Zarletti - Downtown

4.9
2066 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2066 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SusanR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice variety of items on the menu. Not simply a plate of pasta and red sauce. Great options and nice selection of seafood

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Urbane
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughter's 16th birthday with dinner and it was AWESOME. Thank you to the great staff. See you all again soon!

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john
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants. A must stop when in Milwaukee.

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RickN
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This was our first time at Zarletti's. The service was prompt and friendly. The food was noteworthy. It was beautifully prepared and presented. The atmosphere was pleasant and the noise level in the restaurant was very comfortable. I tried their bourbon old fashioned and it was unique and tasty. My wife and I both chose the four cheese ravioli with grilled shrimp special. We made an excellent choice. We would have gone for their special banana desert but were completely full with the entree. We will definitely dine here again.

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RebeccaG
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My absolute favorite Italian restaurant in downtown Milwaukee. The food and service are excellent.

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JulioG
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Skip was a great waiter . Great pasta !

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vipScott
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with our family.
Karen did a great job serving us and the food and wine were outstanding.

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vipJacquie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have nothing to say except the food is amazing! The service and attention to detail is impeccable. We sat at the bar that had actual thoughtful partitions and the server didn’t miss a beat. His suggestions were on point! Would definitely come back here when back in Milwaukee (which I come quite often for work). Such a hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a nice romantic dinner. Noise level is perfect. You can hear yourself and not have to shout to be heard. Food was good drinks were great. Would recommend.

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vipMidwesterner
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful true Italian food. Great wine list. Very good service.

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very outstanding all around! First time here and I will definitely come back and recommend to friends and family.

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DollyT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were fantastic!! The server was so helpful with our food and wine choices. I can’t wait to go back!!

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vipchitowngirl
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well let’s just start by saying everything at Zarletti’s is top notch. Brian and Karen are always welcoming. My husband and I moved to MKE from Chicago ( the city not the suburbs) and were so disappointed with the lack of quality food as d restaurant choices in the area until we found Zarletti’s!! It is without a doubt overall one of our favorite restaurants. The food is fresh, prepared well, and the service is outstanding. It will not disappoint. Also the attention to detail during Covid restrictions is purely perfection and we never had any fears or issues whatsoever. A wonderful dining experience always.

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vipMattS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Zarletti's has quickly become one of our go to Italian favorites... and we live in Chicago-land. Def recommend if you've never been.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good

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JefferyH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been there twice now. The first time was just before the lock downs in March and we have been looking forward of getting back ever since. Food is amazing!!

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AndrewO
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tremendous food. Order the Pera cocktail or the old fashioned. Both are amazing. Super staff. Brian the sommelier is wonderful- I thought I knew a lot about wine. He added to it and is very easy going. The covid set up is the best I have seen. Doesn’t feel weird at all. Eat at the bar!! Trust me!!

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vipBrigetteB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always spectacular food. Fresh. Delicious and authentic. And the service is the best in the city. Eat at the bar for lots of fun bartender chatter, or in the dining room for perfect service.

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KEYEV
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our experience was good but not great. I always love eating at Zarletti. The food was a 4.5 our of 5 this time. We did feel that the server was a bit intense and almost pushy at times.

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vipAnnM
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Homemade pasta, wine list is a 10, service exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal experience! Our server, Cesar, was absolutely fantastic throughout the meal and made the entire night that much better. The food was sublime, we had the Ossobucco at Cesar’s recommendation and it was to die for, the bruschetta left us craving more days after we had finished our meal, and the cannoli was one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The cocktails were very on point and expertly crafted, our experience was topped off with a couple of glasses of house made Limoncello that left us already looking forward to our next visit.

We will be stopping at Zarletti every time we are in Milwaukee from now. 10/10, would highly recommend. Keep up the great work!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Husbands birthday

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JoeG
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Great Service !...........................................

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BrianK
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Sat at bar. Bryan was great. Listen to his wine recommendation. Specialty ravioli was FAB.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal!

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vipARTM
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific experience all around. Staff were fantastic. Food excellent and ambience perfect. Well done. This is on my list of stops when in Milwaukee.

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MichaelB
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zarletti's makes excellence a common occurrence.

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Fred
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! While upscale, the prices aren't bad for the unbelievable quality of the food. The server was great; helpful, especially as to the wine selection, but not intrusive. Cannot say enough about the quality of the meal. I ordered a grouper special that was to die for and my wife ordered a pasta dinner that she said was the same. We like to splurge a bit on the wine when we come to Zarletti's, so the waiter helped us select a French white similar to a chardonnay, the quality was excellent, the price was about $60 and truly helped to make the meal. One thing we really appreciate is the timing of the service - you can choose to be in a hurry for a show (when we have those again!) or take your time and savor the drinks, food and ambiance. At no time did we feel rushed or pushed. I don't normally write reviews, but I felt I needed to for Zarletti's. I can't imagine that anyone who goes there to enjoy serious Italian cuisine would be disappointed in any way.

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DouglasC
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, great service, fantastic drinks. Osso bucco was outstanding. Bread with oil was fabulous. Overall a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions getting smaller which amounts to a price increase.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious 😋

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StephenJ
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was for New Year’s eve and the food and service was excellent..Cesar was our server and he is fantastic. Knowledgeable, great service. i’ve never been disappointed at Zarletti

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice, upscale but unpretentious, Italian food in a friendly atmosphere. We ate here on NYE and they had a good mix of a special menu as well as their standard items and it was really nice being able to pick from each one as opposed to being restricted to a smaller selection. Great service from Cesar and the rest of the staff. We had the full range from salads and appetizers to entrees and deserts and would come back here anytime we're in town.

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vipSteveJ
Milwaukee
37 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our Favorites! Always wonderful food, fun environment & exceptional service. Thank you Brian!

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vipJoeG
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zarletti remains one of our favorite dining spots. The food is excellent and the service outstanding. Personally, especially in these challenging times, we've tried to support our local restaurants. It's so nice to see that the restaurants we've supported acknowledge that support when we dine in person, and are appreciative of it.

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vipScott
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bryan, Matt and the entire staff were fantastic. Food-outstanding. Always a pleasure dining at Zarletti.

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vipMattS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service at Zarletti's. Some of the best Italian food I've ever eaten outside of Italy.

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vipJOANNEP
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must try this restaurant. You will not be disappointed!!! Loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Restaurant temperature was just too cold, could not hold a warm temperature

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Zarletti - Downtown is rated 4.9 stars by 2066 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.