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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
L'Etoile Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Every time we have gone to L'Etoile, it ...
Every time we have gone to L'Etoile, it has been excellent. The food is outstanding, the service very knowledgeable and gracious. Love going there
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 . . . David
The food was excellent, the service outs ...
The food was excellent, the service outstanding and wine list exciting (many wines I'd never tried). The Chartreuse flight was unique.
L'Etoile never disappoints, amazing food ...
L'Etoile never disappoints, amazing food and service!!
Attentive staff, great food, impeccable ...
Attentive staff, great food, impeccable service, met my dietary needs
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!
It was a fantastic dining experience as ...
It was a fantastic dining experience as always. The food was marvelous, the wine tasting was unique, and the service was impeccable.
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.
L'Etoile is not good or great... It is F ...
L'Etoile is not good or great... It is FINE! Nor hip, nor trendy this is haute dining for adults.
A real treat!
Great meal showcasing seasonal ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Server, Frank was most helpful in guiding our selections. A wonderful evening!
Great service, amazing food and great l ...
Great service, amazing food and great location
This was the most amazing dining experie ...
This was the most amazing dining experience I have ever had. I'm so happy that we chose to celebrate our 1 year Anniversary here. Perfect!
Treated like royalty
From the time we walked in to the time we walked out we were treated as we were the only couple in restaurant. A truly remember able experience.
We had the 7 course meal with wine pairi ...
We had the 7 course meal with wine pairing. Each dish was so uniquely delicious, it was hard to pick a favorite. The wine also paired perfectly! This was a meal for a special occasion, everything was perfect. We got one seated at one of the best tables, by the windows looking out towards the capital. The waiters were also very knowledgeable and friendly. Had a wonderful experience at L'Etoile...am never disappointed by the food whenever I do go.
Didn't get a view that I requested slow service
It was an anniversary dinner and made a special request to have a view of the capital but we were in a corner with no view and have the staff behind us getting things all night. Also the service was slow and it wasn't busy.
We went for our 30th anniversary dinner. ...
We went for our 30th anniversary dinner. I had ordered flowers to be delivered to the table and the restaurant had them already placed. I had informed them of the occasion and a special menu with "Happy 30th Anniversary" written across the top was on the table which was a nice touch. The wait staff and greeters were professional and friendly. We each received a complimentary glass of champagne. The meal was very expensive which is to be expected. It was also delicious and served at an appropriately leisurely pace. I am by no means a "foodie" but I can appreciate when a place really knows what they are doing and this one sure does. We were able to talk and enjoy our evening with some of the best food I have had. Lots of locally grown items too. I will be back.
My wife and I went for our wedding anniversary on a weeknight. Ambiance, view of the capital, and service were outstanding. But the 7 course dinner is what makes this place unique. Every dish held a special combination of flavors and textures - Every dish was a new delicious experience!
Great service and explanation of menu
They called me in advance to share that we experience traffic problems due to the graduation at the university. They advised that we could arrive early (in advance of our reservation), and they would take care of us. They asked in advance if we were going to the show (musical), and put us at ease that the timing of the five course meal would work out fine.
Good but ...
... overpriced. $650 for dinner for three. Had to stop at McDonald's on the way home because I was starving.
Pricey, but worth it. Like an art galler ...
Pricey, but worth it. Like an art gallery for food.
We were celebrating our wedding annivers ...
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. The staff made the evening even more special by acknowledging our anniversary.
