L'Etoile Restaurant

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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
L’Etoile has served local and seasonal offerings since it first opened its doors in 1976. Multiple menu formats tailor each guest's experience as well as reflect the best ingredients of the season.

At L’Etoile there’s always a sommelier on hand to answer any questions you might have about our extensive wine list and provide recommendations based on your preferences, budget, and food compatibility.
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JS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were impressed as soon as we walked in. Everyone on the staff was friendly and well dressed. Prior to our arrival, I had received a phone call confirming our reservation, and asking about my food allergy. When the waiter brought my menu, he explained that they had removed the selections from my menu that interfered with my allergy. All servers were timely and extremely helpful. The food was first class. Thank you for such an enjoyable evening.

MW
Naples
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place in Madison for fine dining! Each dish was small but excellent.

C
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been eating here for as long as they’ve been open and haven’t failed to impress yet.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here each time we make our annual visit to Madison. The food is amazing and never disappoints.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

k
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything the Wine Spectator said it would be. Try the wine pairings with your ala carte menu. Truly a lovely evening.

JC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Arrived a bit early and although there were many empty tables we were asked to come back in 20 minutes. Beautiful view of the capitol but not a cozy environment. Food was outstanding. We did order a drink at the bar and was surprised the hostess told us they had our table ready but never offered to carry our drinks to our table.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for an anniversary dinner and were treated royally. Excellent and varied tasting menu.

WP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently one of the best restaurants anyplace in the US. At every level, they always perform flawlessly. Their tasting menu is superb.

PP
Chicago
173 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Madison for a special celebration. The staff called beforehand asking about dietary concerns, which was a nice touch; as well as personalizing our menu for our celebration-very thoughtful! We each ordered 3 courses from the a la carte menu, as well as the wine pairings.
All of the food and wine pairings were wonderful! We started with the bee charmer corn and the hamachi as our appetizers; for mains we enjoyed the King Salmon and Halibut. Fish was cooked perfectly and the explosion of flavors were delightful. Ended with the Dark Chocolate Cremeaux and the Caramel Pine Nut Tart-both were excellent. It was a wonderful experience, with top notch service, and a great view in a nice dining room. They made our celebration memorable, thanks!

B
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dinner here! We took the tasting menu and all the food was amazing. Some innovative dishes! Really good food, good wine pairings, great service. They also were able to easily handle my gluten allergy. Would definitely come back.

JM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

i love this restaurant. Despite the big not so cozy space, it's friendly, service is assured and warm, and the food it terrific. Wine pairings are especially fun. If it weren't so expensive, I'd go all the time.

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

incredible tasting menu. go with the $75 wine pairing. Have been thrilled by this restaurant every time for 10 years. Remarkable service and exquisite ambience.

Z
Cleveland
33 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasure. A place for foodies who want to experience some of the finest preparations and presentations around. Madison is known for its great food experiences and L'Etoile is certainly up there. Our server, Maxwell, was excellent. Service was basically perfect overall and I will say the best preparation and quality of Halibut I can recall. Don't miss this one.

RK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our Anniversary and we truly felt "feted." Our waiter was delightful - as were all the wait staff. The FOOD was outstanding!! I would recommend L'Etoile to anyone wanting a truly unique food experience!!

MF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall excellent experience. The food was extremely creative and delicious! I've been to L'Etoile before, but this was the best meal I've had there.

DW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at L'Etoile 1-2/yr when I am in Madison for either business or personal travel. It is always outstanding & always such a treat to dine there. The menu, the food, the presentation, the servers, & the cocktails are all perfection. Compliments to the chef, the management team and all of the staff! Thank you.

C
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great welcome service with personalized message on the menu, we were celebrating my husband birthday, it was a surprised for both of us. Presentation of every dishes are excellent, good ambiance for intimate fine dining, well trained server to remember details of each dishes as well as personal request.
The steak and pork dishes are magnificent, the mojito also well made

L'Etoile Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience with us! Happy to hear that you and your partner had a great birthday experience at L'Etoile!

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MW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food. Great experience. Definitely a destination for special occasions or experience dining.

PB
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Best salmon I have ever eaten. Wine pairing was sensational. The best restaurant in Madison hands down and one of the best in the US.

MW
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I experienced the very best hamachi and halibut I have ever eaten. This is a Michelin quality restaurant! Being from Michigan, we wanted to try L’Etoile if we ever made it over to Madison. We decided to try it on our way to upper Minnesota and we are so glad we did! The service was also excellent, to match the outstanding cuisine. Thank you!

