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L'Etoile Restaurant

4.7
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1302 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
L’Etoile has served local and seasonal offerings since it first opened its doors in 1976. Multiple menu formats tailor each guest's experience as well as reflect the best ingredients of the season.

At L’Etoile there’s always a sommelier on hand to answer any questions you might have about our extensive wine list and provide recommendations based on your preferences, budget, and food compatibility.

Once open, dining at L’Etoile will now include a 20% service charge. This enables us to continue to operate while also allowing us to guarantee fair compensation to all of our valued employees – both service staff and kitchen staff
Additional gratuity, though appreciated, is not required

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1302 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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EveD
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can never go wrong with the vegetarian tasting menu. Incredibly creative. For example, pastrami carrots!

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Etoile is an outstanding eatery. The service and the food are impeccable! Typically my wife and I enjoy the tasting menu. She chooses the wine pairing and enjoys it immensely; and I ask the bartender to surprise me with non alcoholic delights that pair with the particular dish and I have never been disappointed. Anniversary and special occassion or perhaps just a nice night out, L'Etoile always delivers.

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Dani
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best food I’ve had in Madison, paired with amazing wine!
Treated us to wonderful anniversary dinner, and top notch service. Our server was great at explaining what everything was and where it came from and the chef’s inspiration behind the dish.
Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a wonderful experience and world class dining experience! E'Toile would hold its own anywhere and is somewhere that Madison should be proud of!
The food was very creative and tasted wonderful; wine list spectacular. We opted for the wine tasting to go with our a la carte meal and discovered some new favorites. The only glitch was at the beginning of service; a slight lag in receiving our wine when the course was presented. This caused a little back-up of multiple wines on the table at once (and not enough food to match the paired wine), but they caught up by the end of the second course. A very minor glitch and we were given a few extras, which made up for it.
A superb dining experience; highly recommended!

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vipcjsm
Milwaukee
62 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have been to L’Etoile many times. The tasting menu was outstanding—each offering was well-prepared and presented as distinctive creations. The service was professional and gracious. Our only complaint was that the timing of the offerings left large chunks of time between some of the courses—sometimes up to 30 minutes or more. A more even flow of the offerings would have been better.

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MarcusL
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and wine - expected of course for the prices. Service only tarnished by front desk. Both times we have eaten here we have arrived at the desk and after giving our name the lady has picked up the phone and talked to somebody wanting to book. We stood there like lemons both times and felt second rate to the person on the phone.

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vipErikaMac
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great dinner, was nice to meet Chef Tory. Michael always does a great job with the wine as well.

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luv2eat
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu for Valentines Day was great! There was a lot of variety to choose from and we felt that, for what you received, the price if the prix fixe menu was excellent. It was a special way to celebrate.

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DoorCountygetaway
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Dined on 15 Feb. The Valentine's Day set menu was the only option @ $95.00 per person. We added the paired wine option @ $65.00 per person.

Matt, our primary server, was outstanding.

He brought out a palate cleanser and a glass of champagne to start us out. The champagne was very good.

My starter, salmon sashimi, was very good. Great flavors, textures, presentation. My partner's starter, beef tartar, was presented in a flat hamburger-patty style. It was good but not memorable.

My main was the duck breast with a very nice sauce and paired vegetable. My partner's main, the scallops were extremely over-spiced and ultimately not consumable. We informed Matt about the extreme spiciness and he was great at offering a starter to help recover her palate. He also shared that another diner had a similar reaction to the too-spicy scallops. He informed the chef to address the issue.

Our deserts were a yogurt pana cotta for my partner and a chocolate ganache. My ganache was outstanding and the pana cotta very good.

Our wine sommelier was outstanding. He gave great background on the wines he paired with our respective courses and was passionately delightful about his job.

The other wait staff who delivered our servings was also well choreographed and informative.

Overall, my food and wine experience was very good. Unfortunately, my partner's experience with the over-spiced scallops and the underwhelming starter was not good. The wine pairing was the best overall part of the dining experience, which is consistent with L'Etoile's rating for its wine selection. The overall experience was not consistent with the investment for the evening.

Having dined at Charlie Trotter's in Chicago 2 times, I was hoping for a similar amazing food and wine experience. L'Etoile is not at the level of Charlie Trotter's in its heyday. I hope they can improve their food to match their amazing wine pairings and service and aspire to the level of Charlie Trotter's.

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BrianA
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The value of the food and drink was probably close to $75 at a similar restaurant and we paid $360 for two which was way more than it was worth. The service was decent, but the food was just average and we didn't receive even close to the value that we would expect for a dinner that expensive.

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JamesB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding expensive food, attentive and informative service, everyone takes excellent care

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine wasWonderful wine, good food. We liked al but one dish

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Raymond
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was special. Octopus and salmon so perfectly prepared. Presentations were magnificent.

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Amar
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Wisconsin Supper Club tasting menu was so amazingly executed by the team at L'Etoile. Everything tasted wonderful and was beautifully plated. The service was top tier, and it is well worth every penny spent to have a dining experience at L'Etoile.

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Outwithfriends
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Their version of a Wisconsin foods dining experience was unforgettable.

