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Karl Ratzsch's Restaurant

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320 E Mason St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
414-276-2720
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4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 11:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 114
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Bavarian charm/ Surprisingly delicious food

Karl Ratzsch's restaurant is a name known to most Milwaukee natives. It conjures up "stuffy" and "overstated." On a tip that they serve s great fish fry, and wanting something out of the ordinary, we took a trip. The fish fry was everything one could imagine. Excellent, succulent large pieces... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Speaker76
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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204 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Karl Ratzsch's restaurant is a name known to most Milwaukee natives. It conjures up "stuffy" and "overstated." On a tip that they serve s great fish fry, and wanting something out of the ordinary, we took a trip. The fish fry was everything one could imagine. Excellent, succulent large pieces of fish were perfectly cooked: lightly breaded and obviously fried... More 

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Racine, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We had a Groupon for here and were going to a play in downtown Milwaukee so we decided to give this a try. We had not been here for 20 years. We were pleasantly surprised. Our server, Dennis, was delightful and our food was delicious. We will be back!

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Fredonia, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The food was tops. Hot and freshly prepared. Dolores, our server, provided perfect service and care. This place was worth every bit of the money. What a treat to eat something besides bar food out. It was a classic experience. The place is beautiful inside. It was a wonderful all around dining experience. I still smile thinking of it. I... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The atmosphere, service and food choices will take you back to the very best of Old World dining. Try the Black Forest Schnitzel and Strudel for dessert - it's an A+!

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Mequon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is our second trip to Karl Ratzsch's and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere is beautiful and takes you away on an Austrian experiance. The German specialities are all made from Mama Ratzsch's recipes. The deserts are all made on premises. Diffinitely, not fast food. This is a place for speacial occasions where you can come, relax and enjoy... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Karl Ratzsch's isn't one of the new "trendy" haute cuisine places that are (fortunately) becoming commonplace in Milwaukee and around much of the US. This is old school, authentic German cuisine akin to what your great great grandmother Gertrude from Grafelfing would make. My favorites are the Consommé with Liver Dumplings and the Roast Goose Shank. The selection of German... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I was a little disappointed at our visit to the restaurant. Maybe my expectations were too high but the food was not nearly as good as I had hoped. First we had a discount coupon and maybe it was my imagination but once we said that the waitress seemed a little cool toward us. I ordered the pork schnitzel she... More 

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New Berlin, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I have made this restaurant a must stop for the Christmas holiday season. I love the old world decor and festive touches that are added for the season. I have always had great service. The food is a real treat. I've had the European sampler, the goulash, the pork shank, the Black Forest schnitzel. I would recommend all of these.... More 

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Wilmette, Illinois
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have two fantastic German fine dinning places in Milwaukee -Karl's and Maders. Atmosphere is so authenic and food preportaion is spot on.

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Brookfield, WI
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109 reviews 109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Karl Ratzsch's offers wonderful German favorites. Their Wiener Schnitzel is my favorite. If you are a Groupon follower, a bargain can be found on occasion. But beware, you must order from the dinner menu to use your Groupon. Otherwise NO SOUP FOR YOU!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 E Mason St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 414-276-2720

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: German

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?