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“Best tapas restaurant in the Midwest”
Review of La Merenda

La Merenda
Ranked #10 of 1,520 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between 1st and Barclay
Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Best tapas restaurant in the Midwest”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

Everything about La Merenda is laudable. The chef, Peter Sandroni, has a commitment to locally grown & harvested ingredients which keeps the menu innovative, fresh and interesting. The room is a lot of fun, service is friendly & reliable, and the chef's own personal commitment is apparent -- Sandroni constantly walks the floor to check on guests. A trip to Milwuakee is not complete without a stop here for the region's top tapas.

  • Visited October 2012
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Brookfield, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Tapas TOP choice!”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

I don't know a single person who doesn't absolutely LOVE La Merenda! From the moment you walk in (**reservations are a must!**) to the friendly waitstaff, to the amazingly delicious foods, I can assure you this will be your favorite restaurant in Milwaukee!

I have dined here several times and have never once been disappointed in any way.

I came with a group of friends for a birthday dinner and made a special cake for my friend and they were beyond helpful in holding it in the back for me and taking the courtesy to cut it for us as well.

Top notch everything!

  • Visited September 2012
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Chicago, IL
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great food, eclectic selections, nice comfortable ambiance”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

A bit off the beaten path, but a great find. It is a tapas or small plates restaurant, with much great variety. Not just from Spain, but inspiration from many countries. Everything we ate was delicious, and they had a very reasonable selection of inexpensive wines by the bottle.

It is not fancy, and e needed to take a cab there. But, well worth it!!!

Visited September 2012
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Waukegan, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fantastic and Fun”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

We love this place. It's hard to get reservations, but if you're willing to sit at the bar it's ually possible to get it. And is it worth it. Small plates of goodness. This allows you to share or tailor the size of your meal/ Although they do have specials, I recommend the falafal and butter chicken curry. Te deserts are also excellent, we've had the chocolate flan. Good wine list at affordable prices., and the house wines are not to shabby either. Lots of street parking plus valet service.

  • Visited September 2012
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Gurnee, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great variety and charm”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Came with a group and allowed the chef to pick out which tapas he'd serve. In a word, fantastic. Tremendous range and flavors. Prices were moderate and service was excellent. Neighborhood is in the process of redeveloping but restaurant is cozy with valet service. Recommended.

  • Visited August 2012
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