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La Merenda

4.8
1489 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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About

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 1489 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding service from the bar to the table. Tapas offer the chance a variety ofexcellent food. Valet service a huge plus.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food, great service. It's a must try! I would recommend that you try this at least once. Because once you do you'll be back again.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Wonderful menu with great international options. We liked about half the dishes we ordered, but there are so many others that we wanted to try on the menu! The sangria was great and the restaurant was fun. Wonderful service and will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

First time for me....It was wonderful and looking forward to going back!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Stellar dinner as always at La Merenda! So tasty and such variety.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great food. Great staff. Fantastic experience.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Fantastic, fresh, tasty and creative items on the menu. Lunch is a great time to go to avoid the weekend evening crowds. One of the best tapas restaurants in town!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Enjoyed the half price bottle wine night on Mondays. Ordered four tapas plates. Two of the four were excellent. The other two were far to salty. Always wish a restaurant would let each diner put there own salt on to taste.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant ever. I have never had anything there that was less than amazing. Each trip back we are surprised with delicious new options, but our old favorites never disappoint as well.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

It was exceptional experience, food, atmosphere, service all exceptional and truly enjoyed it a lot

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent as always. The service, the food, over all ... we had another great meal.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Made a 5pm reservation because the next available time was 8:30pm. We arrived on time. We were told that there was no one to seat us because they were in the middle of a staff meeting. We were asked to sit at the bar. We sat at the bar and there was no bartender either. About 5:10 the bartender arrived and we were given our first drink on the house. We were finally seated around 5:15pm and we were the only ones there. By 6pm it was pretty full and very noisy. I will say this. The food was exceptional and was priced fairly.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We ordered a total of 5 plates. Every one was way over salted. Painfully over salted. Great menu, great ideas, just disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The only thing that could have made our experience better would have been still having patatas bravas back on the menu:)

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

La Merenda is one of the best restaurants in MKE.
So good!!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We love La Merenda-it is our favorite restaurant in Milwaukee. It is our go to place if relatives are in town or just a fun time for friends to get together. The food is superb and the wait staff are incredibly attentive. What more can I say?

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We haven't been there in a while, glad to see La Merenda hasn't lost a step.
Still one of the best restaurants in Milwaukee.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It is a great place to go and try different items. Three of ordered three rounds - 3 appetizers, 3 main dishes and 2 desserts. We loved the variety and quality of food. We also liked that it is locally sourced. Although a little pricey for our every day budget; it's a great place to treat yourself. I like the quirkiness of the mismatched tables and chairs. Service was superb. I definitely plan to go again.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I really wanted to love this place. Just liked it. While La Merenda has a great atmosphere and incredibly intriguing dishes, all of which I wanted desperately to try, the restaurant came up short in two keys areas - service and, sadly, food.

Our server seemed attentive at first. The took our drink orders right away and we were served what we ordered promptly. When she returned with our drinks, she asked if we were ready to order. Our group was still making pleasantries and hadn't looked at the menu so we asked for a couple minutes. Well, a couple minutes turned into 15. The woman was nowhere to be found. Unfortunately, this was the trend for the rest of the evening...and the length of time between seeing our server kept increasing. We would have had better lucky getting an efficient water refill in the Sahara.

As for the food, every single dish that came out was over-salted. Hence the need for so many water refills! Many dishes (crepes, gnocchi, empanadas) were borderline inedible The dishes truly had everything going for them. Sadly, someone was overly generous with the salt.

I do hope that the food issue was just a bad night for the chef. I'll give La Merenda a second chance, but that's all they'll get.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Creative and wonderful food plus half price wine-a perfect evening!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It’s our 4th time here and it never disappoints. This place is amazing. Our favorites were the fundito, empanadas, and the aregentinian beef. Literally everything we ordered was excellent. It’s best to go as a large group so you can order more!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Always amazing food and amazing service. The chef, Peter Sandroni never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Very smart idea for putting your phones in a container. discounts after if you keep your phone in entire time. Would like to win discounts that would apply to your current tab and not come back, but that's only because I'm from out of town.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Everything we ordered was wonderful and on some items, even better than the description. We asked ourselves "Why are we not coming here more often?" Really great!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Have been going to this restaurant for the past 10 years and never dissapoints me.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We love this place!!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 10, 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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4.0Dined on February 10, 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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5.0Dined on February 8, 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 2, 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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 2, 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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4.0Dined on February 1, 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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