La Merenda

4.8
1635 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 1635 People Are Saying
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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I appreciate the eclectic menu of tapas they offer, however the vegetarian options are limited. The vegetarian empanadas were delicious and the asian shrimp dish was ok (shrimp was very salty and the noodles were served cold, which was unexpected.

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MS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Place has great atmosphere. Are service was great. Like how they didn't leave dirty dishes on are table after each dish we finish. Mix drinks can be little bigger for price they are charging. Food not so great. If you like heavy pour of salt on your meals then you will enjoy this place. Maybe chief was having bad cook night. Desserts were delicious.

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LA
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is creative and delicious. Always enjoy meals here.

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KC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time at La Merenda, I was super impressed with the food and atmosphere. I will recommend and I will be back.

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RR
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place never disappoints! Amazing food and cocktails. Brought friends here from out of town and they thought it was outstanding as well!

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m
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Merenda is a special place. Every dish we ordered was scrumptious and interesting. The Tres Leches cake is outstanding. We had such a good time!

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SP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time and absolutely loved everything we ate. My sister is vegan and enjoyed the empanadas!

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

As always, the food and service were exceptional.

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JO
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service (thanks Nikki) made our special evening special.

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KH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. They have their standby selections, but are always bringing new tapas to the menu. The service is impeccable and and the food is fresh and delicious.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Merenda is one of my favorite spots in Milwaukee because their food and wine is wonderful and a great value compared to most higher end restaurants. They are always switching up the menu, the staff is friendly, the ambience warm, and they cater to their customers with free valet parking!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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b
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Splendid experience all around! This is our go to restaurant for any occasion with family or friends, and we have relatives from Norway who rave about La Merenda.

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RS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. Every single bite tasted like it was made with love.

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M
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Always a great time!

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KP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My husband and I decided to venture downtown for a night out. When we lived downtown years ago, we went to La Merenda often, and LOVED it. Our first dish was a lamb special- it was SO salty, which we told the waiter. We got 3 more dishes, and ALL were almost inedible due to the high sodium content (black bean crepes, a trout dish, and a pork and chorizo dish). Service was mediocre. We won’t be going back again. Disappointed.

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CS
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still the best tapas place in Milwaukee!

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f
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great choice.
Wonderful combination of great influences from around the world.
Never disappoints!

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F
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional per usual. Rachel was our Server and every recommendation was better than the last. She made the experience most enjoyable.
Thank You

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife’s birthday! Our server was very attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. Food was amazing as usual!

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were a little rushed and the food was quite salty. Otherwise, great for a quick bite to eat.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We found the way the items were coursed to be a bit odd. Salad came first which makes sense but then was followed by the ribeye which we expected to come last given its a heavier meat. Potatoes came third, then the vegetable tart, octopus and we finished with the goat cheese curds.

Many bites of the plates we ordered were very salty (the pistachio salad being the saltiest, maybe the dressing had too much salt?) The ribeye was well done in most parts when supposed to be medium rare. Positives: Restaurant was very cute and service was great. A lot of other items to try so we’d probably give it another shot.

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DO
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has it all. Taste locally sourced and creatively prepared tapas in a casual laid back environment. Great wine list that covers affordable all the way to special. Even if you just stop in to have a glass of wine and a plate at the bar, this is worth the trip.

Staff is always ready to help you with your choices.

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R
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent. The two of us were there for dinner and we ordered 6 different dishes. It was great. Will come again.

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just simply amazing!! I’ve never had a bad meal here! Loved your new veal dish!!!!

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RR
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as usual. Great to bring business colleagues or friends. Absolutely one of our favorites

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F
Milwaukee
67 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal w/ friends at one of our favorite Milwaukee spots. Food is outstanding and service to match, never rushing anything to the table.

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S
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good value.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our top hangouts always good, great food and great service!

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JA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The staff dragged tables/chairs across the floor to reset after a large group left. It was really loud and lacked consideration of diners.

This was my date’s favorite restaurant but she was really disappointed. With the exception of the beef empanadas, the food was below average. One of the dishes, I can’t recall the name, but it was served on skewers with potatoes, chorizo and one other meat and it was sooo salty it was pretty I editable. Thanks to the sauce it diminished the feeling that you were eating a salt lick.

The waitresses demeanor was average.

The fact that regular NA beers weren’t available was very disappointing. Not everyone wants flavor infused beers.

What I was trying to make a special experience for myself and my date turned out to be something we were both disappointed in. So much so she wondered what had transpired to make her absolute favorite restaurant turn into such a poor dining experience.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! everything was cook perfect will go again and again and again!

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LI
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed most small plates, but can easily cost too much for two or more.
Bit of a sketchy neighborhood, but there seems to be a lot of regulars.
Will keep it on my list for another possible visit.

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JH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Second visit was as good as the first. Wonderful flavors and unique dishes!

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! Unique and enjoyable from the food to the drinks.

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AM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal overall. The Octopus was a stand out. The Tres Leches cake was also to die for. Great service. Thw only thing I didn't care for was the house made Cola.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique experience

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M
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food, great service and an inviting atmosphere! Mushroom risotto, beef cherry empanadas, smoked chorizo and butter chicken were off the charts. Try a Pimm’s cooler - refreshing gin based drink. Only drawback was the food came out too quickly and ending up sitting/getting cool. First dish came out within minutes of ordering and three more within five minutes.

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JO
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
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 on October 17, 2018
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 on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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