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Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa

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$50 and over
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Italian
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOUR RESERVATION: Per CDC recommendations, all reservations are limited to 90 minutes. Face coverings are required for all guests during the following instances: When walking in at any of the restaurants, when ordering or addressing a Bartolotta employee, or when walking in common areas. We have a 15-minute grace period, so please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time. We appreciate your support in keeping our employees, guests, and community safe and healthy by following our guidelines: https://www.bartolottas.com/reopening.

The flagship of the Bartolotta Restaurants, Ristorante Bartolotta dal 1993 in Wauwatosa and has been a local favorite ever since it opened. Regularly voted the best Italian in Milwaukee, the charming Ristorante Bartolotta features handmade pasta and rustic 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2630 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DaveC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice food, attentive but not overbearing service... overpriced in my opinion.
Got talked into $100 truffles and they were definitely not worth it.
$20 per glass for a Tuscan blend also seemed high.
My Dad said when things start seeming overpriced, you are getting old. Hmmm.

MA
MarkA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorites and one of the best restaurants in the Milwaukee area!

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LorenCH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was fantastic and the staff we very attentive. Overall I would recommend everyone to make it a point to try this restaurant.

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danam
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

staff was great about making outdoors dining comfortable even when it started to drizzle

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wingit
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The goat although good, tasted like a beef pot roast.

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vipDinnerforDads81stBday
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my dad's 81st birthday celebration very safe and enjoyable. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. It was important that we felt comfortable eating outside (it was around 40 degrees) and we really did enjoy the surroundings.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service were fantastic. I really appreciate the safety precautions!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it. Everyone is nice and the foods omg outstanding.

JB
JosephB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

it was ok - way overpriced. Some of the food was good and some was just ok - nothing outstanding.

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BigEasyT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

When I was unable to get our usual Sanford's anniversary reservation on short notice, I felt lucky to get a reservation at Ristorante Bartolotta. My wife and I were seated at a table that should have actually embarrassed the management to offer. There was no light to see the menu, much less my beautiful wife on our anniversary, and my view was of an industrial cleaning device and the bathroom. The food tour of Sicily was not exactly their forte (though the duck was outstanding), which made me wish I married my wife a week later when the restaurant will be serving the cuisine of Rome. I enjoy the Bartolotta Restaurants and I understand why diners in Milwaukee take such pride in the level of excellence that one can usually count on there. I hope this was just a blip, though a very sizable one, and I wish it hadn't happened on my anniversary. Now I know to reserve Sanford's very early.

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difficult1
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our outdoor dining reminded us of years ago in New York. The food and service was amazing. Very Covid comfortable with masks and spacing.

JG
vipJoeG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining option worked well (for now).

DB
DennisB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were happy to be able to visit one of our favorite restaurants again. Management did everything in their power to keep their patrons and staff safe. Although they had a limited menu, the food was outstanding as usual.

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vipWoodsman
Milwaukee
55 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Sicilian menu so much a couple weeks ago, that we decided to have it again, a few days before the new regional menu; glad we did. Highlights included the amberjack appetizer, ravioli first, mixed grill main (wow the lamb chop and pork rib), tiramisu and pistachio cream desserts. While we greatly miss the pre-pandemic staff, who understandably found new jobs during the shutdown, we are getting to know the new folks. Like their predecessors, their service is outstanding, and equally important make you feel welcome and at home.
What could be better? We are looking forward to the two remaining regional menus.

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DandD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Restorante Bartolotta was very good. They are especially careful in regard to Covid regulations going above and beyond. The service was great and food excellent. I don't think you can get a better inside restaurant experience. Also, their outdoor dining has heaters and diners can feel comfortable even in 40 degree weather.

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DennisA
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait Staff and quality of food was outstanding. We dined outside on the patio and we’re very happy. One of the best meals we have ever had.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A little rushed because of limited seating but great otherwise

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartolottas=YUM. Nothing more needs to be said-I've never had anything less than a wonderful meal at any of their establishments!

MR
MariaR
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We really enjoyed our dinner. Everything we ordered tasted amazing! Paul Bartolotta expressed his gratitude as well.

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vipRizzo
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tour of Sicily was amazing and the risotto was the star of evening just amazing flavor and truly savored every bite. Looking forward to another tour of Italy soon !

DD
vipDDAY
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. We love the food variety of the regions presented. We look forward to future menus.

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TBrand
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was super good and the wait staff were very knowledgable. I did feel rushed to order my food and eat it in the 90 minutes but overall it was a great experience.

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JeffreyL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We plan on returning.
Excellent food and service.

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vipPerfectdatenight
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have done an excellent job taking a relatively small space and making it COVID-compliant. Taking your mask on and off each time one of the wait staff approaches your table is a tad cumbersome, particularly since there are two separate staff handling drinks and food, but we understand the policy entirely.

The Sicilian menu was absolutely incredible; the pasta dishes were definitely the highlight of the meal. The milk-fed goat was also fantastic. Our first time here, and we will definitely be back.

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vipWoodsman
Milwaukee
56 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second dinner at RB since the reopening. Already we felt right at home, as a charming Italian lady, regrettably we forgot her name, welcomed us back. Also Emily, our main server, was perky, fun and provided top notch service. Being 25 year customers with well over 125 meals enjoyed, we have seen many employees move on, but fortunately the new ones provide the same great service and soon become our friends. Like the employees the food remains consistently outstanding with no exception this time. Highlights included swordfish carpaccio, with just a hint of fish in the excellent vinaigrette; Ragusa style ravioli with port ragu, one of the best dishes ever; Mediterranean seabass with tomatoes, lemon and capers; and frozen pistachio cream with chocolate sauce, new and unforgettable. While we missed the first regional dish, we’ve caught the next two and plan to experience the remaining six or is it five? Whatever, we will try them all.

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Beeguy
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were scheduled to dine outdoors but weather didn’t permit. Dining indoors is a little scary with COVID but the staff was very good at distancing and wearing masks. The room was not crowded, intentionally.

The food was excellent. A Sicilian menu with many options to satisfy any appetite. My wife is gluten free and dairy free and the kitchen handled flawlessly. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable.

Really, a wonderful experience in dining with wonderful company.

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Like2EatOut
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating two September birthdays, food was really delicious!

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Stephanie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dinner was fabulous. My octopus risotto was delicious as was the goat. Hubby's shrimp was wonderful as was his braised duck leg. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Hope to get back for the Puglia dinner menu

JB
JohnB
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another outstanding dinning experience at the Ristorante Bartolotta on Sunday, September 27th to celebrate my birthday with friends. The service, meal and atmosphere
were wonderful. The restaurant also has a excellent anti-coronavirus organization.

We will be going back to the restaurant in the future.

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vipfeedme13
Milwaukee
43 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went out for birthday with friends. I believe Bartolotta is trying to have a safe dining experience during Covid. I felt comfortable. The food was great per usual. Staff were professional and attentive

JM
JoseM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sicilian meal was fabulous. We highly recommend the four course option...splendid. It reminded us of our trip to Italy last year. Buon appetito!

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Maddie
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Very glad we were able to dine there.

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MGray
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartolotta really thought through the process of opening responsibly during this pandemic. Thank you for a wonderful and safe experience for both your patrons and your staff.

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vipwalks
Milwaukee
41 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All things were excellent. Because of COVID the four course meal took 90 minutes. 2 hours would have been perfect . It was a lovely meal on a lovely evening. The outside dining is intimate. Bartolotta’s does everything possible to make it a safe experience. The food was AWESOME. The service was excellent. It was a great night.

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LauraG
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and excellent service! Would definitely return.

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Alicia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff, Ann & Jordy (I believe), went above and beyond making sure our lunch was perfect. We can’t wait to go back and enjoy the food, service, and peacefulness Ristorante Bartolotta has to offer. Make sure you enjoy the Tour of Sicília by the end of the week and then the next Italian tour begins which I’m sure will be absolutely amazing.

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vipJohnW
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
Great service
Beautiful patio

COVID precautions very safe
and reasonable!!

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Will
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. Wait staff, menu, quality of food were all outstanding. The safety measures for Covid that were taken were the best I have experienced. Guaranteed return visit.

LT
LovesToEatOut0428
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sicilian menu and wonderful service!

PM
PatriciaM
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! A good getaway in the midst of a pandemic

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Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa is rated 4.8 stars by 2630 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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