TASTING HEAVEN and SPLENDID SERVICE
We LOVE tasting menus with wine pairings. This one is not inexpensive (190.00 a person) but let me tell you, it was absolutely delicious. The seven courses were absolutely the correct portions. We left full, but not stuffed and uncomfortable. Initially we were going to do one tasting and my wife was going to order A LA CARTE. After seeing my food and pairings, she decided to shift over. She had been served a couple of her dishes and they were delicious, but she wanted the full monty. The server and our chef could not have been more gracious in shifting gears mid way through. And in a well oiled kitchen with a fine chef, I know there is more to it than just a quick change up. They were lovely about it and even adjusted our bill and didn't charge us for one of her courses. The Sockeye Salmon literally melted in your mouth. I was NUTS about it! We also especially enjoyed the duck, and neither of us tend to be fans unless it is prepared perfectly. It was. The wines were beautifully paired to bring out the flavors, and they were mostly unique to us and from small vineyards. As it was my wife's birthday, we also were generously given a champagne toast at the end of our meal, which was such a nice touch. The only thing I would have changed was that we had to rush a bit for a show after dinner. The dinner was a show in and of itself and you need to allow 2 and a half hours, maybe three if you are doing the seven course tasting. My mistake, not the restaurant's. They worked hard to consider our timing needs without making us feel rushed. They even called our theater for us to see if they could be sure our seating would be protected. It worked out fine, but next time I will spend my evening with L'Etoile, which lived up to it's name. I can't wait to return!!
Fun, Fancy Dining
It was a fun time. Somewhere I likely wouldn't be going every weekend but it was a great experience for a special occasion or a fancy night out. My girl friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the food, atmosphere and the service. The dessert was exceptional. They have a great view of the capital building. The atmosphere is quiet but I didn't feel restricted to a whisper. The wait staff were very attentive but not too present. Will go again after I save up a few more pennies.
Excellent all around
Excellent all around
Worth the hype
Great food. True art in a dish. Staff is genuinely friendly, helpful and attentive. It may be very expensive, but the food and staff are well worth it for a special night out.
Don't get me wrong---the food is good, but for >$80 per person I want to get blown away, and I just thought it was good. I didn't finish my entrée because I got bored with it by the end. The wine was excellent. The atmosphere wasn't as cozy or intimate as I remembered from 10 years ago.
Lovely atmosphere, overpriced
Ambiance and service were wonderful. The food was very good but not outstanding. Small portions will leave you wanting if you are hungry.
The tasting menu is superb ! The best ...
The tasting menu is superb ! The best ingredients, and the best chefs, in the Midwest. Fabulous!
Best place in Madison
Had dinner here while in Madison for the weekend - the monkfish was delicious. Service was excellent. Would highly recommend
If you want outstanding food prepared exquisitely and presented beautifully, look no further. Our party had the 3-course dinner with wine pairings. You could not ask for better food and wine combinations than what we were served. Everything about this restaurant is done with care and thought. We have never had a bad experience at L'Etoile. If you are in Madison for one night only, do yourself a favor and dine here.
Special night out
the service was amazing, the food was special, every detail was carefully executed.
Outstanding food-- it gets better and be ...
Outstanding food-- it gets better and better!
Best in Madison.
Having lived in Madison for about two years now, I didn't think there were any restaurants this good in Madison. The meal I had in particular, along with wine pairings was as good or even better than some of the one star michelin restaurants I've eaten at in Chicago. I can remember every dish, not a single one was bad or even average. Only complaint would be the bread, for my taste it was a bit chewy but thats just my personal taste. Wine pairings were great. Service was not stuffy or overly formal. Beautiful modern building. Great time!
Tori Miller and his staff continue to raise the bar for fine dining in Madison. The ambience, menu and service at L'toile are superb. The culinary creativity with farm fresh local ingredients is spectacular. Prices may seem high but the quality of the experience is unmatched.
L'etoile is the cream of the Madison food scene
You simply cannot go wrong with L'etoile. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared and perfectly executed. The ambiance is beautiful with a stunning view of the capitol. Great service including a sommelier on staff. It is pricey, but well worth it!
A Fantastic Treat!
I never knew that food could be experienced this way! My date and I spent our Valentines Day eve experiencing L'Etoile for the first time. From the first bite, we experienced complex flavors that we never had before. Our server was also attentive and helpful. It was pricy, but the experience and meal we had was well worth it. Truly a Madison gem!
The food was excellent as was the service. It was just a little on the expensive side. Other than that, everything was great and we will return.
The food was phenomenal, wine pairings w ...
The food was phenomenal, wine pairings were incredible, service was great. Great for a fancy date night.
Be prepared to squeeze every moment of enjoyment out of your L'Etoile experience, because dinner for two can easily set you back almost $500 including tip. Worth it? As an unparalleled dining experience, there isn't another such place in Madison.
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