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About Zarletti - Downtown

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.

741 N Milwaukee St
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Milwaukee & Mason

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 225-0000

Website:
http://www.zarletti.net/

Parking Details:
Valet available Thursday - Saturday (PM)

Executive Chef:
Brian C. Zarletti

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Zarletti - Downtown Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (51)
Special Occasion (42)
Good for Anniversaries (39)
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Romantic (38)
Authentic (35)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Notable Wine List (28)
Pre/post Theatre (27)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Business Meals (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Cozy (23)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Comfort Food (16)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Fun (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Casual (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (6)
Scenic View (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Good food
Great service

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and excellent service, would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Food quality has gone down from our last visit. Seating is very tight, it appears they want to cram as many people as they can. Noise level is high, not a good place for a quiet dinner.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious, including the desserts, and our server Matt was attentive and friendly without smothering us or being pretentious. We both remarked upon what a great waiter he was.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 3 days ago

Group of 6 of us enjoyed a great dinner together after a play at the Rep. Everyone enjoyed their meals and you could tell the menu items were prepared with care. Only concern for some might be the crowded conditions in the dining room.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (London)·Dined 4 days ago

Great family dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Really enjoyed our dinner before the MSO. Staff was very friendly
Had a wonderful waitress, Brianna?? I think her name- on 1/19 for dinner- she was very knowledgeable and adorable
Food was delicious- we’ll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful, informed server. Tables are way too close for the servers to make their way around very easily.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Nice setting, friendly staff, and cozy place to eat with a good vibe. It was 10 degrees outside so we settled for the pasta dishes; rabbit Ragu and their Bolognese. Both were excellent. They could upgrade their bread, as it was mostly a crunchy white bread. Tasty, but not a classic rustic Italian bread.

The waiter was excellent. He was observant and knew the menu, so could offer personal recommendations.

I would definitely go back to sample the other dishes.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food, Dessert & coffee was delicious! Everyone was satisfied with their choices. Great service and atmosphere!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We have relocated and no longer get to regularly dine at one of our favorites in the world, MKE has come along way in providing world class dining. Zarletti’s helps to set a gold std. in MKE, driving both culinary and service expectations right down to the house made Lemoncello .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A small restaurant, but exceptional food. We came from out of town and picked this place at random since it was close to the hotel. We were blown away. Service was good, but our server was a tad 'grim'. Not a smile all night!

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our first time for dinner. We had lunch back in November. Both experiences were spectacular. Best authentic Italian dishes we have had since we visited Bologna!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Consistently amazing food and amazing service all at reasonable prices! One of the vest values in town!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Seasonal, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I will def go back to that restaurant next time I am in Milwaukee. Nice wine list. My server seemed a little to loud and hyper for a restaurant of that caliber.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Are go to restaurant in Milwaukee never had a bad meal or service

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

The service was outstanding and he was on top of everything. The food was delicious. My wife had the pork and I had the special (beef tenderloin). We will definitely be back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Consistently excellent! Great food, stellar service, cool ambiance, and an all-around great experience. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Everything was great! We were sat immediately, service was outstanding and very accommodating!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Authentic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Classy service; good food; reasonable prices. Hit the spot for the type of evening my wife and I were looking for! We'll be back!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was our second visit and both experiences were great! Great food and service. Very comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Casual, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Matt and Kurt always take good care of us when dining at Zarletti - they make us feel like 'family' - David & Mitch

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had a fantastic time and a great experience

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our server Skip was great! We look forward to seeing him next time! He was knowledgeable and personable. I’m never great at making up my mind and Skip made it easy!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Price was reasonable for the place.
My wife and I really enjoyed our time there.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always consistent and great food.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was decent. Overall an average resturant. Glad I went once, but do not see myself going back.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent on all levels. Looking forward to the new menu

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 13, 2017

This was our third visit to Zarletti. It has been consistently excellent. We love the warm intimacy of the restaurant, the friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff, the superb Italian winelist, and the high quality food experience. It is our "go-to" restaurant when visiting Milwaukee.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent food, very authentic Italian. Wine list was great. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. I would highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a reservation and the gentleman who sat us was in a pinch as the earlier seating hadn't vacated. He communicated beautifully with us and gave us options. We were happy to wait at the bar for the table he planned for us.
Matt was our waiter and really knew his stuff. Great recommendations for wine and food. The food was melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
We will definitely return!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our waiter was efficient but rushed us as my husband was taking his time trying to decide on his choice. It was our anniversary and wanted a quiet relaxing dinner and just felt like rushed.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Butternut squash was absolutely delightful! A little pricey but worth it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Of 4 diners, three were satisfied with the entry. My lamb chops arrived " cold" but the risotto was warm, suggesting a different addition of chops.
Have had better meals here before

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best resturant in Milwaukee, best veal I have ever had. Great wait staff and a terrific bartender.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We dined before a play at the Pabst Theater. Z's is a great location for that event. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Zarletti is simply one of the best restaurants in the city. Amazing, authentic food, exceptional wine list, and friendly, knowledgeable servers are consistent hallmarks for this establishment. Always an A+ experience!

Tags: Authentic, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The whole night was amazing!! Started with grilled shrimp wrapped in bacon!! Outstanding. Caprese salad was delicious - firm tomatoes and nice and cold! Enteess were halibut and salmon which were cooked to perfection. The waitress was awesome and incredibly friendly and attentive throughout the night. Love this place and will keep coming back.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Very yummy, great service! I would 100% recommend to friends and family!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great small cozy restaurant with sublime food choices.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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