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La Merenda

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125 E National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53204-1849 (Between 1st and Barclay)
+1 414-389-0125
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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Noblesville, Indiana, USA
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202 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

We've been here a couple of times. Food has been very good. Staff is really helpful and very accomodative if you have special dietary requirements. The atmosphere is quite nice as well. Lots of varied options on the menu. Take a trip around the world and don't leave Milwaukee.

Thank Joseph W
Toms River, New Jersey
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359 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 via mobile

They claim they are a tapas restaurant, however I beg to differ, I believe that they are a small plates restaurant. What does that mean?? Small plates are bigger than tapas. What does that mean to you?? Order less dishes as these are sizable plates but absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! The service is excellent as well. Hopefully you are lucky to get... More 

Thank Sirena1234
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181 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the atmosphere and variety of tapas at La Merenda. Good bar scene and crowd at this place. They serve several international variety of tapas. Tried several recommendations starting with the Argentinian steak which was excellent meat to local Cheese curds which had a great flavor. Beef Empanadas and Singapore noodles were good options too. Also enjoyed sangria here. Good... More 

Thank triphopper
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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80 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

This my latest of 3 forays fell a bit flat simply on flavor profiles and combinations... The dishes as always were prepared, seasoned and presented very well but they just didn't pop combination wise. This doesn't mean the dishes weren't flavorful, they were but they were paired with accompanying flavor layers that detracted rather than helped the dishes. Frankly I'm... More 

1 Thank GR V
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 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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101 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

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 

1 Thank SaundraPlover
Lexington, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 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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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

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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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 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 September 22, 2016 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

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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
Latin, Spanish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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: +1 414-389-0125

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