Onesto

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$30 and under
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Italian
Onesto, which means “honest” in Italian, serves a modern twist on Italian fare with an emphasis on fresh, handmade, flavorful cuisine. We also feature an approachable wine list and a craft cocktail menu. When you visit, be sure to check out our dramatic event space.
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PamM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always. Staff were very attentive and did an excellent job of social distancing tables and following covid guidelines.

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LoriA
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During Covid-19, I was impressed with their precautions. The food was very good at a good value.

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vipShawnR
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Celebrated a birthday and enjoyed a limited dinner menu. Overall I’m happy about the reopening based on a good experience with fine meal, wine, and service. But MKE government fear mongering and mask policy is ridiculous.

This nonsense must end and 25% occupancy will lead to bankruptcy of this favorite spot among many others. Open the bar and please ASAP return to preCovid-19 atmosphere and dining experience. Thank you for partially reopening at least!

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Artie
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Intimate with a classy vibe. Truly great quality food and good portion size.

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Artie, Thank you so much for the kind words. Hopefully we'll see you again very soon.

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vipTL1975
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was as wonderful as could be during the ‘pandemic’. Will go back for sure.

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for coming in. We definitely appreciate it during these challenging times. We look forward to seeing you next time!

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vipfloydster
Milwaukee
77 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great to enjoy a nice meal with good service again!

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

We couldn't agree more. Thanks so much for coming in. Looks like we could have done a bit better for you on the food side. If you've got any feedback we can share with the culinary team, I'd love to hear it.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ryan knew his stuff. We loved his recommendations. My only critique is that there was no Negroni available. How can this be an Italian restaurant and you not have a Negroni?

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Peter, We'll be sure that Ryan hears about the shout out. We can absolutely make you a negroni the next time you're in. While it's not currently listed on our signature cocktail list, we can always make one for you. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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LiyaL
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was incredible. We had an absolutely magical night!

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

This is so nice of you to share, Liya. We can't wait to have you in again for another magical evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cool place. Great pasta for a reasonable price. Expensive wine. Fancy appetizers (which tasted pretty ‘meh’). Cool locations. Solid date spot.

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for coming in. So glad to hear you enjoyed the pasta. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon - maybe we can find an appetizer and wine that hits the spot for you better!

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ScottActuary
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in Milwaukee, priced and portioned that way as well. Not your regular weekday don't feel like making dinner spot, but for a special occasion they can't be beat. Their limited COVID menu doesn't compare to their full menu, but everything on it is to die for.

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks so much for the kind words, Scott. We are looking to add a few more favorites onto the menu soon. Look forward to your next visit!

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annk
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed it. Ambiance was great, food was good, waiter was terrific.

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for kind words, Ann! We look forward to having you in again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We requested a high top table, instead we were seated in the most opposite... upstairs which has scant atmosphere compared to downstairs.

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

So sorry we missed the boat on your seating. We do our very best to honor all the requests we get, but sometimes our best intentions don't quite work out. Hopefully, we'll see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has officially become my favorite in the city! delicious food, wonderful service, & all-around outstanding atmosphere.

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much! I don't know that we can do any better than that, but we'll keep trying! Can't wait to have you in again soon.

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KerryandGaby
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Onesto was superb! We had the cheese and burrata. Followed by fusilli and lobster ravioli. And finished with amazing desserts. The fusilli is literally the best Italian dish I’ve had. Megan was our server and she did a phenomenal job , especially with all the new restrictions . And the manager , Eric , is one of our favorites. He always makes us feel special and is a real asset to your company. There are a ton of great dining choices in Milwaukee, service is what sets you apart! Great job!!

Onesto
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for the incredibly kind words. We'll make sure both Megan and Eric hear about how much you appreciated their efforts. We're definitely proud to have them both on the team! And we couldn't agree more on the fusilli! It's been Chef's favorite since we opened.

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RiverDog
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is just amazing. We enjoy taking out of town guests to Onesto. They are always impressed.

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TylerL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Loud and a little expensive. Service was slow, which was unusual.

Onesto
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Tyler, sorry the service was slow. You are right it's not our standard here at Onesto. I hope you come see us again soon so we can provide you with the service you deserve. I hope you have a great day.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jake was our server. He was extremely knowledgeable about the wine and food, and provided wonderful service. The food was delicious, pasta prepared perfectly. The food arrived hot and in a timely manner.

Onesto
Responded on March 10, 2020

I'm glad that you enjoyed the night with Jake. He really knows how to guide people thru the menu and ensure that people have a great experience. Thanks for coming in and I hope you have a great day.

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vipDavidChavez
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

My wife and finished dinner at 9:45 pm and wanted to sit at the bar and have another wine. Bartender told us "We close in 10 minutes". They still had a group of 8 and 4 still sitting in the bar area. I was kind of shocked at his response. We left and will not return or recommend. It was our first time there and we were having a good night. For the record, our server was awesome. I ordered my steak medium well, it came medium rare. My wife enjoyed her salmon and we both enjoyed our warm mushroom salad.

