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La Merenda
La Merenda

La Merenda Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lamerenda125.com
  • Email: info@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
  • "One of the reasons I chose La Merenda is that the menu is clearly marked with Gluten Free items. Since I'm allergic to gluten, this is one of the top characteristics that I look for in a restaurant. Not only did I have a lot of choices, but every item was outstanding! We brought friends from out of town who know really good food - and they were very impressed. We all love the fact that La Merenda locally sources so many items. The service was also amazing. The restaurant was busy, but every item we ordered came within a few minutes. We never felt rushed, but rather we always had a few tapas options on the table so that the whole meal flowed nicely. We will be back!!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had wanted to go to La Merenda several weeks ago, but no reservations were available that weekend at a time that worked for us. I can see why it fills up! The food is phenomenal, and our waitress was too. It was our first visit, and our waitress shared her favorites as well as all-time favorites of customers. It was a great night."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent. We were disappointed by the mojitos."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This tapas restaurant is a great place for a group of friends who don't mind sharing and having a great time! The food is delicious and there is plenty of variety for all tastes: from vegetarian to carnivores-all will be satisfied. The service is incredible and the servers are not afraid to give recommendations. The atmosphere is crowded, fun and energetic. A great way to eat here is to have each person order something that they would like to eat. When the first round of food comes, share amongst each group member until the last order is served, then order again the same way. Repeat the process until you are full! Also, the drink menu is long, diverse, local and delicious. Kudos to the bartenders who are attentive and knowledgable."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Beautiful little tapas restaurant in the 5th ward. We have been there twice now and everything has been excellent! The tapas are from various international locations, so there is something to please everyone!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food is ALWAYS phenomenal! This restaurant is one of the few in Milwaukee that serves Alaskan salmon instead of farm raised atlantic which is so unhealthy. You simply cannot beat the food and the service for a great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We are never disappointed at La Merenda. Everything is top-notch. Our server was friendly and attentive. Each tapa was a delicious taste treat. We'll be back."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Excellent tapas. Informative server. A wait to sit, even with reservation. Overall, a positive experience."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Even before I walked into the dinning room, I could smell all the different dishes available. Hummmmm I asked the hostest what I can't leave here without tasting or just jump into the lake right now. They suggested the Argentinian Beef. All I can say, I'm glad I don't have to go take a swim!!! Everything else was delicious, fresh and tasty"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Recently went to share with a friend, the soft shelled Mushroom Tacos, La Marenda Salad and Argentinian Beef. Everything was prepared to absolute perfection. This is always one of those "must go to" places on my list."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This was my 3rd trip to La Merenda. It's a great date night option. Food is good and creative. You will need a reservation though so keep that in mind."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We had a great night at LA Marenda! The food is exceptional. The service was outstanding, and our waitress gave great suggestions. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "La Merenda has been my most favorite restaurant for a long time. However, my last visit was surprisingly disappointing and in sharp contrast to all of my previous visits. Selections I've had numerous times did not taste and were not presented in the usual excellent manner. I will return again, however, on the assumption that the owner/chef was off and a new chef was not totally familiar with La Merenda"s recipes and presentation."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food at La Merenda is always fantastic. Took a first timer there, and created a new fan. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I'd been planning this dinner with my sister, my niece and her husband for a year - specifically at La Merenda. It all that time to get schedules to line up and to plan far enough ahead to get a reservation as well. All well worth the wait. The evening lived up to every expectation we had. The food was wonderful and we kept ordering more. Service was perfect - touching base with us just at the right time without being the least bit intrusive. Thanks to the reasonable prices for the house wines and beer as well as each small plate item, I was pleasantly surprised at the total bill in the end. Now I'm just kicking myself that it took us so long to get ourselves there for what was a completely enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We love coming- dinner was delicious and the service fantastic. Thanks for a great night."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I think La Merenda is the best small plate restaurant in Milwaukee. The dishes are always very tasty and I always leave very satisfied."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Always a pleasure dining here! I do wish they would change their menu though. A nice update would be appreciated. Absolutely love beet and goat cheese salad, Argentinian beef and end the meal with the car bomb for dessert. Yummy!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Fantastic food and exceptional service. This is a must see. Plan to try as many plates as possible."