La Merenda

4.9
2103 Reviews
$30 and under
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 gnocchi, veal stracotto, Sambal Goreng Udang with Gulf shrimp and pork and shrimp tostadas.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2103 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.7
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ErinF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, safe dining, absolutely delicious food!

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SophieS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with covid safety, plexiglass dividers between every table. AMAZING food and nice wine list.

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Laytee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is magical! Every single dish (and bite) was just out of this world.

Our server, Nikki, was so much fun and very attentive.

I HIGHLY recommend 10/10.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. The Argentinian pork is a must! They also have a great set up to keep everyone distanced for covid. Sarah was a fantastic waitress! So good I’m coming again a week later!

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Brown
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. I have to write fifty words here in order to give this place five stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the loveliest Friday night dinner on the patio near the fireplace. It was chilly but we brought a blanket. The food was outstanding as always and we had the nicest server. ☺️

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LizB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at La Merenda is outstanding. Best bets of many delicious options are gnocchi, goat cheese curds, and save room for tres leches cake. It’s the best dessert in the city. Wine list is unique with many good options and service is attentive and perfect. Covid updated plexiglass makes for an Uber-safe feel. Highly recommend.

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LS2017
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was a great dining experience. awesome food! the COVID safety measures they have in place were perfect, felt very safe.

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StephanieC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

La meranda was great this weekend. I haven’t been to many restaurants during covid but felt totally and completely safe. The tables were nicely spread out with dividers between each table. The service and food were good as always!

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only our second date night out since COVID. La Merenda was set up with each table being divided with screens. It made us feel so safe! We had an incredible time and the food was phenomenal. Highly recommend for a COVID safe date night!

JM
JenniferM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. very safe given the steps taken for covid-safe dining. They have plastic dividers and tables are very spread out.

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MarinaA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Amazing food. Service wasn’t the best but usually it’s great!

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Brown
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas! Specials! Food from all over the world grown as locally as possible.

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drinks. Great selection of food and a variety for all different tastes.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, fantastic service! Enjoy sitting at the bar or enjoying the outside patio. Food is always on point.

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JoyB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been here in years. Brought my 22yo son and his friends. Items have changed (osso bucco!!), but the 12 items we ordered were outstanding! Never disappoints and continues to impress... Thanks, Peter!

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mkefoodie
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service... This restaurant has always been one of my favorites.
I would highly recommend when looking for a tapas restaurant!

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DawnB
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was great. Very friendly, attentive, and offered many great food and drink suggestions. The pork empanadas were my favorite of the many, many dishes, and the jalapeño infused tequila drink was fantastic! Very clean bathroom.

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KMEK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been there numerous times over the years, we did in person dining and I think this was the best meal I’ve ever had there!

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Cody
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice date night environment. We went at 5 pm and it was a great mid 30s date night.

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Breana
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Serena was the best! So attentive and comedic and all around wonderful! Can’t wait to be back...this place makes me so happy and the food.....WOW :)

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Firehunter502
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Covid precautions. Very knowledge staff. Polite and professional. Food was outstanding.

MF
vipMissFoodie
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Merenda never disappoints! Even during the days of COVID, the food and service were still amazing. Short Rib gnocchi and the Butter Chicken are just a few of my many favorites dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Birthday fonner

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Mara
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Nikki, was absolutely amazing! Very attentive, friendly, well familiar with the menu and able to give great recommendations! Food was absolutely divine! Everything was outstanding! I very highly recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone!

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AbbieH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable patio with great atmosphere (would love if they put in some heaters as it get's colder too!) But we had a spectacular and attentive waitress who seemed happy to be there and help people; we shared 4 delicious plates between two of us, and there were plenty more we would be excited to order in the future. It was the third visit for me and definitely won't be the last.

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vipAngelaL
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Never disappoints! The food is always so perfectly prepared and flavorful.

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vippeter
Naples
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We ate outside. No heaters

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vipBill
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal in a pleasant outdoor setting. I will be back soon!

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JessicaB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! The patio felt very safe and I can't wait to go back.

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MichaelT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, delicious, highly recommend. Will be back

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Lively1
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary meal. The tasting menu for 2 was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at La Marenda!

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vipcathdav
Milwaukee
121 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the patio here and were disappointed to hear that they will not be using heat lamps. That is unfortunate as we will not eat inside in the colder weather. We love the food here and the service is always very good and last night was no exception. We have eaten here 3 times in the past 4 months due to the quality of food and the patio. Hope we have a mild winter.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was outstanding and the outdoor patio was very quaint and relaxing

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Steph
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service as always were absolutely amazing! Hands down still one of my all time favorite places to dine!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing and the service is always great.

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MiriamG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the variety of tapas from many different cultures.

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KyleH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, covered outdoor seating. However they currently do not have heaters (hopefully coming soon).

Food is some of the best in Milwaukee.

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juribe31
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've eaten at La Merenda a handful of times, and it never disappoints. This time I took my best friend to celebrate his birthday, and it was his first time there. He felt in love with the restaurant just like I've had years ago. La Merenda is the perfect place for any kind of occasion. Thank you La Merenda for the great food and excellent experience.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Merenda using the Order Online button. La Merenda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 389-0125.

La Merenda is rated 4.9 stars by 2103 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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