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L'Etoile Restaurant

4.6
1037 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
What 1037 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 14 hours ago

This place is awesome! The service was impeccable. The views of the Capitol (and people watching) are fantastic. Food was perfect. Oh, and I ordered a specialty cocktail called Sky Vanilla. 10/10! It is fairly expensive so don't go in looking for anything cheap, you won't find it here, but you absolutely get what you pay for.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous food, beautiful setting, great service. Expensive, but worth it.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Another great special occasion date at L’Etoile. The rabbit and halibut dishes were outstanding! Our server added items to our order two different times that we didn’t choose and spoke too quietly, but he did make great recommendations so it wasn’t a big deal, just a little odd. Love our visits we have had here.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We have been to l'Etoile for many years since 2 of our children attended the university in Madison. We went last year for our daughter's graduation and again this year for our son's. However the tasting menu this year was not as great, although it is required because of graduation weekend, there is no other option. But the chef would be better off preparing a menu with 3 courses, each with 3 different choices, instead of this long extended menu with tiny portion, and a service that takes for ever. Although we had a reservation at 9:30 p.m it still took for ever to be served. Our server took almost 45 minutes to even take our order. The temperature this weekend being on the chilly side, the restaurant was like a refrigerator, and it took a lot of convincing to raise the temperature (but they did graciously - so thank you). My advice for next graduations, less of such an extensive set tasting menu - shorter menu would be best.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Dining at L’Etoile was a fantastic culinary experience. Their exceptional cuisine and service made our special occasion very memorable!!!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food and atmosphere were wonderful - a great place for a special occasion. I was a bit taken back by the price - was unaware that only a tasting menu would be offered. Would have preferred an a la carte option as well - the tasting menu was a lot of food.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Outstanding server-
Very helpful in wine and dinner selection. Great sense of humor.
In regards to the food,
Less cheese on salad a bit salty.
All other food selections phenomenal, perfection.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Our window table looked over the State Capital building and the sidewalk so people watching was great. Then the food came and all else was forgotten. It was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. Very worth the drive from Milwaukee.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This restaurant was very cozy and the food was very good! The portions are a little small for the price, but overall it was a satisfactory experience.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My wife wanted to go here as a gift for finishing up her doctorate program and it was a gift she will never forget....absolutely loved everything about the evening!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We have dined at L’Etoile each year for the past several years to celebrate our anniversary. It is always a wonderful evening punctuated by mouth-watering morsels, perfect wine pairings, and superb service. This year did not disappoint, even with a curveball of our reservation via Open Table not being in their system. Luckily, they had a table and were able to seat us immediately. The staff was highly apologetic and provided us with complimentary glasses of champagne the moment we sat at the bar for a cocktail. They also quickly made personalized menus for us when we shared that we frame them in our home as a remembrance.

We were treated to yet more champagne when we were seated, which I especially enjoyed. Each dish was amazing, and we tasted incredible wines that made the food sing even more. My husband enjoyed the small dishes of the seven course tasting menu while I opted for the a la carte approach (I could eat the rabbit I was served in the first course every day). After our dessert course, we toasted with a complimentary pour of a 17-year Madeira that brought it all together.

Our window view of the capitol was lovely, our server was charming, the maitre d’ incredibly attentive and accommodating, and the overall experience delighted from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

L’Etoile remains one of THE best restaurants ever!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Exemplary food and service, as we've found in the past

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Words cannot describe the amazing flavor symphony in each dish we tried! The food was beautiful in presentation and phenomenal in taste. The service was amazing. The view of the Capitol building at night was a stunning backdrop for our meal. The food here is pricey but honestly worth every penny. This is more than a meal, it is an event that will be remembered fondly for a long time.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Amazing experience

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Entire staff was extremely accommodating to any dietary needs, placed special emphasis on the Birthday Boys! We truly enjoyed the wine pairing, both delicious and informative. Thank you for a delightful special evening out with my family!

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3.0Dined on April 20, 2018

L’Etoile has moved to new shinny digs since the last time I dined there. The old charming restaurant with exposed brick on a second floor has been replaced by gigantic glass picture windows and IMHO a cold decor without character. The tight quarters of the old location with creaky and slanting wooden floors are replaced by carpet and spacious interior. Don’t get me wrong - it is nice modern look. But it doesn’t compare to the charming character of previous location.

Food was good - not great. I had fish entrees and an appetizer while my colleague had octopus app & duck for main course. Of all the items the octopus app was probably the most memorable plate.

Service is great. I would suggest to go to their sister restaurant - Graze next doors. It definitely was a more lively of the two.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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 on April 14, 2018

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 on April 13, 2018

The food is way overpriced for the quantity and quality.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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 on April 12, 2018

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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