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About Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa

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.

7616 W. State Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
Harwood Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 771-7910

Website:
http://www.bartolottaristorante.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Street parking & 3 Public lots within 1 block of restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Juan Urbieta

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit https://www.bartolottas.com/events/restaurant/ristorante-bartolotta/ to see upcoming events at Ristorante Bartolotta!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Ring in the new year and celebrate with us. Make your reservation today.

Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (34)
Good for a Date (34)
Notable Wine List (33)
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Special Occasion (31)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Authentic (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Cozy (15)
Comfort Food (11)
Business Meals (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
Casual (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good for Groups (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Waterfront (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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Great for Lunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated my birthday at the restaurant that launched the Bartolotta empire. As always, the food was delicious and the service was friendly and attentive. My wife raved about her tomato and gorgonzola salad and I loved the duck ragu pasta. There are lots of restaurants closer to home, but none that we enjoy more than Bartolotta's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 15, 2017

As always, the food and service were wonderful. Had a great time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 14, 2017

It's white truffle season and the menu options are terrific.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our go-to place for a great dinner when we are in the Wauwatosa area. Very good food and service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always Fabulous! The white truffles are amazing! Come to celebrate my cousins birthday every November.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was great. It was our first time there and we were impressed with the service and atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this place!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful dining experience with my wife and friends we had t seen for many years from college and work. The food and service were both excellent. As an appetizer. We shared the calamari which was done perfectly. My wife ordered the spiny lobster dish which she was looking forward to having and it was prepared perfectly. I had the duck and pasta dish which was also delicious. For dessert we had the flourless chocolate cake. The service was fantastic and atmosphere was wonderful. We’ll definitely be back.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, can substitute and very accommodating . Wait staff is friendly & professional. Very relaxing with good food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service and food was excellent.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent, from appetizer to chefs menu, to standard menu (duck ragu), I look forward to every reservation.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was stellar. The gentleman who took care of us gave great recommendations. Overall a lovely experience.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had a nice time. The food was good. There was nothing about the restaurant that knocked our socks off. The food seemed priced higher than the meals warranted. The service was on the slower side and it was pretty apparent they didn’t put our entrees in when we ordered them. We had a night without kids so that didn’t bother us. Because the food wasn’t spectacular, we probably won’t be back as we can find a better value at other eateries we love.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were uncertain what we would find as it has been 12 years since our last visit. It was wonderful and we left happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Bartolotta’s will continue to be my go-to restaurant. The food and service is outstanding. You are never rushed. My favorites are the chicken with caramelized Brussels sprouts paired with your favorite wine and then of course the best Tiramisu dessert ever! We have literally ordered this dessert as a take out in a large party pan we love it so much. Thank you Joe Bartolotta for one amazing restaurant❤️

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food was incredible. Service is pathetic, arguably the worst I have ever had

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Handmade pastas and seafood are exceptional! Duck Ragu - always a winner. Server very knowledgeable about the wine list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The calamari was fabulous and so was the service!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

We make it to Bartolotta's at least twice a year. Our favorite is the lobster spaghetti and the cabrese salad. The wine selection is outstanding and if you need help with a food/wine pairing the wait staff is extremely helpful. Both the service and the food are consistently great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Fantastic calamari, risotto and the best beef filet I have ever had. The chicken was slightly dry and the skin was not crisp. We finished with a great cheese board, but the bread was burnt on the bottom. Overall, exceptional with a few missteps.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We dined here for our anniversary and it was perfect. Nice atmosphere, great food, excellent wine selection, and superior service.

Our service team was Jeff and Tony. They were personable, knowledgable, and attentive. Kudos to both of them for making our evening enjoyable.

The only thing I'd change is portion size. Just slightly more would be a better value. No complaints about preparation, presentation, or quality ingredients. Five stars for those.

We absolutely will dine here again and recommend it to others.

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 (Naples)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service is always top notch. This is one our favorite restaurants when we are in Wisconsin for the summer. Duck pasta and the lobster pasta is as good as it gets!! Best tiramisu in Wisconsin! Will be back many times!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Always loved this restaurant - food this time was average and completely overpriced for a bowl of pasta, flourless chocolate cake was literally a sliver
My daughter ordered an Italian soda--server placed a whole liter on the table and charged $10?
Service was less than expected
Disappointed, will be returning to our favorite, Lake Park Bistro

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The service was attentive but not cloying.
The food was well made and memorable.
The drinks were superb.

