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About 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.

1 S Pinckney Street Suite 107
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
East Washington

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 251-0500

Website:
http://www.letoile-restaurant.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Tory Miller

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Join us for a 5 Course Dinner with multiple options for each course. This menu will highlight the flavors of late autumn and early winter. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated. $145 per person. Optional wine pairings will be offered for an additional charge.

L'Etoile Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

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4.8

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4.7

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4.3

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94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Romantic (34)
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Local Ingredients (29)
Notable Wine List (29)
Tasting Menu (28)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Good for a Date (19)
Scenic View (16)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Seasonal (8)
Authentic (7)
Organic (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Healthy (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

All participants had a great experience. We will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a memorable meal with the tasting menu and wine pairing. The sommelier went above and beyond, pouring wonderful wines and giving background on each. We look forward to going back next time we're in Madison.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The tasting menu was inventive and seasonal. Wine pairings were well chosen and thoughtfully presented. There was one small hiccup when the wine pairing for a particular course was not brought out on time, but the other servers rushed to bring it when they realized it had been forgotten. Altogether it was a memorable meal in a lovely venue with attentive, yet comfortable, service.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

I went to L'Etoile by myself. The service felt a little cold and while I felt welcome, I didn't feel completely wanted or appreciated. Thank you for refilling my water a lot, that was very nice. The quail was by far the best dish. The portion sizes were perfect. Not too much food yet I left feeling full. The drinks were fantastic, the orange peel in the cider was genius. Thank you for a very fine evening. I think that if I were to come back, it would be for a very special occasion and with my family so that I could drink.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a splendid meal; excellent food, great service. We were not hungry enough to try the tempting tasting menu, but we did very well with the a la carte menu. The individual items in the appetizer of duck confit were each succulent (preserved lemon, black garlic, sunchokes), and combined well together. Our diner who ordered the mushrooms and escargots was equally impressed. For entrees, two of us had the guinea hen and one the red snapper - again both beautifully prepared and very tasty. For dessert, the hickory nut cake with Seckel pears was up to the standard of previous courses, but the apple cider donut was a slight disappointment. Wines by the glass were good. A superior dining experience. We will come back when we again visit Madison.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The staff was beyond outstanding. They are knowledgable, courteous and pay close attention to your needs.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 28, 2017

L'Etoile is the best restaurant in southern Wisconsin for wonderful food, locally sourced and seasonal. The service is top notch with friendly, knowledgeable wait staff. The view is lovely and the food truly imaginative and delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best fine dining restaurant in Madison.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 26, 2017

By far the best gourmet food in Madison. Prices commensurate with urban fine dining in other cities. Frank and the other waitstaff made the experience truly wonderful and memorable. We received excellent attention (and education) from the very well informed sommelier even though we chose the less expensive wine pairing. This is our go to restaurant when looking for a true fine dining restaurant in Madison.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Our go to place for elegance and amazing food. They never disappoint!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Absolutely exquisite! The food is hard to describe. Every dish is well thought out, cooked perfectly, and the ingredients blend together so well. The dessert was heaven on a plate. Wonderful, attentive service. It is expensive. So what! You get what you pay for. We could actually sit at a table and converse in a normal tone of voice and hear the background music. I am so tired of having to put my mouth inches from my husband's ear and yelling in order to be heard over the din of so many restaurants. Take your time, enjoy the meal. And leave the poorly behaved kids at home. This is not the restaurant for them.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great service! The food was top notch. Very quite and personal ambiance. Highly recommend!!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Pretentious, overpriced, small portions. Trying way too hard to be "fine dining." Everyone was very courteous and service was cordial but slow.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food was creative and tasty, but really skimpy. We ordered a small course, a large course and the wine pairing. Service was the best, view of the capitol was wonderful, atmosphere was great. But the size of the portions was teeny weeny. A "pear" the size of a big grape, and they only served half of it. I had the octopus small course - only a couple of small pieces of octopus. Then the langoustine main entry - about 2 shrimp, 2 scallops, the smallest slivers of "Norway lobster" you can imagine, and some veggies. Artfully arranged on the plate, but I would like enough food so that I don't leave hungry! Plenty of wine - more than I usually drink. And the dessert was similarly delicious but tiny. I went home and had to eat again before I went to sleep.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Creative and unusual combination of high quality ingredients, beautiful presentation. Quaiil was especially outstanding. Service is delightful, welcoming, friendly and we'll paced.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Honestly, best restaurant in the world. Really.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

