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La Merenda

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International, Spanish
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125 East National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204 (Between 1st and Barclay)
414-389-0125
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 154
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  • 63
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Exceptional Food

I stopped in for lunch this week after hearing a lot of good things. I was not disappointed. All 3 dishes we tried were excellent: Duck ragout, wild mushroom quesadillas, and the brussel spout gnocchi.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Nancy N
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Mequon, Wisconsin
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Mequon, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stopped in for lunch this week after hearing a lot of good things. I was not disappointed. All 3 dishes we tried were excellent: Duck ragout, wild mushroom quesadillas, and the brussel spout gnocchi.

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Thank Nancy N
Sturtevant
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had never been to this restaurant before. Some friends told us about it and invited us to join them. We are so glad we did. The Tapas plates were delicious and we ordered to share among the group and no matter which one we tried the taste we delightful! Then you add great drinks, local beers and fine wine... More 

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Thank Mark W
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small plates from all over the world, this time the Argentinian beef was not as juicy as it use to be, everything else was perfect. We had also Colombian pork empanadas and Wisconsin goat cheese curds. To finish we had chocolate creme brûlée with seasonal red berries and it was outstanding. This is the best tapas place ever.

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Thank ChicagoanWTraveler
Neosho, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with our son and daughter-in-law for lunch. Between us, we had five vegetarian dishes, two meat dishes, and two desserts. The farro was the hands down favorite, but we enjoyed everything! Locally sourced foods. Very flavorful...no boring and bland here! Great place to come if you have a vegetarian in your group, as there are many vegetarian options.

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Thank Kelly J
New York City, New York
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70 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a perfect casual tapas bar & restaurant from antipasti to meze, local brews to South American wines, its all delicious. Reminds me of the place on "Goodfellas" the guys spent time in when drinking and having causal conversations. Great environment, knowledgeable staff, and awesome dishes. I sat at the bar, but there is seating. Reserve before going if... More 

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1 Thank MissFrequentFlyer
Libertyville, Illinois
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eating here is always an amazing experience. I have never gotten a small plate that I did not enjoy. I once had only their vegetarian plates, not because I am vegetarian but because those were the ones that I wanted to taste. They use locally sourced follow food which is also nice. I had mushroom tacos because they came from... More 

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Thank Bluestraveler1119
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I went here with some co-workers on a Monday as the other place that we were supposed to meet up at after work was closed on Mondays (Movida) and this place is like the same type of place and it's right down the street. Although this place does cater to like a lot of local natural ingredients. We were a... More 

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1 Thank fairlady75
Denver, Colorado
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

I really liked the food and the vibe of this place. It is a tapas restaurant with fun and unique options. I would recommend being adventurous here. It seemed like the safer dishes weren't as good as the more unique options. The vibe is very much like you would find in Colorado. Would definitely recommend this place.

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1 Thank Ryan649
minnesota
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103 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Liked the farm to table experience. It was nice to read where the food came from. Had the Bun Thit Nuong dish and it was very good.

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1 Thank erameram
Wisconsin
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

I've been looking forward to visiting La Merenda and they did NOT disappoint. Friendly staff who knew their stuff. Generous portions not to mention a nice wine list.i ordered the special of the night Beef Strogonoff with Sweet Potato dumplings, it was exellent. My dinner companion had a Curry Ginger Chicken topped with crunchy Cashews and rice also delicious. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 125 East National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204
    (Between 1st and Barclay)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: 414-389-0125

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: International, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?