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Ristorante Bartolotta

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7616 W State Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213 (Harwood Avenue)
+1 414-771-7910
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Nestled in a historic Pabst brewery building in the heart of downtown...
Nestled in a historic Pabst brewery building in the heart of downtown Wauwatosa, Ristorante Bartolotta is the flagship of The Bartolotta Restaurants. Opened in 1993, Ristorante serves authentic, traditional Italian cuisine in a cozy, intimate setting. Ristorante Bartolotta, rated four stars by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel upon opening, continues to garner high praise with both critics and customers as Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant. The traditional menu features handmade pasta and imported Italian ingredients, with the three-course chef's menu changing seasonally. Ristorante Bartolotta is led by Chef Juan Urbieta, who joined The Bartolotta Restaurants in 1998 and is known by many as one of the best Italian chefs in the Midwest. Ristorante Bartolotta features an exclusively Italian wine list and a small, passionate and experienced staff able to guide guests to a glass, carafe or bottle they will savor with their meal.
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  • 28
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Retains a friendly, neighborhood bistro feel

The food and service were terrific, while the atmosphere was friendly and down to earth. Our group tried the chef' 4 course as well as the two stand alone entree's. The meal tempo was comfortable and relaxed. We were encouraged to share the "included" desserts from the chef's combo with the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Tom Z
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The food and service were terrific, while the atmosphere was friendly and down to earth. Our group tried the chef' 4 course as well as the two stand alone entree's. The meal tempo was comfortable and relaxed. We were encouraged to share the "included" desserts from the chef's combo with the table, avoiding the need to order extra portions. While... More 

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Somerset
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

A nice experience, food was of a very good quality and service spot on - certainly recommend this for those in need of Italian food while in the area.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We used one of the last opportunities to taste summer Chef’s tasting menu, since the seasonal menu will be changed next week. First course was Stracciatella Di Uova alla Romana con Verdure which is a traditional Roman chicken broth, spinach and egg drop soup with summer vegetables. Since I had Chef’s Menu with a wine flight, it was served with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We Heard very positive reviews and were eager to enjoy. Unfortunately the menu was uninspired, the food was pedestrian, and the service was merely ok. We left very disappointed.

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Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this review

Your feedback is essential to us and helps us to improve and provide the best experience for all of our guests. Would you please email your contact info to info@bartolottas.com so that we can continue the conversation? More 

DEXTER
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is the Original Bartolotta and rather small but a fun place that looks like many locals and family go there. We had a 2Top by the window and ordered a bottle of wine. Our wait person was very knowledgeable and helpful with my food allergies but my choices were very limited because they would not broil or bake my... More 

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Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We’d love to follow up with you about your experience. Email us directly at info@bartolottas.com. More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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210 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We always drive by and don't stop so we made it a date nite. We have been to the other Bartolottas and have enjoyed every one. This one has authentic Italian cooking methods which really come thru with their menu offerings. Very helpful and friendly staff. A nice neighborhood gem in Tosa.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Situated in the village of my hometown of Wauwatosa is an absolute Italian gem. If you love great Italian food and wine in a perfect small dining atmosphere, don't miss the opportunity to go the Ristorante Bartolotta. All of the Bartolotta restaurants are great in their own unique ways, but this is my favorite of them all. Granted, I have... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Ambience was nice and relaxed, food was great and the wine selection complimented the meals. Gluten free option was perfect for some of us.

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Denver, Colorado
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My boyfriend and I dined here before and our evening had been great, so when my sister came to town we decided to take her there. The food was amazing as usual, but the service ruined our night. I don't understand the concept of team serving and having two waiters. I'm sure it works sometimes, but this night it did... More 

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Joe B, Owner at Ristorante Bartolotta, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us. We’d love to follow up with you about your experience. Email us directly at media@bartolottas.com. More 

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143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We came from out of state to take our 8th grade graduate granddaughter to a special restaurant to celebrate her accomplishment. The place was full on a Tuesday night so I'm glad we had a reservation. We ate family style so we could do a lot of testing. The calamari appetizer, in-house made pastas, salads, Atlantic char, and desserts were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7616 W State Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
    (Harwood Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Wauwatosa
  • Phone Number: +1 414-771-7910

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 38
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Nestled in a historic Pabst brewery building in the heart of downtown Wauwatosa, Ristorante Bartolotta is the flagship of The Bartolotta Restaurants. Opened in 1993, Ristorante serves authentic, traditional Italian cuisine in a cozy, intimate setting. Ristorante Bartolotta, rated four stars by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel upon opening, continues to garner high praise with both critics and customers as Milwaukee's best Italian restaurant. The traditional menu features handmade pasta and imported Italian ingredients, with the three-course chef's menu changing seasonally. Ristorante Bartolotta is led by Chef Juan Urbieta, who joined The Bartolotta Restaurants in 1998 and is known by many as one of the best Italian chefs in the Midwest. Ristorante Bartolotta features an exclusively Italian wine list and a small, passionate and experienced staff able to guide guests to a glass, carafe or bottle they will savor with their meal.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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