Estrellon

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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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San Francisco
117 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a birthday and I noticed them through Open Table. On check in they acknowledged this. But we got nothing and two other tables got a desert with a candle.

Beautiful restaurant and nice seating

The food was over priced and not a good value. The paella was over cooked. The rice was over done and dry. The appetizer was small but good.

The price of our wine was $80 and I found it retail for $20. Our wait staff decanter the wine and poured the first glass. We waited until we poured our own.

I would not return.

S
Naples
39 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Estrellon is a beautiful restaurant. Comfortable seating and great ambiance.

I thought the food was mixed. Some was excellent and some was not. We ordered the chefs option for 4 people. It was $90 to share for two but we ordered two of them (for four people) they said there was a $10 upcharge. This felt unnecessary and like we were being nickel and dimed.

I felt like the portions were quite small, particularly since the dishes were for sharing.

The paella was very good. Again, it was for four people and there was really not enough food.

Service was good. The cake with sour cream ice cream for dessert was excellent.

We will not go back. I didn’t think the pricing matched the food quality or quantity.

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was outstanding! We ordered the dinner for 2 and every dish was flavorful and paired so well with each other! Service was excellent!

KM
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed! Save room for Basque Cake!

NT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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AL
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Our favorite in the city

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the chef's tasting menu, and it was incredible. The Basque cake was the best I've ever had. The only somewhat negative thing I have to say is that the paella was a bit too salty for me. Our service was also really, really fantastic.

JB
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was a bit disjointed on this occasion.

DE
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The paella was delicious though it did seem the rice was burned rather than just charred on the bottom of the pan.

V
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! The waiter, the food, the ambience... a perfect meal in every way!

MA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner! Waitstaff exceptional. Very authentic. Especially enjoyed paella and Spanish tortilla.

JC
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one one the best restaurants in all of Madison. They do everything well , including service. In particular, even carnivores like me are thrilled by some of the vegetable options. The tapas format may be surprising for a restaurant this expensive, but everything is brilliantly executed, and this food is full of pleasure.

SM
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estrellon was very enjoyable. The food was absolutely delicious. The host and waiter were both very informative and guided us on our food journey. The atmosphere is lovely. I look forward to returning to Estrellon when I return to Madison next year.

SS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was phenomenal! Neil took great care of our group and helped us enjoy our dining experience.

J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I spent our Anniversary dinner at Estrellon, and it was marvelous. They had a chef-curated dinner with several small plates and paella that was better than we had in Spain. Drinks were excellent and quick, and the servers were attentive without being overbearing. Definitely coming back to show off this wonderful place to friends and family.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food. Even better service. Reasonably priced.

OT
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT ANNI

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious Spanish food. Attentive service. Very good wine list. Great experience, highly recommended.

E
Milwaukee
46 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been here once before, a year ago, and remembered it fondly. Decided to make the hour plus drive from Milwaukee to meet family there. The service was excellent, and the food very good....but just barely very good. The paella was surprisingly dry and over salted, while I actually asked for salt for some of the other tapas. The pan de tomate was rather blah...and it is tomato season, so the tomatoes should be flavorful at this time of year. Coffee was not hot enough for my tastes.

Estrellon
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi Elaine, Thank you for sharing your experience and we appreciate all your feedback! I'll be sure to pass this along to our culinary staff so we can be more consistent with our flavors and will be sure to communicate with servers to check temps of coffee before serving to guests. Thanks, Keni

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OT
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! One of the best restaurants I have ever been to! Everything was delicious; the service was fantastic and Trevor our server was so helpful with choices. You cannot skip the green beans and basque cake!

JC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, fantastic combinations of elements I'd not seen put together previously. Excellent and thoughtful service.

L
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We were told that we could not sit at the chef's counter but that a window seat was reserved for us. We were escorted to the table by the window which was set up for 4 people (we had 2). The hostess said there was a mistake and asked us to wait. We awkwardly stood by the table until she came back to tell us we had to sit somewhere else (not by a window). About 15 minutes later the table of 4 was divided into two tables for two and say with two different couples.

