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Zarletti - Downtown

4.8
4.8
2394 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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MONDAY-SATURDAY 1:00PM-8:00PM

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MONDAY-THURSDAY 4PM-8PM
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PLEASE CALL 414-225-0000

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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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon-Wed Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (414) 225-0000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian C. Zarletti

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee & Mason

  • Parking details

    Currently, we are unable to offer Valet Service due to public health and safety.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,394 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third time here. Each time was outstanding! Excellent food and service. Our server the last 2 times was exceptional.
  2. s

    sookee

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have always enjoyed dining at Zarletti and it’s good to be back after the pandemic and keeping our family healthy. We had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday and an anniversary and will be frequenting the restaurant whenever we are downtown.
  3. PH

    PatrickH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good service- will definitely go back.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Karen was amazing and welcoming!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
  5. F

    paulF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The waiter did not know very much about the menu or food allergies. He was attentive, but just not knowledgeable about the menu when asked questions.
  6. S

    Sara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely dinner experience with Eric as our waiter. He was attentive and thoughtful. The food was fantastic and definitely made our Wednesday night out feel very elegant and special.
  7. SV

    ScottV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zarletti downtown is a must! Exceptional food and service.
  8. RO

    RonaldO

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pre-theater dinner. Food was exceptional. The service was fantastic.
  9. MH

    MattH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding overall. We were promptly greeted and sat for our reservation. The hostess congratulated us on the anniversary. She brought us each a small glass of champagne on the house to celebrate as well. Our server (Ted?) was friendly and helpful. We had the saffron rizzoto balls to start which were great. The veal and rigatoni main courses were excellent, and the cannoli and banana custard desserts were delicious. The ambience was nice at the high top table along the wall and the atmosphere was nice and quiet.
  10. TJ

    TroyJ

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Zarletti’s after hearing so many good things. We were not disappointed. Everything was awesome. Loved the bison ravioli. The tiramisu was huge and just right. Not over soaked like some places. Will be going back the next time we are in town.
  11. S

    Scot

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a gem of a restaurant in Milwaukee. We always try to go when we come up from Chicago. The food is excellent (the pasta with a Napolitana ragu was phenomenal), and the ambience is nice. We've always had a great experience here.
  12. CI

    CesarII

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven’t been there yet you are most definitely missing out.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is our go to every time we are in town. The service and food are both impeccable.
  14. D

    Dave

    Detroit

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We drove in from out of town and were a bit late (almost 10 minutes - error w/time change and delay at hotel check in). Anyway, I had talked to the hostess over the phone and she kindly seated us. Our waiter, however, took time to get our wine and didn’t take our order at that time even though we mentioned we were hungry. The wine was delicious, but my wife needed to eat something with it so we ordered a bruschetta. Shortly after, he brought bread with a small amount of olive oil. We would have skipped the bruschetta if we knew we’d have a bread basket. Of course, then the bruschetta arrived. Entrees were delivered quicker than expected (a good thing!) and were delicious and plentiful. We topped off the evening with a flourless cake and after dinner beverages. Nice. Very nice. I don’t want this to end on a down note. Everyone is short-staffed and overworked. We get it. Overall, a very good meal!
  15. ME

    MichaelE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is always an excellent place to go for excellent food and great service. My wife and consider it the best Italian restaurant in Milwaukee, bar none.
  16. DI

    DINNER

    Las Vegas

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent place for a celebration. A bit too much ambient restaurant noise to be considered a "date night".
  17. f

    finedining

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We were in Milwaukee for a couple of days … just to get away. The restaurant was recommended so we called and made reservations. Reservations were not ready on time. Wait staff had a stressful attitude and they kept thanking us for our patience and apologizing for the wait time to be seated and to order. Food was good but didn’t make up for the stressful atmosphere. I recommend they manage their reservations more effectively
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner, my wife had the osso bucolic which was very good. I had the bolognese with sausage that was so good
  19. LF

    LeahF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely superb experience. We will be back for sure. Sonja was a delight and incredibly knowledgeable; litterally one of the best servers we have ever had. We are grateful.
  20. JP

    JeffreyP

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Zarletti downtown is consistently good. If you're looking for authentic Italian cuisine in a downtown setting with a very professional wait staff, it's the place to go.
  21. RH

    RobertH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and Zarletti was perfect. Great selection of drinks and the pasta was the best I’ve had in the city. Amazing staff made the night very special.
  22. BH

    BrianH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife and I ate at the bar, service and food were just amazing!
  23. BD

    BrookeD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant! Great food and service as per usual!
  24. P

    Pamela

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service & meal at the bar. Great cocktails, wine & food at a fair price. My go-to spot for Italian cuisine in the city.
  26. MG

    MaryG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience all around. The food was fabulous! Our server and the bartender were very engaging and both really knew how to pair wines well. (Sorry I don’t remember names…ugh). Highly recommend!!
  27. SM

    StaceyM

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Dan, was really knowledgeable about recommending things, and all the food and wine we had was excellent.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delightful meal at our favorite restaurant! The food was awesome. Really enjoyed the preparation of the vegetables of the day, a medley of julienned vegetables in a very tasty sauce. The service was impeccable. We were happy to be served by the wonderful Anna, our favorite server. She always makes us feel welcome and makes great recommendations. We always look forward to dining at Zarletti’s!
  29. N

    Natachas

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. Good meal and service
  30. MK

    MKEDUB

    Chicago

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, and awesome cocktails. The best Italian restaurant in Milwaukee.
  31. SO

    SallyO

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow what a great restaurant. Great staff amazing food great drinks
  32. M

    Michael

    Milwaukee

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff called to confirm our reso and got us in 30 minutes early (nice since we weren't scheduled to 8p). We were also seated at a table and not the bar. (thank you!) Anna was our server. Knowledgeable, patient and attentive (and friendly). She gave us good insight into the food. The halibut with cherry beurre blanc was rich and awesome. The pasta with wild mushrooms was delicious! We'll be back. :)
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Zarletti did not disappoint. The food was absolutely amazing and the service was second to none. Please do yourself a favor and save room for the tiramisu.
  35. H

    Hammer

    New York Area

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early dinner before show at Pabst Theater. Sat at bar which was superb as service form super friendly bartender and wait staff amazing. Food was absolutely delicious and super quality ingredients.
  36. B

    Bills

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very average food. Interesting presentations, but mediocre flavors and preparation. Nice wines which were fairly priced for a restaurant.
  37. DD

    DeborahD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I grew up with my Emilia-Romagna Nonna, who spoiled me for delicious northern cooking. What a joy to find food like this in Milwaukee.
  38. KN

    KevinN

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 35th anniversary dinner. The service was great and food was excellent! Can’t wait to return.
  39. AB

    AlanB

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The daily specials are outstanding. stuffed porkchop, pistachio encrusted halibut, pappardelle with buffala ragu. We ate there two days in a row. Great winelist. Highly recommended. My wife says it's the best restaurant she has been to. Sit at the bar as Brian is great and extremely knowledgeable about the food and the wine.
  40. DK

    DonnaK

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    That osso buco, like I used to make when veal shanks were more available to the general public. I can say you are right on with this dish. Very savory, succulent veal. Thank you for offering this dish, excellent.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Zarletti - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 2394 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for Zarletti - Downtown

741 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Milwaukee & Mason

  • Neighborhood

    Milwaukee

  • Hours of operation

    Mon-Wed Mon–Wed 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Currently, we are unable to offer Valet Service due to public health and safety.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian C. Zarletti

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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