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Zarletti - Downtown

4.9
4.9
2448 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
DINE IN & CURB SIDE SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE!

CURBSIDE FOOD AND RETAIL WINE SERVICE
MONDAY-SATURDAY 1:00PM-8:00PM

DINE IN FOR DINNER ONLY
MONDAY-THURSDAY 4PM-8PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 4PM-9PM

PLEASE CALL 414-225-0000

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Zarletti is a fine dining northern Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Executive chef and owner Brian C. Zarletti focuses on creating regional Italian cuisine inspired by lessons learned in his grandmother’s kitchen and on his extensive travels in Italy.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon-Wed Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 225-0000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian C. Zarletti

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee & Mason

  • Parking details

    Currently, we are unable to offer Valet Service due to public health and safety.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,448 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. t

    teekay

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food, excellent service, wonderful atmosphere.
  2. h

    hh22

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty menu. Cozy place, very good service from Dan.
  3. CB

    CrisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dan our server was wonderful! He provided recommendations for wine and food that we ordered - the meal was fabulous!
  4. MN

    MaureenN

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was fantastic. All the food was top notch.
  5. IS

    IvyStorm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding and the bartender was extremely knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. It's not a large place, and they DO have an atrium outside to protect the front door from wind, but it still can get chilly each time the door opens. Dress accordingly if visiting in winter/particularly windy day!
  6. SS

    SuzanneS

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Zarletti’s and everyone loved their cocktails and food. The atmosphere was relaxing, the service was great. We will definitely be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. Food was excellent. Service really good. Highly recommend.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall, Very nice.
  9. A

    Amanda

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our favorite Italian restaurant. We specifically come to Milwaukee to go to Zarletti and get their tiramisu. All the dishes are really flavorful regardless of what you get. We will be back again soon!
  10. c

    candyman

    Milwaukee

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and excellent food!!!
  11. DS

    DavidS

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere, and very knowledgeable waitstaff, who could ask for anything more?
  12. JB

    JennaB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent after the very loud table directly next to us left. Luckily that occurred shortly after we arrived or we would have asked if a different table was available. Food was spectacluar, our server was very cordial and accomadating.
  13. VM

    VictoriaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time as usual. Food was for the most part delicious - however, I ordered Veal Limone. It was not what I consider Veal Limone - it was breaded and fried, I did not care for it - did not eat much. Was bummed.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was there for work and looked up Italian restaurants. This place had a great vibe and atmosphere and the food was even better.
  15. NV

    NikkiV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an exquisite meal at Zarletti. We decided to make our reservation for seating at the bar and had an outstanding experience. we will definitely be back!
  16. PE

    PamE

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was great, and we would definitly return. Great place to celebrate a special occssaion!
  17. M

    Mack

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zarletti's is always a lovely dining experience. We've been coming here whenever we're in town since 2014.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, and our server explained the specials with good detail. I got the Pasta Salsiccia Al Marsala with gluten free noodles and it was the best I’ve ever had! If you are gluten free you know it’s hard to find a good pasta. The ambiance was great and overall good vibes.
  19. G

    Golfer

    Milwaukee

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently the best food operation in the Milwaukee downtown market wonderful service great wine list
  20. M

    Miley1435

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zarletti downtown never disappoints!! The food quality and service are consistently exceptional!
  21. LW

    LauraW

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible. Brian at the bar was terrific with suggestions and service. Overall a great night and Zarletti once again charmed and impressed. An absolute Milwaukee favorite, hands-down!
  22. VK

    VickiK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service for very reasonable prices. Highly recommend!!
  23. JD

    JoeD

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service(thanks Brian) and drinks (thanks again Brian). Pistachio halibut, striped bass, and duck Ragu were fabulous! They never disappoint!
  24. WA

    WilliamAndMargaret

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Duck ragu special was very good with a balanced sauce not overpowering the duck.
  25. a

    alwayshungry

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a gem. The menu is always banging, the service excellent and the wine list has something for every taste. The pasta Bolognese is my favorite. I will travel across the galaxy for that dish.
  26. P

    Palermos

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very classy restaurant, high end Italian food. My reservation was for 5pm and I arrived right on time and was seated right away. The server was very attentive and helpful. I ordered the Pappardelle con Funghi and it was wonderful. My food arrived about 5 minutes after ordering. The pasta was homemade, and you could tell. It was cooked perfectly. The wild mushrooms in the dish are the star of the show, so tasty and delicious. The sauce was delicate and not over powering. Overall this is a fantastic place to bring a date, the atmosphere and ambience were perfect for a romantic dinner. I highly recommend Zarletti's..
  27. J

    Janisc

    Milwaukee

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excelent. Our waiter was great. He knew the menu and made some suggestion. We were out when we needed to be for a concert.
  28. C

    Chris

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pastas are to die for. Great Barolo collection
  29. KR

    KellyR

    Key West

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent! He was extremely attentive, friendly and really knew what he was doing! The food was outstanding as well
  30. K

    Kathy

    Milwaukee

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner/experience at Zarletti. We were never rushed in making. decisions for beverage or food. A calm in the restaurant as servers did their jobs and. assisted each other - really loved the low noise level. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. And the food - so hard to choose and our selections of the wild boar ragu and chicken saltimbocca were delicious!! We will be back
  31. M

    Mark

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tomato ? Excellent !! Pappadelle? Excellent!! Torte? Excellent!! Wine? Excellent!!
  32. NB

    NB27

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Not the best table considering we made a reservation a week prior. Food was very good and our waiter, although new to the job, did very well. Honestly and enthusiasm carried the evening. Very pleasant experience.
  33. AM

    AnnM

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our go to for any occasion!
  34. MK

    MKEDUB

    Chicago

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, great cocktails, and excellent service. Definitely the best Italian restaurant in Milwaukee.
  35. J

    Jeff

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a colleague’s retirement in style. Great service, excellent Italian food with many options. Brian and his staff continue to deliver a great experience. Bravo!
  36. CP

    CorrieP

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Zarletti never disappoints. Great food and great atmosphere. Service was good although like most places they are short handed.
  37. DP

    DanielP

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, and atmosphere in a comfy, small space!
  38. J

    Jeff

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Invited several of my colleagues for dinner and the staff delivered a great experience. Options were plentiful and paired well with our selections!
  39. J

    Janice

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    A bad seat at the bar looking into a somewhat unfocused kitchen staff, very mediocre rissoto, reminders needed to receive the ordered wine, a different vegetable served with the veal piccata than what the waiter had described, etc., etc. This restaurant wouldn’t last 6 months in NY, Chicago, SF.
  40. D

    Dast14

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was very good. I would definitely come back here. The service was a little lackluster. Ate at the bar bartender seem to be preoccupied with another group

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Zarletti - Downtown is rated 4.9 stars by 2448 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Zarletti - Downtown

741 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee & Mason

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon-Wed Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Currently, we are unable to offer Valet Service due to public health and safety.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian C. Zarletti

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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