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La Merenda

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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: Lunch, Dinner, Private Dining, Reservations

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  • 129
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    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
I make sure I eat here every time I visit Milwaukee

I love everything about La Merenda. All the food choices, the pitchers of sangria, the atmosphere, the service, and BYOB night on Mondays. 😊 My friends and I always share at least 8 different small plates and our total bill is very reasonable. My personal favorite is the empanadas. You cannot go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
Monchichi80
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Phoenix, Arizona
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The food was good, the service was great, until the hostess came up to us as we were finishing our dessert and literally said (and I'm not making this up), "I'm sorry but your table time is up". We were still eating, we were not lingering, we ordered plenty of fare. It was very busy. A lot of people were... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I love everything about La Merenda. All the food choices, the pitchers of sangria, the atmosphere, the service, and BYOB night on Mondays. 😊 My friends and I always share at least 8 different small plates and our total bill is very reasonable. My personal favorite is the empanadas. You cannot go wrong with those! Other amazing choices are the... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The menu is small plates. I have enjoyed each and every small plate I've tasted over multiple visits. The menu changes and is sourced from local providers, so the food is fresh and tasty. Order the tres leches cake for dessert. You will not be disappointed. The atmosphere is festive and fun. The staff is friendly and laid back. I'd... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Positive past reviews have been right one. The staff was friendly and attentive. The patio setting was an oasis of summer flowers, an evening fireplace aglow , and unique menu offerings. A seafood special from the Philipines was creatively constructed. The Columbian empenatas were served piping hot with a delicious sauce. The pork belly crepes were delicious and the butter... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Had dinner here while traveling through Milwaukee. The menu has a variety of globally inspired small plates; it was hard to choose only a few as all of them sounded excellent. The goat cheese curds in a tomato cream sauce was one of our favorite dishes, along with the house-made pierogis. The ceviche and the bun thit nuong were good,... More 

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Bruce Bautch
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This restaurant is one of my favorites in Milwaukee. The menu does change but some items are a constant. The salads are always crisp and fresh and the desserts are to die for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Great small plates!!! Always enjoyable and fun to try new things. Been there many times with different friends and it has always been good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I've been partaking of this restaurant since it opened. It's got a variety of delicious dishes tapas style (small plate). People are very friendly, location is in the up and coming fifth ward, south of downtown Milwaukee. The dessert of con leche cake is scrumptious. Once ordered a full cake from them for one of my birthdays. Great place to... More 

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Chenequa, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

Have been dining at La Merenda since it opened and it is always great food! Love the classic tapas and the varieties! Service is great and love the outdoor patio. Highly recommend!

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New Berlin, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This place is awesome. They make their own sodas. They are a nice change of pace from the mass marketing sodas we are all used to. The food is unbelievable. The Argentinian beef and the veal dishes are PHENOMENAL.

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Additional Information about La Merenda

Address: 125 East National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone Number: 414-389-0125
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: International

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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, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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?