Onesto

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$30 and under
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Italian
Handmade pastas, breads and cheeses and an approachable wine list make for the perfect relaxed lunch or dinner.

If you don't happen to find the reservation time that you're interested in, please do call the restaurant: 414-308-1600.

We keep an active wait-list and gladly accommodate walk-ins as part of both our lunch and dinner service.

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DL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I are from Chicago and blindly chose Onesto for my birthday dinner based on reviews and we were blown away! The staff are very friendly and were very knowledgeable of the menu, describing the dishes with passion and experience. We enjoyed every bite of the homemade pastas (even the gluten free) and sauces... it’s been days and we’re still talking about it! We will definitely be back ❤️

Onesto
Responded 2 days ago

I am thrilled to hear you all enjoyed your dining experience with us. Thank you for allowing us to help celebrate your birthday! I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon the next time you are in Milwaukee. Happy Birthday!

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LR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Let’s start by saying that I am a natural born Italian, living in the US since something more than a year. I am normally quite reluctant to go in american-italian restaurants, but Onesto looked different and inspiring. We weren’t wrong: we had an amazing experience. While waiting for our table we had a cup of wine and a meat & cheese appetizer: the wine was excellent and the appetizer delicious, I particularly appreciated the soppressata, which taste made me feel homesick. We ordered a pasta dish for our dinner: I took the Bolognese with homemade spaghetti and my partner the fusilli with asparagus, mushrooms and truffles cream. The Bolognese was actually quite distant from the real recipe of Bologna, but instead was a very nice recipe that remind me the style of Piedmont region, with beef and big pieces of meat, the homemade pasta was extremely good and I enjoyed the dish quite a lot. Fusilli dish had a very nice sauce, again reminding Piedmont style. Service was good and the atmosphere incredible. We’ll be back for sure on our next visit to Milwaukee.

CM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service was okay...very busy...had to ask a couple times for items.

JG
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have had good experiences at Onesto before, but this dinner was great. The waitress was very helpful in helping us and our dinner guests order exactly what we wanted. After the multiple dishes arrived, we enjoyed every one.

Onesto
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you, Jake! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you all again soon. Cheers.

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m
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service on point. Celebrated a special birthday with a complimentary dessert. Would definitely recommend.

Onesto
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for allowing us to join in the birthday celebrations! I hope we have the opportunity to serve you all again soon.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fusili or Die

Onesto
Responded on November 25, 2019

So happy you enjoyed! That is my go-to as well. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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HW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four friends - each ordered something different and all were delicious. Service was great. Highly recommend.

LK
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were at a book event at the ICC and decided last minute to dine at Onesto. Booking the reservation was easy. The hostess was fabulous about accommodating some last minute changes for us. Our server was great and the food was spectacular. We will return often!

Onesto
Responded on November 25, 2019

Hi Lynn - I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon!

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WA
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ryan, our waiter, was outstanding.

CJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I would for drinks because I like the feel of the place but the food was just average

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of my favorite places in MKE. Great food and service.

Onesto
Responded on November 25, 2019

So thrilled to hear it! I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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MB
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I hate leaving poor reviews especially for places I loved in the past. Probably been to Onesto 12-15 times over last 4 years or so but this is the first time back in about 9 months. The first few years this place was really fantastic from food to service. The food in beginning, and maybe up until a year ago, was really well done and perhaps a top 5 Italian in the Milwaukee area. However, the visit prior to this one we had a poor experience with the food (service was great). We decided to return and give it another go. Sadly the last time we will be back. The food got worse, but again service was great. Our server was attentive, pleasant and just an exemplary example of what an excellent server should be.

Onesto has lost what it had in the first couple of years of being open. The quality of the food is just no where close to what it once was and I dare say the food is perhaps not even on par to to chain restaurant. Pasta in all entrees was overcooked, mushy and falling apart. The sauces were bland and lacking flavor. The meatballs were way overcooked, extremely dry (even though made with Italian sausage for fat content) and many obviously burned and charred. Not just one of our 4 entrees, but 3 of us had the meatballs and pasta (2 GF and 1 non GF) so wasn't just a GF issue (in the past GF at Onesto was absolutely one of the best GF experiences we have had). The other entree was the brisket bolognese which again the pasta was overcooked but the bolognese was fine.

Overall the value of sub $20 entrees I guess you get what you pay for, but sadly Onesto (and quite honestly the Sorge restaurants in general) have really fallen in quality of food in the past couple of years. Looking at their website the food they show there is not remotely close to what we had been served the last 2 times we have been there, but I will say 3-4 years ago it was that attractive and was done on a much higher level.

