We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

La Merenda

Certificate of Excellence
$$$
International
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
125 East National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204 (Between 1st and Barclay)
414-389-0125
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 195 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 125
    Excellent
  • 58
    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
Amazing Assortment of Small Plates

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
MILWBBB
,
Bruce Bautch
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

195 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Bruce Bautch
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chenequa, WI
Level Contributor
21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Berlin, Wisconsin, United States
Level Contributor
76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The food is phenomenal, but I wished they had outdoor dining and I think it's theh decor is a little too shabby chic for my tastes.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I've been here twice and both experiences were similar. It's a cool place in a cool urban renewal type of area. Walk into a good-looking bar space and back to the restaurant. Always had very solid service. And a nice, eclectic atmosphere. And most of the food is good. It's just when you go with a big group and order... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Enjoyed a nice tapas lunch on La Merenda's patio. EVERY plate ordered was excellent. From Italian salads to Argentinian beef to mushroom tacos, everything had it's own distinctive flair. I will definitely take a group down there the next time we.re going to be in downtown Milwaukee on a summer night!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

La Merenda is the top of the tapas in Milwaukee. What's unique here is that they are no just Spanish but rather international. You never know what you'll find on the menu because it changes often but you can be sure it is excellent no matter what is being served.

Was this review helpful? Yes
MKE
Level Contributor
27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I've been around the culinary block, being a cook through college and married to a woman with a culinary arts degree from a well respected program, so I think I have a decent handle on what is good dining. Well, La Merenda is one of those rare places that is always great. Get anything withh their mole, get the stroganoff,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed La Merenda also viewed

 

Been to La Merenda? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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, Entertaining clients, 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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of La Merenda and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from La Merenda staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?