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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

L'Etoile Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.2

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (43)
Special Occasion (39)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for a Date (29)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Local Ingredients (28)
Notable Wine List (24)
Scenic View (23)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Seasonal (13)
Authentic (10)
Organic (10)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Cozy (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 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!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Organic, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·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!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Organic, Romantic, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·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

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent!! Enjoy!!

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Bar Seating
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 (Minneapolis)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Extraordinary food; gracious service. A top ten meal.

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 (Orlando)·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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·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

Tags: Organic, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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 (Tampa)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 1, 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 27, 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 26, 2017

Best fine dining restaurant in Madison.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 25, 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.

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vip
 (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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