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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
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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1,051 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 413 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

International Tapas 5 minutes from downtown MKE in Walker's Point. Simple decor. Farm to table. Valet Parking available + free street parking. We had no reservations, but we chanced it because we were in town for an early show, arrived 5:30. We were seated immediately, on the condition that we make the table available for their 6:30 reservation. No problem.... More 

Thank rollngstone
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always a great meal. Lots of different options and variety. This is always one of my favorite restaurants. The prices are reasonable and the flavors are beyond expectations

Thank Matthew W
Noblesville, Indiana, USA
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172 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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357 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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177 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 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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65 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 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 

Thank GR V
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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 

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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 13 October 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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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 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 

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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
US$30 - US$30
Latin, Spanish, International, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?