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L'Etoile Restaurant

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994 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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
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vipKimberly (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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Jenni5 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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KarenE 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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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JayG (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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Davie (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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vipDelavan (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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Equestrian (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined 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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ptyler (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Great service and creative food with samples brought by the chef during your dining. I loved it and my 14 year old daughter loved it also. Great view, cocktails and food

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Outstanding service. Perfectly balanced Sazerac with 7year rye. Impeccable timing. Everything on the plate was cooked to perfection. Our waiter was perfect.

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JenDan68 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Best restaurant in Madison. Creative, delicious food. The wait staff is extremely pleasant. By far my favorite place to eat out.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent!! Enjoy!!

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Dudley (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

We chose the tasting menu with the wine pairings and were quite impressed. Not only was each dish delicious and creative, but the portions were a good size. The high ceiling of the restaurant must keep the noise level down because it was very pleasant. Each member of the staff was knowledgable about the food being served. All in all a very nice evening.

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HappyHarvest (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2017

Great Food and Service, excellent atmosphere, almost at the level of a French Michelin restaurant and more accommodating to dietary restrictions. The amuse bouche was extraordinary, the snapper very good though I found the flavors a little confused, rabbit appetizer outstanding...I will return.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Service by our server and cocktail mixologist was amazing. Really went above and beyond. Fabulous creative food with an exceptional bend of flavors.
Can’t wait to go back!

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Topper (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful dining!! Great flavors on tasting menu. Wine menu by glass is very limited. Server was very efficient and knowledgeable about items served. Good for quiet conversation. One of my 3 favorite restaurants that I go to.

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vipConfluxible (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

Extraordinary food; gracious service. A top ten meal.

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suzzi (Orlando)
2.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

The salsify appetizer was amazing! Always well taken care of at L’Etoile.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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,
M

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TimD (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

We celebrated here for our 20th wedding anniversary. While it was expensive, the food, wine, service and ambiance were all exceptional, and made the occasion very special indeed. We would certainly return for a similarly special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was outstanding but were not excited by the first course choices. Octopus and rabbit were not items we were interested in. Salad became our only option. We would have preferred items as shown on on-line menu we reviewed prior to our visit.

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