Great place for a date!. My girlfriend took my to E'toile for an anniversary dinner and I was blown away by the food and service. I highly recommend the gouda cheese and fig stuffed chicken. My girlfriend's vegetarian medley was very impressive, as most other restaurant have let us down in creating a tasty and appealing vegetarian dish. The service was wonderfully attentive, but not obtrusive. I was very satisfied and would recommend this place for dates and special anniversaries.
Still Our Favorite. My wife and I returned to L'etoile after living in Seattle for 15 years, hoping it had not changed. It was a busy Saturday evening and our hotel concierge had mis-made our reservation for the night before. The maitre'd didn't miss a beat, welcomed us as old friends and prepared a cozy table. The service was excellent, the food outstanding and the friendliness of the staff was amazing. We had a fantastic time, a great meal and now have a wonderful memory. Thank you L'Etoile, we'll be back soon.
Not the best I've had. I honestly don't like having to set a reservation when you show up and it is as if you are not expected. They had not prepared our table and I felt that we were not welcomed with open arms. The portions were very small for the price and if it were not for our appetizer I feel that I would have left hungry. We had to order desert that was also very small in size and I thought it was a joke when they brought it to us. Yes, the wine is very expensive if you decide to choose a French vineyard. I also felt that we were constantly trying to flag down our waiter or an assistant to get something we needed.
Not Impressed. Though dressed appropriately, and having arrived sufficiently early (6:00 pm) to a nearly empty dining room, we had a less-than-friendly reception from one of the waiters. He stalked off upon learning that we had (god forbid at that hour), not made a reservation. I would be hard pressed to say whether it was our welcome, the noisy, cartoonish manner in which we were seated by the maitre'd, or the surly looks cast our way by the previously mentioned waiter,that made for more unease within our first few minutes. We found comedy in some serious gaffes by the assistants- An unfinished appetizer plate was snatched quickly and wordlessly from the table, only to be returned with apologies. Ultimately, we did have a pleasant waitress and a decent, if uninspired dinner. Overall, I found L'Etoile to be a caricature of itself- trapped in the 80's with regards to attitude, decor, and cuisine.
LIKE AN OLD FRIEND. Great food, wonderful cozy atmosphere, attentive staff. Sophisticated but unpretentious. Elegant but casual.
WONDERFUL!. I have never felt more welcome in a fine dining restaurant! The owner/manager came by our table as often as our server and treated us with such respect as if we had been patrons for decades - and it was our first visit. Highly recommended. Best service I've ever received at a restaurant. Friendly. And the food is equal to their service. Absolutely wonderful experience. Made a special occasion that much more special.
Tres Bein. My sisters took me to L'Etoile for dinner to celebrate my graduation. The food, of course, was wonderful, and the atmosphere was fantastic. The only negative to the experience was that some of the staff were rather discourteous. But the servce was fast and effecient and the waiter was wonderful. I highly recomend the French Onion Soup.... Overall a very fine restaurant!
The Best Good Restaurant in town. I have been eating at L'Etoile for over 15 years, and they are always consistent, always fabulous. The food is wonderful (don't forget to order a souffle' for desert), the service wonderful, and the restaurant is a terrific value. Fall in love with French food all over again.
True Gourmet. L'Etoile is the only true gourmet food in San Antonio. Although there are other good restaurants that try to be gourmet, they still fall short of true gourmet. I know because I grew up in a gourmet household. The food at L'Etoile is superb.
The atmosphere is a bit stuffy at this elegant Heights restaurant. Then again, it has something to be snooty about..
A recent remodel has given the restaurant a cozy feel with light woods, French linens and soft candlelight. Scenes of France play out in the prints and paintings on the wall. Several rooms including a loft, patio and backroom cater to small parties of 15-50 people.
The changing menu always offers a great selection of appetizers, fish, meat and pastas. On a recent visit, the menu featured starters such as paper-thin beef carpaccio, baked brie in flaky pastry, grilled tuna atop a salad of fresh greens with peanut dressing and a very popular French onion soup. Among the more tempting items on the entree list was a Grand Marnier-seared snapper Veronique, a mouth-watering beef tenderloin in green peppercorn sauce and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list glitters with rare vintages.
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