Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa

4.7
2793 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR RESERVATION: Reservations are recommended, and we have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running late. Following CDC guidelines, guests are requested to wear a mask in common areas if they are not vaccinated.

Reservations are for main dining room and upstairs dining room. Specific location requests will be accommodated as available or as necessary for accessibility.

Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993 has been a local favorite and is regularly voted the best Italian in Milwaukee. The charming Ristorante Bartolotta features handmade pasta and Northern Italian cooking. Guests’ spirits and palates will be taken on a culinary journey through regional Italy.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2793 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarieM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Only menu choice is a four course prix fixe. Way too much food for us. One course is sufficient for our taste. There’s a good and interesting range of options within each course but again we sent back more uneaten food than I care to think about. The menu changes as the chef explores various Italian regions. Last night was Perugia. The food is very intensely flavored. I don’t recall being as dissatisfied on previous visits to Ristorante Bartolotta. In fact sitting on the lovely terrace during the pandemic the food was right proportioned, seasoned and prepared thoughtfully.

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vipOriole
Milwaukee
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this was a truly lovely dinner selected from a very interesting menu of the cuisine of Puglia.

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StaceyZ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always come here for our anniversary. Always an amazing experience. So much wonderful value for what you pay. We love it!

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Changemenu
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

While I was looking forward to our dinner, I was disappointed in the menu. There was only choice, a 4 course meal for $65. If we would have know that, we would not have gone and as long as that is their menu plan, we won't be returning. Our food was fine, but there were no course options that were appealing to us.

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JimH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent and the staff is fantastic! Bartolotta’s is alway outstanding!

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vipMG123
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Delicious! Fresh ingredients. Authentic. Love the flavor of Italy theme. Incredible service.

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Olivia
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go to a Bartolotta’s for our birthdays /anniversary’s and are never let down. Always worth it!

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Donaldh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere was quaint, like a little Italian restaurant you see on travel tv. Food taste and proportions were good except my wife and I both thought the main dinner choices could have been a little more substantial. Like my dish was a fish stew. It seemed to us more like just a soup. But overall a very pleasant experience.

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NancyK
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner once again!

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None
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service and ambience both very nice. Unfortunately the food was a disappointment. Several dishes were good; none outstanding; and two of us had the lamb entree which was almost inedible - very tough and lacking flavor.

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Slidetime
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great friendly professional knowledgeable staff,

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AnnH
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Beautiful outdoor setting!! We loved it!

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ChristineS
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

We had a wonderful table outside and the service was great but the food was a major disappointment. The pasta dish some of us got was too salty to enjoy, the lamb dish we got was described by our waiter as "the best thing he'd ever eaten" was mediocre at best. My husbands lamb arrived super rare and was still rare after he sent it back to get cooked more. The outdoor patio was wonderful and the wait staff was excellent.

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vipEricM
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were three of us for Dinner on Saturday 6/11/21.
We were greeted and sat at the Bar to eat at 8pm.
Scott the Bartender, was also our Server. He explained the Menu and
offered suggestions. The four course meal was Fantastic.
Scott even made us an Ernest Hemmingway Daiquiri for an "after
dinner drink".

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful dinner but not much service

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lorenw
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The beverages were amazing. The ambience was romantic and delightful. I loved the idea of having a 4 course meal planned out for us, with a few choices for us to make.

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SuzanneRichard
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great choices for a 4 course prix fixe menu. The region of Italy changes every few weeks. Very nice outdoor courtyard seating and excellent service. Our group of 4 all ordered different items for the 4 courses, all dishes were excellent. Seafood and meat equally we'll-prepared.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the regional prix fixe of the month concept. This month it was The Naples and Amalfi coast region. Excellent seafood based choices. You get a full four courses. We’ll likely be back for next month’s Puglia region selections.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place and lovely food!

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HannahR
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food was alarmingly average considering the expense.
Service was very good and the ambiance was nice. But for the cost, it does not warrant a return.

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GeraldK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice dinner. Could have used more atmosphere. Good service.

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AgataM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place, amazing food

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Freebyrd
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience was outstanding. So great to get back out again and enjoy the dining experience.

