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Karl Ratzsch Restaurant

#142 of 1,241 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
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank Kasebrot
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank MilwAleta
Chicago, Illinois
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 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 

2 Thank InquisitiveTravelGuy
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 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 

Thank floating_stump
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 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 

1 Thank diane m
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Zero atmosphere without old world charm. Menu very limited. Liver dumpling soup was gross flavored with soggy pasty dumplings. Potato dumpling equally pasty and flavorless. Schnitzel was DEEP FRIED...horrid leathery gross strips that could have been flavorless chicken. Ratzch's good name is besmirched by the current chefs disasterous dishes. Spare yourself the disappointment and avoid this place at all cost.

1 Thank NCDiana
Greendale, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We took our granddaughter to a Xmas play and dinner to one of favorite German restaurants for an ol' fashioned Milwaukee Xmas . The waitress was attentive and took our order in good form. When we were finally served the food was only lukewarm. My wife's duck was only warm and was a small portion not in keeping with prior... More 

Thank 1DeaconV
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Granted this was Thanksgiving and I was too late getting a reservation at my usual place so I picked Karl Ratzsch's. Nice start parking 1 block from the restaurant on the street. A couple reasonably priced cocktails to start. Tasty. Had a nice table and a fairly friendly waitress/server. We were served at our reservation time. Ordered turkey dinners. No... More 

Thank GregoryFrancis
Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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71 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We arrived at 6:00pm. The only diners present. Our waiter (Brandon) was right on the spot. Help was needed to choose from so many fine beers. We all went with a wheat beer. Very good even on the second. Appetizers had some sauerkraut and sausage, really tasty. But the high light had to be the pork shank. Way too huge.... 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
US$15 - US$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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 E Mason St, 320 e Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: 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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