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La Merenda

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125 E National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1849 (Between 1st and Barclay)
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Best small plates in the city with an ever changing menu. One of my go to spots to bring visitors to MKE. The waitstaff is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu items and the service is typically quick! Great cocktails too

Thank Laura K
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had 8:30 reservations on a Friday & were seated right away. It was loud & very busy in the bar area but after being seated it became more relaxing. They had a nice selection of Tapas that we shared with each other. Our favorites.Penang Curry &Beef Empanadas. Some of the sauces for the dish were a little heavy.The desserts... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Some of these tapas are so good you won't want to share them. I particularly liked the ceviche and one of the salads. They said their sangria had soda in it, which I don't like, but when tasted a glass my wife ordered the carbonation was not even detectable and the sangria quite refreshing. Make a reservation weeks in advance... More 

Thank Todd B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group from work dined here recently, and this included several visitors from Europe and Canada. The decor is very spartan and casual, but that is a little disarming because the food and service are akin to a 5-star restaurant. We sampled a wide variety of items from the menu and every single one of them was delicious. The dining... More 

Thank NDanger427
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wide variety of tapa's and enjoyed all of them. Such a wide variety from numerous countries. Also had the sangria and was delicious!

Thank Ken C
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot to have a different kind of food for a small price. Great place to sit on patio and relax.

Thank JenW717
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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105 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Great place near downtown Milwaukee with outstanding food. The restaurant is fairly small inside, with a lovely patio outside. It’s a very popular restaurant, and be prepared for a weekend wait. The wait policies are a little funky. Depending on which bar you wait at, you might not be able to order unlimited food items. So ask at the desk.... More 

Thank finestbob
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I've visited La Meranda a handful of times, most recently in June with my husband. The service was fantastic; our waitress was friendly, very knowledgeable about the menu and helped us with recommendations and pairings. The food, as always, was very good - we liked everything we tried - even a few things that stretched us a bit out of... More 

Thank Kris O
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

We love meats and cheeses so started with a very generous chef's choice tray. It was all great but a poor decision if you want to try more than a couple of their excellent and unusual tapas. We settled on the two specials and both came hot and delicious. Could not skip the hot bread cheese smothered in honey, nuts... More 

Thank ellasahar
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

This is a great place to try several different dishes. There were four of us and we ordered 7 different menu items. They were all excellent and all plates were sent back empty. We sat on the Patio which is lovely and peaceful, we were there for a late lunch and sat for two hours just eating and visiting. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Spanish, Latin, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 125 E National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1849
    (Between 1st and Barclay)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: 414-389-0125

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