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Zarletti - Downtown

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4.9
2318 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

DINE IN & CURB SIDE SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE!

CURBSIDE FOOD AND RETAIL WINE SERVICE
MONDAY-SATURDAY 1:00PM-8:00PM

DINE IN FOR DINNER ONLY
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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Booked 21 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Curbside Service Monday-Saturday Noon-8pm 414 225 0000

Antipasti

  • Antipasti Platter$15.00

    Fine Italian meats and cheese, house marinated olives, herbed artichoke hearts

    • Bruschetta$7.00

      grilled rustic bread with tomato, basil, and garlic relish

      • Bresaola e Parmigiano$13.00

        thinly sliced air cured beef with arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano

        • Olive della Casa$7.00

          a selection of imported olives marinated in herbs and olive oil

          Insalate e Minestre

          • Cesare*$6.00

            crisp romaine lettuce lightly tossed in our homemade Caesar dressing, topped with shaved parmesan cheese and homemade croutons

            • Insalata della Casa$5.00

              mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers with choice of our homemade balsamic vinaigrette or creamy romano, homemade croutons

              • Minestrone della Casa

                • Cup$5.00
                • Bowl$8.00
              • Zuppa del Giorno

                • Cup$5.00
                • Bowl$8.00

              Panini

              • Caprese$8.00

                housemade mozzarella, tomatoes, basil with kettle chips

                • Diavola$8.00

                  spicy sopresatta, pepperonata, provolone with kettle chips

                  Primi

                  Substitute Gluten-Free pasta $2. Substitute handmade pappardelle or gnocchi pasta $2. Add sliced, grilled chicken breast $3, grilled shrimp (6 pcs) $9, sausage $5

                  • Ragu ai Napoletano$23.00

                    handmade pappardelle with Naples style, slow stewed tomato, meat sauce, braised beef, spicy sausage, pork shoulder, oregano, Pecorino Romano

                    • Pasta alla Pomodoro$15.00

                      short pasta tossed with a quickly sautéed San Marzano tomato sauce with basil, garlic, Pecorino cheese

                      • Pasta Aglio Olio e Peperoncino$15.00

                        linguine, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, chili pepper flakes and fresh herbs, Pecorino cheese

                        • Pasta Salsiccia al Marsala$19.00

                          short pasta, spicy Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms and walnuts in a Marsala cream sauce

                          • Pasta alla Bolognese$20.00

                            rigatoni, rich tomato sauce slow stewed with pork and beef, Pecorino cheese

                            • Ravioli ai Quattro Formaggi$24.00

                              house made four cheese ravioli with zucchini, onion, red pepper, basil, pine nut pesto

                              Dolci

                              • Tiramisu$7.00

                                a Zarletti favorite, this Italian dessert features ladyfinger cookies dipped in espresso and brandy layered with traditional mascarpone cream

                                • Torta di Caprese$7.00

                                  flourless chocolate cake, lemon zest, almonds, chocolate, whipped cream

                                  • Cannoli$4.00

                                    Traditional ltalian pastry shell with sweetened, chocolate chip. Ricotta filling sprinkled with peanuts

                                    • Gelati e Sorbetti$5.00

                                      a selection of Italian ice creams and sorbets served with almond biscotti

                                      Acqua

                                      • Acqua Panna Still Water

                                        • ½L$3.00
                                        • L$5.00
                                      • San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

                                        • ½L$3.00
                                        • L$5.00

                                      Vini Italiani

                                      • Vini Italiani

                                        Please ask about our retail wine program

                                        Pesce Speciale

                                        • Pesce Speciale

                                          Please ask about our fresh fish feature for Friday & Saturday only

                                          Last updated: February 4, 2022

                                          What 2,318 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                          • 4.9Food
                                          • 4.8Service
                                          • 4.7Ambience
                                          • 4.7Value

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                                          1. S

                                            Sunlover

                                            Milwaukee

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always a fantastic dining experience at Zarletti’s the best Italian food in the city.

                                          2. TV

                                            TeresaV

                                            Milwaukee

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            excellent service from Karen and the team at the bar! tasty as always!!

