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Karl Ratzsch Restaurant

#159 of 1,244 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
German, European, Central European
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320 E Mason St, 320 e Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
+1 414-276-2720
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

order apps, klops, small meat balls that tasted like shrimp or some seafood. what ? yes seafood. sent back and was removed from bill. second app was beef roulade gravy was good. rouleden was very heavy with pickle. too much pickle. no bacon,no carrot. ordered our schnitzels next, ala Holstein and ramschitz , they both arrived DEEP FREID, gross. eggs... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been to Karl Ratzsch's a few times since the 1980s (first restaurant in milwaukee during my first 1981 visit here) yet generally would avoid it given I don't like their version of German old world cuisine. Hence when c. 1880's Thomas Hauck was taking over the place (1880 is one of our top 10 restaurants In Milwaukee) we were... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Must say ... authentic Herman ... having lived in Germany for many years, close to original ... red cabbage and schnitzel a little different but classic ... sauerkraut "fritters" really close to Bavaria... luck having lunch in the old country! Spatzel spot on excellent ...

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently visited this restaurant with friends and was pleasantly surprised. The food was very good and reminded us of German Food that we experienced in Germany. Will definitely come back to visit this restaurant again. Appetizers were very creative and tasty and the Schaum Torte for dessert was great. This restaurant was relatively quiet, I could actually carry on a... More 

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46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2017

Had a wonderful (large) family New Year's Eve at Ratzsch's, the first time I'd crossed the threshold since the ownership change. Although I missed the live musicians, all else was little changed as far as decor and atmosphere. Happily, still strong on the Gemütlichkeit. Because it was NYE and most parties seemed to arrive in a pretty narrow window, the... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

In our first visit under the new ownership, we were looking for traditional German food. Our out of town guest was on a nostalgia tour for "what she remembered from her youth." On a snowy night before Christmas we received great service and the traditional Wienerschnitzel was better than remembered from the Ratzsch family. Sauerbraten, another standard was tangy, homemade... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

Our family has dined countless times at Karl Ratzsch and we wanted to embrace the new version. But sadly, we miss the old Karl Ratzch very much. Dinners used to be complete with soup, salad and potato but now the menu is all ala carte and smaller portions. This causes prices to be much much higher. Great potential, nice remodel... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Always excellent food at Ratzsch's. We were slightly disappointed with one of our entrees. They quickly substituted another dish, and did not charge us. The prices are a little higher than years ago, but the food is always great.

Thank Paul T
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

I'm glad I hadn't read the reviews before making reservations! Our party of four enjoyed our evening at Karl Ratzch. The duck with lentils, Hungarian goulash and sausage sampler were all very good. The prime rib was good but not great. And the desserts were all great, particularly the apfel strudel. The portions were filling but left room for dessert,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

The worst shank I have ever had at a German eatery. The meat was so dryed out and very tough.I took my mom there even she said for a German eatery very sad ...the renovation could have been more tastefully I miss the warm feeling when walking in .the wooden floors make it cold and echoed...I have been going here... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $30
German, European, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 E Mason St, 320 e Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-276-2720
Old World German restaurant reopened with new menu and new chef/owner Thomas Hauck, features German cuisine in a classic European setting.

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