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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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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 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, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Private Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 109
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Y-U-M!!!

This is a great place for a meal that can range from light to stuff-your-face-till-you-can't-breathe. The tapas were all excellent. Some we unexpectedly spicy. You might want to ask your server about heat levels if you're not into spicy food. The Argentinian beef selection was to die for. I had to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
MelanieMDR
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Logan, Utah
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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168 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Logan, Utah
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for a meal that can range from light to stuff-your-face-till-you-can't-breathe. The tapas were all excellent. Some we unexpectedly spicy. You might want to ask your server about heat levels if you're not into spicy food. The Argentinian beef selection was to die for. I had to work hard not to bend into my plate and... More 

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Oshkosh
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Executive Summary: Delicious, creative, tapas plates from locally sourced produce (for the most part). Prompt, friendly, and helpful service. Moderate to high price depending on how many plates you order. Deserts are outstanding. This is our third or fourth time at La Merenda; it’s one of our favorite restaurants in Milwaukee. Being a tapas restaurant, the menu consists primarily of... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is hands down one of my favorite restaurants in Milwaukee! The menu consists of share-able plates for the carnivore and vegetarian alike. All the dishes are farm to table and uniquely delicious. However, plan to make reservations well in advance because there is limited walk in seating available unless you are willing to eat at the bar. A truly... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Like most restaurants that offer small plates, you have lots of choices of La Merenda. And the amazing part is ... that I don't think I ever had a small plate I did not like. The service is attentive and friendly and the drinks perfect. In fact, I watch my sugar intake and the bar made me the most perfect... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Smal plates exquisitely prepared. Good choice of craft beer and wine. Nice garden setting in back for eating out in warm weather. In teh trendy Walkers Point area.

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New Jersey
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

First a bias - I love tapas, Or tasting menus. Or anyplace you can sample a lot of variety, especially including food you can not make at home. But even accounting for my bias - Le Merenda is a winner. We loved the trout, lamb, pork belly crepes, and escabeche. Even if there was one or two things we didn't... More 

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Hartland, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Yes, the tapas are absolutely delicious, so I won't t go on and on about those. You MUST save room for dessert! Try the car bomb! It's a a chocolate cupcake soaked in Jamison with cream cheese frosting and was absolutely amazing!! Others in our group tried the apple crumble and tres leches which they really liked too! Enjoy!!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I have went past few times and finally on a Saturday afternoon stopped in. Very nice I was in the mood for soup. The soup is how I make it. I was still hungry and oder something else. I was very impressive with everything. Yes, I will go back.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This restaurant deserves it's spot at number one on OnMilwaukee's Best Small Plates list. Everything we had here was absolutely amazing! The really awesome thing about this place is that it has food from all over the world, so it's the perfect place to go to if you don't really know what you're in the mood for. There is really... More 

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Hartland, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Love this place- great place to go with friends. Wonderful food, Love being able to order a few dishes and try a bunch of different items. the bar is always bustling & lively. The food for the value can't be beat. The only downside is it can be hard to get in as its very popular- recommendations highly recommended unless... 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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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

Questions & Answers

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