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La Merenda

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125 E National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1849 (Between 1st and Barclay)
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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104 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Jane Z
Appleton, WI
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful outdoor garden. Excellent craft cocktails. Good vegetarian selection. I wish we had a place like this in Appleton.

Thank lauramarie_9
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

First thing about La Merenda- make a reservation! Don't call today for a reservation today, call today for a reservation for next weekend. Second thing- be open to interesting pairings and flavor fusions. I had some incredible gnocchi topped with a friend egg, and a pistachio salad. Nothing I could put together myself at home and I'm a pretty good... More 

Thank Etoile983
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Our friends took us to La Merenda before a concert at the Summerfest grounds. The place was packed and the wait over 45 minutes. We managed to find a seat at the bar and from there, everything went smoothly. Between the four of us we ordered 9 dishes, three at the recommendation of the bar staff. The range of flavors... More 

Thank WisconsinJimJames
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Great Food. The international tapas are wonderful. Peter Sandroni, the owner, definitely knows what he is doing. The patio is great for large groups.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
Spanish, Latin, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
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?