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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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 117
    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
Pleasant Surprise in Milwaukee. Sophisticated, yet simple multi-ethnic cuisine

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
MauiTulsa
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Tulsa
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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181 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Tulsa
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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
226 reviews 226 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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 via mobile

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have been to La Merenda multiple times and everything is just so yummy. The Argentinian style beef was amazing and so were the potato skins. I think by far my favorite dish was the beef stroganoff though. I also really enjoyed the empanadas, pork belly, and the veal dish which was a special.Overall everything that I have ordered has... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

La Merenda serves small plates based on a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. Go with friends in order to sample a variety of dishes from the menu. A group of four or six works really well. But get a reservation!! This is a very popular restaurant.

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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?