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For 2
Date
Sun, 2/25
Time
8:00 PM
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Zarletti - Downtown

4.6
1429 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(414) 225-0000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Brian C. Zarletti
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Milwaukee & Mason
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Parking details
Valet available Thursday - Saturday (PM)
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1429 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LJDS (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined a day ago

Wonderful food and service. Ambience is crowded and a bit loud.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Very good food and attentive service

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GwynL (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our food was fresh and delicious. It was a nice experience.

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StevenH 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We have been to the restaurant before so familiar with the offerings. This trip was to celebrate my wife's birthday and we couldn't have had a better time. Hats off to our waitress and the chef. Loved the entire experience and we will be coming back.

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vipmaribeth (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

I love this place and the people that work there. Fabulous food. I always recommend Zarletti’s.

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Bert (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Amazing find just blocks away from the theater scene. Impeccable service, great menu selections, wonderful chef, and extensive wine list. Try the lamb lollipop appetizer and their Bolognese. Really special. Will definitely return!

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vipindyvisitor (Indiana)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was excellent. Server was prompt but he seemed hurried and at times annoyed. Ambiance was quiet.

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CindyZ (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We visited with friends to celebrate two birthdays and a retirement. The food was absolutely delicious and our waiter could not have been more friendly and attentive. We really enjoyed the pasta special and the ravioli special for the day. We were presented with three deserts for sharing at the end of our meal and they all were delicious! The waiter was very knowledgeable about Italian wines and was able to recommend something for my taste. It was wonderful. I wish we could have stayed longer!

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Ronald (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We go to your place nearly every Valentine's Day and LOVE it. Everything was, as usual, fabulous, with one small exception. My wife was underwhelmed by the spaghetti carbonera and wished she had ordered something else. Perhaps you can give that dish a little attention? She is a very good judge of food, by the way, and is a very good cook.

The couple that was with us also had a fabulous time. Please keep up the great work!

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vipSueK (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very confused as to why I was sat at the bar while there were plenty of tables open throughout the night.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Zarletti’s has been one of our favorites since it opened. The ambience is so lovely. We like the size of the restaurant. Our wait staff was excellent , friendly and extremely well trained. I followed her suggestions and had a delicious meal and wine. My husband almost always orders osso buco; he feels it is always the best he has ever eaten.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The pastas were overdone & NOT served fresh !

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WW22 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great authentic Italian. They reserve seats at bar for diners, go across the street to the hotel bar for a predinner drink if they are that busy.Small restaurant, close tables, but has a great energy. Waitstaff professional and spot-on. Osso Buco is perfection! Worked well for 2 to split a first course and then also split second course. No room for dessert, but they looked fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We love Zarletti. The food is great. The atmosphere is perfect for either a quiet conversation or a larger party. But the main thing is the service...they have easily the best wait staff in Milwaukee. Thais why we go back so often.

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JMBD (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Wait staff very knowledgeable about food and wine. Meal was paced well so one could enjoy each course. Every course was well prepared. An enjoyable evening at Zarlettis every time I go.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Terrific food, ambience, and service. Kudos to Kurt, our server.

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JasonZ (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great and friendly service! Very attentive and helpful with the menu! Great atmosphere and food was wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was overly priced. This was the second time I have visited and was not impressed with the service or the food.

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vipMilwaukeeMarauder2013 (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We have had many excellent meals there in the past although a bad experience a couple of years ago kept us away. We went a couple of nights ago for a birthday dinner and this was mentioned in the reservation. We are not expecting anything free but a "happy birthday " would have been nice. Bresaola didn't look like raw beef but was dark brown (perhaps cooked in some way) and dried up. Arugula and dressing with it were good. The entrees were good as was the special soup. All in all, an okay dinner but this has been in the past a more than okay restaurant. Not so much the other night.

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starving6 (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

The evening dinner did not begin well as our table was not ready when we arrived and the five of us were left standing at the door which was very cold. We were in the path of servers and platters of food. The table they said we would be seated at was not yet ready when a table at the door opened first, so we were seated at a table near the cold door that opened repeatedly during our dinner.
The waitress was informative and very pleasant. She worked to make sure the experience was enjoyable. She was not particularly helpful on questions about the wine list. A wrong side was brought with one of the meals. They added the correct side when it was pointed out.
The food was very good. The sauces and flavors were wonderful. They allowed us to stay at our table to have dessert and continue conversation. The food itself made it worth it!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

One of our party of two had the lamb sandwich on the menu and the other had the special chicken and pasta special. The former was tasteless in terms of seasoning, and I wouldn't have known it was lamb except that was the listing on the menu. VERY disappointed, had left overs, threw it away. Though the rosemary aioli was delicious. The pasta/chicken special was very tasty, the pasta was very al dente, chewy. Some people might want it a little softer but the taste and composition was very appealing.

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KelseyF (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We enjoyed Zarletti for the first time and very much enjoyed the food. The server explained everything very well and we enjoyed our experience. The ragu special was well worth the trip. My only complaint was that this was a dinner for my fiance's birthday, it was noted on the reservation through open table but it was not acknowledged at all. Our server didn't ask if we were celebrating anything and no special offered (as I expected with the note in the reservation). To top it off, the table next to us had a birthday and they were served a dessert with a candle lit. We laughed it off but I was pretty disappointed by that.

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casey (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Our server was impressive in his detailed description of the offerings, but service fell off after we asked for a straw in our second BOFS. No offer to others if they wanted another drink, generally seemed he wanted us to finish up and leave. Which we did.
Food: Caesar salad was one of the best I ever had. Calamari dish stuffed with something was so so and would not order again. Soups were delicious and the special ragu was also delicious. We did not have dessert as server was by that time ho hum.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Soooooo good! We went for a special occasion (birthday dinner) but will go back for a random occasion because it was so good.

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TonyC (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Zarletti’s is always consistent, the service and the food are always very good. We have been going there since they opened and always have had a great experience..

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vipChristine (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Good food
Great service

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and excellent service, would recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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