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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
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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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  • 128
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    Very good
  • 26
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  • 11
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  • 5
    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
A taste of Germany

The decor is a reminder of Germany, as is the food. The service was excellent - attentive but unobtrusive - and the food tasty and satisfying. Most of the menu was new to me and it was well-balanced. I was particularly taken with the bread pudding which was much lighter than I expected with a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
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Bedford, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
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Ashburn, Virginia
3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I wasn't so impressed with the food, but I did enjoy the history of the restaurant. It's a Milwaukee landmark.

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

It's been a few years since I've been to Ratzsch's and decided to take friends from out of town there. We had quite possibly the worst restaurant food I've had in many years. From the poor quality bread basket to the Luke warm soup... all the way to the thaw and serve desert...it just seemed to get worse. Not one... More 

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

The decor is a reminder of Germany, as is the food. The service was excellent - attentive but unobtrusive - and the food tasty and satisfying. Most of the menu was new to me and it was well-balanced. I was particularly taken with the bread pudding which was much lighter than I expected with a lovely sauce.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Dinner was a disappointment. Food is overpriced. Everything is a la carte. Even the breadbasket was full of greasy croutons instead of rolls or good German rye bread. Schnitzel is not veal but very thin chicken breast or pork loin. So for about $30 you get packaged spaetzle and inexpensive flat meat. Let's not forget the ubiquitous red cabbage. The... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Karl's was very busy when we showed up on a Saturday night in April so we sat in the bar. We wanted to try more than one restaurant in Milwaukee on our one night in town so we decided to get a bratwurst and beers to start our evening. The place is a museum of beer steins and antique glass... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My son was graduating from Marquette and his sister came in from out of state for the celebrations. They both agreed to a lunch date, just the three of us, and we ended up at Karl Ratzsch's. Stunning décor with carved clocks and chandeliers, waiter and waitresses in traditional garb, meal was incredible - went traditional with breaded pork, dumplings... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I have a fish allergy so i have to be careful what i order. however, everything was cooked with fish. i had to order a very expensive salad because it was the only thing that was safe for me to eat. when i was asking the waiter is a couple of the foods were cooked in the same oil as... More 

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Good food, quiet at mid day, excellent service by Heidi, good food every time we've stopped by for lunch. Most authentic in easy to get around Milwuakee!

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Milwaukee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

If you like German--Wienerschnitzel, Sauerbraten, Knackwurst, Spatzle, and so on, you're going to love this place. In food and ambience, it is decidedly more in the old world of Bavaria than this one, but that's the fun part. The décor is ornate. The waitress was in costume. But it's all very good, service with a snap, and the whole thing... More 

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Mequon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My wife,and, myself celebrated my birthday here last evening April 27,Monday.. Started ou with cocktails,a nice pour, and, a bread basket. My wife then enjoyed a Spinach salad with hot bacon dressing. I had the Consomme with liver dumplings.. My wife said the salad was one of the best. My consomme was very good,and, not salty. For dinner we had... More 

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Additional Information about Karl Ratzsch's Restaurant

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

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Large groups
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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