La Merenda

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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.

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the city & blows Movida out of the water. Service is always impeccable. First place I take anyone visiting from out of town. Hearty tapas so you always leave full if you happened to arrive with an empty stomach.

Whitefish tostadas, Argentinian Pork Belly, Shrimp dumplings, Snapper Ceviche, Steak w/ Chimichurri were all outstanding.

KA
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

JK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the terrific food and the opportunity to make a few choices to start the meal and then expand based on the group needs.

MB
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the dishes we chose were spectacular. We had Whitefish tostados, fried Duck and an enchilada. Absolutely delicious. Our server was friendly, professional and didn’t hurry us!

j
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food quality. Great wine list and wonderful staff. The back deck area is always a treat in the warm months.

M
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cute place. Busy but quick friendly service. Good value but make sure you order enough.

A
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to celebrate a birthday with people that don't mind sharing plates together!

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This is by far one of our favorite restaurants in Milwaukee. We recently brought my parents for the first time. It was my mothers birthday. Not only did they both absolutely love it, but my father said it was one of the best meals he's ever had. Such a treat to share this gem with them. We are never disappointed :-)

j
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great variety of tapas that were all so different by delicious.
Had a reservation and did not need to wait at all.
Did feel slightly cramped as we were sitting in a booth between 2 bigger groups.
Service was great - would recommend.

OJ
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Merenda is consistently one of our top choices when it comes to dining. The food is always phenomenal and there is always plenty of unique options to chose from. The service always knocks it out of the park even when it is incredibly busy. I would (and always try to) recommend La Merenda to a friend!

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and great service!

ME
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always near perfection.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed ourselves, excellent experience! The risotto and beef empanadas were too salty but otherwise ok.

GK
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly our favorite restaurant in Milwaukee! Delicious food, fun atmosphere. Never disappoints!!

W
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding as was the service. Highly recommend to anyone looking to enjoy great food in a friendly, efficient setting

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Made a few wrong tapas choices, still very good

NS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A dining experience that is well worth the time and money. Food was delicious with intricate pairings. Opportunities to experience a variety of culinary options in one sitting. Strongly recommend to anyone foodie. Not for picky eaters.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood options were outstanding! Such creative variety.

CS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Love the fact that local vendors are used.

AG
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our work dinner there, 2nd year. Love the choices and service was great! Will likely go there next year too

MN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service great food . We are never disappointed . We visit as often as we can . Keep up the great work .😊

M
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

OT
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never bad food or experience. They get full stars every time. But I'll be waiting for some of my favorite dishes to rotate back on. Nonetheless all dishes are fabulous.

J
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG Good! It’s designed to eat with multiple people and order everything on the menu! Thumbs UP!

s
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner at La Merenda was a gift from our son for his father's birthday after he loved his experience at La Merenda. We are so happy he shared this great dining experience with his gift to us. We loved the atmosphere which is energetic and fun. It is casual and eclectic. It seemed that everyone dining was there to truly experience different small plates of fantastic food. It is incredible to me that the kitchen can turn out fantastic plates from so many different cultures and cooking styles! We are hooked and will definitely be back with other guests to enjoy the next special you offer!! Also, the car bomb cake was fabulous for dessert!

c
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the truffle skins were great, the shrimp was too. They let us sit there and take up space long after the check was paid. I am sure they wanted us to leave but they were really nice. There are so many different kinds of food on the menu everyone can be happy :)

K
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great service and food. Tasted many things. Liked all. Absolutely loved the gnocchi squash dish.

NB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience, the food is top notch and quite varied in culture. Drinks are also tasty.

SP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal here on Saturday night. It was a little loud but the food was amazing. All but one dish (duck confit) were exceptional. The seafood polenta is so good we ordered it twice. Excellent restaurant.

JG
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Merenda might be one of the best restaurants in the city. It's high quality, inventive dishes but in an atmosphere that is not pretentious and with a staff that is helpful and friendly.

GA
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timers...The whole experience was EXCELLENT! Our waitress was very attentive, knowledgeable regarding menu choices, and personable.
One additional comment, we would have liked to have had a fish plate of some sort however, they
appeared to be too "favorable" for our taste buds..."spicey!!! (we ordered Tostadas, our tongues
were on fire the first bite, even without the sauce.) Our waitress kindly swapped out a Beef Risotto plate instead
(sorry!) But, wow did we enjoyed it!!!
We will return...soon!
Thank you

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always fantastic. Never a terrible experience.

MG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought my employees here for a team lunch. Food was fabulous! Service was great!

N
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend La Merenda to everyone! The food on the day-to-day menu is always great, and the daily specials usually exceed expectations. Also, there is plenty on the menu for people with dietary restrictions (gluten, vegan, etc.) Negatives are very few, but maybe watch the salt on some items. Love this place and go back every chance I get.

AH
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat!! I only wish it was closer to my house - I'd be there more often!

DS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food experience every time! Highly recommended.

NK
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Phenomenal food, service was good, drinks were excellent, and the bill was reasonable!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had heard about La Merenda and it did not let us down. Upon arriving at our table we were greeted by the delightful Nikki who is far more than waitstaff. She will connect with you personally for fleeting moments if you allow it, and provide extremely helpful tips with regard to ordering and dining.
Our plates were delicious and crafted with high quality ingredients. We had mushroom quesadillas, whitefish tostadas, butter chicken, truffle Parmesan frites, and squash carrot gnocchi- all exquisite prepared.

FF
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to La Merenda and I cannot wait to return. The food was amazing. The flavors were so good, balanced and just wow. Our waitress was so helpful and provided us exceptional service.

Then to top it off, I was very pleasantly surprised that Monday was half off bottles of wine.

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