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Karl Ratzsch Restaurant

#142 of 1,241 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown
German, European, Central European
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320 E Mason St, 320 e Mason, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3604
+1 414-276-2720
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Today
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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wilmington,NC
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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Thank NCDiana
Greendale, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 

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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 

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Oak Creek, Wisconsin
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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Thank Joseph H
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

I have been going to Karl Ratzsch's every year since 1978. It WAS my favorite restaurant. The beauty of it was that I knew exactly what to expect. An exquisite meal, fantastic beer, relaxing and warm atmosphere. Alas, nothing lasts forever and I had to try the new Thomas Hauck's version of Ratzsch's. MAJOR disappointment in all food items, including... More 

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Thank Bob U
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We had a good experience at this restaurant. Our service was great and the food was very delicious. I recommend the schnitzel, blood sausage, and potato pancakes. The beer list had many good German options. It was exactly what my husband and I were looking for. We wanted German food in Milwaukee and had been to Mader's (a very well... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Cuisine
German, European, Central European
Meals
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, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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?