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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Le Chardonnay Restaurant

320 W. Johnson St. (State St.) Send to Phone
A touch of France in Wisconsin? Ooh la la!

Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Le Chardonnay Restaurant Restaurant Review

: Stained glass light fixtures, faux marble walls, polished wood beams and a huge Tunisian wall mosaic of Dionysus, the god of wine, set the tone at this swank bistro. A cozy bar tucked in a corner is a good place to enjoy a martini by candlelight. Bouillabaisse is a house specialty, but a Tuesday night visit makes possible moules frites. The all-you-can-eat mussels may be prepared with 28 different sauces (four sauces are featured each week) including lemon saffron, Provençal, vodka tomato cream, vin blanc, Marseillaise, red curry, Corona, coconut curry and tequila lime. Wednesday night is paella night, and diners can build their own paella. Choose as many ingredients as you want (think chicken and chorizo; rabbit and calamari; even conch, escargots and clams). Among appetizers, we recommend the duck confit cigars---flaky pastry stuffed with roasted duck and fresh herbs, fried and drizzled with Dijonaise sauce. The dieppoise entrée is an elegant follow-up---fresh sea scallops, black tiger shrimp, mussels and crab claw, sautéed, flambéed and served over pappardelle with a saffron Cognac cream sauce.


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