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125 East National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-389-0125
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Ranked #6 of 1,399 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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
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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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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156 reviews 156 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

it is easy to see why La Merenda is so popular and why the wait was over 2 hours on a Saturday night. The food is spectacular! Small plates make it great for tasting many different things. We had salads, lamb, beef, pork, veggies and desert, each dish better than the other. The service was amazing and the wait staff... More

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Somers, Wisconsin
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129 reviews 129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

My wife and I had dinner at La Merenda last night and really loved it. I knew that the fact that I couldn't get a table until 9 PM meant this was probably kinda special. We have done this tapas style of dining before and have loved it but never before have I seen a menu with such diversity! We... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

A mere inventory of the small plates we ordered will hint at the variety of delights in a meal here: ceviche with plantain chips, veal ravioli with mushroom ragu, halibut cakes, sautéed spinach, steak empanadas, and a vegetable tart (spinach encore). For first time in a long while, we split a bottle of wine over dinner; the recommended Tempranillo was... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Eaten here many times and it's consistently really good but make reservations, this place is busy and for good reason. The food is delicious, locally sourced as much as possible, service is attentive, dining room is busy but comfortable. The tapas menu is an international culinary tour - Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Caribbean, etc. - by small plate. Creative dishes with... More

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Eagle, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A business colleague and I finished early at a meeting in the area and found La Merenda using Trip Advisor. We were the first in the restaurant and greeted by Abbey who was very attentive. There are a large variety of selections on the menu, and most memorable were empanadas, escabeche and duck & pheasant sausage. I will be back... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

They have a great selection of vegan items on their menu, but they could have labeled them better. Our secret had to keep going back to the kitchen to verify if any of our orders could be vegan or not. Kind of a pain, but the food was worth the wait! Very flavorful and bright dishes, great service, perfect for... More

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This restaurant was an adventure for my culinary senses. There is so much to choose from that I would highly recommend going with a big group. I went here for dinner with four other people and overall was able to sample about 12 different menu items. I wish we could go back to try the rest! Our waitress was an... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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59 reviews 59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Had a great meal at this establishment on Saturday night. Arrived a bit early so we could sit at the bar and wait for a table. Dining room is very lively. Difficult to have conversation. Tried the cheese platter, the special pumpkin tart --which was very, very good. My husband had the bulgogi which he described as quite good. We... More

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MKE
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

place I've been going to consistently for over 5 years that I can say has been absolute perfect every time....is it luck? I don't know, but the food here is absolute bliss, I walk away on a food drunk every time. If the cops had a food buzz breathalyzer I'd have several felonies from this place. Speaking of which, half... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My husband and I love this restaurant. The food is local and excellent! The downside is that you have to plan ahead if you want to make a reservation. The weekends are booked many weeks in advance.

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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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