About L'Etoile Restaurant
Madison, WI 53703
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
This is the sort of restaurant where eating a meal is like going on a luxury vacation, in all the best possible ways! We each had the tasting menu, and we split one wine pairing since we're such lightweight drinkers (although we also had a cocktail apiece to start). Absolutely everything was exquisite; every bite was an experience. Such a fabulous evening.
Absolutely excellent. Three-course a la carte meal for both of us. Every dish was thoughtfully prepared and a work of art. Olin, our waiter, took great care of us. The view of the Capitol building is awesome from any table. Nice, quiet, adult patrons. People, leave your screaming kids at home; this is NOT the restaurant for them. It was so pleasant to enjoy fine dining without someone's misbehaving and undisciplined children ruining the atmosphere.
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful Thursday evening at L'Etoile in mid-February. Although it had been a while since we'd last dined there, it was as delightful as ever! Both of us chose the tasting menu, along with the wine pairings. The food would have been spectacular on it's own, but each of the paired wines was great complement to the applicable course. The service was personal, attentive, and expertly delivered; the staff was friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable. The setting goes well with the food and the service, and the overall ambience is very warm and pleasant.
Truly a fantastic dining experience. A night that my wife and I will remember. We celebrated my wife's birthday in grand and romantic fashion. The view of the Wisconsin State Capitol was magical. Our seven course meal, with wine pairing, was absolutely perfect. Well worth it. Highly recommended. We will come back.
The food was fantastic!!! I am still dreaming of the sturgeon, so good! They were super open to all of our asks and customized a tasting menu for us that was truly special. The ambiance was special with the view of the capital in the night. Great spot for a date and an anniversary dinner. Will probably make L'Etoile our go to place for special occasions :)
We had a fantastic dinner celebrating a milestone occasion. It was our first time after hearing about it for the better part of 20 years. The food and wine pairings were outstanding. The only reason for the 4-star review was the desert choice we made was very bland and even a bit unappetizing. But the first two courses were positively spectacular. Our service was excellent and when the server sensed our displeasure with the desert she took it off of the bill without us even asking for such generosity. The ambiance and comfort of the restaurant was outstanding.
In terms of value, it is difficult for me to say that our meal was dramatically better than what we would have experience at other higher end restaurants in the Madison area. And with a price tag that was at least double that of any other restaurant we'd have gone to, it brings the value issue into question a bit. But by no means does this make it a disappointing meal or evening. On the contrary, we had an exquisite time. Just don't know that we would go back unless we received a significant gift card or were guests of another party.
I first went L'Etoile when I was a young girl at the original location. Coming back to L'Etoile it has exceeding my expectations on what I had remembered the ambiance and menu to be. The view of the capital was spectacular with the floor to ceiling windows. The staff was very attentive and did everything possible to make it a special experience.
Terrific as always. Service is always first class. We have dined here a lot and they never fail to treat us as valued guests. We nearly always dine there for special events with our children. Well behaved children are always welcomed and actively acknowledged. Our children are now 12 and 15 but they have been coming to L'Etoile since they were 7 years old. They love the food - including on this last visit "the best steak they have ever eaten and yummy spinach!"
Love the food, love the people (especially Frank!).
We went for my wife's birthday. Tasting menu was spectacular. True farm to table cuisine. The wine parings were perfect and the portions were all perfectly sized. We left feeling perfectly satisfied and happy. Superb waitstaff as well. Friendly by not overbearing.
The table arrangement allows for private conversation. The menu is interesting and the food is beautiful but our waiter over explained the food and every course was barely warm. The sauce on my appetizer was so cool it formed a skin. I understand that some customers may appreciate having all the elements of the dish explained in detail but I read the menu, had no questions and would like to eat.
Very lovely room. The wines, a bit on the expensive side, are such that they are at many different prices and certainly a lot from which to choose. Our waiter did a very good job at explaining many of the wines, and did the same with the menu. We were a little disappointed that bread never was offered though it was at neighboring tables. We finally requested it from another waiter. Food was very good and flavors layered well. Little things we noted that patrons experienced was, for instance, re-folded napkins whenever they left the table. Though certainly not a requirement, it's noticed when your waiter isn't as attentive as others. The birthday celebrated that evening was acknowledged which was appreciated.
My wife took me to L'Etoile for my birthday, and we both decided to do the Chef's tasting menu. Inventive, crazy, and delicious. 7 small plates, with a couple of additional bites thrown in out of the blue. Wonderful. Definitely not cheap, and not in a bad way. A truly memorable evening. If you are looking for a gastronomic experience in Madison, this is it. An experience to remember.
We had a wonderful evening at L'Etoile. We were visiting from Portland, Oregon, and were told by a friend that L'Etoile was their favorite restaurant in Madison. I can see why. This was one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. The food was beautifully prepared and presented by our very knowledgeable and friendly waiter. The blending of interesting ingredients and flavors was wonderful. Everything was delicious! Unlike so many good restaurants, L'etoile has found just the right volume of music and ambient noise so that our party of 6 could actually have a conversation and hear each other (this is not the case in so many restaurants).
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 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 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 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 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.
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