La Merenda

4.9
2126 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 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 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 2126 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.8
service
4.7
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4.7
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Amanda
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb! Service was top notch. Overall great date night.

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KMEK
Naples
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas were absolutely amazing! The flavors that they are able to put together on the small plates is very impressive. The service was wonderful, we felt very safe there, and I will continue to go back!

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Firehunter502
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great Covid precautions installed and staff was very friendly with helpful suggestions

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Robb
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and creative safe setting while keeping the restaurant ambience.
Great attentive staff. You are never left wanting. Amazing presentation of a variety of tastes that is fun and delicious.
Thankyou!

JO
vipJoeO57
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took first timers here for a retirement celebration. Four days later and they’re still raving about it. Nikki was fantastic - made everyone feel welcome.

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vipWiscoFoodie
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a staple for years. And still NEVER disappoints. Still as good as ever. The trout and short rib gnocchi were amazing. And I don’t even love fish. great covid protocols and set up too!

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PattiM
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We ordered 4 items and the timing of the delivery of each was perfect. I felt safe with the Covid precautions the restaurant had in place. The wait staff was very efficient and pleasant.

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GeorgiZ
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places in Milwaukee I ever been
Thank you so much for the great service and food

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AdamK
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome Experience. Our waitress was wonderful. Knowledgeable, Nice and Pleasant and it was the perfect level of service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always— complex, well seasoned.

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JenniferE
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, great environment, covid friendly, GREAT food and great wine !!

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MarkG
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed the friendliness of our server. Given the challenges facing restaurants these days, it was encouraging to see that your restaurant attempted to make the best of a bad situation. Merry Christmas!

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JessicaW
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome date night! The food was amazing and our waitress Nikki was fantastic. We had her the last time we were there and she is just a delight.

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MichaelR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant with timeless favorites on the menu; half price bottles of wine on Mondays mad it a great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Always good food and service. Made a reservation based on heated outdoor seating. Were only two small heaters, very cold, had to eat in winter jackets. Would not call it heated dining

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great social distancing measures!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience2

We love this restaurant. Unfortunately, I think they are overboard with the Covid restrictions. Originally, we reserved outdoor seating—way to cold—heaters totally inadequate. Luckily, we could sit at the bar. Bartender was great. Food portions were better than normal, but the main dish was way too spicy compared to normal.

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BrittanyV
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Merenda has always been good, but this past time I went with my family, and it was really outstanding! Food and service were unparalleled.

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BigEasyT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time to La Merenda in a month, and again it was outstanding. We had the grilled octopus, the goat stew (please put this on the regular menu), the Kale salad, the seared trout, and a few other items. Every entree was amazing. We also had six cocktails, coffee and tea, and the meal was under $200. I enthusiastically recommend this place, especially if you are in the mood to be a bit adventurous.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much less noise than previous visits to La Merenda.

Dishes were better than ever.

We had a wonderful time.

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ErinF
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, safe dining, absolutely delicious food!

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SophieS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job with covid safety, plexiglass dividers between every table. AMAZING food and nice wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal and service, as always! Also appreciated the new barriers set up between tables and new guidelines to keep patrons safe during Covid times.

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Laytee
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is magical! Every single dish (and bite) was just out of this world.

Our server, Nikki, was so much fun and very attentive.

I HIGHLY recommend 10/10.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. The Argentinian pork is a must! They also have a great set up to keep everyone distanced for covid. Sarah was a fantastic waitress! So good I’m coming again a week later!

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Brown
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. I have to write fifty words here in order to give this place five stars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the loveliest Friday night dinner on the patio near the fireplace. It was chilly but we brought a blanket. The food was outstanding as always and we had the nicest server. ☺️

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LizB
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at La Merenda is outstanding. Best bets of many delicious options are gnocchi, goat cheese curds, and save room for tres leches cake. It’s the best dessert in the city. Wine list is unique with many good options and service is attentive and perfect. Covid updated plexiglass makes for an Uber-safe feel. Highly recommend.

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LS2017
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was a great dining experience. awesome food! the COVID safety measures they have in place were perfect, felt very safe.

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StephanieC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

La meranda was great this weekend. I haven’t been to many restaurants during covid but felt totally and completely safe. The tables were nicely spread out with dividers between each table. The service and food were good as always!

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EmilyK
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only our second date night out since COVID. La Merenda was set up with each table being divided with screens. It made us feel so safe! We had an incredible time and the food was phenomenal. Highly recommend for a COVID safe date night!

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JenniferM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. very safe given the steps taken for covid-safe dining. They have plastic dividers and tables are very spread out.

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MarinaA
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Amazing food. Service wasn’t the best but usually it’s great!

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Brown
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tapas! Specials! Food from all over the world grown as locally as possible.

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AnthonyM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drinks. Great selection of food and a variety for all different tastes.

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MaryD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, fantastic service! Enjoy sitting at the bar or enjoying the outside patio. Food is always on point.

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JoyB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been here in years. Brought my 22yo son and his friends. Items have changed (osso bucco!!), but the 12 items we ordered were outstanding! Never disappoints and continues to impress... Thanks, Peter!

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mkefoodie
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service... This restaurant has always been one of my favorites.
I would highly recommend when looking for a tapas restaurant!

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DawnB
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was great. Very friendly, attentive, and offered many great food and drink suggestions. The pork empanadas were my favorite of the many, many dishes, and the jalapeño infused tequila drink was fantastic! Very clean bathroom.

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 2126 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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