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Zarletti - Downtown

4.8
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1969 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1969 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DianeK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, wonderful service. A fine Italian restaurant.

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TKeeg
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing: Pheasant Ragu , Mushroom Pasta, Lamb Lolly Pop. Service was great as well. Noise level was perfect; didn't have to raise my voice to talk to my wife and could hear other tables easily.

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Claraj
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

SUPERB, ROMANTIC SETTING.
Service wss great, nice selection of everything.

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Logan
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. Even during the tough times they still made it a great experience and amazing food!

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vipSandyO
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Housemade pasta is AMAZING as well as the sauces and their wine list... I just love going to Zarletti!

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JackieS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We dine out quite often, one thing we look for is for the waitstaff to be engaging and down to earth, the last two times the servers acted snooty and basically not very friendly, also the way the sides are presented we were both led to believe they were part of the meal, Im all for up selling, however the way it was presented was deceiving. I dont believe we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was a great host!

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JosephC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went to Zarletti for a romantic evening on the town and were not disappointed! We were with Cesar as a server, he catered to our every need and although service was slow, it was not unbearable and allowed us to digest the meal and take in the city's lights!

Zarletti has barriers between each of the tables that, unlike many other establishments, are constructed of teak wood and glass, adding to the atmosphere of being more alone rather than being in a loud crowded restaurant! I was very impressed! All the servers were wearing gloves and masks at all times and never did I feel as though we were being put at risk of any exposure.

The food was also magnificent, especially for the value, we both ordered the salmon entre and were pleasantly surprised at how tender and perfectly seared the fish was, slightly crunchy on the outside but moist and succulent on the inside, making for a delicious meal!

For the value, I'm not sure you can really beat Zarletti.

We will definitely be returning!

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viphate2cook
Milwaukee
320 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, creative dining room to meet social distance.

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furtree
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal. Excellent service, ambiance and food.

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Petah
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic Halibut in the door count cherry preparation- fine bottle of Brunello- excellent service and above all Brian is as great owner/host

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zarlettis has done an excellent job at putting their time and care into redesigning the restaurant to accommodate and protect their patrons.
The only thing lacking was a visit at our table,from the chef owner/mgr. That’s always a nice touch when you are eating in a fine dining restaurant, Serving such scrumptious food.
Our waiter Caesar i highly recommend.

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ANNH
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food...I’ve had the homemade pasta, salmon dish, raviolis not to mention there tiramisu...Delicious!

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CassyR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome! We asked his favorite dishes and then we decided to take both of them :) very great menu knowledge and very attentive.

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vipSteveJ
Milwaukee
31 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our special favorite places to go! Terrific service as always - Karen our server was excellent! Thank you!!
We enjoyed dinner at the Bar (great spot!). Pancetta wrapped shrimp Appetizer, a bottle of lovely wine & grilled Swordfish - just wonderful!

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vipRajivM
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zarletti has stayed operational through out the pandemic, doing takeout, selling wine at cost, now limited indoor seating and outdoor seating on weather friendly days. Staff is suited up with masks and gloves.

Kudos to the staff and management for staying strong and plowing through this crisis. The food and service remain strong and exceptional as ever.

I would encourage the public to give Zarletti's an opportunity to serve them - the good people here deserve your patronage!

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vipMick
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zarletti is our favorite outdoor dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Everyone’s plate was completely clean when we finished. I had the veal and it was perfect. I also tried the pistachio crusted fish and it was equally as good. I can’t wait to go back.

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vipBryanS1980
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always. Thanks for making our night away a great time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience2

We got sat in the back corner of the bar when there were a lot of other seating options. Also the service was good but I felt like I was getting interrupted every five minutes by the server asking if we need anything and if everything tasted good. I could not have a full conversation with my husband. The food was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter and food !!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always. And with the updates to their restaurant and staff to provide a safer dining experience, it did not take away from the atmosphere or amzing food and service.

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insearchof
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back. The screens between the tables were a nice touch. The food, cocktails and service were excellant as usual. I appreciate the extra effort they are making during these challenging times.

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Brian (GM) is very welcoming and personable.

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STEVENH
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will not be the last! What an incredible evening. Everything was on point for a high end dining experience. First item to point out in this COVID19 environment was how clean everything was and how well the designers incorporated PPE into the seating arrangements. Felt safe and aesthetically pleasing not distracting to the ambiance whatsoever. Second, was the service. We were graced with the manager serving us for our anniversary. She was exceptional in her knowledge of the dishes, answering questions, timing of plates, waters being filled without knowing. Absolute pro server. Nice to see a manager know how to roll up the sleeves and lead by example. Third and most importantly the food, wow, well done by the chef. Need to meet the staff next time I go. Our starter was the classic caprese with home made mozzarella. It was noticeable that you could taste everything in each bite. The perfect balance of basil, tomato and mozzarella with the appropriate amount of aged balsamic and olive oil. Although simple, the attention to detail hinted to me that we have a great chef in the kitchen and I couldn't wait to try the next dish. For our pasta dish, we had the homemade ravioli stuffed with a mouth watering brazed beef/veal/sausage blend that was delectable. For our main dish, we had the salmon cooked medium in a perfectly balanced white wine/lemon/olive oil. Delicious. I had the classic Ossobuco. The veal shank was fall apart succulent wonderfully paired with gnocchi. Was even served with a small spoon for the bone marrow. All in all, top 3 dining experience in MKE which has many wonderful restaurants. Can't wait to go back and try another dish!

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Bella
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this experience was top notch.

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KH12
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!
Easily the best Italian dining experience in Wisconsin.

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vipTktosa
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back from pre-COVID. They did a real nice separation at the bar with seats of two separated by glass. Tables spread out. Food was great as always.

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JefferyH
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! Highly recommend!! Service, Food was spectacular. Can not wait to go back and try more menu items.

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vipabcd
London
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in Milwaukee and always excellent service.

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CharlesW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was new, but very knowledgeable and well trained. The special, skate and the duck ragu, were outstanding. We enjoyed being seated near the window to watch the world (or at least Milwaukee) go by. We will be back.

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vipCatfan
Milwaukee
56 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Zarletti. We always feel welcomed, the service is great whether we have one of the seasoned professionals or a new server, and the food is always amazing. This is our go to restaurant in Milwaukee!!

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vipjoeb
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Zarletti’s knocks it out of the park. Food is always spot on. Service is wonderful.

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JamesM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was prepared and presented perfectly, the wine excellent with the grouper, the aperol spritz were exactly as we had on on the island of Murano and the service outstanding. What's not to like about this dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was warm, and it was perfect to celebrate my mom’s birthday! Our server, Emily, helped us choose fantastic meal options, and she returned to our table regularly to ensure we were having a great experience. We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Wonderful Italian experience.

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FrankW
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food , great staff, great atmosphere! We totally recommend it for dinner!!

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BrenB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and authentic Italian. Great ambiance. Wait staff very knowledgeable w unique menu.

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Hans
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The Osso Buco did not live up to expectations. Just bone, fat and marrow, there were barely 2 mouthfuls of edible meat present.

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vipErinisle
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! We always sit at the bar because Bryan the manager/bartender is incredibly knowledgeable and great to talk with!

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Zarletti - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 1969 OpenTable diners.

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