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La Merenda

4.6
1451 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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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 1451 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6
  based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pamela 
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

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 
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Cancun)
5.0
Dined on February 18, 2016

Love the sharing of excellent food with great friends. If you do too, La Marenda is the place for you! All dishes come in 2-4 pieces, perfect for sharing. My party of 4 shared 5 items, each one as good as the last. Best word to describe...savory!

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0
Dined on February 13, 2016

The food here is absolutely amazing! Very interesting mix of flavors which no place in Milwaukee can compare too.

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