3 of us spent 3 hours sharing one skate entree, one 7 course chef's tasting menu, plus two extra desserts. Everything was truly divine, a real culinary adventure. Loved attending to every ingredient and reading the farm source list. This is not a pre-theater event. This is the theater event, and should be savored for every minute and every bite. A high art happening. We all loved the whole experience. We are two seniors, and one 18 year old adventure seeker, who was as thrilled as we were.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2017

It was my husband's birthday. They offered to make menu with his name, all server kept saying happy birthday to him. Not only high quality service, food was excellent. We enjoyed every single meal they served at the night. Thank you

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Not cheap, but I have to say worth the price.
We chose to have the sommelier do wine pairing for $55 per person.
Once again, totally worth it! We got a champagne starter and then 3 additional glasses to go with our food courses. 100% fun.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 30, 2017

L'Etoile is the perfect place to celebrate a special event - we just went for my 50th birthday. The service, food and overall experience is always several notches ahead of any other restaurant in town. Always.

We went with the tasting menu and it was worth it - every course was delicious. We skipped the wine pairing but instead took the server's recommendation for a wine that would work with the menu and it was fantastic.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We eat out a lot around the world. The 7 course tasting menu was extremely good, a truly great meal. The accompanying wines were fine, not outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent experience!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was fabulous, the wine pairing exceptional. Plenty of flavors and superb service. One of the best meals we have enjoyed.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food was beautiful and the flavors lovely. Andrew, our waiter, was a gem. If we lived in Madison we'd be back soon.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We save this place for big occasions when splurging is expected and justified. A very special experience, starting with the view of the Capitol building, the general ambience, the wine selection, unmatched service, and of course, the imaginative and delicious food. I guarantee you will find food here that is unique. We are saving up for our next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was very good but over priced for what we got. Scallop dish had only two scallops and presentation on a unappealing plate.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 9, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! Ridiculously creative cuisine---flavorful, fresh, rich, and paired wonderfully with cellar selections. Menu looked good online but product was better in reality. Has to be the best plate in Madison. Also awesome service and atmosphere. Not inexpensive but worth every penny. We will be back when in town again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Hadn't been here in several years and it was great to find the quality has been maintained. Our server (Alden) choreographed the meal expertly. Wife enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings immensely.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Wonderful dinner celebrating a milestone Anniversary! Best service from Michael and the rest of the staff. Food was outstanding! Tuned up to diners with dietary restrictions. Memorable celebration! Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The tasting menu was a blast. My wife went ala cart and we had plenty to share

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We celebrated our 50th anniversary and had a wonderful experience - the staff was very informative and kind, the food was beyond expectation and the ambiance was perfect for an intimate celebration. Thank you.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is quite simply the best restaurant in Madison - but it is the most expensive, too. The food was perfect, the ambience was warm but not at all stuffy, and the waitress and sommelier were experts. Slow service is to be expected at a super-fine dining establishment, but I don't like waiting 30 minutes for bread and the bottle of wine and I don't like spending 2.5 hours at a restaurant for dinner. Those minor issues aside, if you have the money and/or it's a special occasion, there is no restaurant I would recommend more than this one.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

After reading a good review on TripAdvisor, I thought I'd take my wife there for our Anniversary. The Maitre'd had a hard time finding our reservation (made online). Then we were given about the poorest table in the place (reservation for 6:45). They nicely had an Anniversary menu prepared and offered some complimentary beverage and small snacks. We consistently were waiting on the waitress - her service was quite slow. The food was disappointing. The presentation was average, the portions notably small, and the food was only warm. I think the food sat too long waiting to being served. Unfortunately, we expected much more for the price. We'd been there years before, but it's lost a lot of quality. Too bad.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Just absolutely wonderful all around.....at all times we felt catered to and appreciated. :)

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great place to celebrate big events, enjoy great food, and impeccable service and experience

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 19, 2017

This is my favorite special occasion restaurant in Madison. Bar none. Definitely worth the price. The tasting menu was fabulous. The combination of flavors is surprising and amazing. Will go again and again and again....

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Staff was great and made sure this event was special for my wife's birthday!

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We decided to go here for our 1st anniversary. I had read many good reviews, all of which lived up to their expectations. The staff was very friendly. The food is wonderful. My only regret is not getting the tasting menu. Would go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Excellent food and service. Lived up to its reputation!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 12, 2017

My favorite

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