Merchant's Oyster Bar
Merchant's Oyster Bar

Merchant's Oyster Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.merchantsoysterbar.ca/
  • Phone: 6042580005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Merchants is open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm until close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Peter Neirmann
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: View
  • Private Party Facilities: Enquire with Sam Jonnery at the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Samuel Jonnery 6045123358
  • Special Events: Merchants is available for your private event needs up to 30 seats sit down and 40 for a stand up cocktail reception.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Graveley
  • Public Transit: Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street meter and 4 cars parking lot behind restaurant
A word from Merchant's Oyster Bar
Located on Vancouver's historic Commercial drive, Merchants is already gaining a reputation for serving some of Vancouvers freshest osyters. A 30 seat Patio provides a great opportunity to watch the action of The Drive any day. The warm and airy interior is anchored by the oyster bar on one side and the daily boards on the other. Alongside the oysters is a wonderful selection of small plates for any and all tastes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Merchant's Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (16)great for outdoor dining (12)good for groups (9)special occasion (8)vibrant bar scene (7)romantic (6)hot spot (6)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Food is good, but too noisy to chat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food is good, just too noisy to chat with friends, we ended up texting each other.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marginal food over priced loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Really not good. Weird menu that didn't match the website listings. So loud my head hurt. Bad service and over priced. Terrible experience. Take your money elsewhere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delicious Eggs Benedict
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Went here for a Sunday brunch. Enjoyed their happy hour oysters for 1.50 each. Their English muffins are delicious and I believe they are made in house. Our waiter was lovely and recommended a few coffee shops on commercial drive after our brunch. It was a overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could be better
    Wong5058
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Girls night out. Was looking forward to trying out this oyster bar, but very disappointed to find only 1 cooked oyster dish and raw oysters. Wish there was more cooked options. Ordered the baked oysters, but the price is 3 for $10.00, not the full dozen for $10.00 as shown on this website menu. Mentioned this to the owner, who comp'd us our French pressed coffees. Service was on the slow side, especially in trying to get us our coffees. Our food tasted great, but was a bit on the pricey side and the portions were quite small. Glad we tried this restaurant, but don't know that we'd return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TTTerrieVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This eatery offers the best tasting home-made crusty buns for brunch benedicts & burgers!! Qlty of food is excellent and very reasonably priced!! Server is friendly besides humorous. Will definately go back for poached lobster egg benedict and Friday nite dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible experience
    CKDK
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Was excited to try their happy hour oysters. However, we waited about 45 minutes for a dozen oysters and the restaurant was only half full. Waited an hour and 15 minutes for our entree. Oyster portions were okay. Entree portion (the pork shoulder) was kind of small. We also ordered a glass of wine and after about 15 minutes of chatting, we looked in the wine glass (didn't even take a sip from it yet) and saw a small fruit fly in it. We informed the server and she took the glass away and brought another one but the new one only had half the amount of wine in it. Not impressed. Overall, our server was good other than the wine incident. Very friendly. Always kept our glasses full of water and was happy to take a picture for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters' in the name!
    foodie4everVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A great neighborhood gem on busy Commercial. Service was great and the oysters were phenomenal. Benedicts were also great :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pefection
    Diana
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Thank you so much for a wonderful evening. Our server was so great, the food and drink were incredible. We had a lovely birthday celebration here! I look forward to coming back soon :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    simpleNdelicious
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I was looking for a new place to try oysters and chose Merchants based on the Yelp reviews. Food was delicious. We got oysters, beef tartare and the flank steak. Server was friendly and let us know when we sat down that happy hour was about to end, so that we could order oysters in time to get them half price. My only criticism (which is more of a suggestion than a criticism) is that I would have like some more interesting sauces to go wit the Oysters. Other than that, everything I ate was great and I found everything to be reasonably priced as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place for Oysters!
