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La Merenda
La Merenda

La Merenda Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lamerenda125.com
  • Phone: (414) 389-0125
  • 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: Tapas / Small Plates, International
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food was good, the service was good, and the outdoor patio is just beautiful! Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. The outdoor seating area is the best."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was good, but Milwaukee has better small plates restaurants, both taste-wise and aesthetically. Nothing I had there I found particularly noteworthy"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "LaMerenda remains a stand-out on the MKE dining scene: changing, ever creative menu; freshest, locally sourced ingredients; outstanding, but affordable, wines."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We had a few hours to fill before our flight from Mitchell Field & not wanting airport food, headed to La Merenda, which not too far north of the airport in the Walker's Point area. We found free onstreet parking just around the corner. We had a table for 2 on their "California style" patio under sunny skies & enough of a breeze to make it comfortable. The charming patio area also has a large outdoor fireplace with seating & a garden plot. We ordered four plates, which our server paced well. We were pleasantly surprised that the portions were more generous than we had anticipated. Favorites were the butter chicken & the pork belly-mushroom crepes. Paired with a thoughtful selection of craft beers, we thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely lunch."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "80% of the dishes we ordered were extremely salty. I am surprised we were the only ones in the restaurant who thought so. Coming from California, I had high expectations for tapas, and this restaurant may be good enough for the mid-west but nothing compared to tapas places in the bay area. The presentation of the food was good. Service was wonderful. And the atmosphere was great."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I've been here before for dinner, but went for lunch this time. It was perfect for a group as it wasn't busy there at that time and it felt like we could really take our time and enjoy the experience."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed this very much. So much to choose from, you can keep going back over and over and always get different combinations of food. Loved it!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Great dinner, service, and atmosphere at La Marenda for our anniversary. Awesome selection of unique dishes and informative recommendations for waitstaff. The only dish we didn't care for was the ceviche. We felt as though for the size of the plantains chips, it was difficult to scoop the ingredients onto it and thought the ingredients would have been bettered served if they were chopped smaller. We also didn't care for the amount of grapefruit in the dish. It seemed as though grapefruit was the highlight of the dish instead of the scallops. The other dishes that we had, though, were tremendous. We will absolutely be back and highly recommend this restsurant to others."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We sat at the bar and had terrible service, our server took over ten minutes to even come over, we asked her to come over, she made it clear we were her last table and wanted to get out ASAP, there was something sharp in my Argentinian beef, another item was over cooked, and when asked about an item being gluten free our server assured us it was, I asked to still please confirm and she was wrong. Glad I listened to my gut and not her assurance."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I don't mean to sound pretentious but when all my friends and online reviews mentioned this place as the best in town, it was a let-down. The food was mediocre and the setting felt like I wasn't the best either. I tried 6 different dishes and there were a few that were good. But I can name 5 different tapas places in town that are better."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Arrived 45 minutes early for our reservation. Great bar, so had a drink and just relaxed. Got our table 15 minutes early. Everything was good, but a few items stood out. The Bread Plate and the Empanadas stood out as great. The Cheese & Meat Plate, Pork Belly Crepes and the Grilled Shrimp Escabeche were good. It was a little noisey, but not so much as you couldn't have a conversation. Would go back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I already loved La Merenda, so I'm not sure how they managed to exceed my expectations. But they did!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "A fabulous, fun evening! The patio is terrific with a fireplace, lovely plantings and bar. The service was knowledgable, prompt, and first rate. And the food, really great! A must. We will go back again and again!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I have been to La Merenda a few times and the food is always very good. It was the first time for the two others with me, and they were impressed. Great food, great service and a casual atmosphere. The food is always so fresh!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I visited recently with two friends. Not one of us had been before and we all have very different dietary restrictions. We were able to find 6 options that fit all of our unique needs and all of them were delicious. (there were probably more that fit our needs, but we didn't need more than 6) We also ordered a bottle of wine that was delightful. Our waitress was very thorough and knowledgeable. She was also very attentive, had perfect timing, and was super pleasant. I'd recommend it anytime."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Food was outstanding, waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable about the food and wine. My wife and I went with friends and we all had a great time."