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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
  • "Awesome experience and great food! Delicious drinks too!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Was very impressed with the selection and quality of the dishes. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great food, good service, uncomfortable seating. If they try to seat your party of four at a table with a bench - protest. Awful idea. Other than that, lovely. We enjoy this restaurant and have for a long time. :)"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Enjoyed a variety of creative small plate offerings that were delicious and delightful in their preparation. Great service and very comfortable outdoor setting."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Met friends for dinner last weekend. Because of a delayed airline flight, I had to change the reservation 3 times. The folks at La Merenda were most polite about my changing plans and handled it with good grace. We enjoyed the meat and cheese plate first, then had the mushroom tacos, the pork quesadillas, grilled shimp and the bravos, all shared. The wine and sangria flowed, we ordered the sambal shrimp and finally a great dessert. This place never disappoints. A fun, lively place to share food and friends."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As always everything was very good. Food, wine selection, ambience (although the noise level increased considerably from 7:00 to 8:00. However, the noise level here is lower than in most restaurants."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "La Merenda was enthusiastically recommended by friends as a great place for tapas in Milwaukee. I'm happy to say, the recommendations were 100% correct. The food was amazing. We tried five plates, and all of them were delicious. Obviously, we had favorites. The pork tapa and ceviche were best, but we also loved the beef empanadas, smoked halibut salad, and patatas bravas y chorizo. Can't recommend this place enough. It's great."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "You will find something for everyone on the menu, and with service this good, you can be sure it will arrive at your table piping hot (or cold, when appropriate). The patio is fantastic, and my only nitpick is that the interior ambience leaves much to be desired. I recommend waiting for a beautiful sunny evening and enjoying some tapas under an umbrella on the patio!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We loved it! The food was wonderful, as was the service and ambiance. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a late night reservation and they were extra courteous and called us during the day to offer an earlier seating if we wished. Though we didn't need it, it was very thoughtful. We were greeted warmly and seated soon after we arrived. The initial service was a little slow, but picked up. The timing of the dishes could have been a little slower, but too fast is better than too slow. We liked the variety of the menu and the presentation was beautiful. There was enough in each dish to share between 2 or 3 people and the cost was fair. Overall it was a wonderful meal. We will return."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Went with another couple, shared the lots tapas with a good variety. Good selection and good service."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "As usual, the oft-changed menu provided unusual and heretofore untried treats from different parts of the world. We tried the Bulgogi (Korea) and the Pork Tapa (Philippines) and loved them both. The Pork Tapa had a bit of a kick, as did the Perch special we had. We also had our old standbys, the tart, the Empanadas, and the Argentinian Beef, the last two of which have been on the menu since the beginning, with good reason. My only gripe with the place has always been with the noise level, which rises to a din when it's packed."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Such a secret! The outdoor area is a gem. And as always the food is D'lish."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "LaMerenda never fails us! Can't eat there without having both the ceviche and escabeche, butter chicken, and of course, Tres leeches cake. Other restaurants may do "tapas" but no one does small plates like LaMerenda!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "La Merenda never fails to provide excellent service and outstanding food. Love that the menu changes. Everything we had was beautifully presented and fresh. The pacing of the plates was perfect."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Always looked forward to any opportunity to dine at La merenda, however, the last time we dined there we were underwhelmed with the customer service."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "La Merenda is my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. Unpretentious. Amazing food. Incredible selections. Small plate dining, which is great for sharing. This is the restaurant My family requests for birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc. LOVE LOVE LOVE it."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "As my first time, I was unsure if the hype lived up. Most of the tapas were amazing and flavorful. The sable fish risotto takes the highest award. The shrimp ceviche had good ingredients but the shrimp didn't smell or taste fresh. It's an eclectic, but home-like atmosphere. Everybody should try it if they haven't. It's different but not overly exotic."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I have been to other tapas restaurants where I've struggled to find enough options I would want to try. La Merenda has the opposite problem - EVERYTHING looks good! (And tastes good, to match!) We had a group of 4 people, which was just right for sampling a number of different dishes - all had the perfect blend of spices and fresh ingredients, and I don't think there was a single one we didn't like. I have also been here for lunch, and it's a great option because the service is fast and the food is just enough to leave you feeling satisfied but not full. One tip: Try the Thai Basil ice cream!! While is may sound strange, it's the perfect refreshing end to this flavorful meal."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We love eating here and love the outdoor area with the bar, garden and fireplace. We really appreciate all of the fun flavors and that La Merenda strives to use healthy foods and local food as much as possible. We love ethnic foods of all sorts and it is fun to get a variety....the La Merenda salad is amazing!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We celebrated my sister's birthday here and had a fantastic time! The food was outstanding, the service impeccable. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The well trained staff move with purpose presenting each selection as they are freshly prepared. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "La Merenda was recommended to me by a co-worker who knows the owner; we didn't mention this connection until the end of the meal, so no favoritism there, but everything was incredible. The service was friendly and fast, food was amazing, drinks were tasty and refreshing. I will definitely be going back next time in in Milwaukee, or maybe I will make the 1.5 hour drive just to go here. It would be worth it."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Friendly staff, fun setting....Make a reservation way ahead of time!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is the second time we had been at La Merenda. Food was amazing and consistent comparing to our first visit. It is great to be able to find flavors from all over the world."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Have been meaning to eat at La Merenda for some time. We chose to dine there for our anniversary dinner. Was very surprised! It is a very casual, loud restaurant, which isn't bad just unexpected. We ordered the mushroom tacos which were OK, pretty bland actually. Just tasted like sauteed mushrooms in a flour tortilla. And then had the Enchiladas which were great! Full after that, shared the Guinness infused chocolate cake which was amaazzzing. We each had aberrations of classic cocktails. An altered Dark and Stormy and Old Fashioned I believe. They were good. I'd never considered putting an orange liquor in my Dark and Stormy. ;) Will definitely return just made not for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "La Merenda was recommended to me for my anniversary dinner. We had a great time and the food was amazing! If you like tapas and like food with a new spin, this is the place. I cannot wait to go back and try more of the tapas. I would highly recommend the Goat Cheese Curds!!!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Any time I am asked for a local restaurant recommendation, La Merenda is the place that comes to mind. The food is exceptionally good and the service attentive. The menu is interesting and varied and the prices are fair. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. The outdoor patio is a hidden gem and eating there, weather permitting, is a special pleasure. When my children who live outside Milwaukee come back to town, this is the one place they invariably want to go to eat. My entire family loves La Merenda! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We love this comfortable friendly restaurant. We like the tapas style allowing to share the orders among everyone at the table. We have come to this restaurant several times and we have not been disappointed. We especially like the special tart with a kale carrot and a special type cheese which I can not remember. The special rib eye dish was excellent served with the garlic mashed potatoes. We also like that we can bring our own bottle of wine. The corking fee is reasonable."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Have been trying to get into this restaurant for a while and finally got a reservation. It was well worth the wait. Food was amazing, service excellent, friendly staff. Everything on the menu sounded delicious. Loved the gluten free friendly menu, as dining for me isn't always easy. Can't wait to go back and try all the things I didn't have room for the first time!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love all of the food and trying different things.............cannot wait for the outdoor area to open~"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We love to come here for special events (birthdays, celebrations) because we know it will always be a treat. This time we were running a little late, so called ahead to let them know, and 15 minutes past our reservation time we walked in and were still seated right away! Thankfully because as always it was a busy night. We'll be back again :)"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Was celebrating a birthday with friends on what was our first time there. We had about 9-10 different items and a couple of bottles of really nice zinfandel. My favorites were the empanadas and the trout, but everything was really good."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "My husband and I come here for our birthdays and our wedding anniversary almost every year. We love that we can order a bunch of different dishes and taste such a variety of flavors in one meal. When we entertain friends and family from out of town we ALWAYS take them here because it's our favorite restaurant in the Milwaukee area. They're always impressed. You do have to plan ahead when visiting La Merenda as they're always busy so be sure to book a weekend reservation at least a week in advance. If you don't have a reservation you can always eat at the bar, which we've done many times and have enjoyed ourselves just as well if not more. We love the new patio out back. Great addition to the restaurant!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "My first experience at La Merenda a few nights ago, and it was out of this world. Great service, and even better food. Unbelievably fast! I could have ate every single item off the menu and I am sure to go back to do so, and what a wine list! A must do if you haven't yet."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Went with my wife to celebrate her bday. There is a reason why we chose it. Excellent."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "One of my favorite Milwaukee spots..... Tapas with a local twist. Every dish we ordered was great. The Pork Belly Crepe was the best. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Went for lunch. The service person asked if we would like to sit outside. The area is beautiful. You can get out of the sun, get a little sun or have lots of sun. We are always surprised it is not busier at lunch. The food is wonderful. Probably the best I have had in Wisconsin. Most ingredients procured from local organic source and done very creatively."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Great food from the start. Every plate tasted fresh and made with only the freshest products. The outSide patio has been renovated and they hit the mark. Very claasy, clean modern for enjoyable dining. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The La Merenda Salad possessed a slightly salty which was delectable. The warm Seasonal Tart of the Day was a delicious blend of subtle flavors. The Mushroom Soft Tacos overflowed with flavor. The Sauteed Spinach was cooked just right, and wonderfully flavored. Sharing the tapas was very enjoyable."
    Dined on 5/2/2014