Zarletti - Downtown

4.9
2080 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 2080 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.9
service
4.8
ambience
4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as always!!!

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JLVL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great local restaurant. Excellent choices on menu for good value. Waitress was very helpful with wine and food choices. Will be definitely going back to this restaurant.

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PattiS
Adelaide
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being raised Italian and cooking it at home has spoiled my palette for eating Italian food out. That was changed drastically on Saturday April 4th at Zarletti! From start to finish the experience (during Covid) was outstanding. We were seated at the bar in a very safe private space for 2. It was comfortable and charming. Our server was Brian who was also bar tending but to refer to him as anything less than a sommelier would do him a disservice. His wine knowledge is amazing. From the first sip of the featured Barolo, I wanted to be his best friend. We talked to him about food choices and explained that we love to share a number of items. From a special mascarpone and crap crepe appetizer to pistachio crusted halibut, we were moaning throughout. In between we sampled the delicious homemade pappardelle with wild mushrooms that I ate cold at midnight and it was just as delicious! Don’t even get me started on the homemade tiramisu and banana semifreddo for dessert.
As this was our first outing since Covid we wanted something special. Zarletti was more than special. We even went home with a bottle of that fine Barolo to continue our experience. Special thanks to Brian for adding to our night. I only wish Zarletti wasn’t almost 2 hours from home because I would need a frequent flyer card! Wonderful everything at this very special place!

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vipTDubMKE
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite local restaurant for special occasions and everyday dinner. Never disappoints!

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Paige
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!! Every course was outstanding (we went with all the specials) and service was excellent! We will definitely be back again

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vipKoj56
Milwaukee
53 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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CarissaH
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great wine! Great ppl! Hands down best restaurant in milwaukee

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and good service

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FranR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was a little disappointed, as it was my sister's birthday and they were aware of it, I thought they usually do some sort of celebration and/or acknowledgement...like maybe a little cake/dessert

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NickC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Skip was a great menu who knew the menu and wine list inside and out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Brian was absolutely amazing. He knew everything about the menu and was very friendly. The food and drinks were amazing.

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QuentinQ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would go back there in a " Milwaukee Minute "

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, nice atmosphere. Repeat customers.

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DanielleK
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good ambience was OK services great but little pricey

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KH12
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, Zarletti was terrific. The food was outstanding. The wine perfect. But, above all, the service and hospitality were extraordinary. Bryan went above and beyond, as he always does. Thank you!!!!

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vipStephenJ
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the time of the pandemic, Zarletti’s back with all cylinders firing. The partitions and spacing made everyone comfortable

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of our favorite spots

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vipjoeb
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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Kittycats6
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Felt safe with all the covid measures being taken. Excellent food!

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vipMaryf
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian is The Best Bartender in Milwaukee!!

MK
vipMKEMuncher
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Always flavorful never over salted. Prime customer service. Sanitation practices are always one of the best.

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vipJoeG
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. I would highly recommend Zarletti.

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vipKateT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!

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phfoodie
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great job with sectioning off areas! Love what you did and it didn't feel like I was sitting around plexiglass. We were treated awesome, the food was good! Definitely coming back!

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vipMaryf
Milwaukee
34 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and Brian took great care of us -delicious food and better service!!

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RonK
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very good, however my husbands pasta with pancetta, very overcooked.

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vipTDubMKE
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands-down our favorite spot for dinner. Ideal for any occasion or none. Amazing, seasoned staff. Incredible kitchen and great space.

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Dutch
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, good setup for safety; had a very nice evening

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SusanR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
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 on March 1, 2021
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 on February 27, 2021
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.

JG
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
San Francisco
2 reviews
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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Zarletti - Downtown is rated 4.9 stars by 2080 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.