We will be returning.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 18, 2017

A bit pricey but food and service were excellent.
The restaurant was full on a Monday night, so popular place but noisy.
It was hard to carry a conversation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 17, 2017

It's always been our favorite Bartollots's restaurant!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Dinner out with daughter/ son in law, and Ristorante did not disappoint per usual.

Prompt very attentive service. Appetizers including bruschetta from the seasonal menu were spot on delicious. Main courses were both outstanding, pasta was perfect and both types of Ragu so rich and delicious. Desserts and espresso very good.

Always a great meal and great time at the Ristorante, they have yet to dissapoint me in all these years. I'll make sure to be back sooner rather than later!

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We were impressed that someone called us to let us know parking might be a problem since Tosa Fest was going on! That same curteous service was evident the whole evening! One of our favorite places!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Awesome food and service - been here before and will be back again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We had a great experience and a tasty-gorgeous dinner. We reserved for two of us and brought three on a busy Saturday night, so we had to wait for a while as a result. But the staff couldn't have been more accommodating. They took great care of us at the bar, brought us an amazing appetizer as a gesture of generosity once we were seated, and served us a phenomenal dinner. Two pasta entree sizes are a great option. The salmon was grilled, spot-on. Really caring, courteous staff made it an experience I'd recommend and absolutely want to go back to.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Mediocre at best. Food was not worth the money spent. As we drove home, we pointed out to each other restaurants that had a better taste at a third of the price. Not please with my spaghetti Angosta. Calamari was good, but that was the highlight of the night, otherwise it was a grave disappointment. I don't care that I gave them only 2 stars because they can do without my money. We have over a hundred better choices, so we wouldn't be returning. In fact I think I was robbed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Prices are far in excess of the value.
Very noisy, packed shoulder to shoulder and wine list seems overpriced. Ristorante began as a neighborhood "joint" and is still a neighborhood joint. If ownership thinks this is fine dining, reduce the number of tables and invest in improving acoustics. Teach the servers to deliver the entrees to the correct person and encourage them to check back if anything else is needed.
Ristorante is not Bacchus or Lake Park- get back to basics in Tosa where it all started.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

the food is phenomenal and the drinks are perfect. a must try!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Having had exceptional meals at other Bartolotta establishments, I have to say Ristorante Bartolotta comes up short. Our reservation was handled well, service was attentive, they gladly accommodated us with a small portion for a toddler in our party, the wine and drink menu was lovely and dessert was wonderful. However, the main courses were lackluster and the sourdough bread, though tasty, seemed a particularly odd offering at an Italian restaurant. Also given the price - all of our entrees were in the $25-$30 range- the physical space affords no intimacy and has a very casual decor. They are a neighborhood eatery wanting fine dining profits. Ultimately, it's an uneven experience, though my husband and I agreed we'd go back for a glass of wine and some
Tiramisu.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Always our go to restaurant for special occasions. Never been disappointed! Great food, wine and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food and service were both great! As were the recommendations of our server. We had a very nice evening.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

I orderd a "Sandy's Reserve".... but they were out of Woodford reserve? maybe run out to Ray's and pick up a bottle or 86 it from menu?
Ordered bottle of Produttori del Barbaresco, 2012 Vintage waiter brought the 2013 vintage and said they were the same? Maybe but for $95 buck you should get what you ordered.

Service was robotic. We had lunch at Eddy Martini's same day, difference is service is day and night.

View down hallway the the kitchen you see the dish washing station?
In this day in age you should see the chefs work area not dirty dish racks.
Interior needs an update, seems like an Italian restaurant cliche.... are the pictures of the Bartalotta family?

Calarmari app was average, still lightly breaded.

Heirloom fixed prix items were great.

Teramisu, was excellent.

In general, not the experience we expected.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 20, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in The Milwaukee area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Had Calamari, Caprese Salad, bread from Rocket Baby in Tosa, Spinach/Truffle Ravioli and Tiramisu for dessert. Everything was excellent. Wine was great too. Service was somewhat slow and it's pretty expensive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were celebrating my birthday and this was our first visit. Our table was fine but the noise level was deafening which made it most difficult to hear the server. The specials were read-off in a machine-gun like fashion and when added to the noise level, made it difficult to understand. The food was below average, rigatoni, Raviloi, etc., so we were disappointed with the experience. I was still eating my food and the server picked up my plate to take it away. He never even asked if I was finished! Perhaps it was just an off night. A dissaponting night no doubt.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Very disappointed in the lack of seafood options, the only fish on the menu was salmon".......not very Italian. The bread served was sourdough with butter, I was hoping for a nice crusty Italian bread with lovely olive oil and seasoning. I have eaten several of the other family restaurants and have always been delighted, not this time.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food
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