LaDama Refined Mexican Kitchen Cuisine

4.7
917 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
Mexican Kitchen and Bar. La Dama Mexican Kitchen and Bar offers authentic Mexican cooking with a modern twist! Our food is inspired from the markets and kitchens of Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca. Our fun and exciting bar offers a vast list of tequilas, mezcals and Spanish wines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 917 people are saying
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4.7
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DerrillR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome as always!!!!! IN Every regard!!! Thanks

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ConnieV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun ambiance, we LOVED where they sat us so we could see the whole restaurant and experience the whole vibe. Excellent sangria, food, and service, though be prepared for all the tacos to have some heat (we tried 4 different varieties).
Although I'll always miss Crazy Water, it's the same owners and a new fave spot that I'll be visiting again soon!!

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ThomasK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing. Great drinks. Had reservation marked on OpenTable that this was a birthday reservation but nothing special was done. Although I realize I could have mentioned it to the server during the meal, that blows the surprise. So either something didn't go through the OpenTable app, or it was missed by the staff. Regardless, I highly recommend going here. I will definitely be going here again.

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DavidG
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo or just have a nice dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing! Fresh, unique and so good!
Highly recommend this place!!
Service was too notch, margaritas were great and the food was top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must to eat here. Warm and inventive.

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MikeOC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first "real" dinner out since the COVID shutdown, and it did not disappoint! Very seldom do I want to go back to a restaurant right away, but I wish I could have gone back the next day. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican cuisine in Milwaukee!

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Slater
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has been on our list since it reinvented itself from Crazy Water. It was our vaccination celebration dining out and was all we hoped it would be. LOVE a the food and the owner and staff are as hood as it gets.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was the first time we’ve been here. The service was excellent and the food was very good and fresh! The guacamole was outstanding! The flavor combinations are very unique...but work well! There’s a lot of variety of chili’s used in various dishes. The beef tacos my mom had were too spicy for her, but had tons of good flavor! If you like heat...those are outstanding. They have milder dishes too! We will definitely go back!!!

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IvanG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic evening. The menu had something for everyone. it was a favorite when it was Crazy Water and I’ll be back to La Dama for sure. It’s a small space but the table dividers made me feel comfortable. The restaurant also had a good exhaust fan so air circulation was good.

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vipTortugita
Milwaukee
90 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to return to indoor dining at LA DAMA which had new plexiglass dividers in between tables. The cocktails/menu were unique. The Dama vodka cocktails was quite HOT but tasty. The octopus appetizer was our favorite but the no palito tacos a close second. The only disappointment was no coffee offered to accompany the churros dessert. I love my cafe!

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Mkefoodie
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was creative, clever and overall yummy. I should have been a bit more careful on spice level. LaDama cocktail was delicious, I’ll be back for it. Corn salad on roasted romaine another must have.

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NateK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was amazing -- from the apps to the entrees. Drinks were great too -- but I have to say the churros were the absolute best ones any of us had ever had. Will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insanely delicious craft cocktails and authentic high-end Mexican cuisine. Easily one of our favorite places in Milwaukee!

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Catydid
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! So many great looking dishes, it was hard to choose! Beans were amazing. We definitely plan to return soon.

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katieo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, love LaDama! Delicious food, good service, nice ambiance.

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edem
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent! The Vegetable Tlayuda and caramelized Brussels sprouts were so delicious. and we were able to order them dairy free which was wonderful. The guacamole was fantastic as was the grilled romaine salad and side of rice with veggies - just great food!!

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JeffreyK
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. It’s a pleasure to go here. It’s intimate, the service is great and the food is terrific. Always impressive!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had at La Dama was delicious! Very thought out dishes really made for a wonderful experience in your mouth. The pancita taco was magnificent! Chilitos rellenos were spicy and flavorful. Will definitely be returning soon!

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vipfitgirlaz
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I had high hopes for LaDama, and overall, it was a disappointment. We were seated after our reservation time, which would have been fine had we not been asked to leave after less than 90 minutes.

The restaurant was packed and poorly ventilated. The outdoor patio is NOT HEATED AT ALL. People were dining with jackets and coats on. It was in the 30s when we went on a Saturday night.

1. The sea bass that was supposed to be deboned had plenty of bones in it.

2. We were charged for an appetizer we didn’t get, so check your bill closely.

3. Avoid the seared tuna taco.

4. The check arrived. When I mentioned dessert, the server said, “Didn’t you read the guidelines”? It wasn’t worth the argument. We paid and left.