L'Etoile Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2019

Glad the trip from Michigan was worth it! Thank you for the kind words, Michele.

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VM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a pleasant night. The food was quite tasty, our server was very polite, knowledgeable and attentive. Will definitely be coming back.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scallops were divine and the service excellent!!

L'Etoile Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2019

Thank you!

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MH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a sublime restaurant. Our party of 4 ordered 2 tasting menus and 2 different ala Cartes. We also ordered the wine pairings for each course. All of the courses were excellent and the wine pairings were perfect. The service was extraordinary. Shortly after sitting at the table we found ourselves transported to a different realm of culinary excellence. Madison is very fortunate to have such an exquisite restaurant in its midst.

L'Etoile Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2019

Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience! We'll be sure to share this with our culinary and front of house staff.

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EE
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful meal and outstanding service.

M
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at 3 star Michelin restaurants and similar restaurants around the world. We think this restaurant is at the top of the list! The food could not have been any better!

L'Etoile Restaurant
Responded on August 15, 2019

Wow! Thank you so much for the kind words.

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T
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe the best meal I've ever had?

JM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable overall. Impressive wine selection.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the tasting menu with the wine pairing for our anniversary. This was excellent. Each course was perfectly paired with unique wines. We opted to add in the octopus appetizerC and the chef obliged. We cannot wait to visit Madison again and eat here!

D
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 20th anniversary! They greeted us with a glass of champagne, gave us a commemorative menu card with our names. The dinner was excellent!!

JR
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

First let me say, in my opinion, L'Etoile has the most creative and finest food certainly in Madison if not Wisconsin which was once again supported by a recent visit. When we arrived for our reservation a rather frantic maître d failed to greet us, i.e. say hello, welcome, etc which was alittle off putting. This may have been the result of the front of house appearing rather short handed so everyone was very busy which resulted in a rather hectic atmosphere. However, our waiter was great and very helpful in navigating the menu. The food was sublime. We started with the Hamachi and Octopus. The Hamachi was fresh, light and refreshing with a nice addition of burnt baby strawberries and strawberry broth. The Octopus was out of this world, the best I have every had. For our entree's we had the duck and halibut and both were fantastic. It was the best duck I have ever had including the Four Seasons in NYC. We shared the Crème Fraiche Panna Cotta for dessert and it too was simply outstanding. It was assembled in layers and each layer had a wonderful flavor and texture. The attention to detail was obvious throughout our meal from the premeal amuse-bouche to the post meal mignardise. We are so fortunate to have such a culinary gem in Madison.

N
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant I and my wife have eaten at ever. Period. Food absolutely the best. Service is incomparable. The thing they do best, over and above the creation of unique tastes and flavors, is the pairing of wine to food. Trust them and they will take your pallet on a tour you’ll never forget.

SD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can afford L'Etoile rarely, but it is always a wonderful meal. The wait staff are superb, and the location, while a bit overly modernistic, affords a great view of the Capitol and of passers-by. L'Etoile remains simply the best restaurant in Madison.

k
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I have made L'Etoile an annual tradition. I am vegan, noted that in my reservation, and was greeted with a 7 course custom vegan menu upon my arrival. Everything was delicious! My friend enjoyed the wine pairing. We will be back - thank you!!

R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great destination restaurant for special occasions, such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, etc. Tasting menu has terrific selections and wine pairings with each course make this a memorable dining experience.

LK
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible dining experience for a special occasion

TF
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to L’etoile for our 20th Anniversary. Our menus were personalized, the service and good was amazing. Our desert was personalized as well. It was a wonderful evening.

DR
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated her 40th birthday. It was the appropriate restaurant for a romantic dinner, but would work with a small group as well. The food was among the best I've ever had. The flavor was probably the best I've had. Textures and presentation were excellent as well. Hard to say the "value" is good because it is expensive, but I don't think you can get better food for cheaper. One first course, one second course, and one dessert was perfect for me (6'2" man). My wife (5'1") was full before dessert. I did the wine pairings and was very pleased. I'd give L'Etoile a solid A. I'm still thinking about the shortbreads and the wine pairing with the duck.

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We blundered into a reservation and LOVED our fine dining experience in Madison! The food was fresh, delicious and inventive; the wine pairings delicious and appropriate; the service was impeccable!
All in all we had a wonderful experience and wish Maxwell our server much luck!!!

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