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Back Area for Parties of up to 20 guests - Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI
Dining room - Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI
Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI
Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI
Zarletti - Downtown, Milwaukee, WI

Zarletti - Downtown

4.8
4.8
2727 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
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PLEASE CALL 414-225-0000

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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.

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2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon-Wed Mon–Wed 4:45 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (414) 225-0000
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Brian C. Zarletti
  • Neighbourhood
    Milwaukee
  • Cross Street
    Milwaukee & Mason
  • Parking Details
    Currently, we are unable to offer Valet Service due to public health and safety.
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,727 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Wisconsin

    Italian

  • Milwaukee

    Best Food

  • Milwaukee

    Best Value

  • Milwaukee

    Great for fine wines

2,727 Reviews
  1. AndrewB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zarletti is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee! Love the owners and long time staff. Outstanding food options and wine selections!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were, once again, delighted with our celebratory birthday dinner at Zarletti’s. Our meals were delicious and the service from Monica was great. This is our first pick of Italian restaurants in the city and we look forward to our next visit. *****

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  3. CrystalM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed it very much! Small place, still fun to eat at the bar. Great food and nice wines! will definitely go again!

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  4. DavidD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, third time we have been there. Would definitely go back.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 service, food and experience. highly recommended

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  6. Erin

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zarletti is our go to for special occasions. Food is always great and love the atmosphere!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice variety of not the most common cuisine. I was so happy to see the stuffed calamari on the menu. It was well prepared!

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  8. MATT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & attentive waitstaff. Wife raved about the pasta w shrimp and the porkchop special was a winner.

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  9. Famof5

    Milwaukee

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was wonderful and our meals delicious! I would recommend Zarletti’s!

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  10. ThomasH

    Detroit

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service and amazing food, in a great corner location in downtown Milwaukee.

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  11. MartyK

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, outstanding service as always. Attentive but not annoying. My favorite salmon of anyplace in MKE. Great ambience. Beautiful fun evening

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and great service. Host was very courteous and attentive.

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  13. Laura

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Zarletti's is our favorite Italian restaurant (of many) in Milwaukee. The food and wine is exceptional and the service (at least at the bar where we have dined twice) was exceptional. I highly recommend it.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, knowledgeable, truly sincere dining experience! Would highly recommend …especially sitting at the bar!

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  15. jaimec

    Milwaukee

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great date night dinner. Anna our sever was very personable attentive and made sure our meal and evening went smoothly - she awesome!

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  16. BrittF

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and it did not disappoint. We had the pesche al pistachio and it was so good that my husband kept eating off my plate. However it worked out because he had the pasta salsiccia al marsala and I couldn't stop eating it. We each couldn't decide which we liked better...So it was a win win. Highly recommend.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tamaulipas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing and the service was over the top. Bryan our bartender has the best wine knowledge and Karen our service of 14 years is fabulous. I has the veal Vitello and the minestrone. Consistently delicious

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  18. Flay

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The carbonara was a disaster - very odd herbs that detracted from the "real" taste of carbonara. The server was initially attentive, but after the food arrived she didn't reappear until presenting the bill.

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  19. BL2112

    Detroit

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cozy spot in Downtown Milwaukee. Great location, great food, great service. I had the veal with a pasta side and both were excellent.

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  20. AmyS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabuous food, always consistently excellent, service was superior as well. Surprisingly affordable.

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  21. LauraG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone is always so friendly and passionate about the food and beverages!

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  22. AllyMc

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Zarlettis never disappoints. Great food and service!

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  23. Katie

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! Service and food was amazing! Best Italian food in Milwaukee

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  24. DavidT

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. First time diners; we will definitely be back.

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  25. Blups

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outrageously good food and drink. Service was prompt and responsive, server was polite had great advice, and accommodated special requests (I wanted to try a smaller portion of a full size entre). I hadn’t been to Zarletti for a few years and it was good but this time it was outstanding.

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  26. CaraD

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A small, but perfect menu of beautifully prepared dishes - it was the meal I would have cooked for my son's birthday, if I had more time. The wine list has many good choices at reasonable prices. The Tiramisu was a good ending and I regret not getting a cannoli as well!