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KimberlyS
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always recommend L’Etoile. We’ve loved it for 40 plus years. The homage to Wisconsin Supper Club fare was brilliant. Each bite delicious and loved the specialty cocktails to start. I could talk about every dish, something outstanding about each one. Wedge salad was truly amazing...I could go on and on.....

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BarbaraF
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at L'Etoile and it lived up to its reputation as a fine dining establishment. We had the tasting menu and each course was superb. We splurged with the reserve wine pairing and it was expertly curated with unique wines from Germany, France, and the US. Although everything was excellent, it still seems overpriced, but we didn't have to drive to Chicago for something comparable.

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RobertK
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant experience that we've had. We had the tasting menu and everything was spectacular. Thank you L'etoile.

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Tommer
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional hospitality and service. The food was definitely special, and we enjoyed a delicious bottle of champagne. All in, a truly wonderful and memorable meal! And the view of the capital special in itself.

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Mamarna
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L'Etoile never disappoints - sublime food, incomparable service and an elegant atmosphere with a stunning view. You feel special just walking in the door. It's worth every penny.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Waiter wasn’t familiar with menu items nor was the wine server knowledgeable of the wines. Dinner was served in a dull meeting room.

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BartlettD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE place to go for a special event or an important dinner. Absolutely top notch.

JM
vipJulesM
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly servers, Michael as a somm par excellence, great views of the capitol outside the tall windows and very good food and wine.

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MarkRichmond
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Wisconsin. We go a few times a year and the food and service are always impeccable. Tory Miller’s gift is he attracts great people to work with him.

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DanB
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re ready to splurge for a night out in Madison, it’s worth it here! Feels like James Beard award winning restaurant because it is, and stands up next to any that Chicago, NYC, LA, etc have.

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TomW
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 3rd tasting menu my friend and I have done with the reserved wine pairing. I don't how they do it but they always bring their "A" game and it's amazing. We had the best time, and the food and wine were incredible. We both look forward to coming back for the next tasting menu. Thank you all for a great night. We love the staff!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Awful food. What a total rip-off. We have never been impressed with their ala carte menu, but we thought maybe the tasting menu would be great. We paid about $380 for a dinner for two that lacked coherence but filled with artifice: a starter of four different seafood served in gift and Lego boxes with scented dry ice vapors, whose highlight is a fresh poached ONE-inch long Alaskan king crab; a dull foie gras highlighted with flavored foam; a duo of raviolis - cheese and raw egg yolk, and sausage, in a sauce that I could have prepared myself; poached lobster in a broth that could have used more seafood stock, served in ceramic pots; beef Wellington that lacked flavor; and a dessert of dryish chocolate cremieux with a strange tasting angostura ice cream and somehow redeemed by jellied kumquats. We will never eat at this restaurant again. Drinks, maybe, only because we love the atmosphere at the bar. An experience like this makes me mad to the point of wishing people will stop patronizing this sad excuse for a “high-end” restaurant, unless they drastically improve their menu.

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infamousfiddler
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you go to L'Etoile and have the tasting menu, you are not having a meal. You are having a 2+hour experience where people bring you delightful, exceptional food, again and again. Prepare to have your palate awakened, your mind engaged, your stomach sated, and your heart delighted.

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Matt
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation was unbelievable. Not sure how he comes up with this stuff.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Our waiter was lovely and informative.
Food was bland, dry and still wrapped in plastic ( after they served it).
Service recovery was lacking and left us, as the customer, feeling undervalued and not properly cared for.
Worst spend of $100. Despite all the Yelp reviews, I would active discourage patrons to visit this restaurant. Extremely dissatisfied.

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PinkFlamingo
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinning experiences we've ever had. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food is exceptional - highly recommended for special occasions. Also the capitol view from the dinning area is absolutely stunning.

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vipjmags5
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. Staff called and learned it was my wife’s birthday. They made us extremely welcome.

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JulieJ
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Incredibly amazing food and service! Will definitely go back.

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DanielE
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My first trip here was amazing.

The second was good, but not quite as amazing. The food was good, but not as excellent as I had recalled from my first trip. It also seemed like the service was especially slow my second time around. We were there from 7:30 to 10:00 and the amount of time between courses seemed really long. It was not a busy night at all either there was hardly anyone else there.

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Bucky
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our anniversary. Excellent experience. Best restaurant experience I have had anywhere in North America equal to a holiday meal at a major known New York mid-town restaurant we had 5-years ago.

Not an every week experience but fair value. We will return.

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stevenmurawski
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was prepared well. The flavor combinations were excellent. The service was attentive but not smothering.

And the dinner was priced to reflect that.

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Peter
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Really unique. A perfect anniversary dinner- even got an anniversary card signed by the staff, including chef Tory Miller.

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CalebY
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a excellent meal and outstanding service you could go no further. The staff are polite and incredibly helpful in explaining the different meals and ingredients used in each dish. The evening was worth every cent and the price was not unreasonable by any means.

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Sarah
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and service: a real treat! Will go back for special occasions in the future.

FAQs

L'Etoile Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 251-0500.

L'Etoile Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1302 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.