La Merenda
La Merenda

La Merenda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lamerenda125.com/
  • Phone: 414-389-0125x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Peter Sandroni
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please visit out website www.lamerenda125.com for upcoming special events or send your email address to info@lamerenda125.com to add your name to our newsletter mailing list.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st and Barclay
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Valet Parking at Dinner Monday-Saturday
A word from La Merenda
La Merenda is a casual tapas bar & restaurant located in Milwaukee's historic Walker's Point. From antipasti to empanadas, local brews to South American wines, we will satisfy your craving for regional and international flavor.
La Merenda is committed to the preservation of the family farm way of life by incorporating local, seasonal items into our menus whenever possible. This practice creates menus that are not only better for us, but also, more socially and environmentally responsible.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
La Merenda reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (167)neighborhood gem (109)good for groups (98)special occasion (87)hot spot (77)great for outdoor dining (74)romantic (51)notable wine list (46)great for lunch (40)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (6)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • The reviews hold true
    Nate
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    After hearing great things about this restaurant was finally able to check it out and all of the great reviews held true. The food was outstanding, everything we tried, can't wait to go back and try more items from their menu...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've been to La Merenda about ten times. My wife and I wanted to take my mom out for a date so she can try some new foods. (my dad was out of town for work and he's not a very adventurous eater). So we took my mom there for a dinner date and she loved it. The food was amazing as usual, we wanted to keep ordering but we got too full after about 6 dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right2EatVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Run, don't walk, to this amazing restaurant! The food was outstanding and the service exceptional. Deanna, our server, was perfectly engaging and extremely knowledgable about all the menu items. Milwaukee is very fortunate to have this restaurant as part of the local community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • E1114
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Love this restaurant! The food was delicious! It was a little loud but could still have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Milwaukee!! Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    MBSMilwaukee
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Our absolute favorite spot in Milwaukee for a date night. We brought some family from California to try it and they said it rivals any San francisco restaurant! Everything we had was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timandcari
    Timandcari
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Enjoyed the local flavors. Server was very attentive along with being knowledgeable of offerings & background. Food was served timely and efficiently. All around a very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in Milwaukee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We try all the new places, but this is one of my all-time favorites. The food, service and wine selections are always exceptional. The decor is ecclectic and downscale, but if you want great food, you can't go wrong. I've dined here many times and have never had a bad plate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SAHLAW
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I love the variety of international small plates--each one we had was amazing. Such a gifted chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Night to Remeber
    SatisfiedFoodie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My boyfriend proposed to me at LaMerinda. The whole staff was in on it from the moment I made the reservation. They were very attentive and did a remarkable job. LaMerinda's will forever be a memorable establishment for the both of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    foodieluv
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Second time here. Will be back again. The sweet potato empanadas were amazing. Unique food, reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaay
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had an excellent dining experience at La Merenda! Highly recommend the Argentinean Beef and Empanadas. Good wine and beer selection. Good service, overall great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent...
    PhyreVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have been to La Merenda on several occasions. This past time was for a lunch birthday celebration. The food was provided quickly, and was very good. We had a variety of items, which included the beef empanadas, the bread plate, the lamb brosato, pork tostada, and La Merenda salad. Also, they were able to provide a small dessert for the birthday girl, which definitely delighted her., as it was the infamous "Car Bomb" cake. I am glad that I was able to introduce another person to La Merenda, and I hope they keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It took a looong time to get our drinks once we were seated. Straight scotch and a Mojito....hmmm. Sitting on the west wall is always drafty due to air vents. We specifically requested not to be seated there when the reservation was made but alas. The food and service overall are always excellent . I have my favorite dishes and they never disappoint. Hard to hear the person even sitting right next to me. Some people like all the 'energy' so it would work for them. The outdoor dining area is a true oasis of peace, calm, warmth and beauty. The decor is lovely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Gem
    Satisfied2
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Outstanding variety of foods, tastes and textures...with a good wine list to complement the food and your personal preferences. A "must visit" eatery!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tapas with friends
    6tribes
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We came here with friend that wasn't into tapas; by the end of the night he loved it and was going to make a return visit with his family. We had the bread (crusty and good), cheese plate, la merenda salad, argentian beef, pork special- amazing, tart special, veal ravioli, and pork tapa? that had a kick to it. Overall everything was delish and we had a hard time picking our favorite. We went meat heavy because one in the party didn't like fish but I would have liked to have some fish dishes. We also had the tres leches cake and chocolate bomb really good, the creme brûlée was good but the other two better. This was our fifth time here and we are never disappointed. Go you with at least another couple so you can try more of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    Nomorecooking
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The menu caters to different tastes. Especially love that you can share and sample lots of different dishes. Wish it wasn't so far away from our home so we could visit more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite
    jffn
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have oh so many choices for good dining in Milwaukee. I continue to come back to La Merenda. It offers so many great choices, both food and drink options. I always have a delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deliciously subtle blends of flavor
    ABIII
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Each warm mouthful overflows with unique blends of fantastic flavor. The seasonal tart is fresh and soft and amazingly delicious. The beautifully prepared trout was buried beneath a mound of creamy cubed potatoes and accented perfectly with spices. The slightly salty La Merenda salad left me wondering "how can a little salt taste so delicious?" La Merenda's preparation is fantastic and almost indescribable. Each delicious bite is unlike anything I have tasted before. The unique menu leaves me planning my return trip. The vegetable empanadas and sauteed spinach are waiting for me until next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always...
