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.
Contemporary American, European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
L'Etoile Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Wonderful local cuisine with a kaleidos ...
Wonderful local cuisine with a kaleidoscope of flavor. They accommodated my shell fish allergy on the spot with a replacement item. Michael was a wonderful server, very knowledgeable. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.
From the moment we were greeted, it was ...
From the moment we were greeted, it was glorious. The quiet chatter of the patrons, the Saturday night "fever" of downtown, and the gorgeous views of the capital imploded our senses.
Jonathon did an expert job is staying near by w/o hovering.
It was an extremely busy night, yet there was no rushing. And his literary command and ease of explanations for every single word/garnish/food prep on the menu is exemplary.
Do not miss their Smoky martini - the duet of chubby blue cheese-stuffed olives is a symphony.
The small touches; continual water fills, healthy wine pours, savory gifts from the kitchen to say, "hello," and more, combine seamlessly to make a Saturday into a celebration. I can heartily recommend the red snapper and the halibut - preparation was simply divine. Kindly note that the presentation of even a cloth napkin is stellar.
The dark chocolate orbs presented at the evening's close were tiny jewels of decadence - not a good bye, but a "farewell until we meet agin!"
L'Etoile is understated coolness; a farm-to-table restaurant that seems as if you, and you alone, are the only ones in the room.
My husband brought me here to celebrate ...
My husband brought me here to celebrate my birthday. We were both highly impressed with the ambiance (modern, clean, warm decor). The staff was extremely friendly and took the time to explain the intricacies of the offerings. After dinner cocktails at the bar were fabulous! A very swanky but not ostentatious vibe--comfortable and welcoming. Very expensive but so worth it for a special evening. We will be back!
We don't live in Wisconsin but anytime w ...
We don't live in Wisconsin but anytime we get even close to Madison we make a point to swing into L'Etoile and it never disappoints. Amazing, thoughtfully-prepared food and wonderful wine pairings. The view of the capitol is also lovely from the dining room.
Our server Emily was excellent. Michael ...
Our server Emily was excellent. Michael the sommelier was a little distant . The wines were pared with our selections. They were excellent. Michael seems to have favorites in the dining room . He was fawning over another couple that evening. I would have liked more interaction with him but he was not interested in us. This was not the case with Emily.She answered all our questions and was extremely helpful at every turn. The food was very creative and was flavorful. I would say this is a great restaurant for a special occasion.
A very good well paced meal with very at ...
A very good well paced meal with very attentive service. It was a great location for our group of four friends (including two out of town friends) to have a good relaxed meal and lots of conversation. Their wine selection was very good, but so was their selection of non-alcoholic cocktails.
Wonderful Birthday Dinner for my wife. ...
Wonderful Birthday Dinner for my wife. It began with a special menu and a special treat . The food was excellent although I would have benefitted from more guidance in my choices. The wines were superb. We look forward to celebrating with L'Etoile again.
Still there after so many years. It is ...
Still there after so many years. It is hard to argue with that. The food was very good overall, though very expensive. That's always been true here, however. Portions are Midwestern generous. The only weak spot was the desserts, which are significantly below the standard of the other items.
I had the tasting menu and another order ...
I had the tasting menu and another ordered a la carte for this birthday dinner. We both loved the play of flavors within each dish. Service was helpful, informed, and attentive; she was able to speak in detail about all the dishes and wines. As there was a party of 12 there that night, we were given seating options to ensure their noise wouldn't interfere with our conversation. Enjoyable dining experience.
Fantastic food, and great service. Somet ...
Fantastic food, and great service. Sometimes complicated food can flop... not the case for this meal. Two of us did the 7-course menu with wine pairing, the third ala carte, and all of our food was thoroughly enjoyed.
Having just the 2 nights before eaten at ...
Having just the 2 nights before eaten at Boka and Alinea in Chicago, L'Etoile had a tough couple of acts to follow. However, they lived up to it! We 3 all had the tasting menu with paired wines. The whole experience was excellent and great fun. My husband actually thought L'Etoile had better wine pairings than Alinea. We had a corner table right at the window (the reward for early dining) with a fabulous view of the street scene and Capital building.
We were celebrating our birthdays and we ...
We were celebrating our birthdays and went with the tasting menu. The meal was exquisite, the wine pairings were perfect and the service was lovely. We cannot afford to do this often, but it was perfect for our special occasion. We will do it again and recommend it to our friends.
Have been to L'Etoile many times and hav ...
Have been to L'Etoile many times and have never been disappointed with any of the wonderfully creative dishes. The tasting menu offers the perfect way to try new cuisine and flavor combinations. There is no comparable restaurant in Madison!
It's supposed to be the best restaurant ...
It's supposed to be the best restaurant Madison and I think it probably still deserves that title. Service and timing were very impressive and the food was generally excellent. We ordered a la carte instead of having the seven course tasting menu and everything we had was very good. The wine list is spectacular if you want to splurge.
Only one word to describe our dinner on ...
Only one word to describe our dinner on August 12 - exquisite. Three of us had exceptional meals off the menu and one had the tasting menu, which gave us each a bite or two of something especially creative and unique. I'm ready to call this the best restaurant in Wisconsin.
L'Etoile is a very nice, upscale restaur ...
L'Etoile is a very nice, upscale restaurant. It's a great location for any special occasion with an outstanding view of the State Capital. Food and wine are pretty amazing. My only reason for being so critical with the review...with so many great restaurants in Madison and surrounding area, the price is a bit high for what you get.
Completely underestimated!!! The best R ...
Completely underestimated!!! The best Restaurant found in WI! Ordered the 7 plate tasting with Wine pairing and loved everyone! Emily was our waitress and James our wine server! Both did and awesome job and loved our excitement and gave us the same in return! Will be back in the Fall! Im nominating L'Etoile 3 stars restaurant!!! Well done!
We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pa ...
We enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings and each dish was beautifully plated and delicious. Fresh vegetables, foie gras, tender seafood, and bright sauces. For a special occasion meal, it was absolutely outstanding. Also, a beautiful space on the capitol square.
We had the pre-set menu with the wine pa ...
We had the pre-set menu with the wine pairings. Each and every course(6 total) was fantastic. So many flavors it is hard to even describe. The wines were all wonderful, off the beaten path brands. From France to California, all spectacular. I would very highly recommend, but of course you need to be prepared for a four star bill. BUT WORTH IT.
From the moment you walk in, you know yo ...
From the moment you walk in, you know you are in a special place. The staff is very accommodating and professional. The menu is amazing, and the wine pairings were perfect. Allow plenty of time for each course. As a bonus, the chefs were able to tweek a few of the menu options for my food allergy. Would definitely go there again!
This was one of those "once-in-a-great-w ...
This was one of those "once-in-a-great-while" places to go. Always heard about it but never wanted to spring for a hotel since we live in Milwaukee. Finally took the plunge. It was great. We had the 7-course tasting menu. Service was impeccable - perhaps a bit overly so? Our only complaint is the ambiance. We expected a charming French bistro. This is ultra modern with two-story windows overlooking the capitol square. Good for people watching, except then you become the people being watched which is sorta awkward. Also, bring your wallet. $$$$$$$
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