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vipJulesH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say....my favorite restaurant!! Consistent service, food and ambiance. 5 star all the way around. You must visit if you haven’t and if you have, go again!!

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AngelaW
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with Italian food that was scratch-made and a thoughtfully curated menu. Great cocktails and wines. Great service. Great Covid protocols. A lovely experience and we will definitely be back for more!

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MollyF
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at Ristorante. Great staff, great food, love the patio. Feels good to be back out enjoying a wonderful Bartolotta experience.

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DaleK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect way to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary.

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vipDBDB
Milwaukee
22 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, everything was done perfectly. Sadly, the weather didn’t allow for La Terrace, our favorite setting.
I thought the Cacio e Pepe had a bit too much ‘sauce’ but my husband seemed to like it that way. From the Classic Spritz to Tiramisu…delicious!

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vipEricH
Milwaukee
56 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John, Tony & Michelle made our dining experience memorable. We were celebrating a Family Birthday and they went above and beyond to accommodate us. Thanks to all!!

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LaurenO
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meal was delicious and timed out perfectly. Staff was attentive and very friendly. Can’t wait to go back!

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ScottG
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

I was disappointed in my table. When they called to confirm my reservation and asked If we were ambulatory for the upstairs I replied yes, "I just don't want to be in the corner by the kitchen". Well, I was seated behind a curtain next to the waitstaff station so my anniversary dinner was to the background of waitstaff talking and clattering dishes. I looked around and saw numerous 2 tops unoccupied. When I made the reservation 5-7 days earlier I stated it was a special occasion, and requested a later time if any cancellations occured. I understand not being able to accommodate the later time but I don't understand the table location, probably the worst in the restaurant when others were available. Food was excellent, service great. Next time I will walk out if seated there.

Scott J Grossman 414-732-1570

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BreitlingFan
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

This dinner was for a romantic birthday with my wife. Unfortunately this meal and experience was very disappointing. Have eaten there in the past and everything was excellent.

It began with not being able to eat in the main dining room. We were paraded down the block to eat in the upstairs of their closed pizza place. This room has little character and is bright and not romantic. The manager came to speak with us, and attempted to convince us this was the as the main room. My advice, just DEMAND to be in the main dining room with your reservation.

The meal was a 4 course regional prix fare. The main course was over cooked (well done lamb and ridiculously tough rib) . Certainly not worth the price.

At this time I just cannot recommend the restaurant. Perhaps once the COVID capacity restrictions are gone, it will get back to its former self.

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MarcR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good overall experience. Excellent food and service.

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MilanB
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We requested the corner booth for my wife. It was not available. My daughter’s Filet was medium rare and she wanted medium. In retrospect, the waitress did not ask how my wife and daughter wanted their Filets prepared.
Portions were good and the main plate was substantial and delicious.
Having a preset option of menus for a flat fee of $65 is a reasonable concept.
However, adding surcharges onto an already overpriced menu is not reasonable and or justifiable.
In addition, we had a similar dinner at Lake Park and it was significantly less food even on the main plate. They also had unreasonable surcharges, certainly not warranted.
Finally, Ristorante issued dining reward points and Lake Park did not. I have been a member of the dining rewards program since it’s inception and dare no reason why one restaurant would offer reward points and the other won’t. Should be consistent to demonstrate customer value and loyalty for patronage.
Thanks for asking.

Milan Bundalo

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Jack
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day Brunch. We had both excellent service and delicious food.

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JohnW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The 4 course meal was delicious and enjoyable and my wife loved it! Since it was a surprise for Mother's day, she was so happy that I took her there to celebrate...

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vipJeffryK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, great service and a very safe environment! Could not ask for more.

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EugeneM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new experience of eating a dinner from a specific region of Italy was very interesting and a great way to expand your palate.

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vipFoodfitforking
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ristorante keeps on getting better every time we visit. The four-course menus that feature a different region of Italy are superb. Not only do you enjoy exquisite food selections, but you learn about specialties unique to each region of Italy. Come and check out Ristorante Barlotta today, you won't be disappointed!!

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NickT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Good food, but the tables are cramped and they rush you.

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Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa is rated 4.7 stars by 2793 OpenTable diners.

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