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Karl Ratzsch Restaurant

#143 of 1,242 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
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

Liked it, food was good, but atmosphere eh. Ate at the bar. Very good bratwurst. Overall, fun, but would not got there regularly.

Thank samwise9
Brookfield, WI
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118 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015

The original family members that started this iconic restaurant are long gone and it seems as though the children are confused or just change the menu and recipes to suit their idea of top shelf food. This was the one restaurant that I always visited. No longer. I believe that it is riding on its name and historical excellence. Good... More 

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Sturgeon Bay
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85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

We loved the food there. the crackling pork shank was delicious and had enough for another meal. My husband let me taste his and I don't care too much for pork but plan on getting it next visit. Service by Carol was great and my special of the day perfect (it was Tenderloin Schnitzel) I loved the decor. The down... More 

Thank Victoria B
Atlanta, Georgia
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

Easily the best German restaurant in the United States. Starting off with the authentic ambience, the servers in German clothing, the great beer selection. Then the food is the best. How many places serve goose on the menu? The sauerbraten is simply the best, I make it at home at this rivals my best efforts. This restaurant needs to be... More 

Thank Michael M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2015

This was my fourth dinner at Ratzsch's in the last 6 months. I try a different dish each time. Everything is prepared to perfection, served with a smile. The staff treats patrons like family. Don't miss the excellent beer and wine selection. Bring your appetite, the portions are generous. Don't miss trying their great desserts, even if you have to... More 

Thank Burnman53
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

Karl Ratzsch's restaurant is a name known to most Milwaukee natives. It conjures up "stuffy" and "overstated." On a tip that they serve s great fish fry, and wanting something out of the ordinary, we took a trip. The fish fry was everything one could imagine. Excellent, succulent large pieces of fish were perfectly cooked: lightly breaded and obviously fried... More 

Thank Speaker76
Racine, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

We had a Groupon for here and were going to a play in downtown Milwaukee so we decided to give this a try. We had not been here for 20 years. We were pleasantly surprised. Our server, Dennis, was delightful and our food was delicious. We will be back!

Thank janetalthea
Fredonia, Wisconsin
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2015

The food was tops. Hot and freshly prepared. Dolores, our server, provided perfect service and care. This place was worth every bit of the money. What a treat to eat something besides bar food out. It was a classic experience. The place is beautiful inside. It was a wonderful all around dining experience. I still smile thinking of it. I... More 

Thank Betsy Schill
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2015 via mobile

The atmosphere, service and food choices will take you back to the very best of Old World dining. Try the Black Forest Schnitzel and Strudel for dessert - it's an A+!

Thank Ralph B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015

This is our second trip to Karl Ratzsch's and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere is beautiful and takes you away on an Austrian experiance. The German specialities are all made from Mama Ratzsch's recipes. The deserts are all made on premises. Diffinitely, not fast food. This is a place for speacial occasions where you can come, relax and enjoy... 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
Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?