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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 pm - 2:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 134
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  • 65
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 11
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  • 5
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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
Awesome German food

I was a student who participated in the state German speaking competition last year, and this is the restaurant we visited afterward. It was amazingly delicious, and the servers were all very friendly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Thorleif H
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I was a student who participated in the state German speaking competition last year, and this is the restaurant we visited afterward. It was amazingly delicious, and the servers were all very friendly.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We have been to Karl Ratzsch's many times in the past. Today was my mother-in-law's 90th birthday and even though she's not with us, we decided to have a traditional German dinner in honor. My wife's family hails from the Black Forest area and she has many relatives still living there. Ratzsch's is a very authentic German restaurant and you... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

What a beautiful restaurant. Reminded us of dining in Munich. Had the roast goose and it was one of the best meals I have ever had. Excellent service and had a nice chat with one of the owners. If you are looking for an authentic German experience, you will not be disappointed. Ser gut (very good)

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Bristol, Wisconsin
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Oh my lord, Karl Ratzsch's. You have to see the dining room to believe it. It's just incredible. The woodwork is amazing. It's both welcoming and noble. Karl Ratzsch's menu, like most of the remaining German restaurants, offers what you might expect: tradition and comfort food. After all, that's what visiting such a place is all about. It's fun imagining... More 

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Schaumburg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Eating at Karl Ratzsch's is alway a pleasant treat. The quality of the food a and taste is alway wonderful. The decor and menu choices makes you think you are in German. You will not be disappointed ! Wait staff is always informative and friendly. Love Dennis who has worked there for what seems like forever.

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Centre, Alabama
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This restaurant was close to our hotel so we slipped in for lunch. Not very many people there, an older clientele it seemed. Our waiter was very nice and attentive. I had the black forest ham and cheese sandwich on marbled rye because I really don't care for German food but I have to say it was one of the... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A staple for German food in Milwaukee for decades. LOVE their Sauerbraten; adore their planked whitefish; relish their sampler - you simply can't go wrong. Great menu, great staff - all surrounded by a collection of antique steins and glassware. Make it a destination for lunch or dinner - you won't be sorry.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Old world feel. BFor me it was just OK. Nothing special. Not sure if I would go back but the service was very good.

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Kansas City, Kansas
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

The uniforms worn by staff are wonderful-the restaurant itself was like being back in Europe. The food was good. I had the pork chop with red cabbage & spaetzel. My husband had the German sampler-the beef on his was fork tender. If your looking for a German experience, I would recommend this restaurant.

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Leawood, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

True German restaurant. A historic restaurant with lots of charm. The food was very good, as was the service. Sauerbraten was delicious. The spaetzle with onions and spinach was a very good vegetarian choice. Huge portions too. A must go while in Milwaukee.

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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
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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