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Best restaurant in the Madison, WI area for woman with walker

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Hi all,

I am visiting my mom in June and would love to take her to a fancy dinner... French would be wonderful but open to other ideas as well.

Price not an issue, just needs to be a place that is easily accessible for a woman who uses a walker.

Thanks for any thoughts, ideas.

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  1. So far I've gotten recommendations for L'etoile and Harvest. Both have lovely menus. Any other thoughts?

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      i recommended graze restaurant in this thread:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838327

      if "fancy" is the goal i think l'etoile would be a great choice. it is a lovely restaurant right on the capital square (you should ask for a table w a good view), the chef is a 2012 james beard finalist (best chef midwest)... great food, refined service.

      graze and l'etoile share an entryway. i am racking my brain to remember if there were steps to get in... i believe there were steps, but also an accessibility ramp. i am not from madison area, so i regret i don't have tons of other suggestions. you might look at graze's menu to see if it appeals, although it is much less formal than l'etoile, we enjoyed a great farm-to-table style meal there.

      another well-regarded french/french style restaurant in madison is sardine
      http://www.sardinemadison.com/dinner_...
      i liked the chefs' other restaurant/breakfast place, marigold kitchen, *very* much

      1. re: soupkitten

        Sardine's entrance is up a level from its parking area, and thus is not really a good situation for someone with a walker. It's also a much more casual place than sought here.

        The other restaurants mentioned here (L'Etoile, Harvest, Marigold Kitchen) are all on or off the square (that surrounds the state capitol) on ground level, so you can pull up out front and walk right in. Since the OP seems to be looking for a fine dining experience, L'Etoile and Harvest ought to be the top two choices.

        1. re: nsxtasy

          Great feedback, thank you. Also considering Edgewater in the mix. Will be one of those three. I am so looking forward to this trip!

          1. re: nsxtasy

            oops! thanks for that info on sardine!

            Trish, i hope whatever you choose, you report back.... i'd like to take another trip to Madison sometime soon :)

            1. re: soupkitten

              Soupkitten, I definitely will report back. In addition, I think we will throw a Supper Club in for another night - like Tornado. Counting the days till this trip! ;-)

              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                TIA! :)