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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Was very impressed with the selection and quality of the dishes. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Awesome experience and great food! Delicious drinks too!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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
  • "We loved it! The food was wonderful, as was the service and ambiance. Will definitely return."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
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