    mook
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Food was quite good. Unfortunately there weren't any Kusshi Oysters, but the server recommended substitutes were quite good still... sauces were decent and service was good... no complaints! Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oysters were not fresh
    Lily
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Oysters were a little bit bitter. Overall the food are small portion, taste not bad, but we waited for too long for the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Merchants on Monday nite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Popped in for dinner before Jazz Festival ... great oysters as appies, then shaved fennel salad, pork shoulder, and a good local white wine. Service was excellent, we asked to be largely ignored as we ate, and she respected our wishes, but she nailed the orders and if we beckoned, she ran over. Love the drive Vibe as well, including the front seat to a little police action!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oyster and More
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our second visit to Merchant's, but first with their new chef. Wonderful meal. The beef tartare was a definite highlight and we enjoyed the locally sourced touches as part of the sides of each meal. The fennel salad, oysters, and pork shoulder were all excellent choices. We will definitely be back. I just wish Merchant's was in our neighbourhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    RealeatersVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wine is ridiculously overpriced. Service was pleasant but food delivery was very slow. Dishes were agreeable but not exceptional. Noise (music and bar patrons) was deafening. Conversation at dinner was near impossible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    dddeVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Mediocre food served by friendly but not overly efficient staff. Our meal contained a long delay and we suspect that part of our order was misplaced or confused. The two tables nearest us had the same problem. Also our menu may have been missing a page, from overheard orders around us. Creme fraiche dip was tasty but quite salty, the roasted cauliflower with Korean chili sauce was bland. Steak tartare with housemade sriracha was fresh and pleasant, but needed more pepper, more punch. Perhaps that evening's sriracha was not up to par. Gnocchi and sauce were ok, gnocchi a bit dense and chewy. Salmon and pork shoulder were average. Radishes with pork were quite nice. Nothing fabulous, wouldn't hurry back. Price was reasonable for volume.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service, noisy & pricey.
    Chiryk
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Arrived 10 minutes early to meet a friend for dinner & gave 2 of the wait staff my friend's name before they seated me outside. Turns out my friend arrived on time and was seated at a table inside (no one asked her name). After 15 minutes of waiting, she got up and checked outside. The serving staff were friendly, but service was painfully slow. We shared the fennel salad -- dressing was tasty, but the fennel was flat. More than 1/2 hour later, we were finally got our entrees -- flank steak and pork shoulder. The flank steak was delicious. The pork shoulder, although tasty, was dry. We shared the chocolate ganache -- very good. Noisier inside than outside. Doubt I'll return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 169 reviews are from the Merchant's Oyster Bar reviews archive.
  • Oysters on Commercial Drive
    hungrybearVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Merchant's is one of our new fav's in the neighbourhood - a good selection of wines by the glass, local craft beers and gins, interesting choices of small plates and mains, and of course, tasty fresh oysters. Their oyster selection lets me keep trying something new. This time I enjoyed the Kusshi. We like to sit outside on the patio - even if its chilly the heaters keep you warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oysters!!
    Tinkerbarbell
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Went here for my birthday. Food was so so good and fairly priced. Will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Awesome!
    JustOneMoreBite
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Everything was pretty much perfect from the relaxed but knowledgeable service to the food which was pretty spectacular. The fennel salad with hazelnuts was particularly addictive and the sweet chilli ice wine we were offered with chocolate desert was an unconventional but perfect match demonstrating the staff know their way around customers' taste buds. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Viclee
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    There's not much on the menu. Very pricy for the amount, the quality and the location are not there yet. The only good thing is the $1.5 oyster happy hour I would recommend, nothing else.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great oysters
    merchantdiner
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Merchant's had wondrful ysters at reasionable prices (we went during their Happy Hour day, which is Wednesday). Our server was delightful and food was healthy and delicious (although slightly smalled sized than expected).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't waste your time
    Notimpressed
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Went there for brunch with my girlfriends. They have very very limited selection for brunch. We all ended up ordering egg benedicts. Half of the bennies came with solid egg yolks! Disgusting!! You would have thought that if all the offer is egg Benny that they will do a good job...apparently not!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Going Back
    QAMAXVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Ordered 1/2 liter of wine, 12 fresh oysters, baked oysters, gnocchi, and the flank streak. Wine was quickly served. But after that, waited for ~45 minutes for our 12 oysters and baked oysters to show up. Another ~30 minutes for the gnocchi and, again another ~30 minutes for our steak. Service was friendly, but clearly under staffed. Asked for our napkins several times in order to get them. The food was so-so, nothing really wow'ed us. We were clearly not full with the amount of food that were served. The bill was just over a hundred and we know that we could have gotten much better service and food elsewhere with the money we spent. Never going back, we don't want to spend 2 hours on a $100 meal and still need to look for food afterwards.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I will definitely be back to this gem! Comfortable and classy ambience. We sat at the bar and had charismatic and efficient service. The Chef popped out and was friendly and passionate about his menu. We truly enjoyed everything we tried. A great and different addition to the neighbourhood.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Eats, personable owner
    Ashum
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Oysters were well prepared, and trying the cauliflower dish is a must, was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average oyster bar
    Melb26
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Went to this restaurant recently found the food average and no very flavoursome. Comparing to other oyster bars like Rodney's or fishshak in comparison can't keep to this. The menu needs to be improved but the service was ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Girls' night
    MrsJones
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I went for dinner with my husband but I think this may be my new spot to go with the ladies. The staff are delicious, unpretentious men and they are well educated about their menu and bar and aim to please... unlike Rodney's in Yaletown. They treat everyone in the restaurant with the same passion and enthusiasm. I love when the food is exciting but the pricing and atmosphere is not stuffy. Well plated, thoughtful combinations and staff great with suggestions. A must try and just may turn into a good, regular standard for a drink and snack. Great bourbon selection, the gnochi, the roasted cauliflower, the chicken liver parfait, veal sweetbreads and of course their oysters are all highlights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really enjoyed our experience!
