building parking. We never quite understand why we keep returning.

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JL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good overall. Some items we liked better than others. The experience for Two menu option allowed us to try 8 items for $90 a good deal in our opinion. We were offered a complimentary cocktail for our anniversary. Service was excellent. We will be back again.

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LS
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times; each time has been great--food, service wine list. Small plates make it more pricey than going to an upper end entree only restaurant, but the variety of dishes makes it all worth while

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Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun dining experience. Sitting at the bar in front of the kitchen added a show to our fantastic meal. I would strongly recommend this place.

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1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were incredibly helpful in assisting with ordering suggestions. We greatly appreciated the vegetarian/vegan menu. In addition, we absolutely loved that the staff told us which farms supplied the ingredients. It was such a nice touch that really helped us connect to our meal.

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M
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dining experience at Estrellon. We had a party of 5 and a few of our party had food aversions & allergies. Our waiter took note of those when we discussed our order and made certain that we did not order certain foods or kept them away from those who would be adversely affected. Every dish was fabulous, with the server explaining the variety of foods on each dish. The attention to detail was impressive. We will be back.

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CC
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal I've had in Madison hands down. We got the Chef's tasting menu and it did not disappoint. Incredible menu and wine selection. Service was also excellent. Give yourself a few hours to enjoy and savor every bite! Highly recommend!

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K
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estrellon offers the BEST variety and intensity of flavors of vegetables, seafood, meats, and more. Each plate is creatively presented and delicious. I especially loved the fried (very lightly) oyster mushrooms and the romaine vichyssoise but all dishes were enjoyed by our table of four. The plates are paced so we could enjoy each unique offering and served with detailed descriptions of the ingredients and preparation. The chef is masterful in creating an amazing array of delicacies. The sommelier recommended an excellent bottle of wine that was light, not overpowering and allowed the food flavors to be primary. I highly recommend Estrellon, especially fit for "foodies."

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JH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner. Every dish was perfectly prepared, and so flavorful. The plates came out one at a time, and very well paced. As we were finishing one plate, within minutes another dish arrived. We ordered 8 dishes for the 4 of us and were well satisfied with the amount of food.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 5

Disappointed in the cost of a glass of wine based on the pour amount offered. $17/glass and a small pour is unfortunate. Additionally, we ordered a dinner course for two and in certain plates, we each got the equivalent of one bite. The fillers throughout were bread and rice. For a $200 meal consisting primarily of bread and rice bites with other more substantial elements at times included, we were very disappointed. It will not be a destination for us to go back to. Too bad because the small substantial bites we did get were good. They need to re-evaluate the wine/pour/amount and the amount of food offered for the value.

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Chef’s dinner for two is PERFECT!

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BG
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great tapas, allowing a small group to sample a great mix for a reasonable price. Great presentation!

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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on our anniversary. We were greeted and our event was acknowledged. The host was fantastic and knowledgable about EVERYTHING. The service was fantastic in that any server available can bring the food to your table and explain what the food is. We did the Chef's tasting menu which was great and offered many good choices. It was for 2 people and more than enough. The cocktails and wine list is extensive. The food quality is fantastic. This is my favorite restaurant for service and food. If available end up with a piece of Basque Cake. Unbelievable.

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l
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Estrellon didn’t disappoint. Each dish was delicious. Servers were friendly, informative and efficient. The pacing of the dishes allowed sufficient time to enjoy each dish, sit and savor the experience and digest each course without feeling rushed. We had new dishes which were fresh and delicious - embracing the flavors of spring. We topped off our tapas with the Valencia paella. Again, delicious and perfectly done. Save room for the Basque cake. Nothing compares with it!

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TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was phenomenal. Neal was a knowledgeable, very personable server. The food and wine were excellent.

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CR
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently one of Madison's best restaurants. Expect a mix of traditional Spanish items (croquetas, patatas bravas, albondigas) plus creative offerings made with local ingredients. Staff are attentive and knowledgable. Price points definitely on the high end.

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AD
South Dakota
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our only regret is that we didn’t have time for the chef’s tasting menu! The food was outstanding!

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MJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding as well as the food.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estrellon is my favorite restaurant in Madison. You must try the Pulpo (octopus) and the Basque Cake.

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