    Mkegreg
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    La Merenda never disappoints. The cold smoked ribeye special was simply astounding! Half price bottle of wine Mondays is a great way to have a fantabulous meal on a budget.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious, fun night out
    ddputz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our first time at La Merenda, and we are looking forward to returning to try more dishes. The atmosphere is casual and the dining area open, resulting in a bit of an elevated noise level. The server was knowledgeable and helpful, and the dishes came out quickly. Our favorites were the Pork Belly Crepes and the Trout. Delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas
    FredVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great selection of unique international cuisine. The food tastes great, presented well by attentive and friendly waitstaff. Already planning our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    FindingFavorites
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    One word says it all. "Delish!" The variety and full flavored choices were exceptional. Not the same old, same old menu choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    tbg1111
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Everything was fabulous and delicious, without exception.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    southbeachfoodie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great menu and great food. One of the best tapas restaurants I've ever experienced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • drink
    JoKirby
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It would be really nice if you brought some real soda in (coke or diet coke). I tried YOUR version, and didn't care for it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    jd2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was a terrific restaurant for groups to try different foods. Tapas usually means Mediterranean, but this covers other regional tastes as well. Definitely a return visit spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute little restaurant
    rp91
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I was feeling something new and I have yet to really dine at a tapas style restaurant. This was a kick start as my first. I really enjoyed trying all the dishes, which were generous for their portions. This might be because I'm coming from California but I was definitely happy with what I receive. The taste is there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Razz
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    You come here for the small plates, the creative menu and the outdoor dining! Be sure to reserve a table on the outdoor deck and enjoy a great dining experience. The menu is extremely flexible allowing substitutions to make these tapas vegetarian or gluten free. Truffled potato skins and the local artisan cheese and meat plate are a personal favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food and variety!
    LoulouMilwaukee
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a favorite eating destination...great fresh locally sourced food....get the La Merenda salad! Always a little chilly inside- do bring a sweater or jacket.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    had a pleasant evening with friends....a varied menu...everything we tried...a lot... it was all very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great but acoustically challenged
    JTfoodies
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Made a last minute decision to grab a bite. Open table suggested an hour wait but, they slipped us in rather quickly. Plenty of people there, close to full our entire visit. Food was fantastic! Really enjoyed the menu full of dishes from around the world. Also, the use of local produce is appealing to me. Was quite noisy though. Hope they can improve that? Table against the wall made it hard to carry on a convo. That's the only reason I didn't give them 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent food and service as always. Small plate allows you to try so much. I like the cross section of countries of origin represented. The patio is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    BerlyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fabulous food, great service. Every dish we tried was creative and delicious. Love this place. Better with more people as that allows you to try more items on menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and atmosphere
    mkefood
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was good, the service was good, and the outdoor patio is just beautiful! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing Evening
    JKG123
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    As usual the food and service were the best. But on this occasion we took advantage of the outside patio. The patio is beautiful! It was quiet and extremely relaxing. I highly recommend taking advantage of this little oasis in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Tapas in MKE!
    MKEFoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was a delightful experience. I encourage you, the reader, to go. Food and service was outstanding. We will most definitely be back - if we can get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jffn
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. The outdoor seating area is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was good, but Milwaukee has better small plates restaurants, both taste-wise and aesthetically. Nothing I had there I found particularly noteworthy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great first time...
    Rach
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good...tried a little of everything! My only complaint was our waiter - he was just off. He tried to present himself that he knew everything, but was making things up on the fly and then referencing his notes and contradicting what he just said. I'm fine if you just read the specials to me if you can't remember them, but don't lie and make things up if you don't recall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet