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Zarletti Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.zarletti.net/
  • Phone: (414) 225-0000
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm- 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Brian C. Zarletti
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Zarletti's specializes in Italian fine dining.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Diner Reviews
  • "The tables were very close together which meant you could hear other people's conversations. And, it was so dark that we could barely read our menus. I love "romantic" lighting - but this place was just too dark after the sun set. However, the food was excellent."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I were spending one over-night in Milwaukee at the new Marriott. The hotel recommended the restaurant and we're glad they did! The food was outstanding and the service exceptional. Our server recommended an excellent bottle of wine to compliment our meal. We dined outside - it was a perfect evening. Thank you, Zarletti's!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Our daughter gave us a gift certificate to Zarletti's for our wedding anniversary. We were VERY impressed by the food, our service, and our outdoor table. We would definitely come back here again!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was unobtrusive but good."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant several times. Each time my husband and I order something different and it is always great. I think its because it tastes so fresh. We have had the same server before and he always does a great job helping to pick the correct wine and he even suggests items to add to our meal to make it even better."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved it. Great location in heart of downtown Milwaukee."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food, great wine list, nice selection of beer, and great cocktails. Zarletti is close to the Marcus, Riverside, and Pabst. If you are downtown, love Italian food, and great desserts, then you must try Zarletti!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. Before dinner drinks were good. Had the chicken special and it was delicious. Also had the ravioli special (veal and beef filled raviolis in a red sauce) that was not good at all. Fresh bread served with dinner was outstanding. Desserts pretty good (cheesecake and lemon sorbet type dessert). Will definitely go back even though one of the meals wasn't good."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "What a wonderful find. Great location, walking distance from our hotel. Absolutely awesome menu. Server very nice and knowledgable. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Wonderful food, magnificent pastas, traveled to the meat side and enjoyed the duck and the lamb chops. Always great execution!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Zarletti's and we were very pleased with everything. The food and service was incredible. Some of our party had the special, and I had the Pollo Pesto Chicken panini. There is a nice selection of wines and the staff was helpful picking one out. We will return for another lunch, and try a dinner, too."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "It was a good place for a first date, and it went great! The food was good, the service was good, the only thing I did not like was that it was a little too loud to hold a decent conversation, though it was pretty busy."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had a great meal at Zarletti to celebrate a birthday. A little concerned going in because is was a Monday evening, but they gave us an outstanding experience. We had a large antipasti plate to share with meats, cheeses and olives that was absolutely delicious. And the fresh pasta dishes we had were all outstanding! Good service - Perfect dinner!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food was overpriced for what you got and our waiter had a attitude. He just was not happy to be helping us he had a arragont attitude ."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Had not been to this restaurant in quite some time just as a matter of convenience. The wait staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. Also they aren't rushing you to move on. I can judge by the freshness of a salad if the restaurant pays attention to details. I had the pear salad which was very substantial. Very fresh and dressing was excellent. Our guests enjoyed their salads as well. I had the crab cakes which were tasty and not too spicy. The others each had a pasta dish which they also liked very much."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food and wine selection makes this one of my favorites in Milwaukee."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Zarletti's participates in Downtown Dining week and allows diners to sample their delicious food for a very reasonable price. Lunch, especially, delivers a wonderful experience. The minestrone soup was brimming with flavor, the caprese sandwich plentiful and rich, and the gelato a great way to top off the lunch. All in all, a delicious meal!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Never disappointed! Food again outstanding. Love Zarletti's!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Zarletti is a bit expensive for our budget, so we only go there on rare occasions. The osso buco was outstanding, an enormous portion. And the risotto Milanese accompaniment was delicious. I also enjoyed my tomato bisque soup. My husband had a seafood spedini special. He thought it was quite good, but the portion size was about 2/3 less than my entrée. It looked like a child's plate in comparison to mine! But he was happy to round out his meal with about half of mine, so that worked out well. Zarletti is a small restaurant with lots of tables, so the noise level can get quite overwhelming. If you're looking for an intimate or romantic evening, this is not a good choice."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We have been to Zarletti several times. The food is inconsistent. This night it was really off. The service was bad. The food wasn't much better. We got cramped into a little tiny corner. Not sure that I am going to keep it on my roster of restaurants. Do not order the pasta with the duck . It is awful. It is bitter."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We went for lunch and had a wonderful meal. Service was great. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The tables are very close together. It is almost impossible to have conversation. I'd go early if you plan on talking to your dining companions. This is very much a young professionals type place at peak times."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We were seated immediately, our waiter welcomed us with a smile. Our tomato basil soup was stellar, hot and tasty, not salty. But before we both were finished our sandwiches arrived. We began to feel rushed. However the muffuletta was excellent and large, and boxes were graciously provided. A special request was honored (no nuts on cannoli). So that was all good. And although our waiter was good, his smiled seemed forced, and though he was efficient to a fault it all seemed mechanical. So maybe it is a style issue. But . . ."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Always delicious. Thanks for some gluten free options on the regular menu. Kurt always provides great service."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Food was great, sometimes very rich (I had the osso buco). Caprese salad was very fresh. Perfect sized portions. Wait staff took great care to consider food allergies. Charming, small restaurant atmosphere with a modern twist."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our dinners were prepared to perfection. The service was outstanding. The downtown location is a bit cramped and would be better if they could expand. The wine list is all Italian but our waiter was able to select a wine that was similar to the type I normally drink. Cheers."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Delicious food! Love the Muffaletta sandwich. Server made great recommendations."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Some of the best pasta in town, but it's pricey."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had a great meal during downtown dining week. The Osso Bucco was excellent."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I've lived a lot of places with fine Italian food but Zarletti is the best anywhere hands down! If you can, sit at the bar and let Brian give you a lesson on Italian wine while you eat the most amazing handmade pasta."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Busy little restaurant with excellent food. Always fresh items, good seafood and meat entrees, fresh homemade pastas, risotto, great salads and soups. Service is usually terrific but didn't particularly care for server this last time however. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Outstanding fine Italian cuisine in a well-established Milwaukee classic. They do fine dining right. Very slightly crowded since it is not a very large space, but a sure bet for a fine meal. Nice for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time celebrating a friends birthday at Zarletti's. The food, wine and service were outstanding!!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Hosted a Business Dinner with guest from various countries. The food and the service was wonderful!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "This is a small restaurant with a big restaurant feel. They had a great wine list, diverse menu and very well trained staff....friendly, knowledgeable but not in your face. It was wonderful..we will be back. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Read wonderful reviews about Zarletti and was not let down. The restaurant was cozy and intimate right downtown. Our waiter was knowledgeable and extremely personable. It was a bit crowded since the tables are so close together but we had a small table by the window and it was perfect. Authentic Italian menu and very long wine list. Will definitely be going back! "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This was our first meal at Zarletti's. Went on a Saturday evening with a party of 4. Our server was busy but was able to juggle all the tables with aplomb and efficiency. The lobster and basil bisque was excellent, and we all had some variation of the house made Ravioli--very well prepared. The tiramisu is not to be missed as a dessert. The noise level was bit loud to have a comfortable conversation, but that is to be expected with a fairy crowded restaurant with close tables, at least Zarletti's does not have communal dining, which would somewhat degrade the experience. Overall a good solid restaurant that delivers a fine meal. Will Return."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A special day (anniversary) made more memorable by excellent food, pleasant atmosphere, superb staff. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you need a need the perfect business setting or a family celebration then you must try Zarletti's. It's as good as you will find. It's a special place. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014