La Merenda
La Merenda

La Merenda

  • 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: 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 Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
La Merenda reviews from OpenTable diners
200 reviews since July 30, 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 (172)good for groups (108)neighborhood gem (97)special occasion (82)hot spot (80)great for outdoor dining (57)notable wine list (49)romantic (45)great for lunch (29)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • La Merenda
    muriel
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Love the variety on the menu. There is something for everyone and very shareable. The atmosphere is warm and invitung.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Every Minute
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Everything we ordered was phenomenal! Small plates with tons of flavor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Everything is awesome. Truffle potatoes, pumpkin squash ravioli and pork belly plus Irish car bomb my favorite. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous as always
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    My absolute favorite restaurant in Milwaukee & the surrounding areas. Every time I return I am reminded of how much I love it and keep wanting to go back again & again. Variety, great flavors & combinations & always delicious! Absolutely love when Sitka Bay halibut is on special!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    Thompsontwins2
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Heard all the great reviews for this restaurant. Even a little snow on the way home didn't spoil the night. Four of us each ordered two items and shared every one. Each was as good as the next. Still had room to share two desserts. It will always be hard to get a reservation here. Call ahead...or be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    La Merenda has a wonderful array of menu items. There's something for everyone. The Argentina Beef with mashed plantains is awesome. It's nice to have season items on the menu that comes from local growers. We love going to La Merenda as everything is so fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal with Interesting Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at La Merenda. Small plate dining at its best! Our biggest disappointment was that we had not dined here sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    One of my favorite places to dine and have fun with friends. Food is great and service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    mere
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Took a colleague here from out of town as a group and we enjoyed every bite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Fails
    JKG123
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Peter and his team never fail to provide one of the best dining experiences in Milwaukee. Every dish we ordered was great. Be sure to try the Crepes! On top of the great food the friendly and effecient staff cannot be beat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JavaJava
    JavaJava
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    La Merenda is always spectacular. We happened to hit Osso Buco night ... always a big treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 4 at La Merenda
    bearly
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I've been hearing about the excellent food at La Merenda for quite sometime but was never able to make reservations soon enough to get in when we wanted to eat. Finally made it. We ordered 9 plates for the 4 of us and were STUFFED. We had bread, meat & cheese, mushroom tacos, salad, ceviche, One special, mushroom risotto was wickedly rich. The pork belly with rice noodles had the right combination of sweet, tart and was a very generous portion. I think our favorite were the empanadas and the sauce that came with them. Delicious!! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, very busy
    Justinian
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We came in 5 minutes early for our reservation (made 3 weeks ahead of time) and the restaurant was so busy, we didn't get a table until 7:45pm (the hostess did try her best to find us a spot). Aside from this setback the food was excellent. Moroccan goat was excellent, very tender, tasted similar to beef and was delicious. Goreng Udang (shrimp and mashed potatoes) was ok, flavorful, mildly interesting but nothing we haven't tasted before. Coconut in the potatoes was good. Empanadas were excellent, perfectly tender beef inside and you could taste the subtle cranberry inside. Wisc Meadows Braised veal was our personal favorite --> definitely try this one. Overall excellent food, expect to wait a long time however by very busy waitstaff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Tapas
    cathdavVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    If you love tapas and I do, this is the place for you. Very good small plates with varying flavors that are so creative. More fun to go with a group since you can order more small plates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    dande
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Took family there, it was their first time and are picky eaters. They loved it!! Great food, great service, great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If only service matched food
    paigeappleVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was a last minute discovery on a business trip...out of the way neighborhood...but worth the venture for the many tasty tapas options on the menu. So many good choices it was hard to decide...all lived up to their description and then some. However, service was slow and spotty. The cozy friendly atmosphere that marked the beginning just was not sustained. Hope they will up their game.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Merenda
    Steak
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It has an excellent selection of small plate/tapas style dishes from all over the world. Great ambiance and service. I liked everything that we ate and one was over the top great! It was their Seasonal Tart of the Day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delivers again
    ejays
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Once again I went to La Merenda and they delivered. We booked a table at the last minute for 14 out of town guests and they were all impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great food and drinks. It is a fun place to go with friends and share food and stories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing!
    RobotJedi
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We're long time fans! I always come for the Trout Rundown, and the specials never disappoint too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tra la La Merenda
    eatwell
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We were a party of six and had 11 or 12 plates. We loved the beet salad and the La Marenda salads. Especially liked the mushroom tacos. Everything was delicious. Could have used clean plates after salads. The restaurant is small and very noisy. Our waiter knew his stuff. Would certainly recommend and return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reservationwasawesome
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Food was very enjoyable at a reasonable price. The half off wine was a great deal. And i will be recommending and going to la mrrenda again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, Make a Reservation
    urbansuburbanfoodie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was my second time visiting La Merenda, and again, the food did not disappoint. Absolutely amazing from presentation to taste. The only hiccup of our visit was one of our dishes (the Truffled Potato Skins) came out noticeably later. I'm pretty sure the were forgotten because we were asked if we wanted dessert when I reminded the server that we were still waiting for them. (they were worth the wait). It was a pretty busy evening with a HUGE birthday party next to us and we (along with many) were dining before the Pearl Jam show, so it was understandable. Just a little disappointed that we ran out of time to have dessert because of the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • Great collection of small plates
    theWebChef
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    La Merenda never fails to impress. A great selection of small plates with global flavorings and local ingredients. The duck/pheasant sausage was especially memorable. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best!
    ToobadVIP
    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
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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
    • Food
    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
    6tribesVIP
    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.