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BillB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent
Our waiter was super at recommending great wine to try.
Definately worth the time and experience

Onesto
Responded on March 10, 2020

Thanks Bill!!! We really appreciate the great feedback. I hope you have a great day.

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vipJanis
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable foodie food and reliable service. Every time I come to Milwaukee I try to eat here.

Onesto
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello Janis and thank you for the great review. I'm glad that we can be a go to for food and service when you come into town. We look forward to seeing you again soon then. Have a great day.

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vipNicolaya7
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and everything was wonderful.... Service, food, drinks and ambiance. We had a perfect high table by the window, so we could enjoy the beautiful weather and passers by. We look forward to returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Onesto is consistently a quality experience. People should know they don’t have brunch any longer, no issue just hadn’t realized they changed. We go to Onesto often and like it very much

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MichaelFreddy
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined here on a Saturday night. Thank goodness we had made a reservation - it was jammed ! Which is a good thing because it signifies that people love the place. Housemade pasta dishes are the way to go. Also really liked their appetizer jars. Server (Daniel) was both attentive and patient. Michael, I believe the main bartender, has great knowledge of the Italian wines available which is what we drank. We will definitely be going back - and sooner than later.

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vipDocC
Milwaukee
90 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fetuchinni special with shrimp was outstanding! Carafe of wine for happy hour served 4 generously. Bread and fig “jar” was. bery tasty. Perfect for before show dining at the Skylight.

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DwightM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another wonderful experience. Our server was top drawer. Attentive, informative and grascious. This has been our consistent experience with Onestos.

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MonicaC
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter who guided us through the menu. Enjoyed the wine pairing and special of the day. Recommend the mussels and lemon ricotta cake. Delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food. top notch service and excellent bar tender.

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swithington
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing atmosphere, wonderful service, excellent wine list and delicious food. Will definitely be returning.

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ZacharyS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu is very interesting and absolutely delicious!

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vipMark
Milwaukee
48 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentine's Saturday and they had their regular, full menu. Not a shortened version. Kuddos! Service was timely without being rushed. Food was very good. A little nosy, as we sat on the bar side of the restaurant, but not so loud that we couldn't have a nice conversation. We were very pleased. We'll head back on another night.

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JacobA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Onesto was great! Our server Daniel S. Made sure we were always taken care of and you wouldn’t have realized it was Valentine’s Day. The food was phenomenal and the ambiance was even better!

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MJForever
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

We got a reservation in the last time slot available on Valentines Day... the staff seemed done for the night and the food tasted like it was what was left at the end of the night. Disappointing.

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BriannaM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and my boyfriend ordered the Bolognese at our 9pm dinner reservation. They definitely overbooked people for Valentines, and had 3 couples and a group waiting at the door because the bar was full. However, we only had to wait 10 minutes before getting our reserved seats. The waitress was amazing and very attentive and fast. We ordered the mussels appetizer and it was cooked to perfection! The cream sauce was so we good kept dipping our warm bread into the sauce long after the mussels were gone. The wine selection was also very good.
The spaghetti and meatballs were very good but very shocked to see only medium sized 3 meatballs for a nearly $20 plate. The pasta and sauce were incredible and the meatballs were alright if not a little lacking in flavor. But very skimpy in sauce..and portion. The Bolognese was a miss for me and my boyfriend. The sauce lacked all flavor..the brisket was yummy but it did not integrate with the sauce and it felt very discombobulated. Not a food expert but we eat a lot of food..and for us both to think the sauce was extremely bland (in a Bolognese no less) was a bummer. We questioned that maybe they ran out of sauce since it was so late at night on a very busy day, and close to closing time. I am hoping to come back on a regular day and try out a different pasta entree to really get a better picture of their menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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vipCariM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very disappointed. The food lacked seasoning and was average. The fusilli lacked mushrooms & there was no hint of truffle oil. The salad was barely dressed and other tables also had to ask for more Caesar salad dressing. Some tables were offered fresh Parmesan for their entree-we were not offered this option. We ordered another glass of wine when our entrees were delivered. It arrived as we were finishing our meal. The ambiance is good but could use some artwork upstairs on the walls. Overall, our experience was very disappointing based on the high rating by other diners. We won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Onesto ))

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and everyone was super friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Onesto is one of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee and always will be. I adore the seasonal menu with fresh and seasonal ingredients and have had some of my favorite dinners ever here. The service and drinks are always exceptional. The food is fantastic, the simple but flavorful combinations on the menu are superb, but on our most recent visit the ricotta tortellini was a bit dry. I’m not sure if it was because we were a later table or it had sat under a heat lamp, but it tasted a bit dry. This was the first and only time this had happened and we have visited many times. Regardless, we will be back. The menu and flavors are fantastic and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in Milwaukee.

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Remigio
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The last time my wife went to Onesto we were very disappointed but we thought we'd give it another try and they did not disappoint - our server, Ryan, was great and handled our requests with a great deal of patience.

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