741 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- 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 reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since May 6, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (84)special occasion (75)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (49)romantic (48)great for lunch (29)hot spot (18)good for groups (15)great for outdoor dining (14)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
- Excellent!MkeFoodyDined on 8/29/2014We love this restaurant. The giant sea scallops were amazing and the osso buco was great too. Highly recommend.Special Features:
- Great service, hit & miss foodOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/28/2014The service was wonderful, everyone was friendly and accommodating. Not everyone's food was good. My husband's pork chop dinner was over cooked. My mom's pasta dish featured NY strip which was also over cooked. The scallop dish & duck ragu were wonderful. I would give the food 2 1/2, but overall experience a 4.Special Features:
- eatwhenitstimeDined on 8/23/2014I was very underwhelmed. The décor was okay, the staff nice and friendly, and the service was good. But the food was really very average. I had the caprese salad (tasteless cheese & tomatoes), the pork tenderloins (VERY overcooked--there were portions that I couldn't even cut through), and the gelato for dessert (nothing special). My husband had the ceasar salad, salmon, and cheesecake, and again, all were just average (the cheesecake tasted like a Suzy's cheesecake that you can buy at the store!!). Definitely not worth a second visit--there is much better cuisine to be had in the city!Special Features:
- POOR SERVICEDissappointedDined on 8/22/2014Our evening was going fine, until our group of 6 sat and waited for our server to come back. We tried to get his attn politely numerous times for about 20min after our dinner plates were done and glasses empty. This was VERY disappointing! When our server finally got back to our table, we were all very upset that our pretty costly (which we expected and was more than fine) dining experience had been ruined. We had all looked forward to the wonderful dessert menu and a couple bottles of wine. At that point, I asked the server why this occurred and that we were upset about the situation. His response was "So, no dessert tonight then" WOW! really..... At that point I expected an apology of some kind and we did not. We ate dessert elsewhereSpecial Features:
- Great Experience!Bob4GreatFoodDined on 8/21/2014I met with two clients to catch up on business and life, and enjoyed our outing. The food was great, as was the service, and our goal was accomplished. Space is limited and thus private conversation is risky with such close proximity. For our purposes all was good and I will return.Special Features:
- Best scallops ever!!LuvItalianDined on 8/18/2014Attentive service, good wine and great food! Lovely Anniversary meal!!Special Features:
- Great PastaNG1981Dined on 8/16/2014I could eat Zarletti's Bolognese every day. I am not a huge fan of pasta at restaurants, but this their Bolognese is amazing.Special Features:
- Great meal, great serviceJohnDined on 8/14/2014I get here a couple of times a year. Never had a bad meal. Had scallops with pasta. Scallops smoky flavored and delicious. Server pleasant, he asked if we were going to a show. We were. He paced the meal accordingly.Special Features:
- Great food. Slooow servicePabMeyDined on 8/8/2014The food was great. Unfortunately the kitchen didn't seem to organized: 40 min wait for a salad and our waiter seem to be waiting on way too many tables.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- deliciousscootermaDined on 8/8/2014service was wonderful, food was outstanding and wine was amazing. If you want authentic Italian then come here. You won't be disappointed. Been to Italy a few times and this was authentic.Special Features:
- Italian star in MilwaukeetriathleteDined on 8/8/2014I found Zarlettis through Open Table, and it was excellent! Nice atmosphere, great service, and while it is on the pricier side, the food was lick-your-plate-clean delicious!! If you are in Milwaukee, you owe yourself a visit to Zarlettis.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My Fav RestaurantRoseDined on 8/4/2014I love this restaurant for any occasion. It's been my favorite for years. The food and service are always excellent.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent, as always!OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/4/2014As always, a great dining experience is guaranteed at Zarletti! We had a group in from California who were blown away by the food!Special Features:
- Fabulous pasta specialDSReeseMSDined on 8/1/2014I had looked at the menu in advance and picked out a pasta but the waitress talked me into a mushroom stuffed ravioli with added scallops. It was delicious. My husband ordered off the menu and loved his as well. There is not much room in the restaurant and the tables are very close together but it was still easy to carry on a conversation.Special Features:
- Excellent Service4cookiesDined on 8/1/2014The atmosphere was trendy and clean. The service outstanding. The wine list was extensive. The food was wonderful. I would definitely suggest them to friends.Special Features:
- duckdineDined on 7/29/2014Great food. Always some interesting specials and a stable of great regular dishes. Service was friendly and well done.Special Features:
- Ambience and FoodPinkLadyDined on 7/24/2014The 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neighborhood GemDukeDined on 7/23/2014The atmospher and location are great ! It is a small but very quaint space. The food was good not great. Good wine and enjoyed the downtown feel. I would go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- LIZZIE2Dined on 7/19/2014I TRULY FELD IN LOVE WITH THIS RESTAURANT. SERVICE, ACCOMADATIONS, CLEANINESS AND FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. OUR WAITRESS WAS SO POLITE INFORMATIVE ABOUT THE ENTIRE MENU AND THE CHEF'S SPECIAL AND SUGGESTIONS. I BRAGGED ABOUT IT IMMEDIATELY AT THIS PARTY I WAS ATTENDING AFTER DINNER.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New to MilwaukeeILuvWIDined on 7/18/2014My 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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GREAT place!TeMeDined on 7/17/2014Our 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!Special Features:
- LesterDined on 7/16/2014Food was great. Service was unobtrusive but good.Special Features:
- Always GreatjokamDined on 7/12/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- TimKDined on 7/11/2014Loved it. Great location in heart of downtown Milwaukee.Special Features:
- Fantastic!!SteveDined on 7/11/2014Great 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!Special Features:
- most everything was greatgjatDined on 7/8/2014Waiter 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- OUTSTANDINGOopsDined on 7/5/2014What a wonderful find. Great location, walking distance from our hotel. Absolutely awesome menu. Server very nice and knowledgable. Highly recommendSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always Great FoodDD111Dined on 7/3/2014Wonderful food, magnificent pastas, traveled to the meat side and enjoyed the duck and the lamb chops. Always great execution!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Zarletti's is Fabulous!skylinesDined on 6/30/2014This 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.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/18/2014It 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.Special Features:
- Great Food!phgfoodieDined on 6/16/2014We 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!Special Features:
- Waiter with a attitudeCarolDined on 6/14/2014The 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 .Special Features:
- Consistently goodCCWriterDined on 6/14/2014Had 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.Special Features:
- Excellent - Highly RecommendedslickrickDined on 6/12/2014The food and wine selection makes this one of my favorites in Milwaukee.Special Features:
- Downtown Dining GemClancy09Dined on 6/12/2014Zarletti'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!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- downtown spothate2cookVIPDined on 6/11/2014Never disappointed! Food again outstanding. Love Zarletti's!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tables Are Too Close Together!ChowHoundVIPDined on 6/11/2014Zarletti 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.
- Inconsistenteatsalot4VIPDined on 6/11/2014We 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.
- WonderfulKatieLouDined on 6/11/2014We went for lunch and had a wonderful meal. Service was great. Will definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- diappointedVIPDined on 6/9/2014The 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.