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Karl Ratzsch Restaurant - CLOSED

320 E Mason St, 320 e Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
+1 414-276-2720
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“sauerbraten” (53 reviews)
“dumplings” (24 reviews)
“strudel” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
German, European, Central European
$$ - $$$
320 E Mason St, 320 e Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
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1 - 10 of 332 reviews

Reviewed 10 April 2017

There is nothing much to say here. I always wanted to visit this place and never got around to it. Darn! I've been to Mader's a couple of times and liked it. (I do like German chow.) Oh well.!

Thank MadisonGrog
Reviewed 17 March 2017

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...More

Thank mikeg0ud
Jane B, General Manager at Karl Ratzsch Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

We are sorry you were unhappy with your experience, please email me so I may speak to you directly.

Reviewed 12 March 2017 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...More

Thank eseaberg
Reviewed 6 March 2017 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 ...

1  Thank Jim K
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 25 January 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...More

Thank Kasebrot
Reviewed 18 January 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...More

Thank MilwAleta
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...More

3  Thank InquisitiveTravelGuy
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
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...More

Thank floating_stump
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$15 - US$30
German, European, Central European
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 414-276-2720
  • E-mail
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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