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.
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.
I have been several times. The menu has changed and some great items were removed. It was busy and not as attentive.
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
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
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.
My main dish (beef filet w potatoes) was too salty.
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.
New summer menu was excellent!
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
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.
Everything was excellent!
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.
Food was all flavorful and delicious!
Love the outdoor patio!
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.
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!
Loved the food, service and decor. Also, like the small plate options and ability to sample and share with table :)
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.
My ladies’ birthday dinner was amazing as always. Love La Merenda and there’s nothing better than a candle in a Car Bomb Cupcake!
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.
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.
We sat outside and loved every dish we ordered. Have been coming here since they opened and the food just keeps getting better!!!
Great food and wonderful service.
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.
You should add this restaurant to being able to book through this app! Maybe I’m just missing where to do that.
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!
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.
Outstanding service from the bar to the table. Tapas offer the chance a variety ofexcellent food. Valet service a huge plus.
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.
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!
First time for me....It was wonderful and looking forward to going back!
Stellar dinner as always at La Merenda! So tasty and such variety.
Great food. Great staff. Fantastic experience.
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!
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.
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.
It was exceptional experience, food, atmosphere, service all exceptional and truly enjoyed it a lot
Excellent as always. The service, the food, over all ... we had another great meal.
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.
We ordered a total of 5 plates. Every one was way over salted. Painfully over salted. Great menu, great ideas, just disappointing.
The only thing that could have made our experience better would have been still having patatas bravas back on the menu:)