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La Merenda

125 E. National Ave. (S. Barclay St.) Send to Phone
Take a tasty trip around the world with international-inspired small plates.


Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late Fri.-Sat.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

La Merenda Restaurant Review

: Be prepared to thoroughly peruse the international menu; reading it is a food-loving traveler’s dream. La Merenda, which means “snack” in Italian, offers small-plate lunches and dinners inspired by American, Asian, Caribbean, European, Central American, North African and South American cuisines. Owner Peter Sandroni is a local-foods advocate, never serving anything that's not in-season. Housed in a renovated woodworking shop, the restaurant is bright and inviting with artwork and photographs from around the world, as well as orange-red walls and silhouette lampshades. Glass-block windows, couches tossed with pillows and small tables add to the comfortable-cool feel of the place. When possible, we like to indulge in the Prince Edward Island mussels, steamed with garlic, thyme, lemon juice and white wine; spinach-and-cheese roasted ravioli; jerk-seasoned lamb chops; and Tuscan white bean and tuna salad. Save room for banana-chocolate egg rolls---bananas and chocolate wrapped in a wonton shell that’s lightly fried and served warm with vanilla ice cream.

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