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Karl Ratzsch Restaurant

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German, European, Austrian, Central European
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320 E Mason St, 320 e Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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New Lenox, Illinois
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108 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took 3 couples that were visiting from out of town to the Art Museum and lunch. I wanted a taste of Milwaukee (I remembered Karl Ratzsch). My first visit here was in the 80's, and I really loved the food. I wasn't let down on this visit, the food was delicious. The new owner came to our table to... More 

Thank Rmangun
Milwaukee, WI
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took my grandparents, customers of K.R.'s and Maders since the 1930s (!), for lunch. We've been to Ratzsch's countless times over the years as a family and individuals. First thing we noticed right away was that the dining room is much lighter and brighter than under the previous ownership - this is not the dark, cavernous German restaurant you may... More 

Thank MilTosa
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161 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were planning a visit on our last trip, but they were shut down for re-modeling. When I found out who the new owner/chef was, we got excited because we really like c.1880. While the decor is not our thing (remember this is a German restaurant and it reflects that), the food was wonderful - the service was also very... More 

Thank Mike16Chicago
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really exceptional food. Even the liver dumpling soup was a treat. Various sides like red cabbage and potato dumplings were every bit as exceptional as the main courses. I love German food and Ratzsch's is the best I've ever had. Service and decor also exceptional

Thank mark s
Corinth, Texas
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103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here to eat specifically for the sauerbraten. In the past, it mirrored or was even better than what I made at home. Stepping into the place, I quickly noticed that some updates have been made. No longer is it dark and smelling of a basement. Fresh lighting and paint have been applied. The servers are sporting new updated uniforms.... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For traditional German cuisine, this is the place to go. Excellent selection of local and German beers as well as an extensive menu of German dishes.

Thank nycrocodile
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109 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

just got back from a trip to Milwaukee, we wanted some German food and the last time we tried Mader's we thought it was just ok. So someone recommended Karl's place. It felt like Germany when we walked in. The menu has lots of German dishes, I had the Weinershnitzel which was very good. It was Friday, so my husband... More 

Thank flutterbyelady
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183 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Having lived in Germany 16 years, and traveled much throughout the country, I'd consider myself more than qualified to recognize what's authentic and what's not....even when allowing for regional differences. This restaurant has an outstanding reputation, but I can't help but think it's based on past performance and/or ratings by folks who don't know German food to begin with. The... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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86 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

I have been going to this restaurant since Karl, himself, was always stationed in the dining room. Ne owner has done some modest redecorating resulting in a somewhat brighter dining room. I prefer the darker original. Food was OK but not above average. Now we were there for lunch and the new place has been open only a month, so... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

What a surprise to visiit a german restaurant in the east town of Milwaukee with a quite original cuisine and menu small sprouts have to be boiled before to be serve and not only burned in a oven because it's just not possible to eat that !

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $30
German, European, Austrian, Central European
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
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: 14142762720
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?