French Picks in Madison


Valentine’s Day in Madison means the French restaurants are booking fast, so make your reservations early. L’Etoile is a fine dining option with an upscale farm-to-table approach, complete with a little American fusion. Try the à la carte menu or the lavish seven-course chef’s choice, and you’ll be surprised and delighted.

Brasserie V is an elevated approach to an old fashioned form of dining. Belgian beers and a locavore movement makes this a favorite for locals. Everything is made from scratch including the truffle frites, croque monsieur with fried egg, grilled lamb and delicious Great Lakes whitefish.

Table for Two

At La Baguette French Bakery, this quaint and cozy patisserie is cash-only and specializes in crêpes, pastries and fresh bread, including the famous croissant. Stop in for breakfast or grab a baguette to go and whip up your own dinner for two in your spacious guest room.

La Kitchenette is a small and charming French getaway serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brioche French toast in the morning, scrambled eggs with roasted tomatoes for brunch, the famous French onion soup at lunch and duck leg confit for dinner? You can’t have too much of a great thing.