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Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa

4.6
1822 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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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 1822 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

All around excellent experience as usual. The flagship Bartolotta's never disappoints. The only slight downside was that the noise was a bit much for conversation, although it tapered off after the Sat rush. Carpaccio, Seasonal salad, Duck Ragu, roasted chicken, wine and 2 desserts (flourless cake, budino) - so great!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food food and wine, along with great service. From the reservation to the wait staff, it's one of our favorites in town.

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We were so disappointed as this had been one of our favorite places. I had the seafood entree and the cook was off on all but one of the proteins. The service, which is normally outstanding, was terrible this time. We were never asked how our meal was, they never re-poured our wine, and they were not very observant even though it was not busy. We are long time Bartolatta fans, but this was a major disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary and as always Bartolotta restaurants do not disappoint!

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I was rather disappointed. We haven't been here for a while and was really looking forward to it. When I set up the reservation and specifically indicated that it was my husbands birthday, and was the one to pick this restaurant. The service was ok and I say only ok, because we were in no hurry, but everything was served to us very quickly, we were barely able to enjoy one part of the meal when the next was arriving. Then as we were leaving they told us to wait and then in a to go bag brought my husbands birthday cake! Won't go there again!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We enjoyed Easter Brunch and everything was wonderful. The service was impeccable and the food delicious. It was nice to have a choice for all courses. The only thing I didn't care for was that parking was difficult in downtown Wauwatosa with all of the construction. One of my favorite places to dine.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The Bartolotta team was very accommodating for a party of 9. Service was attentive and excellent. The quality of the food was what we had expected when the reservation was made. Exceptional quality. We all enjoyed our brunch courses and had a wonderful time. Thank you!

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The seafood grill was horrible. Fish was very fishy and over cooked, scallops were very salty and shrimp was just ok.

Salmon was bland

Lobster pasta was nothing special

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As always, excellent. We have never been disappointed since of first dinner 25 years ago.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Amazing Chef’s Tasting Menu!! Loved every course and the wine pairings were perfect! Juan has outdone himself! Ashley was fabulous behind the bar.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I went to dinner here for date night on a Wednesday, both of us having never dined here before. The restaurant was moderately packed and the noise level was moderate in relation to the crowd. We had no trouble hearing each other at the table for two near the restrooms.

We ordered carpaccio (delicious and light), duck ragu pasta entree portion (good texture, rich, a bit salty), and grilled seafood (delicious). We also shared tiramisu and the pudding desert. Both were excellent, as were our beverages throughout the evening (cocktail, soda, coffee).

We used some holiday bonus coupons and a gift card to lower the bill a bit. We enjoyed the restaurant and would return even without these discounts.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food, as always, was very good. However, we believe the value was not there. We eat at other restaurants where the value is as good or better, with a much lower bottom line. The wine was pricey too. Can't do this restaurant very often - too expensive.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I ordered the duck and found it to be extremely salty. Only ate part of it (we we're very hungry & I dreaded waiting to get something else, while my husband ate). Asked that an unsalted portion be boxed for me to take home, but that was still quite salty!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I highly recommend the"POLLO AL MATTONE ". It was so good I briefly considered ordering another entree... just outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

We were given a gift certificate to Ristorante Bartolatta's for our 50th wedding anniversary. We were pleasantly surprised by the way the staff helped us with any question we had about the menu. They were knowledgable, friendly, and attentive. The meal was tasty and presented as listed on the menu. The meal was a celebration for our special celebration.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food- delicious!..., should've ordered the large though. Bartender was great! Servers were friendly, but not as attentive as they should have been for this caliber of place. Spending lots of $, shouldn't need to ask for coffee refill, or remind of our drink order.

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2.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The service was really poor, slow, inattentive. I normally get such good service it was a shock. In addition we all ordered capuchino’s and they were all cold and the hot chocolate was not hot. Everything else was still good just dampened the bday celebration

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2.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We checked in with the hostess and stepped aside to let others check in and that party was seated before us. We had requested a window table and we were shown to one of the worst tables in the restaurant. We requested a different table and did get a window table, but one that was jammed into a corner which made the table nearly impossible to seat oneself. The host made a very snarky remark regarding our table change request.

The service was diffident. Other than pouring the first glass, we had to refill our own glasses. We had to request more water. The restaurant was not that busy.

We were there to celebrate my husband’s birthday. For decades, they’ve offered a complimentary dessert on such occasions. Our last three visits in the last six months have reflected this same apparently new policy. Other fine dining establishments we frequent still offer this perk.

We have had three poor experiences in the past six months here. Three strikes, they are out.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Amazing find as we traveled to and thru Milwaukee. I will make sure I return when back in town.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Delicious as always! Love this place. The food, the wine, the atmosphere...all top notch!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Went here on a date with my wife. Samuel and Nick were our waiters and they did an exceptional job! Sam's recommendations were wonderful. GET DESSERT! The salted caramel pudding is heavenly. Overall a great place for special occasions.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Food and service were excellent although my husband and I felt a little rushed. We are familiar with this restaurant and know it is small but on this particular occasion it felt a little more cramped and noisier than usual.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Excellent food, as always. Waitstaff was helpful and readily available when we needed anything.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

From start to finish, appetizers to dessert the meal was not a let down. Great food and ingredients and friendly service. There is a reason they are so highly rated and they performed top notch.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent as always! We have never had a bad experience at Bartolotta.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent food . . Well presented and prepared!

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Place was jammed this was at 6:30 PM on a Tuesday night. More power to them. Food was good my Special Chicken was not so special, very bland. It is off our list but others will enjoy..

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent service and the Chef’s Black Truffle 4 course meal was amazing.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Very good meal.

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We have been coming to Bartolotta for years and the quality and service has been good.
Here are the issues about our last visit that I would like to share.
The service was good but it seems that once the wait staff realizes that I do not drink, the quality of service staff seems to change. I'm assuming the reason is the tip. At $12.00 for a glass of wine the bill adds up quick if you have between the two of us 4 glasses of wine.
For the food, as I said, the food tasted was very good. However the bead was cold and the butter was so hard that it was not worth it to put on the bead. As for the portion size. On the last visit, I had pasta with duck. I ordered the large and it was a large size. My wife ordered the salmon and that too was a nice portion. None of which we too home, so it was the right portion. On this visit, I ordered the same and I ordered the large portion size and when it came out I thought I received the small portion. My wife also order salmon and her portion size was also half of that she received on our last visit.
So overall we are not pleased. Would I go again. At this point, I would say no. There are other restaurant choices that have equal the service and have better value for what you are paying.
I hope this feedback does get to The management at Bartolottas and I hope it helps others in the future.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

The best chef around.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Birthday great 70 th

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

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