La Merenda

4.7
1515 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
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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 1515 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

An expensive evening out with most dishes bulked up with salad leaves which is a bit disappointing because the stars are meant to be the proteins. Inventive food though I wish we got more for what we paid for each dish. More service etiquette could be observed by staff - 2 dishes were dropped onto our table and slid towards my partner which was quite alarming.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

I have been several times. The menu has changed and some great items were removed. It was busy and not as attentive.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I absolutely love this place! One of my favorite restaurants that impressed me each and every time I come in! However I was a little ill impressed with the service more so the hostess. Made a reservation weeks in advance for 5 pm on a Monday. Get there a little early and the servers were in a staff meeting, no big deal! It gets to be 5:15 and we still aren’t seated yet, however two tables that came in WITHOUT a reservation were seated before we were. Then, we were seated at the tiniest table in the corner when the two tables (also for two) who came in while we were waiting were seated at 4 tops with ample room. So much for making a reservation I guess! Bad form on the hostesses part

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We were fortunate to sit on their beautiful patio. Our waitress was wonderful. We had the pistachio salad (which I dream about), butter chicken (delicious) and the special pork enchiladas which had a fabulous depth of flavor. Outstanding! Finished it up with the tres leches cake. Still my favorite place to eat in Milwaukee

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Food was outstanding, it had been a while since we were there. The outdoor patio was very lovely. My only negative was that we had to ask for new plates after a few small plates.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

My main dish (beef filet w potatoes) was too salty.

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2.0Dined on June 14, 2018

My first experience with La Merenda was several years ago when it was extremely difficult to get a reservation, and rightfully so, the food was fantastic. I made my second visit, almost 5 years later (winter of 2018) and again, had an amazing experience. Unfortunately, I have been back 3 times since and every time, the food and the service has progressively gotten worse. I have found the dishes to be very inconsistent from visit to visit. My last visit we ordered the Argentinian Beef with mashed plantains. I had it several months prior and it was delicious. This most recent time, the plantains were served in a pool of oil, it was extremely unappetizing to look at, let alone eat. When our waitress made it to our table, we sent the plantains back and she returned with another bowl of mashed plantains, only slightly less oily. We didn't even touch it.

It honestly surprises me that a favorite restaurant of mine, turned in to a restaurant that I will not be returning to. I have no idea what changed. Maybe new management? Staff turnover? Unfortunately, La Merenda went from a top Milwaukee restaurant to mediocre at best.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

New summer menu was excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee. Menu changes regularly, but these are my current suggestions:
Argentina beef, trout, octopus, patatas bravas with chorizo, empanadas, Korean dumplings

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

My brother and I met here for a brother-sister dinner evening. I really do not have enough words to express just how remarkable our meals were. We ordered a few different dishes so that we could share, try and explore. Neither one of us were disappointed. All of the dishes were seasoned to perfection. The steak just about melted in our mouths.

We ordered the empanadas, butter chicken, Patatas Bravas Y Chorizo (Spain)*, Argentinian Style Beef (Argentina), Risotto con Funghi (Italy) and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (China). We brought food home!

Our server was exceptional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable about all of the dishes that we ordered.

We will definitely be back to sample the fare again and I highly recommend trying it out! You won't be sorry making a reservation.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Everything was excellent!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Best all around restaurant in Milwaukee. Very well executed plates. Food choices that are always exciting. Should be Zagat best list not to mention James Beard Best Midwest Chef.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food was all flavorful and delicious!
Love the outdoor patio!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

La Merenda is always great. The menu is always changing, so don't expect to find the same things each time you go. There are a lot of vegetarian options and the food is so creative. The staff is helpful, friendly and engaging.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

La Merenda continues to impress! We love trying what's new on the menu and that the staff is always willing to offer food and drink recommendations. There's a wide variety of options for everyone!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Loved the food, service and decor. Also, like the small plate options and ability to sample and share with table :)

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Wife and I visiting from out of town and tried La Merenda based on the recommendation of a local friend.
What a great find! We enjoyed a casual dinner on the patio with great weather. If you like to try various foods,
this is the place. Throw in a bottle of wine and a welcoming staff and we were happy to have chosen this for our night
out. Don’t be run off by the location or “street” looks....behind the door is a world of food to explore.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

My ladies’ birthday dinner was amazing as always. Love La Merenda and there’s nothing better than a candle in a Car Bomb Cupcake!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

This was definitely a gem in the Walker Point area. The food was delicious and it was a great experience overall. I would highly recommend La Merenda to everyone.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

What a great find. The meal was outstanding, everything was well balanced in preparation, presentation and taste. My wife and I shared a salad and three small plates. The amount of food was perfect. The chocolate cake was a little dry. What really stood out was our waitress who was efficient, friendly, knowledgeable of the menu, made great recommendation, and was appropriately attentive. We look forward to returning soon.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We sat outside and loved every dish we ordered. Have been coming here since they opened and the food just keeps getting better!!!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great food and wonderful service.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I don’t hear people talk about La Merenda much anymore, but it is still a gem. I took my husband and teenage sons for dinner and we had an exceptional time. Our server was excellent and we loved every item we ordered (and shared). My only other feedback is that the tables inside are too close together for comfort? Though we asked to be moved and were immediately accommodated. I didn’t check out the patio but heard it’s lovely. We plan to return soon.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

You should add this restaurant to being able to book through this app! Maybe I’m just missing where to do that.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

My wife and I went for date night and it couldn’t have been more perfect! The food and service was excellent. We live in Gurnee and will definitely make the trip multiple times a year to have dinner here. Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

La Merenda is a great concept. They have a great variety of clever and tasty shared dishes. I want to go back and try their other dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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 on April 17, 2018

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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