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Back Area for Parties of up to 20 guests - Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI
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Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI
Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI
Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI

Zarletti - Downtown

4.9
4.9
2750 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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MONDAY-SATURDAY 1:00PM-8:00PM

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MONDAY-THURSDAY 4PM-8PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY 4PM-9PM

PLEASE CALL 414-225-0000

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

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 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon-Wed Mon–Wed 4:45 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:45 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

What 2,750 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Italian

  • Milwaukee

    Best Overall

  • Milwaukee

    Best Food

  • Milwaukee

    Best Service

  • Milwaukee

    Best Value

  • Milwaukee

    Good for business meals

  • Milwaukee

    Great for fine wines

  • Milwaukee

    Good for special occasions

2,750 Reviews
  1. unknown

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was top notch. Absolutely amazing. Love going there.

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  2. markn

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian in milwaukee. Wine !!!!!!!! Wine!!!!!! Wine!!!!!!!

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  3. Courtney

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always love dining at Zarletti! One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Milwaukee!

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  4. Emily

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love Zarletti! Everything about this place is amazing. The pasta dishes are wonderful, and the service is outstanding. Thanks for always making our experience with you so awesome! We’ll of course be back again!

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  5. Katie

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Zarletti! Every time we have great food. The servers are so knowledgeable and welcoming. Highly recommend the pappardelle con fungi (nice light sauce) or the pasta salsiccia al marsala (more rich sauce). The portion sizes are good and often will have leftovers. The cocktails are delicious and they have a ton of different wines to choose from too!

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  6. SusanR

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We have been to Zarletti many times. My husband likes it, I think pretty boring. But, last night it was horrible. We had to send back his veal entree. Inedible. Tough, grisly and overcooked. My fish special was so flavorless, I could not identify any flavor except the sauce they put on it. The waiter was lovely. But honestly even tho it is very convenient t, I do not know if I would return.

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  7. Slipped

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am always reluctant to review Z, primarily because it is one of the best places in town and I hate competing with fellow diners for a table. Let’s be honest, all us locals know this place rocks like no other. I’ve stopped reviewing the menu I just order my espresso martini, wait for the bruschetta toast - which I would buy for my breakfast every day if I could, and ask for the daily menu. Seriously - the TOAST POINTS are superior all by themselves. Keep it up gang! Jimmy the K

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  8. LisaM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time at Zarletti's and loved it. Our cocktails were spot on from vast, creative options. We were there early before a concert and it's a great plc only 5 minutes away from Fiserv Forum. Our meal included salad, soup, pasta and fish, as well as dessert..all of which were incredible. Our server couldn't have been better..so impressed. Only suggestion would be to turn up music a bit louder earlier in evening when restaurant isn't full to make table conversations more comfortable. Can't wait to return.

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  9. NealL

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic experience! Our waitress was fantastic! The food was amazing and the wine list is stellar.

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  10. TheresaA

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite resturants by far! Everything was excellent.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never a disappointment, I love the camaraderie with the bartenders waitresses staff overall top-notch highly recommend one of my favorite places to dine

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  12. abcd

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good here. Great food and service. Cozy ambience. A favorite !

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  13. SaraC

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service very good. Loud inside. Extra charge to split a salad. Friend said yes when asked if she wanted the anchovy on her ceasar salad and then charged extra. Usually comes with the salad and can have it removed. The pounded chicken was a chicken breast that was butterfly cut. For the price, you should get the potato AND the veggie on your plate, not a choice. The bread was delicious, the mushroom pasta wonderful, friends had salmon that they enjoyed. The osco bucco was a huge plate of food , but looked kinda like stew. Friend said it was good and took half home.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bryan ALWAYS takes such amazing care of the patrons at the bar. It’s an experience like none other.

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  15. SaraG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a wonderful experience! Our first time there and we’re already looking forward to our next visit!

