La Merenda

4.8
1533 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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About

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
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1533 People Are Saying
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4.7
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5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding Tapas and atmosphere. Sit outside when the weather permits. Great options. Excellent for date night.

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CD
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Peter and his team, as always, do a phenomenal job. The food was delicious and the patio was cozy. I have never had a bad plate there on any visit. Highly recommend it!

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C
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

This is the 5th time i have eaten at La Merenda and it never disappoints.

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MP
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and the food was delicious. This was a great venue to entertain a colleague from Europe. It left a great impression. The garden seating was perfect.

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y
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

Their outdoor space is lovely, try it out while the weather is good.

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SF
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Recommend by friends and neighbors and can’t wait to go back again!

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MV
Chicago
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

La Merenda is consistent in it's delicious food and fun atmosphere. It was a beautiful summer night on the patio when we last dined there. Service was a tad slow but server made up for it with her friendliness and kind demeanor. Love it here...one of the top restaurants in Milwaukee.

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EC
New York Area
4.0
Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food. Small plates were perfect for lunch. Every dish was delicious.

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LS
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

delightful and delicious every time. We especially love to take visitors to La Merenda to show off Milwaukee.

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K
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Absloutely delightful. Out door patio is very special.

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RR
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

Small plates, shareable dishes. Absolutely fantastic food! Every dish was filled with lots of unique layers of flavor. I will dream about the Thai Black Bean Crepes! Drinks are also incredible. The outdoor space is so lush & really wonderful in the summer. Can’t wait to return!!

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TM
5.0
Dined on July 1, 2018

La Marenda is by far my favorite restaurant in Milwaukee!! It is a culinary wonderland of incredible flavors! My newest favorite is the Thai Black Bean Crepes. Amazing! If you haven't been, it is a MUST for anyone who loves great food!

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SP
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

This was our first visit to La Merenda and it won't be our last. The selection of plates was wonderful and creative. Each was distinct and had great flavor. The cocktails were inventive as well. Service as attentive but not intrusive. Reservations are highly recommended and for good reason. The restaurant fills up quickly.

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E
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

This restaurant is a “must”. It’s location maybe out of the way, but make your way to get here. The food, ordered from the farm-to-table menu, is well prepared; and it is delicious. Experiment with your order; you will not be disappointed.

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F
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

We had a fun evening with our adult children while vacationing in Milwaukee.....food delicious, we shared plates. Our waitress was the best! Thank you!!!

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JM
New Orleans
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Brought my boyfriend for dinner (I've been many times before) and he couldn't stop commenting about how great everything was! My favorite things about La Merenda are:
- that it's a small plates menu, it's fun to be able to try many things and share them
- large outdoor dining area in summer
- that you fit in if your dressed nicely or in jeans
- sangria
- ALL the food...but the Argentinian Beef is simply the BEST!

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CJ
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Food was excellent. something for everyone. Service was well paced. Attentive staff without being pushy. Love the casual atmosphere. Try a drink called "In Bloom" Fantastic!!

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OT
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

Each plate had exceptional flavors. Loved the variety
Thought that the two desserts we ordered were not of the same standard.

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G
Hawaii
3.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

An expensive evening out with most dishes bulked up with salad leaves which is a bit disappointing because the stars are meant to be the proteins. Inventive food though I wish we got more for what we paid for each dish. More service etiquette could be observed by staff - 2 dishes were dropped onto our table and slid towards my partner which was quite alarming.

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Raleigh
3.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

I have been several times. The menu has changed and some great items were removed. It was busy and not as attentive.

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W
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

I absolutely love this place! One of my favorite restaurants that impressed me each and every time I come in! However I was a little ill impressed with the service more so the hostess. Made a reservation weeks in advance for 5 pm on a Monday. Get there a little early and the servers were in a staff meeting, no big deal! It gets to be 5:15 and we still aren’t seated yet, however two tables that came in WITHOUT a reservation were seated before we were. Then, we were seated at the tiniest table in the corner when the two tables (also for two) who came in while we were waiting were seated at 4 tops with ample room. So much for making a reservation I guess! Bad form on the hostesses part

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P
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

We were fortunate to sit on their beautiful patio. Our waitress was wonderful. We had the pistachio salad (which I dream about), butter chicken (delicious) and the special pork enchiladas which had a fabulous depth of flavor. Outstanding! Finished it up with the tres leches cake. Still my favorite place to eat in Milwaukee

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AG
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Food was outstanding, it had been a while since we were there. The outdoor patio was very lovely. My only negative was that we had to ask for new plates after a few small plates.