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The service was great - waitress was very amicable and responsive to our needs. The server did a great job explaining what was in the dish."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "This was my 1st visit to La Merenda and I was thrilled with it. I was visiting from out of town, so I went off the recommendation from a friend. The entrance doesn't do it justice -- so when I went inside, I was surprised by the hipster vibe and the indoor/outdoor seating. The onsite garden, focus on local products, creative menu items, friendly service -- all add to the feel of the restaurant. I'd definitely return and have already recommended it to friends."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I love this place!!! Too bad we arrived early. Our table wasn't ready. Then we weren't offered a table!!! Due to just sitting at the bar.... We would've taken the patio option! The staff were newer, but NOT accomadable.... I usually eat there twice in a day.... Seriously disappointed this week........"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Wonderful experience! Food was great and very imaginative. Service wonderful."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "La Merenda is one of my go-to favorites for a special occasion. The menu changes often enough that we are never bored and never disappointed by any new dishes. The Butter Chicken is always superb. My husband and I also tried the pork belly crepes for the first time and they were delicious! Very savory. Because you are choosing multiple dishes (we usually go 2 per person) it tends to get a little pricey, but it is well worth it. On the outside, La Merenda is very unassuming and easy to miss, but it is worth every penny. Make a reservation if you can, as it is a relatively small restaurant and tends to fill up quickly, especially on weekends. If you love tapas, and good drinks, you will love La Merenda!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had guests in from out of town. One person was a vegetarian, the other had celiac disease. We all loved our meal, with the salad that featured the candied pistachios and the Indonesian shrimp our tables favorites. Great, helpful, and knowledgeable service too."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "food was great. enjoyed a speciality cocktail with fresh rasberries, burbon and ginger beer. service was quick and i really like the come as its ready service and ordering. the only downside is the noise. difficult to hear as its very echo'ie."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Happened to be in Milwaukee so we gave this spot a shot. The items on the menu are pretty diverse. We had 6 from the menu and the 2 specials for that evening. All were nice sized portions, each was nicely presented, and all were flavorful. It did seem like a couple of the meat dishes were a bit over salted. Overall it was a very good meal. Service (Amanda) was also great."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We found LA Merenda through Open Table--were on our way to the airport. We sat outside in the garden area. Wonderful Tapas-every dish was creative and tasty. We will be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "La Merenda is as good as it gets. I have four words for you: PORK BELLY CONFIT CREPES. Melt-in-your-mouth style. Talk about perfect not-too-greasy confit and delish accompanying sauce (rosemary cream). I went with a large group and was responsible for coordinating the reservation. My reservation kept going between 10 and 12 people and if I were the hostess I would have wanted to punch me in the throat for all of the back and forth. Instead she sashayed things around to make it work. We had three extra guests show up and they were able to squeeze them in although there was an almost two hour wait. They did all of this with a smile! That goes a long way in my book of life. La Merenda is top notch."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Incredible place, excellent food, and good service. Nothing more to ask for."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We ordered a variety of tapas and everything was amazing. There was not one item we didn't like. :)"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We sampled a good variety of dishes - the trout and Argentinian steak were fantastic! Some of the other things we chose were not as good, but as long as you don't stray too far from your tastes, you can't go wrong. Desserts were outstanding as well! Will return."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "La Merenda has stayed consistently good since the day it opened. We consider it one of our top choices when we want to go out to eat provided we can get a reservation. Obvioiusly we are not the only ones who love it, so people book far in advance. It can be noisy inside when it is full but the food and service makes up for it. We had lunch on the outdoor patio for the first time recently. The patio is beautiful and quiet and a wonderful addition to an already wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Food is great as always... sad some stuff was out and difficult to get our server's attention butthis is still a favorite!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant!! Will always recommend. Food is always phenomenal!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "La Merenda is amazing! Food is from local farms and flavors are unbelievable. Butter chicken and shrimp sambal are to die for! Service is excellent and drink has something for everyone. A great Milwaukee restaurat, no wonder reservations are needed well in advance!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "La Merenda is one of those unique spots for a fun dining experience. Tapas are delicious, unique and presented aesthetically beautiful. It's fun to share several plates with friends. Everything is fabulous. Their outdoor patio is beautiful and a great place to meet friends or for that special occasion. On this particular evening service was not as good as it has been in the past but I overlooked it because the patio and food were out of this world."
    Dined on 7/10/2014