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L'Etoile Restaurant

1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
+1 608-251-0500
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good14%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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French, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
1 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 53703-2892
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

We were first at l'Etoile about 25 years ago and enjoyed the meal. Last weekend we were there with our children and were not impressed. While the service was very good, the menu is limited and the price is high for what you get. While...More

2  Thank Dan V
Reviewed 16 July 2014

Madison is a dichotomy -- folks consider it a "foodie" haven, but it doesn't have many really good restaurants. There are a few good ones, and L'Etoile is head and shoulders the best of the bunch. It is a seriously ambitious restaurant, and successfully so....More

3  Thank David S
Reviewed 13 July 2014

My wife and I share a birthday. Our son and his wife treated us to dinner last night at L'Etiole. They have changed format to a chef's choice tasting menu. We opted for the Seven Course offering with wine paring. It was incredible. The service...More

1  Thank michiganwanderer7
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is a very nice restaurant with good food and service. It has a very impressive cocktail service with very unusual combinations and liquors. The food uses local ingredients and is similarly top-notch. The issue is price. Some of the cocktails are very reasonable (around...More

1  Thank Memphis_piranha
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Maybe it's because Madison is a state capitol, but this restaurant far exceeded expectations for fine dining. It could have been a much more expensive meal, but we were not that hungry and we all opted for two first courses. Nevertheless, these came with an...More

1  Thank A2Steph
Reviewed 9 June 2014

I made reservations on our way back from Wolershine Winery. They asked if I had any food allergies when making the reservation!!! What a GREAT idea!! I am gluten free, so very much appreciated this! My food sensitivity was confirmed when we were seated! Our...More

1  Thank Karen B
Reviewed 8 June 2014

We have had 3 excellent meals at L'Etoile. The view of the Capitol out the front window is beautiful. They use only locally sourced ingredients for their offerings, which changes daily. They have one of the best wine selections in the city with excellent staff...More

1  Thank teddysmom3
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

And one of the best I've dined at in the US. A balance of great food, service, and atmosphere, where the staff take real care to give you a perfect dining experience!

1  Thank VickiSS22
Reviewed 21 May 2014

We started to go into "Graze"', the new affiliated restaurant, but could tell it would be way too loud for us, plus packed and we were concerned about service delay. So we turned into L'Etoile, a lovely and elegant space and were seated immediately. Our...More

2  Thank oldmayor
Reviewed 30 April 2014

Loved the artistic and creative versions of their dishes. Very unique and still so tasty. Staff was cordial, and attentive. While the food is great, this is more of an "experience in dining" sort of restaurant. Be prepared to pay a hefty price for the...More

Thank Chris G
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19 June 2016|
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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|
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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
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
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