La Merenda

4.8
1598 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

La Merenda is a bar and grill located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that specializes in serving globally inspired cuisine, local beers and wine. The restaurant offers casual dining and complimentary valet parking.

La Merenda has an emphasis on using locally sourced ingredients as much as possible, so the menu is constantly being updated with new dishes based on available ingredients. The main menu at La Merenda offers a selection of snacks, seafood and meat entr�es. Menu selections include such dishes as Wisconsin farmers� salad, seasonal vegetable tart, market fish fiorentina, Singapore noodles with Gulf shrimp and Chinese sausage, Beijing duck and pork confit cavatelli.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 389-0125
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter Sandroni
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st and Barclay
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Parking details
Free Valet Parking at Dinner Monday-Saturday
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1598 People Are Saying
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JO
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome at this restaurant! The service was on point and the food was beyond my expectations!

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S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was AWESOME! And portions were generous for tapas. Loved catching up with an old friend here!

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S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding! Party of 9 & everyone was pleased.

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m
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining room with exceptional small plate options. Loved the fact that we could order a couple of things and order more as our appetites allowed. We also were offered wine tasting for wines that we were not familiar with. Our waitress, Rachel, was outstanding.

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LK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed. The food was hot, fresh, and above all delicious. The various small plates came at a good interval and we had ample time to converse with our friends. We were never rushed and the staff was fantastic.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was amazing! Service was fantastic!

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NS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! We got engaged here and celebrate almost all of our significant events at La Merenda. Food is delicious and the staff is excellent! Can’t say enough about this place!

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PG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the food should always take center stage, without a doubt La Merenda is on target, layer upon layer of wonderful flavors

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AK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish we ordered at La Merenda was perfect. The delicata squash special and the pesto gnocchi were the stars of the night. The service was attentive and friendly, and we left feeling very happy and satisfied. We love the focus on supporting local farms and serving a menu that reflects what's in season. Would absolutely recommend La Merenda for a special dinner out!

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the service and the suggestion for 2 dishes a person is the perfect amount of food! My dateand I finished the last dish and simultaneously put down our forks and went “wow i am so full this was delicious”. Will be coming back undoubtably and I will be telling all my friends about this wonderful place.
Also my date has fruit and nut allergies and the staff made sure as to keep her as safe as possible and to me that is the most important part. Th statff generally wanted us to have a good time and were more than willing to accommodate our allergies and still provide us with absolutely delicious tapas.

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RT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grwonderful small plates. Tasty. Great homemade ginger ale and cola. Desserts very tasty. Service personal and friendly. Highly recommend.

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KS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual - been going here for years and love it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good stuff

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RD
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A special dining experience because of the wide variety and creativity of ‘small plates.’ Using local products is a plus. During good weather the patio is both quieter and a different kind of natural beauty. Inside a kind if intimate conversation would be difficult but the general sense of joy is palpable and if not unique, clearly inviting and fun.

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JM
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the service and food/wine was outstanding. We brought friends to try it out. They're ready to go again. It is always a fun and delicious meal, especially if you share the tapas. Different flavors and tastes that are wonderful.

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RW
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had heard about La Merenda for a while and how great the food was. In spite of this, I assumed the food would not live up to the hype. Boy, was I wrong. Everything we had was delicious. Can't wait to go back!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We eat here whenever we are in the area at mealtime. Enjoy being served by Nikkie, who bought me tres leches cake on our first visit here for my birthday. Love the variety of entrees.

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HR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Merenda offers a savory culinary experience from start to finish. Every dish I’ve tried Is tasty and the gluten free options are varied and excellent!

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A
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always La Merenda did not disappoint. The food was fantastic and the service fantastic. I normally shy away from ordering specials, but the chicken crepes featured last night were fantastic.

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MS
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday - it was outstanding!! So many wonderful options. And the tapas were perfect for a group that included both vegetarians and non vegetarians. Wonderful selection. Each tapa is unique and delicious! The staff made it a very special celebration.

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HO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars. The food was amazing and creatively put together. I loved trying new plates from all over the world. Order a bunch and share with friends and loved ones.

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S
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. Don't be fooled by their reservation table online. They seemed to have a lot of empty table even though they were solid book till 9:30 PM according to their reservation calendar.

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YT
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never been disappointed with the food. Public Transit accessible (#15 and Green Line 1/2 block away).

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal to celebrate our anniversary!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Merenda continues to be my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. The food is absolutely superb - my guests and I have yet to try a dish we do not enjoy.

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f
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a gem.
Outstanding menu with wonderfully creative options.
If not THE BEST, certainly a contender for best MKE foodie-worthy restaurant. Awesome!

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b
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to restaurant bar none in Milwaukee. Always great food, wonderful service folks, good drinks, and everyone enjoys themselves immensely!

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ER
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really eclectic variety of small plate options. Every plate we got to share was delicious! Definitely would have kept ordering more if we were wealthier folks but we all left happy.

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GR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a business dinner, service was great and food uniquely delicious. Everything tasted so good.

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T
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh with intriguing menu items that get you to try things you normally might not. Never a disappointing meal! We love this place.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to La Merenda 3 times in the last month and love it. Delicious, creative food. Great, friendly, knowledgeable servers. Fun to take new people there. Yum.

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JO
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Merenda never disappoints.

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v
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and incredible food. Patio dining was intimate and beautiful. La Merenda never disappoints!!!

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A
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Merenda never disappoints. It is our "go to" place to take friends and everyone always loves it. My husband worked in the food industry and we even took the corporate chef who thought it was great. The food is so flavorful and unique. I would say this is definitely one of our top 3 favorite restaurants in the entire city - highly recommend!

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F
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definitely worth it. We loved the multi ethnic cuisine. The empanadas were especially great. I would never have thought beef and cherries would be so delicious together!

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PD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu for all of us. GF options were amazing.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good, Little disappointed the waitress wasn’t able to do anything to help celebrate the 5 year anniversary though. She basically ignored me when I asked if she could bring out a dessert or something for my fiancé.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and also the food was delicious, my favorite plate was the Argentinian beef, would recommend and go back again!!!

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this experience since I am to try food from different countries.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We are frequent clients and always enjoy savoring their good dishes accompanied of good service

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