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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.
Madison, WI 53703
Contemporary American, European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
L'Etoile Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We love a tasting menu, but oh lord, the food. Course after course of chewy, tasteless, almost raw meat. Almost no vegetables, other than the sulfurous brownish Brussels sprouts and a few other mushy root vegetables. One type of bread, a good roll. Absolutely delicious rose grapefruit sherbet. We enjoyed the beautiful view of the capitol and the good wine, but an expensive disappointment otherwise.
It was wonderful! Thank you for the attention, service, kindness and experience. My favorite was the champagne and wine recommendations. My only negative was the toughness of the rabbit that I had. It was really not edible and quite tough through no fault of anyone. It was a wonderful birthday with my favorite person of 43 years, my husband.
Thank you Very much,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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