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“Good German food in a quaint atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Karl Ratzsch's Restaurant

Karl Ratzsch's Restaurant
320 E Mason St, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604 (Downtown)
414-276-2720
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Ranked #29 of 1,383 restaurants in Milwaukee
Cuisines: German
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown
Bethesda, Maryland
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good German food in a quaint atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We are overall very satisfied with the food. We had for starters onion rings (way above what you get in fast food) and the beer cheese sauerkraut dip which is really exceptional (it looks like french onion soup but much thicker/richer). We then had goose shank (taste like french goose confit) and baked pork shank (a daily special). Both were really tasty. The pork shank is so big that you could share it among two people (or don't take starters). The weiss beer franciskaner is really lovely, light and tasty.
The staff is very friendly. The check is a bit on the high side (entrees are about $30)

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Janesville, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“A great Saturday lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We were meeting friends in the Milwaukee area and wanted to take them a landmark in the city. This place certainly doesn't disappoint. The food is always good and so is the atmosphere. One of the unexpected treasures was our waiter Dennis. He has been with this establishment as well as other fine dining spots in the area for years. He knows how to be polite, friendly and polished all at the same time, which by the way is tough to do. You cannot go wrong picking this restaurant for a casual or elegant dining experience.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Franklin, Wisconsin
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great German place.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

One of the last really great old German places left here in this one-time German haven. Excellent authentic Kraut food. Makes you want to run out and find a place to polka...........

Visited October 2012
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new york
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30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Warm, cozy, good food and beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Went inside for a late lunch (it's almost 2pm and most of the restaurants are closed?) and they are willing to accommodate us. The decor and atmosphere gives off the German feel and cozy. The waitstaff is extremely friendly even though we are their last customers.
They have a lunch menu so the prices are very reasonable. The sausages are so good that I would not share. The local beer they recommended hit the spot.
Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best German Dining in the US”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Authentic, high quality German and European dishes served in a small friendly family owned restaurant that has served generations. Not to be missed if you are in Milwaukee!

Visited March 2013
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