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La Merenda

4.8
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2085 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based 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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KMEK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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.

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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
6 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.

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LHMBM
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out. Love the extra precautions for COVID.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fantastic and the staff are very professional and friendly. The patio is my favorite spot in Milwaukee especially during Covid

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AmandaH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was unbelievably delicious- we had great service and they took every precaution to space us apart from the other diners!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. Our server, Nikki, was phenomenal. Everything we ate was fantastic, and the patio was absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for a great dinner, we will be back!

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BrentK
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Standards were great, specials were disappointing.

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MichaelF
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I sat outside on what has to be the most charming patio in the Milwaukee area. Lot of attention has been paid to perennial and annual plantings, herbs, berry bushes, etc. to make it a beautiful and peaceful setting. Hard to believe we had just stepped in from an industrial stretch of National avenue.

We tried ranking each of the four tapas but the next one always seemed to out do the last. I'm not good at describing flavors, spices and sauces. Let's just say that everything was incredibly delicious. And so glad we saved room for the tres leches cake - the best dessert I've ever had in a restaurant.

Tables are widely spaced and protocol was closely observed so we felt about as safe from covid as you can these days. Service was outstanding as usual. There seems to be a culture getting the food to the table the minute it leaves the table.

La Merenda is our favorite restaurant, period.

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Nick
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific, local-inspired small plate menu as always. Loved the patatas bravas and the duck poutine. Always enjoy coming back to La Merenda for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed trying all the different dishes as we progressed through dinner

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Holly
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Unfortunately it wasn’t very good. It was a cool night and we ate outside. No fireplace going, supposedly due to having no wood, and no string lights on. Also no music outside and no heaters so the ambiance was to be desired. The service was terrible. Our waitress spent the whole time chatting with a couple at another table, who was either more important than her other customers or her family/friend. She didn’t fill our water. Didn’t ask how we liked the food, if we needed another drink, etc When we asked her what her favorite dish was, she said the cheese curds! Really? She’s either very uninterested in the food or hasn’t tried any of it. One item we ordered a runner walked all over the patio with it, wondering where it belonged. Our waitress finally grabbed it from him and put it on our table. The butter chicken and empanadas were good. But the salmon risotto, a special, described as risotto with some salmon on top, had only the flavor of salmon, with none on top. Basically a risotto dish for $16, which seemed a little overpriced. I had looked forward to a nice meal at a place I had not visited in awhile. It will be awhile before we return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always, and we felt very safe on the distanced patio. Thank you La Merenda for putting together an amazing and safe dining experience!

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Rachelle
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio. Everyone wearing masks. Great pacing. Excellent variety of unusual foods.

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LoulouMilwaukee
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at La Merenda since they opened and have always loved it! Our kids love going too and it is so fun to have a variety of interesting choices all so well prepared and seasoned. I am really into local healthier choices and La Merenda is very good about that. I also am gluten free and much of the food is gluten free.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Socially distanced outdoor dining on one of the coolest restaurant patios. Food was amazing as always.

TB
TheBigC
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Inside looked rather dark, but outdoor seating area was bright and inviting. Small sharing plates is the theme. Excellent service and the food was simply outstanding at a reasonable price. Nice drink list as well. Great spot for outdoor dinning during these difficult times and while the weather permits.

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Steve
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent lunch on the patio. All the menu items that we had met or exceeded our expectations. My wife loves Butter Chicken and said that this was the best that she has had. Highly Recommended.

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vipDBDB
Milwaukee
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great service, Wonderful outdoor patio. Very good attention to COVID safety procedures.

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BarbH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety - there were meat and non-meat eaters in our group

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vipMarieE
Milwaukee
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always!

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La Merenda is rated 4.8 stars by 2085 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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