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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!

Ristorante Bartolotta - Wauwatosa Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (57)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
Romantic (38)
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Authentic (38)
Good for a Date (37)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Cozy (31)
Notable Wine List (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Worth the Drive (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Business Meals (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Seasonal (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Casual (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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Vegan (1)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The best chef around.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 5 days ago

Birthday great 70 th

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 7 days ago

Valentines Day

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Disabled Access, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·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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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Cozy, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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·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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 (Chicago)·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:-)!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·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.)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent all around

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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Love the ambiance. Delicious food.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very good food/experience overall. Not much elbow room at the table we were seated at. Some of the tables seemed pretty close together.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Newish to Milwaukee Dining Scene:
We recently moved back to Milwaukee and decided to celebrate the move back at Ristorante. The service was excellent. My wife and I️ were not crazy about how tight the table spacing was, and found the food to be in between “ok” and “good”. Not sure if this is the best Milwaukee has to offer for Italian but we did love our wine so we are willing to give it another try.

Pro Tip: eat at the bar

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We always LOVE the food, the atmosphere & the service. Exceptional!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 15, 2018

This quaint restaurant provides the perfect venue for a special occasion. The food is exquisite and the service friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere is warm and romantic. We have been here on several occasions and the food and service are consistently wonderful!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Pacing of courses was too rapid-we both ordered chefs tasting menu and food came so quickly we could not really savor each course. Nice touch comping dessert wine to help us celebrate our anniversary

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Amazing as usual! My favorite restaurant for years!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Food was good but just decent. Service was extremely poor. Waited at least 15 mins before we were served water and greeted at our table after being seated. Confused about who our wait person was and the person who appeared to be the assigned server did not seem to be overly concerned with providing service.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The food was spectacular; the best, most delicious gluten free pasta I’ve had. Hubby’s strip steak special was ... chewy and underwhelming. Our servers, Nick and Samuel, were amazing and attentive and helpful. Really noisy because people tried to talk over the music - good music, just too loud. Why is this? All in all a lovely evening. We will return.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent as usual.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Love the cozy atmosphere but a little pricey. We all had pasta and the portion sizes
for the price could have been better.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Dinner with my daughter and son in law, another great meal once again.

Service was spot on! Everything from drinks, to appetizers, main course, espresso and dessert were delicious. New seasonal soup option and pasta option were delicious, first day of serving I believe.

Never disappointing always a treat, i'll be looking forward to another visit soon!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great food, our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly, and quick to offer suggestions. We had never been to this restaurant and the experience was pleasant. It was a little hard to hear each other at times, and the parking is truly a challenge, but we're glad we spent a birthday here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food at a great restaurant. The waiter helped us select our wine and the white truffle entrees were tremendous.

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