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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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Today
4:30 pm - 9:00 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

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Visitor rating
  • 123
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 25
    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
Still highly recommended.

I’d last been here 1.5 years ago, and it continues to maintain its high quality. Once again, I had the crackling pork shank, this time splitting it with my wife. Once again, it was not only stunningly delicious, but even split we couldn’t finish it. The shank itself is gigantic, although the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Kerry C
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Portland, Oregon
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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217 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pittsburgh
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
1,215 helpful votes 1,215 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

I ate here for some work events when I used to visit Milwaukee about 15 years ago. I wanted to return as I really liked it on earlier occasions. Not sure if the place has slipped or my memory was off-target but I was disappointed when my wife and I recently had dinner here. The great beer selection of German... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I’d last been here 1.5 years ago, and it continues to maintain its high quality. Once again, I had the crackling pork shank, this time splitting it with my wife. Once again, it was not only stunningly delicious, but even split we couldn’t finish it. The shank itself is gigantic, although the dish could’ve used a bit more of the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I just loved this restaurant; the food was delicious and the decor was wonderful! We went on a Friday before 6:00 and was able to save money on their specials! It's definitely a must go to when visiting downtown Milwaukee!

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St. Charles, Il
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I had the wonderful opportunity to dine at Karl Ratzsch's on Saturday afternoon for lunch. I was part of a paryt of 10 who arrived about an hour before the restaurant was to close its lunch hours. We did not have reservations so the restaurant was not prepared for our large party. The host/manager greeted us very welcomingly. Set up... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Can't go wrong here, everything is delicious. I prefer the sampler platter. When in Milwaukee do not miss Karl Ratzsch's.

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Stuart, Florida
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289 reviews 289 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

As I read back through the reviews before posting this, i see some members stated that it's not what it used to be. Well I have no reference point having never been here before so I don't know. I'm in town on a business trip and was talking to my dad in Florida. It was he who said "you have... More 

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Illinois
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

In Milwaukee for the night, and wanting to take the kids to an "authentic" German restaurant, we chose Karl Ratzsch's, as it was one we had never been to over the years. While better than my recent experiences at other German places in town, it didn't change my declining opinion of the entire type. Food was pretty good. I had... More 

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Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband's and my favorite restaurant. Excellent food and service. Love the décor. We are always treated as if we are the most important people in the restaurant. The wait staff answers all questions professionally and they make great recommendations

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boston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Liked it, food was good, but atmosphere eh. Ate at the bar. Very good bratwurst. Overall, fun, but would not got there regularly.

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Brookfield, WI
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64 reviews 64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The original family members that started this iconic restaurant are long gone and it seems as though the children are confused or just change the menu and recipes to suit their idea of top shelf food. This was the one restaurant that I always visited. No longer. I believe that it is riding on its name and historical excellence. Good... More 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?