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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Butter Chicken (India)
Prairie Folk Farm chicken curry | cream | ginger | turmeric | tomatoes | garlic | cashews | cilantro | white rice
Beef Empanadas (Colombia)
yellow cornmeal pastry | malbec braised Wisconsin Meadows beef | Roth gran queso garlic mashed potato | aji
Argentinian Pork Belly (Argentina)
Maple Creek Farm grilled pork belly confit | roasted garlic mashed potatoes | chimichurri
Usually this place is pretty good. This time I ordered a duck dish that said it was made with russet potatoes. It came as some thin stips duck placed over french fries. If the description would have mentioned french fries I would never have ordered it. I can get that at McDonalds. I also ordered 2 gin gimlets got two drinks with one shot of gin in each and a squirt of lime juice. I was charged $16 for the gin and got a separate charge of $7 for the lime juice. I emailed the owner 2 days ago and have not heard back so far.
Everything was wonderful - food, wine, and service. Especially appreciate the social distancing policy and the new dining room set-up. Always take our out-of-town visitors to La Merenda!
It was great food. Our server was amazing and made great recommendations. My wife and I have not had a date night in a very long time and this place is great.
One of my most favorite restaurants!
The food is always fabulous!
Felt very comfortable and safe with the plexiglass dividers!
Good food and good service! the outdoor patio was perfect to kick off spring!
The partially covered/partially lit patio was the ideal option for a partly rainy and the sunny lunch. We delighted in savory lamb ragú and spicy but tasty grilled shrimp. We didn’t have room for more, but wish we did. Both went well with Sauv Blanc. Service was prompt with friendly staff.
Every morsel of every dish was delectable. We enjoyed the half price bottle of Italian wine on a Monday night in the outdoor seating area. The earthiness and casual comfort pairs perfectly with the small plate dishes they serve.
LaMerenda remains one of our favorite places to dine in MKE - - proven by the fact that we drive from Oconomowoc to partake.
Thank you for what you do to make us feel safe, yet feel a sense of "normalcy".
Introduced a friend who moved back to Milwaukee last year to La Marenda and the patio and you’ve got yet another fan! We’re looking forward to getting back there soon, hopefully with even more friends!
Everything was perfect. We loved it.
Amazing food as always and the best service!
Delicious food and drinks! And, attentive service!
Entrees are always interesting and savory. Never been disappointed in the drinks, staff and overall ambiance.
Amazing! One of my favorite restaurants in MKE. Every dish is packed with flavor.
I always love La Merenda, definitely a favorite. Welcoming and relaxed environment. Great varied small plate menu Loved all the dishes especially the Risotto and Short ribs with gnocchi. Prices are quite reasonable Great place fora first or early date and conversation. Wine list not very varied but interesting tasty options Cocktails are great as is small bar seating. If you plan a dinner, make reservations and a walk to park.
The food was excellent! I was able to try things I don’t normally eat. The desserts were amazing.
By far the best food we’ve had in Milwaukee, but the service was laughably bad. At one point, our server asked how our food was and if we needed anything, and walked away while I was still talking. If it weren’t for the poor service, we’d absolutely be back. Because of it, I’m not sure if we’ll even bother to get take out from them.
It was great to have a coming out of COVID dinner there. It was a great evening.
The food was incredible, but gosh, it’s so pricey. I’d come here more often if the prices were 75-80% of what they are.
Such a great experience for our first meal out in a year!! Delicious food, great service, attention to safety.
I absolutely enjoy this tapas place off the beaten path - not only do they get creative in their cuisine and offer dishes from around the globe, not just your typical tapas from Spain - but they also provide MUCH larger portions than you are use to. The dishes came out 1 to 2 at a time, and everything we ordered was fantasticlly seasoned and extremely well prepared. Out of the 8 dishes our table of 4 devoured not a single one disappointed, audible "mmm"s were heard throughout the entire night and there was enough food for us to take home as leftovers!
They have a great wine selection, fantastic wait staff and a relaxing ambiance. I can't wait to go again!
Everything: Food, service, the setting was absolutely wonderful! I had heard good things about it, but they were all understated. This was my first visit, but I intend to be back often! The wine list was small but the selections were of excellent quality and variety.
The food/drinks were amazing. Staff was wonderful. Great vibe overall. Would def go back.
Had a great time! Food, service & ambiance were excellent, as usual.
Excellent food and great service, will definitely be back when in Milwaukee!
After trying 8 amazing tapas, our group of 4 were extremely satisfied and in need of a nap. The Argentinian beef tenderloin was so tender and delicious, the Veal Stracotto put us over the edge with the creamy and rich mushroom risotto. For 2 return customers and 2 new ones, we will be back again.
Outstanding food, great service, amazing patio! Can’t wait to go back!
One of the best dinners we have ever had. We will be going back soon.
Great food and great staff! Handling the Covid challenges amazingly well.
We also enjoy our meal, never hesitate to go back. We really enjoy when the weather is nice and we can sit outside.
This was my third trip to La Merenda. My wife and I went there to celebrate our anniversary because my first two experiences had been top notch in every way. This time around was a little embarrassing as I had talked them up so much only to have our experience be rather mediocre. The service was actually excellent. Our waitress was super nice as was everybody we came in contact with. The only problem was the the food was just not up to the standard I would expect. The duck poutine was bland, the shrimp was very bland, and the pork belly was prepared more like an over cooked pork chop that was so over salted that we could barely eat it. I’m not the type to complain at a restaurant, and the server was so nice that we still said the food was good and left a nice tip, but I hope they were just having an off night in the kitchen. The menu is still great but the execution was pretty poor with the lone exception of the short rib gnocchi, which was excellent.
I like the lunch menu more than the evening menu.
Food was excellent! Dividers between each table for safety makes you feel a little isolated, but I would rather the restaurant do what they need to, so I can enjoy dinner out! Server was attentive and food arrived quickly.
Frequent diner, I love the restaurant. COVID atmosphere is a bit of a buzz kill. Fabulous food regardless.
Wonderful experience great food love tapas
Great place for a birthday during covid! Love this place as always!
We went to La Merenda for our anniversary. The variety and quality of the food is unmatched anywhere in the area. It provides a unique menu and the ability to have a bunch of options with their serving style. We can’t wait to go back!
The food is always excellent, I highly recommend!
Absolutely love this place!!! Food is amazing and our favorite place to eat. Have never had a bad meal. EVER. Amazing food.
Wonderful service and fantastic food. Pandemic protocols followed by everyone, felt safe and clean. Can’t wait to go back!
It was my first time dining at La Merenda. The selection of food was generous and everything tasted amazing! I love that they have the local farms and farmers listed and photos on the wall!
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 2169 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.