                                          3. LG

                                            LarryG

                                            Nashville

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                            overall2food5service2ambience4

                                            Called 2 weeks in advance asking for window table . Indicated it was an anniversary dinner. Arrived exactly at reservation time and was seated at non window table. Two window tables remained unoccupied during our meal,table 2 and table 64.When I asked why we couldn’t have been seated at our requested window table the response was that we wanted to seat you so you didn’t have to wait. Answer was obviously bs since we arrived at our reservation time. It was our 54th anniversary and we had hoped our request would have been given some consideration. Very dissatisfied and disappointed. On the plus side the food was excellent as always. In the future we would not likely return for a special occasion.

                                          4. M

                                            Mikey

                                            Minneapolis

                                            35 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            35 reviews

                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                            Service by Barkeep/Manager Caesar was very Attentive, Personable. $5 up charge for a small serving on gravy seemed “excessive”.

                                          5. ME

                                            MrE23

                                            Chicago

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service3ambience4

                                            Food was good. Ambiance was amazing as always. The server was a little on the snooty side but very professional and knowledgeable. Our to-go order was not put in, but after we left and realized it, my wife called and they agreed to take $$ off of the bill even though we weren't charged. I'm still waiting to hear through an email to see if this has occurred. Good food and overall a good time.

                                          6. LC

                                            LCar

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food was amazing, service was great and our reservation was exactly on time! Highly recommend.

                                          7. A

                                            Andrea

                                            Milwaukee

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            Wonderful experience. Our server was very friendly, pleasantly quirky, and provided great service. Thank you for a great Mother’s Day experience! Will definitely be back.

                                          8. G

                                            Grace

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 4, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was a wonderful, clean, and classy atmosphere. The staff were very kind and the food was very good. My fiancé and I went for our anniversary and we would definitely go again!

                                          9. SJ

                                            SteveJ

                                            Milwaukee

                                            48 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            48 reviews

                                            Dined on May 4, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            One of our all time Favorite places to dine! The Food, Wine, ambiance & service are always great! Thank you!! See you soon!

                                          10. JW

                                            JeffW

                                            Charleston

                                            228 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            228 reviews

                                            Dined on May 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Had a wonderful business meal with a few "first timers"! Had a few bottles of great wine and enjoyed salads, small pasta samples and incredible entrees. Halibut was delicious and service was amazing - always on top of our needs, pouring wine and very friendly and efficient. See you all again soon.

                                          11. MD

                                            MikeD

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent service, great specials - like a visit to Italia.

                                          12. K

                                            Kluv2dine

                                            Chicago

                                            30 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            30 reviews

                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We dined at the bar before a show. What a surprise! This place was amazing from the staff that greets you at the door. The handcrafted cocktails were very good. The bartender clearly loves his job here, he was very passionate about the menu and wines. He recommended the special bruschetta, home made mushroom ravioli in a browned butter sage sauce, and the pistachio encrusted halibut with a Beurre blanc sauce and MI cherries! We loved everything, and we look forward to going again. Highly recommend this place if you are into good and wine!I wish I could recommend the bartenders name- as he was great!

                                          13. N

                                            Nanc

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Are server was very good as per my husband and that’s saying a lot. Good so yummy. The cosmos very tasty for 2. We’ll be back.

                                          14. AK

                                            AlyK

                                            Milwaukee

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Elegant upscale Italian restaurant. Excellent wine list. Interesting beer menu as well. Great homemade pastas. Delicious fish and meat entrées as well. Very attentive and efficient service. Nice ambience.

                                          15. AR

                                            ArthurR

                                            Milwaukee

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Outstanding food as service as always! Excellent atmosphere and ambiance.

                                          16. RS

                                            RichardS

                                            Hawaii

                                            35 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            35 reviews

                                            Dined on April 27, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                            The food was excellent and the wine list complemented it nicely. Service was excellent and timely. It was a little noisy, though. Maybe cutting down the volume level on the "background" music would have helped the situation.

                                          17. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Orange County

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 26, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great Food! Amazing service, great wine. Will definitely bring my crew back again.

