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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/20/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 10/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/10/2014
  • "Love this restaurant! The food was delicious! It was a little loud but could still have a conversation."
    Dined on 10/9/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants in Milwaukee!! Amazing."
    Dined on 10/8/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/7/2014
  • "I love the variety of international small plates--each one we had was amazing. Such a gifted chef!"
    Dined on 10/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/3/2014
  • "Second time here. Will be back again. The sweet potato empanadas were amazing. Unique food, reasonable price."
    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!"
    Dined on 9/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Outstanding variety of foods, tastes and textures...with a good wine list to complement the food and your personal preferences. A "must visit" eatery!"
    Dined on 9/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "The menu caters to different tastes. Especially love that you can share and sample lots of different dishes. Wish it wasn't so far away from our home so we could visit more often."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "We have oh so many choices for good dining in Milwaukee. I continue to come back to La Merenda. It offers so many great choices, both food and drink options. I always have a delicious meal."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "Each warm mouthful overflows with unique blends of fantastic flavor. The seasonal tart is fresh and soft and amazingly delicious. The beautifully prepared trout was buried beneath a mound of creamy cubed potatoes and accented perfectly with spices. The slightly salty La Merenda salad left me wondering "how can a little salt taste so delicious?" La Merenda's preparation is fantastic and almost indescribable. Each delicious bite is unlike anything I have tasted before. The unique menu leaves me planning my return trip. The vegetable empanadas and sauteed spinach are waiting for me until next time."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "La Merenda never disappoints. The cold smoked ribeye special was simply astounding! Half price bottle of wine Mondays is a great way to have a fantabulous meal on a budget."
    Dined on 9/8/2014
  • "This was our first time at La Merenda, and we are looking forward to returning to try more dishes. The atmosphere is casual and the dining area open, resulting in a bit of an elevated noise level. The server was knowledgeable and helpful, and the dishes came out quickly. Our favorites were the Pork Belly Crepes and the Trout. Delish!"
    Dined on 9/3/2014
  • "Great selection of unique international cuisine. The food tastes great, presented well by attentive and friendly waitstaff. Already planning our next visit!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "One word says it all. "Delish!" The variety and full flavored choices were exceptional. Not the same old, same old menu choices."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Everything was fabulous and delicious, without exception."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "Great menu and great food. One of the best tapas restaurants I've ever experienced."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "It would be really nice if you brought some real soda in (coke or diet coke). I tried YOUR version, and didn't care for it."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "This was a terrific restaurant for groups to try different foods. Tapas usually means Mediterranean, but this covers other regional tastes as well. Definitely a return visit spot!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I was feeling something new and I have yet to really dine at a tapas style restaurant. This was a kick start as my first. I really enjoyed trying all the dishes, which were generous for their portions. This might be because I'm coming from California but I was definitely happy with what I receive. The taste is there."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "You come here for the small plates, the creative menu and the outdoor dining! Be sure to reserve a table on the outdoor deck and enjoy a great dining experience. The menu is extremely flexible allowing substitutions to make these tapas vegetarian or gluten free. Truffled potato skins and the local artisan cheese and meat plate are a personal favorite."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "This is a favorite eating destination...great fresh locally sourced food....get the La Merenda salad! Always a little chilly inside- do bring a sweater or jacket."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "had a pleasant evening with friends....a varied menu...everything we tried...a lot... it was all very good."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Made a last minute decision to grab a bite. Open table suggested an hour wait but, they slipped us in rather quickly. Plenty of people there, close to full our entire visit. Food was fantastic! Really enjoyed the menu full of dishes from around the world. Also, the use of local produce is appealing to me. Was quite noisy though. Hope they can improve that? Table against the wall made it hard to carry on a convo. That's the only reason I didn't give them 5 stars."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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
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