NJ
Cincinnati
65 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really appreciate having a tapas restaurant in the mix in the Madison and to have one of such quality is a real treat. I had to bump up the reservation from six to ten last minute, and the staff was more than willing to help make that happen. Because of the size of our group the chef had proposed a tasting menu which worked out very well. Both paella dishes were excellent. Personally I really enjoyed having a good selection of good Spanish wines. Just a great experience

c
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best restaurants in Madison. Always evolving the menu to make creative use of local ingredients. This meal was outstanding! The Basque Cake with blueberry compote was so tasty we ordered seconds. In particular we enjoyed the pulpo, the hangar steak, the tempura green beans, the Korean melon and Beauregard snow peas. We always start with pan con tomate. And oh yes, oysters! Service was impeccable.

z
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The incredible, classy atmosphere is enough already, when you pair in a diverse menu - excellently presented in tapas style - that’s equally incredible, it takes this place to the 5/5 stars. Wonderful for date night, laid back enough to enjoy yourself, classy enough to give it that added dazzle. I can’t quantify the dazzle factor in stars, but it doesn’t need stars. It dazzles.

Estrellon
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you for the dazzling review, Zach!

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M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative, carefully curated local ingredients. Taste rules. Friendly and very helpful server. Had two guests from San Francisco who were shocked at the low cost compared to quality and satisfaction.

Estrellon
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thank you so much for the kind words, Marge!

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EK
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a date night at Estrellón and the service, food and ambiance of the restaurant was fantastic. We sat at the chef’s counter and had the tasting menu for two. Each plate was beautiful, fresh and delicious. The entire staff was friendly and attentive. We had a very wonderful, special experience!

RH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I love sitting at the chef's counter at Estrellon. However, this past experience did not Wow me. I did love the Hamachi Crudo, but the lack of salad on the menu was a dissapointment. Apparently all veggies are from our local farmers market. I have been buying organic greens from the market for the last three weeks. Not sure if they ran out, but you must have some type of salad in the summer.

l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estrellon provides a seamlessly executed dining experience. My friend and I were seeing a broadway show and informed our waiter of our time constraints and the food arrived in an appropriate manner to eat, while paced so we would not miss the show! The dishes were excellent and the staff acquire an impressive presentation of the farmers of each produce.

Estrellon
Responded on August 17, 2019

Thanks for sharing your experience with us! We'll be sure to share this with our staff.

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JC
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top 4 In Madison.

CD
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I am struggling to understand why Estrellon is rated as high as it is on open table. Restaurant was empty at 8 and yet service was painstakingly slow - in part because they were already closing down the kitchen. Food was mediocre. Octopus with potatoes was more like potatoes with 3 pieces of Octopus. No dish stood out - meatballs were over sauced, croquettes uninspired.

KC
Austin
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Overall a horrible experience. We did the chefs tasting menu and it mostly consisted of bread and potatoes plates. I’ve eaten there before and know they have much better options to include (charred octopus, yum!). They also charged us $3 when we asked for no vermouth in our martini.

Estrellon
Responded on August 27, 2019

Hi there, First, I want to apologize for the delayed response. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and sharing your latest experience at Estrellon - we appreciate all feedback. On behalf of Estrellon, I would like to apologize to you for the inconvenience and frustration during your dining experience. If you could please email me at information@estrellonrestaurant. c o m, I'd love to discuss things further on this matter. Best, Keni

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great, but drinks were a little disappointing. We had to wait a while for our reservation, and service otherwise was slow.

M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience. Great service with recommendations on appropriate number of dishes, suggestions, and wine. Love eating here!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the survie was excellent.

LM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second exceptional meal at Estrellon! Everything here, from the impeccable service to the inventive and delicious food, shows outstanding care and attention to detail. We lived in New York and Chicago prior to Madison, and everything about Estrellon is on par with the fine-dining experiences we became accustomed to in those cities. As an aside, do yourself a favor and get a cocktail, even if you're not a "cocktail person." I generally prefer rye or bourbon, or maybe a gin and tonic, but I exclusively drink cocktails at Estrellon because they're so tasty and unique.

AT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KM
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
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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