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L'Etoile Restaurant

4.6
1019 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, European
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(608) 251-0500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tory Miller
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Washington
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1019 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was phenomenal, especially the octopus and the pork belly starters - some bites we will never forget!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had an outstanding meal! Service was top notch and definitely will be back again for a special night.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was great. Our server did an awesome job explaining what was in each dish. Food was delicious and in perfect quantities.

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1.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is way overpriced for the quantity and quality.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

One of the best meals I have ever had in the US.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

A special dinner to celebrate my son’s 25th birthday. We had a table by the window with a beautiful view of the capital. We started with a delicious glass of champagne, the chef created a lovely cheese board, then enjoyed a delicious dinner and dessert with a candle. Everything was outstanding. Excellent service-very attentive but not in the way. This is where we always go for an extra-special dining experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The tasting menu was fantastic! Portion sizes were just right for a 7-course meal(plus 2 amuse-vouchers and an after-dinner treat.)Servers paced the meal perfectly, and explained ingredients and preparations well. Well worth the price!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Booked for birthday I think you guys forgot about that host was great food servers seemed confused with what they were describing drinks were excelant and last but not leased main course was fabulous

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The food was excellent and the staff was very attentive. Our sever was very knowledgeable. It was a very pleasant and and satisfying dining experience.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Although we did not stay due the expensive menu we had a most gracious host in Olin. He was helpful , friendly and very professional and personable. He is a real asset to the venue.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Our overall experience was wonderful- my beef short ribs appetizer was quite salty too my sea bass entree was fabulous. My partner had clams and pork appetizer which he loved and the he had the pork belly entree which he also loved . The desserts were amazing. especially the deconstructed cheesecake!! Service was fabulous - all very expensive but great for a special occasion!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Visited from out of town. Am a total foodie so wanted to check this place out. Amazing food, service is great, just manager is NOT nice &/or personable. He seemed very pompous & had an attitude. I was nice but wanted to say more...too bad he’s in charge as he should be more cognizant of his demeanor & how he treats others. I was professional & even gave compliments of food, service & he was snobby. Too bad!:(

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My significant other and I were anticipating a lovely dinner. While the ambiance and service were top notch we felt that the food fell short. We opted for the tasting menu and a few of the courses either lacked flavor or had inharmonious flavors. For example, had we known that the foie gras course was a custard we may have opted for the ala carte menu, but it was not stated on the menu. We also knew that dinner would take longer than average but 2.5 hours was excessive. It was an experience but unfortunately we would not recommend it to others.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

My wife’s birthday. The food was fantastic and the staff made it special.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

An expensive night out but well worth the investment every once and a while.
Very well informed wait staff with just the right level of attentiveness to personal service.
Excellent wine list and a choice of entrees or an intriguing tasting menu.
A fine night out in Madison.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic experience from beginning to end. The wine list, knowledge of food and wine and the amazing views are unmatched !!!

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We chose to select our own 3-course meal from the menu. Each plate was an amazing variety of complementary tastes and textures. The simple carrot was elevated to an art form, as were the more exotic ingredients such as lamb belly and salsify. They gave us special treatment for our 25th wedding anniversary, but I observed a nearby table getting attentive care for a casual gathering, too. Three courses and a glass of wine were around $100 pp, not extreme given how special this meal was.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

L' Etoile's dining experience is lovely. The atmosphere is beautiful, the service attentive, and the food delightful. I would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent service and atmosphere. Food is ok.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Staff was very attentive. Food was excellent! Would highly recommend the fish!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

No surprises. We came for the food and service and were not disappointed. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and our table next to the window with a view of the capital was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday. We did the tasting menu with wine pairing, and each course came with a thorough explanation of the dish and a lot of history about each wine. I had the octopus and NY Strip which was cooked perfectly. Initially, I thought the portion of meat was small, but when eaten with the veggies, and other accompaniments it was just the right size. You get what you pay for, and you will pay for it! We knew this going in, and will continue to go for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