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  16. TimM

    Alabama

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time sitting at the bar and was fantastic, Brian did a great job and the food was great as always.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic and knowledgeable service with amazing food! Despite our table not being ready on time, we were offered an alternative close spot right across the street to enjoy a beverage while we waited. We are happy with our choice to spend our anniversary at Zarletti!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very knowledgeable server/bartender. Pasta was made in house, and so delicious. Server recommended a wine that paired perfectly. I highly recommend this restaurant for a high quality meal and excellent service.

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  19. scottw

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    This was our second time here. It was a busy night, we were seated towards the back of the dining room, along with 2 other tables. One of the tables had two adults and several children. The entire time they were seated, they were on their phones, watching loud videos with the sounds very loud. Super distracting for us and the other table. In hindsight we should have said something to our server, Jasensia? I would have expected that the server and/or manager would be mindful of this type of client behavior and ask that they silence their phones. As much as we tried, we could not put it our of our minds. The food entrees were both good. Insalata Della Casa with chicken, and the Pesce al Pistachio (grouper). The service was very good. Friendly and attentive. Got a couple desserts. The Banana Semi-freddo was excellent. The Torta di Caprese was not very good. We were expecting a typical flourless cake that is dense/fudgelike. This was more like a gluten free cake. Pretty disappointing. Not sure if we are likely to return. So many other good restaurants with better ambiance.

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  20. AnnM

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always exceptional! Out go to place whenever we can get a reservation. Absolutely love staff and service they provide. Best dirty martini!

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  21. Wayne

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food as always! Bryan and crew are always awesome!

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  22. CindyB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect - but noise level was a bit loud.

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  23. MichaelM

    Milwaukee

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s just an exceptional resturant with all the elements of a great night out. The food creative and always offers something new on the menu. Brian and his incredible knowledge of Italian wines by the glass or bottle holds everyone’s attention as he educates his customers at the bar or on the floor. You can even take home bottles at a significant discount to add to you own collection. Finally the service is best in class, friendly, attentive, and focused toward a great customer experience. Popular so make a reservation well in advance. Highly recommended Zarletti.

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  24. Tigger

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinners were great!! We were seated right away and enjoyed our experience.

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  25. JosephC

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time in. It was an incredible experience , great service and some of the best Italian food I’ve had in a long time.

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  26. Lindsey

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service. Thank you for making it so special!

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  27. SteveJ

    Milwaukee

    73 reviews

    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience - One of our all time favorites downtown! Wonderful Italian food with there own twist. Great wine selection as well. Upscale & cozy with tall windows surrounding - a very "open & airy" vibe. Thank you Bryan, Noel & Karen for the personal service - see you soon!

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  28. AndrewB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zarletti is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee! Love the owners and long time staff. Outstanding food options and wine selections!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were, once again, delighted with our celebratory birthday dinner at Zarletti’s. Our meals were delicious and the service from Monica was great. This is our first pick of Italian restaurants in the city and we look forward to our next visit. *****

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  30. CrystalM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed it very much! Small place, still fun to eat at the bar. Great food and nice wines! will definitely go again!

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  31. DavidD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, third time we have been there. Would definitely go back.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 service, food and experience. highly recommended

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  33. Erin

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zarletti is our go to for special occasions. Food is always great and love the atmosphere!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice variety of not the most common cuisine. I was so happy to see the stuffed calamari on the menu. It was well prepared!

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  35. MATT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & attentive waitstaff. Wife raved about the pasta w shrimp and the porkchop special was a winner.

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  36. Famof5

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was wonderful and our meals delicious! I would recommend Zarletti’s!

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  37. ThomasH

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service and amazing food, in a great corner location in downtown Milwaukee.

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  38. MartyK

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, outstanding service as always. Attentive but not annoying. My favorite salmon of anyplace in MKE. Great ambience. Beautiful fun evening

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service. Host was very courteous and attentive.

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  40. Laura

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zarletti's is our favorite Italian restaurant (of many) in Milwaukee. The food and wine is exceptional and the service (at least at the bar where we have dined twice) was exceptional. I highly recommend it.

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Zarletti - Downtown is rated 4.9 stars by 2750 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 32 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 4:45 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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