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La Merenda

4.7
1463 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Top Tags:
  • Tapas
  • Good for Groups
  • Local Ingredients

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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 389-0125
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter Sandroni
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 1st and Barclay
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Parking details
Free Valet Parking at Dinner Monday-Saturday
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Special events & promotions
Please visit out website www.lamerenda125.com for upcoming special events or send your email address to info@lamerenda125.com to add your name to our newsletter mailing list.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1463 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RonH 
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

I took my gal on a post-Valentines day meal to La Merenda based on all of the excellent reviews and because she hasn't been there yet. We totally enjoyed the food even though the cevechy & the spinach in the grilled pork were way too salty. The salad we ordered was great! As for ambiance, there was a nice vibe but the table next to us had a woman who laughed WAY TOO LOUD, to the point of being obnoxious and somewhat spoiling the evening. This is the 2nd time I've been there and will probably go again....only if that loud woman doesn't show up.. :/

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Favorite Milwaukee restaurant! Great food and atmosphere. Also love that they encourage diners to put their phones in a jar rather than usung them while they're dining. At the end, you even receive a fun prize for participating.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always excellent... from the service to the food to the valet ... consistently excellent. The hand pies were outstanding as a special .

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We ordered 5 dishes. The cheese plate and green salad were tasty, but unexciting. The Argentinian beef was completely flavorless and was grey in color. It was tender, but way way under seasoned. The potstickers tasted ok, but they were swimming in broth so there was no crispy side. The texture was mushy and gummy. The only really delicious plate was the duck and rabbit gnocchi which was perfectly seasoned and just scrumptious. Unfortunately it was hard to enjoy it after such a disappointing meal overall.

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Cooker (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I took 4 friends to La Meranda and we had great time. We were seated at round table which was perfect for conversation and very comfortable noise level for conversation. The menu of small plates is great to share and and well prepared. Portions good for 2 to share or 1/2 small serving for 4. Makes for interesting dinner. Pace was nice as something was always coming. Everything hot and seasoned well. I recommend risotto, Argentinian beef and shrimp dish. We enjoyed all and the final tab was very reasonable for all. Unfortunately we arrived before Valet parking available so had to park around block in the snow. Go in the summer too to sit outside patio.

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bonbon64 (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We LOVE La Merenda and have brought so many friends and family members who also rave about it, too. Can't get enough of this wonderful spot!

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BrianS 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Your restaurant never fails to make me feel special and the food was killer as always

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food!!
This is a great place to go with friends and have a good time and enjoy unique food.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent as always! Wonderful flavors. Lots of gluten free options and variety to keep everyone happy.

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DebraP 
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in town. The food is always an adventure, the wait staff attentive & good energy all around!

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Ivette 
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I had the Argentinian style beef. First time I have NOT liked a meal. The beef texture was chewy and didn't appear grilled enough. I sent the meal back and it was taken off of my bill. This however will not deter me from returning or recommending La Merenda.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

First time there-loved it. Took my wife and daughter, tried new things. Food and service were great

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Pamela 
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The little plates were fabulous and just the perfect amount on each plate for the four of us. We tried 5 plates and a dessert; we loved every bite! Lots of happy dinner sounds coming from our lovely corner table. Before dinner we sat at the bar-- I must say, the Spiced Pear Old fashioned was a lovely complex drink. Our service through out the evening was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent value and food. Still one of the best in MKE.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

One of our favorites! Food is consistently good and well prepared. Never disappointed.

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DeborahH (Denver)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

This was our 4th time at La Merenda & each time the food is so good. I love the small plates so you can share with the group & order lots of variety one dish after another. Had some great Spanish wine with the flavors. Need reservations!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on March 2, 2016

We booked a team dinner for 7 recently. Sampled about 12 small plates and 2 desserts along with a bottle (or two) of wine. Every single dish was fabulous. The table was in agreement that the empanadas were a great start. Most notable was the Korean BBQ bowl on special that night. I would recommend group dining so that you can order several dishes and pass them around. The service was great, too. Our waitress was ready to answer our questions and make suggestions. She staggered delivery of dishes so we'd all have time to pass plates without the meals getting cold. Highly recommend. I can't wait to go again.

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Debra (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Great service, delicious food with "local" food sources!

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vipLindaJ (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

Love, love, love this restaurant for the food it serves (Organic Vegetables and Alaskan Salmon). The food is excellent in preparation and quality of the products it prepares. We love the staff and would dine there more frequently if only we could get a reservation. You've got to think ahead or you will miss some of the best food Milwaukee has to offer. We are NEVER disappointed! Almost forgot--the Car Bomb is just the icing on the cake! A perfect way to end a fabulous dinner. Thank you LaMerenda for caring about food like you do!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

La Merenda is worth a long wait, or planning well in advance. Once you taste anything that the chef and his staff prepare, you will know that you have found a restaurant that you will return to many times. The diverse food offerings are incredible. You can dine on food from almost any continent on the face of the Earth. It is also nice that the menu changes on a regular basis. This place is phenomenal. The only criticism I have is the lack of a proper craft beer menu. I understand why wine is the focus, but with the craft beer industry as strong as it is right now, I believe La Merenda may be missing out on a demographic that enjoys to pay for food that's worth it! That said, the few beers available are good enough because the food is so unbelievably good.

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