Zarletti - Downtown

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Zarletti is a fine dining northern Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. Executive chef and owner Brian C. Zarletti focuses on creating regional Italian cuisine inspired by lessons learned in his grandmother’s kitchen and on his extensive travels in Italy.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another awesome experience and meal at Zarletti - would highly recommend to anyone looking for outstanding food and service in a very comfortable and attractive environment!

AR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service in very nice atmosphere!

SR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Cesar was incredible! The food was delicious! We will definitely be back... :):)

D
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quality Italian food delivered by great servers at good prices--great value

J
Charlotte
42 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Good wine list. Great service. Excellent for date night!

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. Very relaxing evening.

AR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and friendly, food and drinks were amazing, perfect noise level, ambiance was spot-on. We'll definitely be back!

MR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was flavorless. Not much more to say Just BLAH.

MD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here every time we stay in Milwaukee. The service is terrific and the food is outstanding. Great wine selection. We’ve never had any “duds” here on anything we’ve ordered. Would highly recommend!

LM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was good .. fish was nice but seemed odd combo
The pasta was ok.. not great for home made.. ravioli
WE are foodies but it could be a little better for a downtown restaurant that is highly rated.. for what it's worth. Lynda

JS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic restaurant. The food is outstanding, and it has an urban, sophisticated environment. Our waiter, Cesar, was fantastic!!! The Bolognese is amazing!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated our 25th anniversary. Couldn’t have chosen a better place. Everything was superb; food, service and ambiance.

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BE
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Recommended as one of the top restaurants in Milwaukee on TripAdvisor, but we were generally disappointed in the food, which is the main thing. Server very friendly, but his recommendations (veal limone, stuffed calamari) were poor, which was discouraging as we rely on this to choose what should be great. Venue is pleasant with brick and large windows.

* Warm bread and great olive oil as appetizer was great - a low bar but nice start.
* Bruschetta was middling. Bread burned on the outside. Not noticeably brushed with olive oil, and most critically, not rubbed with garlic. Topping was watery. Needs depth, a bit more acid, red pepper.
* Stuffed calamari was frankly bad and we didn't finish it. Lumpy, pale, flavorless and thick walled calamari was bad tasting and had bits of shell. Sauce is good, but that isn't enough.
* Terrible carbonara, mysteriously served on penne instead of homemade (one would hope) fettucini or spaghetti. Watery pale yellow liquid condensed in the bottom. Way too salty. Meat chopped into tiny cubes which couldn't easily be eaten. Very disappointing as this was what my son was most looking forward to on his birthday. Hard to recover.
* Fish of the day was generally good and tasty though a tad bit overcooked. Grilled veggies were decent.
* Veal limone was average at best. Heavily breaded. Not a bright lemon taste. Disappointing as well.

Also the bill came to ~120 for 3 people, no dessert, no wine, one bottle of sparking water. Big bummer. Do not recommend. Chef needs to get serious and step up his/her game. Waitstaff need to actually try all the foods. Ditch the bad ones and fix.

JM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was ready when we arrived. Server was knowledgeable about the menu and was able to advise for special dietary needs. Lots of specials, everything we ordered was plated beautifully and delicious! Perfect portion sizes. Well-paced meal, decanting the wine was a nice touch. Extensive Italian wine list.

NF
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, we enjoyed our experience at Z! The meal and service was outstanding. Highly recommend!!

CP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the staff and waiter were very helpful - especially with our wine selection. They could not have been better!!!

GH
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure!

AR
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian resturant in Milwaukee!! Me and my girlfriend had the best night ever celebrating thete

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wait staff, delicious food. One of the best meals I’ve had in Milwaukee

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitress was off-putting and not very friendly

FP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Food and service were the best. I may have liked more quiet jazz but that is my personal preference. The music was fine.

JW
Charleston
90 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Food, service and overall experience is wonderful. We had pasta ragu that was absolutely delicious. Great place with very friendly staff.

V
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and excellent service. Be sure to make reservations. They are very busy.

TR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Small place, huge wine list, some interesting beers, appetizers were very good, dinner was also excellent. Server was very nice and explained the specials well. We'll be back.

SJ
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always - Excellent Service & wonderful food! Our server, Leahnna, was wonderful- she really knows her menu & wines!!
Had a great time - Thanks!!

SB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience. Food was tremendous. Wait staff VERY professional.

OT
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

great, always eat here when we’re in Milwaukee

EP
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our anniversary and they greeted us with two glasses to wine! So thoughtful, great food, great service.

A
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a perfect location to grab lunch with the girls between work & meetings. Relaxing and efficient.

W
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, comfortable atmosphere with ambiance; all in an approachable downtown spot.

n
Nashville
382 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner this week. Salads were very good. Main courses were as well. One was the special, a chicken dish with Risotto. Other was the pork chop on the menu.
Very nice local establishment

AH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

When we arrived for dinner on Friday night, the restaurant was quite crowded with a high noise level, but became quieter later as other diners left. The authentic Italian cuisine and service were outstanding. My husband loved his halibut with a cherry pistachio sauce, as much as I loved my Vitello al Limone. For dessert we shared the chocolate cake, which was memorable. We each enjoyed a glass of delicious Montepulciano. Zarletti Donwtown lived up to its reputation as the best restaurant in downtown Milwaukee, and certainly THE place to go to celebrate or invite guests. Convenient valet parking at the door removed any downtown parking problems.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent. Pasta Bolognese was amazing! I had a scooter for my broken foot and the staff was very accommodating. We will be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and service. They sat us at the table we wanted for our 20th Ann and served us complimentary Prosecco. Lovely time!

JR
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love Italian, Zarletti is for you. This is our second time while visiting Milwaukee and have enjoyed the food, service, and wine. Thank you Zarletti.

a
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It has been a long time since I’ve been to Zarlettis downtown. I’ve been to the Mequon location which caters to the suburbs and families. It serves solid food. Hard to believe the two restaurants are part of the same family. Zarlettis downtown was superb!

SW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dining experience at Zarletti's - I hope to make it to Milwaukee again soon for a repeat visit. In fact, I will dine there whenever I am in Milwaukee. And, I would even say it is worth a special trip.

Staff is knowledgable, very friendly, and everything we ordered was wonderful. It was the highlight of our weekend in Milwaukee. I have been sharing their website with friends; especially those who love Italian food!

E
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time here and Brian who was bar tending, saw to all of our needs perfectly! He is incredibly knowledgeable of both food and wine and we enjoyed talking with him about them. Thank you! Highly recommend 😊

RR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely experience in a relatively small, but well-located and beautifully run, venue! We enjoyed calamari and bruschetta for starters, then had the salmon and the pistachio-crusted pesce of the day with a caprese salad, then glasses of limoncello for dessert. We had wonderfully attentive service and did not feel rushed to complete the meal. A lovely short walk from the Pfister Hotel and an equally short walk to the Riverfront. Wonderful!

TO
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants, they never disappoint! Took our daughter for her birthday, this is always her first choice. Definitely a MUST try!!!

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