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La Merenda

125 East National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204
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Ranked #8 of 1,383 restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between 1st and Barclay
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117 reviews from our community

92% Recommend
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English first
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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68 reviews 68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We have been trying to eat at this place for what seems like forever...AND we finally made reservations a few weeks in advance and made it there for my BF's birthday. This place was amazing. I have been to other tapas restaurants all over the place but this hits all of the notes. We shared about 5 tapas between two... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

As close to excellent as you can get as far as food and service at the table. We had a reservation for three at 5PM opening time and arrived at 4:48pm only to be stacked at the bar with everyone else. Some others with 5:00PM reservations and some with no reservations. I realize that the bar is major profit but... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is one of those places where everything is so good, the food is amazing easily you end ordering like 6 tapas at least. Highly recommend patatas bravas with Spanish chorizo, the Argentinian steak, empanadas, pork belly crepes and ohh well just get the rest of the menu hahaha.. SO hard to choose just a few. We ordered not sure... More

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New Mexico
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I was in Milwaukee for business recently and wanted a late dinner. We found La Merenda was still open at 9:30 on a week day so we headed over. You walk into the bar first, then into the dining area, which is comfortable and not at all fussy, with mismatched chairs and wooden tables. The service was good and the... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food and service is always great. My wife and I love to try new things so having a place that is inventive and good and serves small plates is a great pull for us. I think they do a nice job of seeking out unique wines to pair with their menu as well.

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Joppa, Maryland
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The restaurant was very eclectic looking and seemed out of sorts. All the tables were different and as well as the chairs. The portions of food were large and well priced due to it being a tapas restaurant. The food had some weird ingredients but did seem flavorful. I would not go back, but will not discourage anyone else from... More

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Dined here for the first time to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. The restaurant was packed, but thankfully the hostess was able to squeeze us in earlier than our original 8:30 reservation. Loved the variety of dishes created from local ingredients & that we were able to try a little bit of everything. Also, half off bottles of wine on Mondays... More

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant was a nice surprise. It is pleasant inside, but the true winner is the food. We ordered three different rounds that included salads, tarts and meats. Everything was delicious. One friend needed gluten free and they had plenty of choices to meet that need. Dessert was wonderful. Worth the trip and fun to pick lots of small plates... More

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Menominee, Michigan
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

La merenda was one of those visits based just on their collection of world cuisine and by reading the online reviews. And I tell you, it was a visit worth every penny. The variety of food had me longing for more. I wish I could have ordered more. A definite must item is sambal goreng udang- Indonesian coconut shrimp dish!... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

I just finished my first trip here and I can't wait to return. The menu is made up of only small plates. They are perfect for sharing. With four of us, we ordered four plates for our first course and three for our second course. We then split two desserts, which were excellent. If I had to describe the cuisine,... More

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