L’Etoile Restaurant

Madison, WI

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Cuisine Description

The food menu drives the wine selection, although the philosophy behind our selection of ingredients and our selection of wine are the same: distinctiveness, clarity of flavor and sheer deliciousness. Our cuisine style could be described as “New American” but we like to say that it’s “Eclectic Farm-to-Table."

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Wine List Description
Growers and winemakers who share our values of sustainability and artisanality. We look for terroir-expressive wines, hence many selections from single vineyards. Riesling and Pinot Noir are our varietals of choice.
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Riot-Worthy Dish
Wine Enthusiast editors asked America's 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2013 "which dish would start a riot if it was taken off the menu?" Their riot-worthy dish is…
“We change the menu almost weekly, based on seasonal availability and my own ADD,” says Executive Chef Tory Miller. “However, our beef steaks from John and Dorothy Priske at Fountain Prairie Farm are the best, period. And we’ll never take them off the menu.”

Perfect Pairing
Fountain Prairie Farm beef tenderloin carpaccio with SarVecchio cheese and truffles, paired with an older vintage of Cristom Pinot Noir in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon.

Wine Events
Every month, we offer wine dinners on a theme; sommelier-selected pairings are available on a nightly basis; we offer educational seminars for both the general public and corporate team-building exercises.


Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced the third annual issue of America's best wine-centric establishments, and to commemorate the list, WE hosted a rooftop party where we honored this year's recipients and toasted the exploding culture of wine and food.

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2013 Restaurant Features

Game On

Move over pork: Duck is the new darling of America’s hottest restaurants, and it scores big with playful wine pairings from Rioja to the Rhône.

Pizza Party

Wine-friendly pizzas offer diners a slice of heaven.

New York's Sommeliers Pour Local

Many of Manhattan’s best restaurants aren’t just about eating local, but drinking local wines, too.

Element of Surprise

Whether menus change daily, weekly or monthly—or cease to be presented to diners at all—eating at these restaurants is nothing less than a thrill.