LE
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! Beetroot ravioli was excellent, but my cream/asparagus/mushroom/truffle pasta was so rich— very few veggies, almost all cream— good flavor, but needed more complexity to it. Relatively quiet for a Thursday night. Lemon ricotta cake & gelato were both amazing.

DE
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great other than they over charging for some very common wines. We will go back but get our first drink down the street.

OT
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good dinner for table of 4. Only item is maybe $2-$3 over priced for almost everything.

JV
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We both loved our food. We did order the Fig Jar as a starter and while it was good my preference would have been for the more savory spreads. I had the mushroom ragout and added salmon and it was done to perfection!

IC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great wine. Highly recommend

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The meatballs and pasta was not good. Meatballs were dry. I had the Bolognese on a previous visit. I loved it. So I was disappointed with the meatballs and pasta

LP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around, great experience. Great food. Will definitely visit again.

MS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! We were seated in the bar but it was a nice high top table. Service was fantastic!

OT
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Abby and she was exceptional! I will be asking for her each and every time we come, usually once a week! Sheens above and beyond!

SL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Scallops were outstanding but pasta and sauces were rather bland.

LB
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I dined at Onesto Sun. night before Hamilton. It was our first visit and it definitely won’t be our last! Our waiter was very attentive. We enjoyed the jar very much! It was a special that evening with seasoning and I believe caramelized onions. I would definitely order it again. My daughter ordered the fusilli. I ordered the root veggie ravioli (I think it was called). Both were delicious. My portion could have been a little more generous, but I ordered it with chicken breast so that helped make it enough. We both ordered gelato for dessert. My daughter ordered pumpkin and I ordered chocolate. We walked out very satisfied. The ambience of the restaurant is also very nice and inviting. I already made another reservation over Thanksgiving week when I have a friend coming to visit from Texas. She’s super excited to go, since I told her how much we enjoyed it. See you again soon Onesto!

BD
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, excellent service!

G
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely dinner at Onesto. Delicious food, impeccable service, and charming ambiance.

J
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The service was wonderful. Salmon was pricey and overcooked.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience, would recommend to anyone who is looking for a nice evening

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, menu have enough good options to try different things as well. Service is always knowledgeable and helpful.

Onesto
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thanks, Kevin! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant - the atmosphere is particularly nice.

Onesto
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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MK
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love going to Onesto. I often bring out one town friends to Onesto as an introduction to the wonderful food options we have in the city. Our server, Mars, was wonderful and answered any questions my guest had.

Not sure what can be done about this, but it is often very loud and when something is going on upstairs and furniture is moved it becomes distracting.

But overall I love going to Onesto

Onesto
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you for joining us! I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us. Thank you for providing feedback on our 2nd floor event space. We never want any events upstairs to effect our downstairs diners, I'm very sorry about that. I've shared this with our events team so we can address this. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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S
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant itself is very nice and the food was delicious!

VF
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a lively, cozy atmosphere. The service is attentive and top notch. Conversations are private even with the all the pleasant activity around you.

Onesto
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thanks for joining us! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dining experience. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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TW
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nate was an excellent knowledgeable server. Staff was friendly. Food was delicious. Nate recommended great wine to pair with each entree.

Onesto
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thanks, Tom! I have passed along your kind words to Nate. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Was disappointed Onesto did not have butternut squash pasta when it was listed on the website but the waitress was able to modify a dish so that I got something very similar.

The Bolognese with brisket was phenomenal - will be back for sure!

Onesto
Responded on October 21, 2019

Hi Tom - I'm sorry to hear you were provided an outdated menu online. I'm glad to hear you were able to enjoy a fall dish. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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MJ
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and amazing food as always at Onesto!!

Onesto
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thanks, Marc! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you again soon.

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EF
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The food was mediocre and overpriced for what we ordered. The space was lovely and the service was good though.

k
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new find. Nice wine selection. Large salads enough for two as sides. House made pastas. Reasonably priced.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was very good, small potions, was disappointed that menu online had butternut squash pasta, but was not available. Wait staff said it was as a fall item. Isn’t October fall?

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would absolutely go back. Burrata was fantastic, wine selection was great, staff was fantastic!

Onesto
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back again soon.

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W
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the location was ideal for us to walk a block to the Skylight Theater, but the best part was the service. The host & hostess were welcoming and friendly, our server was informative and warm, and the manager stopped to ensure our satisfaction. Great food, location, and service!!

Onesto
Responded on October 7, 2019

I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. I hope we have the opportunity to serve you all again soon. Cheers!

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