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  27. ReginaE

    Milwaukee

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of six had a great dinner… food was delicious, and our server Anna was terrific! Also Ana/Ahna (front desk manager) was wonderful. Those 2 women made our experience better than just a great meal.

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  28. MaxN

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Never disappoints! Quality all around, very warm and friendly while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Checks all the boxes!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BEST, hands down on all accounts! Cannot wait for my next visit!

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  30. MoseS

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the "Pesce el Pistacchio", fish coated in pistachios and Door County cherry beurre blanc--it was scrumptious! I haven't tasted anything better. I also enjoyed the brussel sprouts. To finish up the meal, I enjoyed a banana, carmel, ice cream like mixture--it was light and less filling, a perfect end to a delicious meal!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Milwaukee. I eat there often. Great food and the best staff/service in town. One of the only restaurants that values 5 star service.

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  32. Craig

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Zarlettis is good food, IF you have no food allergies. They will do gluten free, but gluten free noodles are never good even made in-house and they add $4. There is little flavor and no "chew". Eating from the seconds menu has only one or two options and if you eat here often you use up those options in two visits. Those items never change and are a constant. Specials do change but oftentimes aren't gluten free or are expensive. We've eaten here many times when we're in town. Lately, the menu has become tiring as it's not dynamic. As far as atmosphere, the music comes from overhead speakers which overpower dinner conversation and have no Italian relationship so don't contribute much to ambiance. Good food, with qualifications.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delightful time at Zarletti. We are from out of town, and every time we are in Milwaukee we go to this establishment. The ambience is so spot on. It is cozy and so inviting. The bartender, Brian, has remembered us every time we come in even though we are only here about every 4 to 6 months. Last night the Bolognese was amazing. He made the recommendation to have it on the pappardelle. It held the sauce so well. The wines by the glass were well priced and so approachable. The banana semi Freddo is so delicious. We will be back in May.

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  34. NickD

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner all around. Nice place with great food. The shrimp appetizer was so good with the pancetta. I had the ossobuco and it was outstanding. You can’t go wrong here.

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  35. Koj56

    Milwaukee

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always Wonderful the wine selection tonight was so fun we decided to bring a bottle home with us !!!!

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  36. brewcitypunk

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Zarletti's downtown restaurant is always reliable, turning in a solid meal every time we are there; it won't blow your doors off but it's definitely a great place for italian cuisine. they have a nice wine-list and the folks behind the bar (bar is where we usually sit) really know their italian wines and spirits. my only gripe from this visit -- a busy friday night -- was that it was clear that at least a couple of our dishes (saltimboca and a lobster ravioli) spent longer until heat lamps than they should have. flavors were good tho and table service was good, tho the attempts at upselling were a little annoying.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We received outstanding recommendations by our waiter, Nate, including but not limited to the wine and food selections. The food came out promptly and tasted authentic. Apart from the food, the atmosphere was beyond reproach and we were very satisfied. I can’t wait to return and experience more of the intricate cuisine.

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  38. DennisH

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was both funny and fantastic. Made for a wonderful night. Atmosphere charming; food was excellent.

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  39. JRPMD

    Milwaukee

    342 reviews

    4.0

    342 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoy this place. It's kind of a hard reservation unless you plan a few weeks ahead which I need to start doing. I'm convinced Zarletti's offers the best upscale Italian food in this area and very comparable to places like Babbo in NYC. At our table there was the always outstanding Osso Bucco along with the crispy, lemony veal Picata. I had probably the best lobster bisque ever. Banana semifreddo was perfect. Did I mention a great vodka Martini. They only need to find a larger dining room

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was ok, nothing spectacular. Milwaukee has much better restaurants. Very expensive for the food you get. The focus of the place to make you buy a bottle of wine.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Zarletti - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 2727 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 p.m.


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Zarletti - Downtown

741 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Milwaukee & Mason
  • Neighbourhood
    Milwaukee
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon-Wed Mon–Wed 4:45 pm–8:00 pm Thurs-Sat Thu–Sat 4:45 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Currently, we are unable to offer Valet Service due to public health and safety.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Brian C. Zarletti
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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