La Merenda

4.9
2169 Reviews
$30 and under
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 a casual dining with upscale flavors.



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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2169 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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Nance
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DebbieS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my most favorite restaurants!
The food is always fabulous!
Felt very comfortable and safe with the plexiglass dividers!

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vipDanielW
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and good service! the outdoor patio was perfect to kick off spring!

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vipTortugita
Milwaukee
86 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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CindyG
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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".

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. We loved it.

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BrookeM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always and the best service!

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AmyV
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! And, attentive service!

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Caroll
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entrees are always interesting and savory. Never been disappointed in the drinks, staff and overall ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing! One of my favorite restaurants in MKE. Every dish is packed with flavor.

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vipCooker
Milwaukee
48 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipJoleeJ
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! I was able to try things I don’t normally eat. The desserts were amazing.

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Abigail
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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.

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GaryK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to have a coming out of COVID dinner there. It was a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Diana
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience for our first meal out in a year!! Delicious food, great service, attention to safety.

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vipLC777MKE
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Fydeaux
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RachelK
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food/drinks were amazing. Staff was wonderful. Great vibe overall. Would def go back.

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NOLA2014
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Food, service & ambiance were excellent, as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service, will definitely be back when in Milwaukee!

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MilwaukeeFoodie
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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AshleyB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, great service, amazing patio! Can’t wait to go back!

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VicF
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners we have ever had. We will be going back soon.

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DianeA
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great staff! Handling the Covid challenges amazingly well.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We also enjoy our meal, never hesitate to go back. We really enjoy when the weather is nice and we can sit outside.

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PhilM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.

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HannaM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

I like the lunch menu more than the evening menu.

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LisaW
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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LuckyGinger02
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Frequent diner, I love the restaurant. COVID atmosphere is a bit of a buzz kill. Fabulous food regardless.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience great food love tapas

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vipSarahT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a birthday during covid! Love this place as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipLuvfood
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent, I highly recommend!

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TroyT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Absolutely love this place!!! Food is amazing and our favorite place to eat. Have never had a bad meal. EVER. Amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and fantastic food. Pandemic protocols followed by everyone, felt safe and clean. Can’t wait to go back!

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LauraN
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

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.

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