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We tried about 6 plates total and 1 dessert. Overall, we enjoyed 5 of the plates; the special- which was a Philippine steak dish was not as good as it sounded though. The plates came out as they were made so that made everything come out hot and fresh. The empanadas are a must have! Irish bomb cake was moist and decadent so I would go with that for dessert."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went to La Merenda with friends visiting from Chicago, and we were all so impressed with the incredible food...amazing flavors, great variety with small plates. This is now our go-to restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great food with a few surprises on the menu or as a special it's easy to make this a place to keep coming back to."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We tried La Merenda for the first time and fell in love. This is a great place for couples date night, anniversary,or just anytime really. We will definitely be back, and don't forget to save room for dessert."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "i am a vegetarian and always find there are very few things i can choose from in a Tapas place. But not La Merenda, their menu is uber-friendly to vegetarians. we had the bread and cheese plate, followed by empanadas and the tart. The flavors were ungorgettable and the best thing, it didnt break the bank. Cant wait to go back again."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great food and great service. One of my favorites."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Everytime i go to La Merenda, i know i will have a great time. Service is excellent and the food is always consistant and outstanding. The small plate idea is awesome because it allows you to try multiple dishes which makes for a fun dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant for small groups, its really fun."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The food was spectacular! It is every time we go--they pace the courses out just right so that we never felt overly rushed. I would go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had been waiting for quite a while to try La Merenda, as we tried to go there once and had a 2 and a half hour wait. So, this time we made reservations and were not disappointed. The ambience is very nice, however it can be quite loud in there so it was sometimes hard to hear my other half. The wine list was reasonably priced, however I was expecting it to be a little more expansive. Either way we ended up with a great wine for the evening. We tried 5 different tapas...which were all ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! We were stuffed to say the least. To end our night, the waitress brought a dessert out for my BF's birthday. Our waitress was very knowledgable and extremely friendly. It was a great dinner and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food and service is ALWAYS top notch. This is a restaurant that we always feel is a "can't miss" when taking family or friends out for an amazing food experience. Small plates dining is a great way to sample food you aren't sure you would like. Although I am yet to find a menu item that I would not have again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Came for dinner before a Marquette game. The food was delicious and interesting. There are more items I want to try. I'll be back."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Always one of my favorite restaurants! Our guests had never been there before and they enjoyed it tremendously. Will definitely be back soon. Looking forward to trying the outdoor dining."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I loved the food and the atmosphere was great. Good way to spend the evening with friends."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Made a reservation 1 1/2 months in advance (just to get a 7:30 Saturday night reservation) So worth it! Food was awesome. Drinks were outstanding. Service was top-notch. Free Valet parking. Near perfect dining experience. My only negative, I got full! I wanted to keep trying the great dishes!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Favorite restaurant for special occasions. The standard menu items are always great, and the specials were outstanding on this particular night. Not to mention half price bottles of wine. Lovely evening."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We most often have dinner at La Merenda where I have found the service to be excellent. The past two lunches have had wonderful food but inconsistent wait service. The wait between ordering for the next course can be awhile while our empty dishes are in front of us and we have asked to see our server who is very busy with other tables. Are there really enough wait people on your lunches to be able to serve as well as your night staff does?"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend here for a Valentines Day Meal. It was a great choice. The portions were a good size and there were so many interesting choices. The butter chicken and the goat cheese curds were excellent. The banana custard desert was also wonderful. Loved the music that they played as well. Overall just a great place. Would go again."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Each dish we tried brought new and exciting flavors to our palates. The variety was fantastic. Great for a group because you can try more dishes. Perfect for 4 people"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The menu was great and the choices varied. The food was very tasty."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This restaurant is fantastic. Small plates are served and the variety of options is phenomenal and every dish was excellent. I wish it was warmer so we could try the patio but we'll have to wait on that. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Absolutely loved La Merenda on a Saturday night with 3 others. Each plate was better than the last and we enjoyed every single one of them. I will definitely be back and tell others. Heck, maybe they will invite me to go along with them"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
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