We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

L'Etoile Restaurant

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
+1 608-251-0500
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good14%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (305)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 303 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

Dinner at L'Etoile is an experience of bright, lively ambiance, friendly and professional service and, above all, excellent cuisine. The locally sourced food follows the seasons and is prepared wonderfully. We shared a pork belly appetizer and each had sea scallops. Our waiter described each...More

Thank Joelyn O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've had some absolutely great meals at L'Etiole, but our meal this past weekend didn't live up to the high standard. Parts were very good (the amuse bouche), but others were not. The 6-minute egg appetizer was described as being over arugula, so we pictured...More

Thank jbillin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

PHENOMENAL! This isn't just a meal, it's a sensory celebration. The seven-course meal and superb wine pairings brought out the flavors of their one-of-a-kind dishes-- including squab and a squid-inked something that I couldn't believe tasted so good. This wonder-of-the-world restaurant was on our bucket...More

Thank sched4u
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While this restaurant has been around for 40 years, we did not expect it to be in a modern glass and steel structure adjacent to a bank building. The setting however, over looking the state Capitol building does not disappoint. The meal itself was one...More

Thank ODtravelers
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The tasting menu was excellent, with a presentation on preparation and source of food at each of the seven courses.

Thank charlesarthurs
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We had a lovely dinner with great service. It was great to see such a creative set of choices for both the food and the wine.

Thank Michelle M
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We had the most amazing dinner ever....from the moment we walked in to the server taking the time to explain the menu in detail to food preparation/taste....it was totally amazing!! Very nice airy atmosphere. Great wine listing with decent pricing. We did the ala carte...More

Thank Cubs_Fan007
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Incredibly inventive menu. Marvelous presentations. Impeccable service. The prices are high to be sure and the portions are small but it is a true dining experience.

Thank Hammbrook
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Wonderful attention by servers. Table was in a great location. However, had I known I would have requested seating in the life area. Looked like a relatively private area. Food was delicious. Be prepared for the total on the bill!

Thank Paris435805
Reviewed 23 May 2017

An excellent restaurant in all aspects - food, service, view. Fine dining without question. Creative and servings are just the right size, especially if you get a multi-course fixed price dinner. Great wine flights or bottle to accompany. Extensive wine list with some great moderately...More

Thank scooper2507
Nearby Restaurants
The Old Fashioned
1,701 reviews
.15 km away
Graze Restaurant
738 reviews
.07 km away
Marigold Kitchen
315 reviews
.15 km away
Nearby Attractions
Wisconsin State Capitol
1,436 reviews
.18 km away
Capitol Square
504 reviews
.24 km away
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
334 reviews
.46 km away
Madison Children's Museum
251 reviews
.21 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
19 June 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Krys W | Property representative |
Thank you for thinking of us! We do have gift cards available online, either in debit-card style that are mailed to you or the recipient, or in email-able instant certificates. Both can be purchased through our website!
Lisa V
20 September 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Krys W | Property representative |
At L’Etoile, we do not have a dress code. Many guests are dressed in business casual attire, while some enjoy getting a little more dressed up, especially if they are celebrating a special occasion. Our first priority is... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 100
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
    (East Washington)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-251-0500
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing