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Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa

4.6
1792 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
The flagship of the Bartolotta Restaurants, Ristorante Bartolotta opened in Wauwatosa in 1993 and has been a local favorite ever since. Regularly voted the best Italian in Milwaukee, the charming Ristorante Bartolotta features handmade pastas and rustic Northern Italian cooking, with a chef's tasting menu that changes ever so often by the season.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 771-7910
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Juan Urbieta
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Harwood Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking & 3 Public lots within 1 block of restaurant.
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Entertainment
Chef's Special Menu changes often and always offers the best authentic regional Italian cuisine. Peruse our all-Italian wine list of over 200 labels - you will surely find some new favorites! Enjoy half-off bottles of wine under $100 every Monday and Tuesday night.
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Special events & promotions
Visit https://www.bartolottas.com/events/restaurant/ristorante-bartolotta/ to see upcoming events at Ristorante Bartolotta!
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1792 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.5
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MarkF 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Excellent food with creative flourishes for traditional faire. Very good service. Nice wine list. Very friendly staff.

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Alm318 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Again, great food, fine service and excellent bar/drinks. This is the place fir authentic italian food and well made drinks. Dessert is a must!

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Jazzy (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We had an exceptional evening. The wait staff were extremely friendly and responsive. The food is extraordinary.

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Joseph (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food & service were great as always, and on par with the quality that Bartolotta's has established across their portfolio. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good, simple Italian dinner!

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Dash (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The best chef around.

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gfbaker (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Birthday great 70 th

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great place / food always excellent, great service and a relaxing place to spend time.

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GeorgeK (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Both the cuisine and service were outstanding. Probably the best Italian food that I've had. We drove nearly 70 miles for this meal and it was more than worth the effort.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Bartolatta's never disappoints.
Food was amazing. Service was great!
Perfect for Valentines Day!

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Tosadiva3 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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TylerS (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was overpriced and mediocre at best and we were placed at a table less that a foot away from the people next to us.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had not dined here for many years. The quality was excellent and the dishes creative and approachable. Good cocktail and wine list. Exceptional server. Seasonal specials that added to the variety. A very quaint and cozy place -- the only "downside" is the seating is a bit tight. Will definitely return to this neighborhood gem.

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KrisR (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Dinner here get's a "10/10 would recommend" from us-- not only was the staff helpful and friendly, with great suggestions on what to order, but the food was the best I've had in years. The ravioli was absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious, as was the duck pasta: the homemade noodles were soft and light, and the sauces and flavors were rich but not overdone. I'd also recommend the salted caramel creme pot for dessert. As an added bonus, wine bottles under $100 are half-off on Mondays and Tuesdays, so you can really go all out without breaking the bank. Bartolotta has a cozy atmosphere, so whether you dress up or keep things more casual you'll feel right at home. We came for our anniversary, and left eagerly awaiting the next special occasion that warrants a return visit!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It was very busy - big bday party and many celebrating v-day so wait was long even with a reservation- but they gave us prosecco as an apology- which was nice. Food was delicious and they were so thoughtful to give my daughter a dessert for her birthday. Was a very nice dinner to celebrate her birthday, she felt very special- Thank You!

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JeffJ (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I miss Chicago, and it felt like a couple of my favorites from there. Great place

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Bree (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Ristorante Bartolotta is always a great choice for a special occasion. The ambiance is wonderful: small, authentic Italian restaurant. I would recommend getting reservations. Superb wine list, excellent dessert menu and they always have great specials usually including truffles. We have never been let down and service is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We had a wonderfully leisure meal, excellent service and food.
One of our favorites!

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JanDR (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

My wife and I celebrated her birthday on a snowy February night, and we had a nice window table. The restaurant is not large, and our waiter was very good. The salads , main courses, and dessert were very good. They have a huge Italian wine list, and it was a half priced bottle night, which was a real value. Our waiter brought us a tiramisu dessert for my wife for her birthday--very nice!

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RachelM 
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The ambiance stood out to me the most- perfect dinner date scene. We went for my boyfriend's birthday and enjoyed a night different from our typical restaurant scene. The snow outside, lights across the roads and the setting in the restaurant made for a fairytale date night. I wasn't as impressed with my entree, although my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed his, as well as both of the beers he tried. Service was prompt and professional. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an upscale dinner date!

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Hutch (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I’ll keep this one short: everything, as usual, was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for an early Valentine’s date. Food was spectacular. Noise level was a bit loud, but no trouble hearing my date.

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tommyboy363 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Second time dining at this restaurant (and I am from out of town!). Highly recommend. Very good food, wonderful staff and great ambiance. Added bonus was the aria singer on Friday night! Go....thank me later:-)!

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Dick (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner on our anniversary. Service was excellent.

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vipPinky86 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

We were having an early birthday celebration for my husband. We didn't realize that Monday & Tuesdays were 1/2 price wine night. Bonus! Had delicious Rocket Baby bread to start followed by a Caesar Salad and then an app of mozzarella, olives, oregano & tomatoes, MOZZARELLA ALLA PIZZAIOLA, with toasted bread. My husband had a pasta dish that was similar to Alfredo, GARGANELLI ALLA PANNA CON PROSCIUTTO E PISELLI, Pasta quills tossed with cream, prosciutto, peas and Grana Padano. It was delicious but very rich. I had the RAVIOLI DI MAGRO AL BURRO NOCCIOLA, Hand-made ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach; butter, grana and truffle oil minus the truffle oil (do not like anything truffle). It was simple but delicious. We decided to skip dessert but they knew that we were celebrating his birthday so they gave us a TIRAMISU to go including a birthday candle. The best we've ever had. Thanks so much!

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Bobbie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We have been coming to Ristorante Bartolotta for many years. It's always consistent and the food is excellent. The bartender on this particular night, when we arrived a little early, was delightful. I had a cocktail and the rest of the party had wine. Great experience.
The meal was excellent and it was a fun evening for our friend who was celebrating his birthday. It's a great place if you want to have conversation without shouting above the noise. The waitstaff is knowledgable the ambiance is very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We have dined at this restaurant many times and it’s been nothing short of amazing. Perhaps they were short staffed, but service was extremely slow and w had to wait 20 min to get our reserved table. Food was excellent!

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MM31 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The food is delicious yet the menu seemed to have fewer choices than I remember. I would visit here again for special occasions as it is pricey.)

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent all around

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JohnR (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

The wife and I really enjoy this restaurant. The food is always good, consistent quality and the servers always make sure we're well taken care of. The place itself is charming, really a comfortable ambiance. I've never sent a dish back to the kitchen, your meal is always prepared the way it was ordered. The duck Ragu is to die for, a very unique dish, it's hard for me to order anything else! best food in the Milwaukee area!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

I wanted to use a $20 coupon I received in the mail and also take advantage of the Tuesday night half-price bottle of wine special. I was not told by the server at the time I ordered that I couldn't use both. I ordered a $45 bottle of wine but due to some mixup I instead was served a $76 bottle of wine. When I got the bill, I experienced sticker shock. The $20 coupon was not applied and I was charged full price for the wine I didn't order. Apparently the server thought I had ordered the Riserva which was not included in the offer. When ordering the wine, I am pretty sure that I pointed to the wine I wanted in the menu which was not the Riserva. Regardless, since the server knew I wanted the half-price wine special, he could have told me that wine was not included and there wouldn't have been a problem. When the bill came, I experienced sticker shock, a $163 bill when I expected ~$100. After a couple of discussions with the server, he was able to get the bill down to an amount that was reasonable to me. But I left the restaurant with some negative emotions from the unnecessary drama. After working a long day on a Tuesday night, I just wanted a quiet birthday dinner. I have no problem with the restaurant imposing limits and exclusions on their offers, but there is no reason that the server couldn't have explained that at the time I ordered and we could have avoided the unpleasant situation entirely.

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