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.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
L'Etoile Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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. $$$$$$$
Under impressed. Overall service was ad ...
Overall service was adequate, but not great.
Case in point. After 20 minutes after ordering I really hated to run down the waiter just to ask for bread. Usually, when I dine at at a high end restaurant wait staff would be checking in often to see what our needs are. Not the case here.
Food was prepared and presented well.
Overall prices too high for what we were expecting. I am very familiar with the concept of nouvelle cuisine, but these portions, although beautifully presented, were just too light on substance.
Suggested wine pairing for my meal was, however, exceptionally good.
We went to L'Etoile following our weddin ...
We went to L'Etoile following our wedding ceremony. When we arrived our names were printed on the menu with congratulations. L'Etoile catered to two different dietary restrictions within our group of four. The food was amazing and the service cannot be beat!
My wife and I each had the tasting menu. ...
My wife and I each had the tasting menu. The food was great, everything perfectly prepared with the exception of the duck which was a big tough. Fantastic wine pairings throughout. Very knowledgeable sommelier. My only complaint would be our main server (Emily), who seemed to be rattling off a memorized script through the entire evening while making no actual eye contact with either of us. I honestly thought she was reading from a menu board somewhere behind me, over my left shoulder. With that aside, we will definitely be back.
Wonderful special occasion meal. My husb ...
Wonderful special occasion meal. My husband and I celebrated the last night of our short vacation at L'Etoile and were very pleased with our experience. I chose the wine pairing to go with our 3 course meal and enjoyed the selections and pairing. 2 of the wines I would never have paired with or tried with our meal, left to my own devices, so I felt educated and more open to rose and muscato after the meal. Both of us enjoyed our food tremendously. The presentation, taste, and amount of food were perfect. The service was also excellent. The staff worked as a seamless team to ensure the experience was enjoyable. While neither of us are big dessert people, we both loved our dessert. The menu has minimal vegan offerings, so if that's how you prefer to eat, you may want to check out the menu on-line ahead of time, to avoid stress and disappointment. The décor is modern, yet warm; a big glass atrium looks out onto Capital Square. If you value privacy, ask for a booth in the back, as the tables in the atrium area make you feel somewhat like a goldfish in a bowl. We intend to return next time we visit Madison. I suggest you make reservations and plan to visit L'Etoile for your next special occasion.
One of the best dinners we have had in y ...
One of the best dinners we have had in years. Beautiful, creative and delicious. Our booth had a great view of the Capital; service was timely, knowledgeable and friendly. Everything was fabulous, worth the price.
We have been enjoying L'Etoile for a lon ...
We have been enjoying L'Etoile for a long time....we are never disappointed- always WOWed!
The effort, creativity, and quality which goes into their food and drinks take dining at L'Etoile to a whole new level, plus the knowledge of our server was outstanding! Worth every penny!
This is our favorite "special occasion" ...
This is our favorite "special occasion" restaurant in Madison. I took my husband to dinner for his birthday. We had a wonderful evening. We each ordered three courses, and the food was outstanding. The wine list is impressive, and we appreciate Michael's wine knowledge and the wines he chooses to pair with each course. Our waiter was also quite knowledgable about wine and was very attentive and helpful. Once again, L'Etoile met all of our needs and expectations.
My wife and I we're celebrating our 8th ...
My wife and I we're celebrating our 8th anniversary. I made reservation and mentioned our anniversary in the reservation. On arrival our table was ready, even though we were early. They sat us at nice quiet table with specially printed menus for us with "Happy 8th Anniversary" on them. Great service! Great recommendations from server and Somalia! Highly recommended!
L'Etoile has been our favorite special-o ...
L'Etoile has been our favorite special-occasion restaurant in Madison for 25 years. Unfortunately our recent dinner there has made us rethink returning. We had a large group (10), which is difficult to accommodate, but even given that service was unacceptably slow. Our wait staff, the wine steward, and assistants were all very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately it took 3 1/2 hours for our dinner, and they forgot about the desserts we'd ordered. Some of the menu items were not up to L'Etoile standards either. The foie gras parfait was an odd combination of flavors and textures that really didn't work. The chocolate mousse had a very unappealing presentation and flavor, and the squash blossom entree was tasty but only had two small squash blossoms with a very large dollop of chevre and a few other vegetables. We expect better service and more carefully tested menu items from a restaurant of L'Etoile's calibur, reputation, and price range.
A great surprise to find in Madison. The ...
A great surprise to find in Madison. The experience was on par with many two and three start Michelin restaurants we have to around the world. There was definite value for the money spent.
Service was outstanding and our every wish was anticipated.
We drove from Chicago for the Farmers Market on Sat. but had dinner Fri. night,
As the seasons change and the tasting menu, we will be back before summer's end.
A wonderful foodie experience . . .
Made a reservation for two. Upon arrival ...
Made a reservation for two. Upon arrival we were led to the bar to wait for the table. By the end of the meal I understood why, we, too, became fully emerged in the experience. Our order was the 7 course chef's tasting menu for each of us. The locally focused ingredients were used to their potential and wait staff was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the food and it's presentation. Plating was exceptional. As the sun set the romantic lighting took hold. Expensive experience for a young couple. We have been talking about it for days. Truly amazing time. Worth it! Would have stayed all night drinking coffee if that were possible.
Truly a romantic experience celebrating ...
Truly a romantic experience celebrating our anniversary and also my birthday! They even printed a special menu just for me! The servers were very knowledgeable and helpful in choosing he perfect dish. Next time we're in Madison, we will go again!
L'Etoile has been a favorite restaurant for many years. This meal was disappointing. The 40th Anniversary dinner included a salmon rillette that was much too rich and a lamb tenderloin dish on which the two dime-sized pieces of lamb were lost among a few vegetables. The dessert was without taste. Unfortunately dinner was not up to the usual Tory Miller standards.
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