We won’t be returning. We’ve been out a few times during the pandemic, and this is the first place we’ve been that uses the pandemic as an excuse to turn tables to maximize profit. There was little attention to detail...just a rushed experience.

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JanN
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has it going on! I can’t wait to visit again!

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JulieH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here since it changed from Crazy Water, and we loved every second of it. We sat at the booth at the end of the bar, and received perfect service from the bartender. I loved my Mexican Lollipop and my husband's margarita was delicious. The guacamole was so good we had a second order. Sea Bass, Rellenos, and Tacos were also fantastic. We were close to the host stand, and interacted with the servers, who were so much fun! We can't wait to come back.

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vipgals
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I rarely give a restaurant/meal all 5 stars. But Peggy Magister and Emanuel Corona have created such a delightful space and a truly authentic, upscale Mexican menu that it is a pleasure to recognize and enjoy their efforts. Emanuel's mole and guacamole appetizers were to die for! I cannot stop thinking about going back for them. The salmon and pablano entrees were creative and delicious. Service was top-notch and the atmosphere is as upscale and modern as the food. I am more than ecstatic to finally have a really great Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee. Thank you Peggy and Emanuel!!!

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JohnK
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab tacos. But the lamb shank is fantastico! The decor is not so bad either.

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DanR
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very Good tasting, very small portions . Meant for Quality not volume.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious. Tried 6 different things and I honestly can’t tell you my favorite. Staff was exceptional the hostess made the effort to move us to a table I really wanted after the people left which was above and beyond. The server was personable and just fun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Crazy Water, but we love La Dama even more! The flavors were complex and creative w/o being too over the top. My husband had the bass which was delicious and I had the tacos. You get any 3 tacos of your choice, and i let our lovely waitress chose the top 3 for me. I ended up with the pulled pork, hangar steak and mahi mahi. The hangar steak had quite a bite, and I love spice. All 3 were fantastic, but I would rank them as Pork shoulder #1, mahi mahi #2, and hangar steak #3. We had the churros con chocolate and Carmel for dessert. These were also very good, and while the dough was light and airy, it was a bit too airy. I think the dough could be a tad bit denser. We had the margaritas too which were great. Lots of fresh lime and good tequila. I was big into the food scene when I lived in chicago for 14 years, and La Dama might be my fave restaurant in MKE that I’ve been to in the last 3 years I’ve lived here. Rick Bayless, watch out!

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kingsburym
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is hard to top the experience we had at La Dama recently. The service was perfect, the food was exceptional and the ambiance was great. This place is a treasure.

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JeffreyK
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is terrific — fresh and different. Very special and unique.

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Kevin
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Quality ingredients with lots of flavor. Drinks were delish as well.

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Seeoh
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The flavors are truly authentic and amazing with a modern twist in presentation. Not your typical Mexican restaurant. Lovely house cocktails!

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CalWi
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food Excellent. Only thing that was disappointing were the drinks, they were expensive and weak.

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BenMajor
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding! The starters were off the charts. Guacamole, a pair of moles and the Mexican short rib flatbread (WOW). We sampled 6 of the 9 taco offering and they were very good. The lamb shank was good but not up to the level the other dishes.
Our server was terrific!!

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TesaS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Every single time! The food, the drinks, the service- everything. Can't recommend LaDama enough. You will not be disappointed!

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Dianne
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so interesting and delicious, unique flavors which come together to perfection! Our service was also outstanding! We are always excited to dine at LaDama because we know it will be fantastic!

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Statistician
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Creative, but not over the top Mexican cuisine, with generous portions. The use of pomegranite seeds in the guacamole and other dishes added just the right amount of sparkle to the flavors. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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TammyL
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the food here and the creativity behind it all! From Crazy Water to La Dama I keep coming back.

TD
vipTylerD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Ever-evolving menu that lets the chef have fun with flavor and ingredients! Great neighborhood spot that we are lucky to have in Milwaukee

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KathleenK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life, shout out to our server Anna, she was fantastic. Will definitely come back.

FAQs

LaDama Refined Mexican Kitchen Cuisine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (414) 645-2606.

LaDama Refined Mexican Kitchen Cuisine is rated 4.7 stars by 917 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.