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About Zarletti - Downtown

Zarletti's specializes in Italian fine dining.

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

Cuisines:
Italian

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:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(414) 225-0000

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

Executive Chef:
Brian C. Zarletti

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, 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

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Special Occasion (37)
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Authentic (34)
Romantic (31)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Notable Wine List (27)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Cozy (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Business Meals (21)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Worth the Drive (14)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Casual (7)
Good for Groups (7)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Scenic View (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A nice restaurant with a large and varied menu. Our server spoke so rapidly it was hard to keep up and harder still to remember anything he said. The wine list is very expensive and doesn't have a lot for the moderately priced diner. Noise level was pretty loud, the place is small and it was very full, All in all, not sure I'd recommend it.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Zarletti’s is phenomenal ! Our server Matt was excellent as was Cruz in the kitchen!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner before a theater production. Great food and great service. All staff are attentive to your needs from arrival to departure. Good experience. Have already recommended to friends.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food. Never had a bad meal here.
Always great Italian food specials.
We will be back!!
Rob

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 22, 2017

One of Milwaukee’s best. The food was amazing as was the service. We will for sure be back.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Zarletti's take on Italian Food was delicious here, split a salad and had pistascio crusted halibut, with a cherry beurre blanc sauce, and with choice of garlic mashed or grilled asparagus. Service was good and very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Zarletti has never disappointed! Always outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Usually love our experience at Zarlettis; this time we were shoved in a back corner to celebrate our anniversary. We felt like we were eating with the adjacent 4 top. Service was just okay not very attentive (as in past). Would have drank more if asked. A bummer overall. Usually a fantastic experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food3
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Zarlettis' is always guaranteed to offer wonderful food and attentive service. The wait staff is well trained on the menu and ingredients and you can always get a suggestion for wine if your unsure. Can't say enough, our favorite!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Server was incredibly knowledgable and helpful. She was the most engaged, service-oriented, courteous person there. A good role model for others.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A /unique Italian style restaurant.Plenty of menu item to select from.Fresh pasta, lamb, beef, sea food.
The restaurant is small, therefore it appears you must have a reservation. Service by Matt was very professional and timely. If there is a problem, it is the size of the place leaves little room to move, or have quiet conversation.
Presentation is excellent as were the dinners. The restaurant takes great care in their sauces and presentation.
We would go back.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 10, 2017

In town for annual Co meeting, ate here last year and remembered excellent food and service.
It was duplicated this year, excellent Osso Bucco!!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Have eaten there many times, always good food. Well worth the money.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Some of the best Italian food this side of Italy, and the wine list is terrific!!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very good overall experience. Not the best restaurant or food Ive ever eaten, but very good none the less. Good food, upscale atmosphere, great downtown location (parking limited due to streetcar...) Would definitely recommend and revisit, but only for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of our favorites downtown. Classy feel & unique. A true dining experience.

Thanks for a fun night!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I live in the neighborhood and have dined there many times. It is always amazing how consistently good the food is. I think it is the best Italian in the city and would recommend it to anyone. The osso buco is amazing! Great wine list!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Truly a memorable event! Used the occasion to celebrate my wife's retirement. Was a little confused on the November promotion of half-price wines - wish that was explained more precisely.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our server was absolutely phenomenal! I️ do not remember her name, but she was tall, blonde and so so friendly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Delicious calamari and pasta dishes. We were very happy to get half off the fantastic bottle of Piedmontese wine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Excellent and our server Breana was a professional

Tags: Romantic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Enjoyed dinner very much. Arrived early and given a window seat. Food was great and service was amazing. Kuddos to an extremely kind bartender who helped out in a pinch. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was very good at Zarletti. The bread and oil were delicious, the veal and beef meatballs were perfect and my pasta with marsala sauce was very unique. Our waiter, Curt, was great, too. I didn't care for how close all the tables were to each other. It made the atmosphere a little uncomfortable at times. It seemed cramped in there. But otherwise the atmosphere was nice, low lighting which is ideal and not a lot of noise. Thanks for the great meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A friend recommended this restaurant when I came to Milwaukee for business. A coworker and I decided to check it out. We started with the stuffed calamari and caprese which were very good. Our waitress helped us decide which wines to try and she was right on point with the red and white selections. My entree was the seared scallops w truffle oil and I opted to try the housemade ribbon pasta. It was delicious! I even had leftovers to take. My coworker ordered the pork chop stuffed with provolone and prosciutto and was equally satisfied. I would definitely come back when in town.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Zarletti never disappoints. This is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. Food is always amazing and the service is great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

As always, food and service at Zarletti's was excellent. Our server Matt was attentive and personable without being distracting. Food was prepared to their usual high standards. Might be my imagination, but it appeared as though prices were up substantially over our last visit.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was delicious, and the choices excellent for this foodie! Our server, Skip, was fantastic and his enthusiasm was contagious. I actually remembered him from dining there about a year ago. All 5 in our party thoroughly enjoyed their appetizers, entrees, and dessert. We'll be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Fantastic food; professional servers, great atmosphere, Top notch !

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Zarletti nails old school Italian meets new-age cuisine - the food was absolutely phenomenal. Our server was ultra knowledgeable and attentive, and relayed the entree names to us with an Italian accent. The pace was perfect, and we were able to enjoy our meals and each other for the whole duration. Would definitely suggest going here for a date - even on a Monday, this place was nearly packed!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Romantic, Scenic View, Business Meals, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great experience, every time we go, service is very good, food excellent

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food and service were excellent. Server made some great recommendations that we enjoyed.

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