La Merenda

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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.

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JaminM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Order one of everything. It all tastes good. If you are able to get a table, you’re in luck.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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vipfoodfan
Salt Lake City
55 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and i had a wonderful meal. Our service was fabulous and the food was excellent! Thank you @!!!!!

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Luv2dineMKE
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and wine selections are amazing. I love that they try to have such a great variety. Never disappointed.

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KristenE
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose La Merenda on a recent trip into Milwaukee and were incredibly pleased by the menu. The dishes are an eclectic collection of flavors, and all were delicious. It was a great value as well. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere had a nice hum without being overwhelming.

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ZachB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food. Good menu. Had a great time. Great if you’re in a sharing mood.

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vipSushinoos8
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pistachio arugula salad was so delicious, we ordered a second one.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was great. Food always the best !

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vipJohnK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific meal!

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TinaK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have not been to La Merenda in more than a year and it was just as good as I remember it, if not better! The food was fantastic! One of the best restaurants in town!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was very good as well! Great dining experience!

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vipJandK
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always fabulous. Their menu is constantly changing and filled with tasty bites from all over the world. The staff are knowledgeable and access is easy with street parking. La Merenda is one of our favorites!

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MrsKC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't think you can have a bad experience at this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent; service was great. Overall, it was a fantastic dining experience

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Jujube
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, La Merenda exceeded expectations. Of course, the food was fantastic and the wait staff were helpful and quick to serve and to keep the table neat. But during the weeks before our meal, their staff was wonderful. Three times I had to call them to ask if the reservation could be increased, and they were quick to assure me each time that it wouldn't be a problem. We ended up with 12 people, with two celebrating birthdays. They sat us at a table that could easily seat 12, with a lazy susan in the middle that made sharing the small plates a breeze. And each of the birthday girls was offered a free dessert at the end of the meal. Everyone is looking forward to returning next year, when our birthdays come around again.

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vipfoodwineDvine
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been in here in few years and it was still great! We won't wait as long next time. Only one dish wasn't so great (not bad, but not great like the others) - the confit duck. Love this gem, though!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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KAL5
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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JohnK
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.

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vipMindyB
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!

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vipjakes
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.

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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Anwiech
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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TaffySpooner
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 :-)

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jessicaj
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.

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OliviaJ
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and great service!

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vipMarieE
Milwaukee
24 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always near perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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

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

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Wiltie
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

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Made a few wrong tapas choices, still very good

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NancyS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood options were outstanding! Such creative variety.

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AmandaG
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

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MariaN
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 .😊

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vipMolly
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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Jared
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!

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