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p
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

My main dish (beef filet w potatoes) was too salty.

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KM
Milwaukee
2.0
Dined on June 14, 2018

My first experience with La Merenda was several years ago when it was extremely difficult to get a reservation, and rightfully so, the food was fantastic. I made my second visit, almost 5 years later (winter of 2018) and again, had an amazing experience. Unfortunately, I have been back 3 times since and every time, the food and the service has progressively gotten worse. I have found the dishes to be very inconsistent from visit to visit. My last visit we ordered the Argentinian Beef with mashed plantains. I had it several months prior and it was delicious. This most recent time, the plantains were served in a pool of oil, it was extremely unappetizing to look at, let alone eat. When our waitress made it to our table, we sent the plantains back and she returned with another bowl of mashed plantains, only slightly less oily. We didn't even touch it.

It honestly surprises me that a favorite restaurant of mine, turned in to a restaurant that I will not be returning to. I have no idea what changed. Maybe new management? Staff turnover? Unfortunately, La Merenda went from a top Milwaukee restaurant to mediocre at best.

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KC
Charleston
5.0
Dined on June 14, 2018

New summer menu was excellent!

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OT
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee. Menu changes regularly, but these are my current suggestions:
Argentina beef, trout, octopus, patatas bravas with chorizo, empanadas, Korean dumplings

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J
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

My brother and I met here for a brother-sister dinner evening. I really do not have enough words to express just how remarkable our meals were. We ordered a few different dishes so that we could share, try and explore. Neither one of us were disappointed. All of the dishes were seasoned to perfection. The steak just about melted in our mouths.

We ordered the empanadas, butter chicken, Patatas Bravas Y Chorizo (Spain)*, Argentinian Style Beef (Argentina), Risotto con Funghi (Italy) and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (China). We brought food home!

Our server was exceptional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about all of the dishes that we ordered.

We will definitely be back to sample the fare again and I highly recommend trying it out! You won't be sorry making a reservation.

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OT
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Everything was excellent!

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D
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Best all around restaurant in Milwaukee. Very well executed plates. Food choices that are always exciting. Should be Zagat best list not to mention James Beard Best Midwest Chef.

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H
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was all flavorful and delicious!
Love the outdoor patio!

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JC
Milwaukee
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

La Merenda is always great. The menu is always changing, so don't expect to find the same things each time you go. There are a lot of vegetarian options and the food is so creative. The staff is helpful, friendly and engaging.

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JD
Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

La Merenda continues to impress! We love trying what's new on the menu and that the staff is always willing to offer food and drink recommendations. There's a wide variety of options for everyone!

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CS
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Loved the food, service and decor. Also, like the small plate options and ability to sample and share with table :)

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JD
St. Louis
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

Wife and I visiting from out of town and tried La Merenda based on the recommendation of a local friend.
What a great find! We enjoyed a casual dinner on the patio with great weather. If you like to try various foods,
this is the place. Throw in a bottle of wine and a welcoming staff and we were happy to have chosen this for our night
out. Don’t be run off by the location or “street” looks....behind the door is a world of food to explore.

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Chicago
5.0
Dined on May 31, 2018

My ladies’ birthday dinner was amazing as always. Love La Merenda and there’s nothing better than a candle in a Car Bomb Cupcake!

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CA
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

This was definitely a gem in the Walker Point area. The food was delicious and it was a great experience overall. I would highly recommend La Merenda to everyone.

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G
Minneapolis
5.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

What a great find. The meal was outstanding, everything was well balanced in preparation, presentation and taste. My wife and I shared a salad and three small plates. The amount of food was perfect. The chocolate cake was a little dry. What really stood out was our waitress who was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable of the menu, made great recommendation, and was appropriately attentive. We look forward to returning soon.

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t
Naples
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We sat outside and loved every dish we ordered. Have been coming here since they opened and the food just keeps getting better!!!

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OT
Milwaukee
4.0
Dined on May 15, 2018

Great food and wonderful service.

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