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La Merenda

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125 East National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204 (Between 1st and Barclay)
414-389-0125
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 119
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Perfection

Between La Merenda and The Noble, I'm never sure which is my favorite Milwaukee restaurant. I've been here countless times and never have been disappointed. The Argentenian beef is always a favorite as well as whatever they are offering on special, I've learned that's always the most fun offering... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
Teresaeh
via mobile
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
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183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Between La Merenda and The Noble, I'm never sure which is my favorite Milwaukee restaurant. I've been here countless times and never have been disappointed. The Argentenian beef is always a favorite as well as whatever they are offering on special, I've learned that's always the most fun offering. Pricing I would estimate typically in the 70+ range for two... More 

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MKE
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We were lucky enough to be served by Steven. He knew about every dish on the menu and was very helpful in helping us navigate the many dishes. This is small plate dining, and most of plates will serve 3-4 people. If you go on Monday night wine by the bottle is only 1/2 price!

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Tulsa
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

La Merenda is not your typical restaurant. It’s affordable yet sophisticated international cuisine for the discerning palate. That could explain some of the not so flattering reviews. It’s not your ordinary kind of place either. From the outside, it resembles a warehouse or perhaps a factory, with hardly any windows and without a fancy facade. Yet, the interior is very... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
227 reviews 227 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Met up with a friend who has been here many times. Glad we went with her choice. The dining room filled quickly so we decided just to sit at the bar, chat and share some food. It wasn't crowded, so that was probably the best way to do it with two. The bartender was helpful and service was good. Dishes... More 

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Brown Deer, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If I had to rate this for any other than the food it would have been a two star. It's not the waitstaff's fault, but the immediate seating of so many at opening caused our small plates to be delivered in a random order and often a longer than usual wait in-between deliveries. I believe the kitchen was overwhelmed...maybe they... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I was very excited to try La Merenda, since I had heard so many good things. I came here for lunch with two people during the week and was pleasantly surprised to see how busy it was. I took that as a good sign. With that said, service was an issue from the minute we walked in the door. First... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Very good food with a great variety of small plates! Enjoyed several times with friends and family. Need reservations on the weekend, has become quite popular.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I love the outdoor space at this restaurant. The small plates offer a lot of options, and never disappoint. Great cocktail choices.

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Milwaukee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and I have eaten at La Merenda numerous times. This is where we take out-of-town guests and it has never failed to wow whomever we've taken there. The selection of tapas is extensive, the wine selection is very good, the waiters and waitresses are attentive and knowledgeable, prices are reasonable and the service is good. This is really... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've grown up in the MIlwaukee area, and every single time I go to La Merenda I'm impressed. The options they have change slightly each time, yet the quality is always impeccable! The portions are the perfect amount for sharing between people, and the prices are right on point. Between the ambiance of subtle lighting and a Spanish flair, for... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
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?