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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "The hostess could not find our open table reservation, and said it usually is the user's fault. There was a table available and we were seated immediately. Had to ask for bread. They were out of chicken (7PM on a Thursday night). The salmon was good as were the other entrees. Pizza seems to be their specialty."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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 and wine selection makes this one of my favorites in Milwaukee."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had a great meal during downtown dining week. The Osso Bucco was excellent."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Delicious food! Love the Muffaletta sandwich. Server made great recommendations."
    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
  • "The food was excellent. Some of the best pasta in town, but it's pricey."
    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
  • "A special day (anniversary) made more memorable by excellent food, pleasant atmosphere, superb staff. "
    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
  • "This was our first visit. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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
  • "One of the best restaurants in MKE that never disappoints - great food & service - service is always attentive to detail i.e. bartender and waiters refill your wine glasses throughout the meal - (sorry my pet peeve when this doesn't happen) - only wish they'd expand their wine list to some American selections - only challenge is that Zarletti is now very popular and can be a challenge getting-in - especially on the weekends - but plan ahead and if there is a slight wait b/c others have discovered this place too - chill and go with the flow - it's definitely worth it! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Wonderful food and knowledgeable wait staff, a bit noisy, it was difficult to have a conversation. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We showed up for our 8:30 reservation and were told the table would not be ready for at least 20 minutes because "it was a busy night with a lot of walk-ins." The manager on duty was impolite and unhelpful. We ended up leaving, hungry and frustrated. Unacceptable. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Took the team out for lunch and had a delicious lunch in a nice setting. The service was very good with only one glitch - someone didn't get what they ordered-just a misunderstanding and quickly remedied."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We went to Zarletti as a couple for my wife's birthday dinner. The waitstaff (Matt) was very courteous and knowledgeable, and was able to make a great suggestion about how to alter a sauce to suit my wife's tastes. He also recommended an off-the-menu version of bruschetta that was mind-blowingly good. I ordered the stuffed pork chops, and while I had ordered a gin martini, he brought a small tasting of a dry red wine that he thought would pair well with my dinner. Nothing short of amazing! His senses and instincts were right-on, and I really appreciated the way that everyone there took care of us. This dinner helped make a night away from the kids into a romantic evening spent reconnecting over superb food, wine, and atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Two of us had pasta with scallops & truffle oil, the other two had the pistachio crusted halibut - both were excellent; the roasted red pepper soup was outstanding. The vanilla gelato with expresso was a fabulous way to end the meal. We will be back...."
    Dined on 4/12/2014