                                          18. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food was amazing. Fantastic cocktails. Abby was great!! Highly recommended. The Osso Bucco was top notch.

                                          19. DR

                                            DonR

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 19, 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            Great food and service. Nice ambience. A little noisy, but it was busy. Would definitely recommend.

                                          20. I

                                            Italian

                                            Milwaukee

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great Food! Always! Great Service! A downtown gem!

                                          21. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Minneapolis

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            All 3 courses were amazing along with the drinks! Service was incredible as well

                                          22. Y

                                            Yummy

                                            Milwaukee

                                            15 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The pasta is so good as are the drinks. Excellent Ragu as always!

                                          23. JW

                                            JeffW

                                            Charleston

                                            229 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            229 reviews

                                            Dined on April 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This is a great downtown restaurant! The ambiance, food and service is amazing! The entire staff is committed to your enjoyment and making sure you are well fed and served. Quality of food and beverages are great! Pasta and daily specials are mouth watering. Thanks to the entire staff and see you soon.

                                          24. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Milwaukee

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 13, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Very enjoyable dinner. Food was excellent. Outstanding service as well. Will definitely return.

                                          25. MC

                                            MitchellC

                                            Milwaukee

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 13, 2022

                                            overall4food5service3ambience4

                                            You won't find the typical Milwaukee Italian-American marinara here! ALWAYS delicious and you can't go wrong.

                                          26. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Tucson

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Cesar you as amazing, knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, offered great suggestions and pairings for our dining experience. Plan to return very soon!

                                          27. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Milwaukee

                                            13 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            My husband loved his veal shanks and my pasta dish was awesome, they made it with a little bit more heat for me. I had a delicious banana dessert, yummy.

                                          28. BK

                                            BobK

                                            Chicago

                                            16 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            16 reviews

                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing menu, flavors and presentation. Exceptional and memorable with perfect wine pairings and outstanding service.

                                          29. SJ

                                            StephenJ

                                            Milwaukee

                                            32 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            32 reviews

                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Always on top of its game. A fully booked Saturday night, and service was gracious and efficient. Coupled with outstanding food and wine, there’s a reason why it’s a favorite of many.

                                          30. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Good food good service.

                                          31. LB

                                            LinneaB

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                            Wonderful service. Food lacked flavor. We expected more.

                                          32. l

                                            lisak7001

                                            Milwaukee

                                            35 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            35 reviews

                                            Dined on April 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent experience all around. Abby, our waitress did a fantastic job. Food was excellent, wine suggestion by Abby was excellent! Highly recommend the downtown Zarletti restaurant.

                                          33. KH

                                            KH12

                                            Milwaukee

                                            20 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            20 reviews

                                            Dined on March 31, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Awesome. Every. Time. Osso bucco is fantastic and the bolognese never misses. Thanks for a great evening.

                                          34. S

                                            Sandy

                                            Milwaukee

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 31, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a delicious meal at Zarletti before the ballet. The osso bucco was wonderful!

                                          35. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 31, 2022

                                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                                            Rica comida , faltó un poquito más de alternativas . Lugar lindo y con ambiente agradable . Linda iluminación

                                          36. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Milwaukee

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We went for dinner before the Eagles concert…the bartender was knowledgeable and helpful, making sure we were served in plenty of time! Excellent food!

                                          37. DS

                                            DavidS

                                            Milwaukee

                                            13 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on March 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Menu is awesome; we at at the bar. Service by the bartender Brian was first class!

                                          38. W

                                            Wmjr

                                            Milwaukee

                                            16 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            16 reviews

                                            Dined on March 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Our server was outstanding. So knowledgeable and attentive without being pushy. We’ve been here twice and every meal has been outstanding.

                                          39. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Birthday dinner was delicious and the red Cappezzana wine we had was outstanding

                                          40. JW

                                            JeffW

                                            Charleston

                                            229 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            229 reviews

                                            Dined on March 29, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Had a wonderful meal with business colleagues. The wine, food and service were outstanding! Really appreciate Zarletti's quality in every aspect of customer satisfaction. See you all soon!

                                          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 4.9 stars by 2318 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                          Booked 21 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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