My wife and I had never dined at L'Etoile and after receiving a gift certificate to the restaurant that provided us with an additional incentive to dine there. We both had the Black Bass as our entrée and we both agreed the meals were delicious. The service was very good and the wine list was deep and one of the best I've ever seen. However, there was one thing that puzzled us and that was the lack of vegetables on the menu. There wasn't a salad listed on the menu as a first course option but after asking if that was an option we were pleased to find out it was so we both ordered one. When the entrée arrived the only vegetable provided with the entrée were very small spring onions and even though they were very good we felt another vegetable may have enhanced the meal. Having said that we both felt the meals were outstanding and the next time we're celebrating a special occasion L'Etoile will be at the top of our list of restaurants to go to.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

L'Etoile is always perfect. The food is prepared exquisitely. The entrees are enhanced by careful selection of accompanying vegetables, spices, and perfect sauces. The meal is not rushed and you have a nice amount of time to savor each course. Nancy, our server, was superb. Madison is fortunate to have such a classy restaurant.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Rushed service. Decent food, however, not refined; every sauce had the same starchy consistency.
Overpriced, not a good value!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent food! Was a great night!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

What an amazing meal. My husband and I had the chef tasting menu, which included seven courses and it included some of the best food I've ever had. We ate at an Asian-fusion French restaurant in Paris in September and also had their tasting menu and this was just as good as high-end Parisian food, if not better. The intensity of the flavors in each dish is what I remember most. Every ingredient in each dish was there for a reason and I could taste and appreciate everything. The tasting menu with wine pairings for two was pricey and I wasn't "full" at the end of the meal, but I was more than satisfied. The experience of tasting such incredible food combinations was well worth it!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always delivers, never disappoints. Creative and unexpected combinations that are a delight to consume. Have been dining at this restaurant since it’s inception years ago. It has maintained quality standards consistently through smooth transitions with changing owners and chefs.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day. Food, service, ambience all excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I have been enjoying L'Etoile for many years. It is one of my favorite restaurants. I only wish I could affoed it more often.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Did the 7 coarse meal. Was fantastic. The server's were very knowledgeable and explained food very well

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Had another spectacular dinner at this amazing restaurant!!
30s across on FOOD/DECOR/SERVICE from the(previously) insightful Zagat rating system
WOW,WOW,WOW!!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Absolutely wonderful! We each had three courses and all were perfect. Especially noteworthy were the first course pork belly and the New York strip steak entrees. You can't miss with any of the desserts. And don't miss out on the Poinsettia cocktail. It was wonderful. We especially appreciate being able to order a half bottle of very good French champagne. Michael, our server, was excellent, as he always is. My only complaint is not at all with the restaurant, but the appearance of some diners. This is a classy restaurant. Show some respect! No one is asking you to wear a suit and tie, but jeans and untucked flannel shirt shows disrespect to the restaurant and the atmosphere it provides.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Brilliant dinner--everything was even better than the menu description suggested. I could eat the quail small plate every day pretty much for the rest of my life. Only small tweak I'd suggest was to drop the popcorn in the black cod plate. It seemed, well, just silly. Nothing about it added to the flavor or texture, and it was bad popcorn besides. But if you are prepared to spend a good deal of money for an exquisite dinner, this is your place.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

This restaurant was highly recommended and exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food. Great service. Super romantic. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing. It was fantastic....inventive dishes, beautifully plated, well-timed service, and incredibly tasty. We enjoyed Owen almost as much as the view of the state Capitol dome.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Food is astonishingly good! Service could not be better. Each time I dine here, I leave delighted, amazed and looking forward to my return.

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

L'Etoile is known as one of Madison's fanciest restaurants. High class atmosphere, high prices, excellent service, unique flavors, and small portions. My wife and I always wanted to try it once. With that box checked, it seems unlikely we'll go again. We enjoyed the flavors and the service, but we can get comparably delicious gourmet food on the next block for half the price. My wife mentioned she felt a little out of place in the stiff atmosphere, and neither of us were full when we left. I think L'Etoile is helping to drive the Madison food scene, but they're serving a very specific clientele.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Exquisite meal -- my first time at the newer location and the open ambiance with view of the Capitol make this a go-to.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Not inexpensive, but you must try it at least once when living in Madison.

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