La Merenda

4.9
2197 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 2197 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Prosciutto/Arugula salad is a must have, as are the Pork Empanada s!
Our server was an absolute delight!

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ew1111
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

ambience was just due too Covid precautions. otherwise soooo good.

JK
JacalynK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places! Every time I go I’m delighted with the menu choices and the desserts are divine.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food!

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williamv
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Sarah was a great server. very knowledgeable and attentive

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always. Rachel was a gem. Our forever favorite!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent as always. Have yet to ever have a less than stellar meal and experience at La Merenda.

JW
JaniceW
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, socially distant, plastic dividers, great experience

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent meal - as always!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always incredible. They have taken excellent social distancing measures by putting clear walls between each table. The good, drinks and friendly environment are always top notch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to share a meal with friends. Amazing food!

BM
vipBM13
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that was ordered was amazing! Pork belly, shrimp and veal dishes were all on point. Cannot wait to go back.

MM
vipMoMC
Milwaukee
25 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Monday’s half off wine is terrific.

BV
BrittanyV
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always so delicious! Cannot wait to go back!

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StevenH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at this fabulous restaurant. Server helped us navigate the menu and we enjoyed a quick pace of food from the kitchen. Salads were fantastic and don't miss the special presentation of cheese curds.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Merenda has outstanding food and service. The Butter Chicken is fantastic. I appreciate how the restaurant is responding to the current pandemic by separating tables as well as dividers.

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Franko
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A dining experience. Friendly atmosphere, excellent tapas, the Shrimp excellent and the mini steaks superb! Desert? we enjoyed the Irish Cream cake . Mucho Gusto!

Can't wait to dine outside in their spacious well decorated patio.

Fran

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MarkK
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
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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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fab server - great food and fun time for friends bday dinner!

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Nance
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
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 on April 12, 2021
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.

DS
vipDebbieS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
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!

DW
vipDanielW
Milwaukee
9 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
89 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".

OT
OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
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.

BM
BrookeM
Milwaukee
3 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.

JJ
vipJoleeJ
Milwaukee
17 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
6 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.

LC
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.

RK
RachelK
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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 2197 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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