    FoodieK
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Really enjoyed our experience! Took my boyfriend on a date night! Busy which is always a good sign! Enjoyed the food sooo much!!! Highly recommend the sweet potato butter with house made siracha! The service was great, our waitress told us what we were eating and was very friendly!! Drinks were delicious too! Enjoyed my elixir cocktail! New fav drink!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was outstanding!
    PickyEater
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Nice atmosphere, good food, amazing service! Liked the variety of the four course menu--baked oysters and the Ling cod were very tasty. Can't say enough about the incredibly attentive and friendly service. Definitely a place to go back to!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience but service slow
    Numero36
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a great dinner at Merchant's Oyster Bar - the owner is passionate about every dish which is all locally and in house made. Our only negative was the service was slow - took quite a while to get drinks and food. We weren't in a rush but if there was some constructive criticism that would be to improve the service. We would recommend Merchant's as every dish is a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing on all fronts
    Keendiner
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    "The only good thing about this place is the oysters and only during the happy hour. Otherwise, the place is terribly overpriced. The portions are tiny (their flank steak is more like a third of a steak and priced at about $22), the menu choices are few and the flavors ill-combined. A dinner for four cost us $240 (includes a couple of drinks each) and we walked away hungry! Also, the place plays music very loudly and a conversation is near impossible. All in all, it was a disappointing evening and one during which we all lost weight and some of our good humour."
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I was recommended to try this restaurant by a work colleague and I am so glad I did! My fiancé and I went last weekend and had a fantastic time. The food was a little pricey as a lot of the options on the set menu had additional amounts to be paid, but I would say it was all totally worth it. I highly recommend the baked oysters and beef tartare! The waitress was very attentive and friendly and helped to make the experience relaxing. Definitely recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little disappointed
    disappointed
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    was there for their buck a shuck, oysters were great! but unfortunately the rest of our food came really slow and the portion size was a little small. or maybe i was just expecting too much. had the chef adjust one of our items for our son, got them to just use butter and cheese for their gnocchi instead of the black garlic sauce that was on the menu, something more simple, and they charged me $1 more for that, was a little shocked. anyhow, i'd go back for the buck a shuck but that's it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great flavour & service!
    TravellingFoodie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Everything is made in house. I could taste it in my hollandaise sauce that came with my eggs benedict. The flavour combinations are often well paired. Service is really good since the place is moderately small. Not a place when you'd want to take more than 6 people at a time. In the summer, the little patio is open for bar-style dining. Oysters have been fantastic, not a single one off. Sometimes there are shell bits in there, but the taste wins me over. It's a place I'd go back again, especially when they are doing their special menus with beer or cider pairings. The menu and oysters change from time to time. I wanted the duck waffles as listed on their website, but it's not on the menu. If you love a dish, go back again soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic service!
    Allie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Had a great girls night at Merchant's Oyster Bar! The service was outstanding - attentive, helpful and friendly. It was a fantastic causal place to go for a yummy dinner with friends. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kiddie meal
    Robinalix
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    ford is vey good but not big enough portions so if your hungry this isn't the place for you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    GROD
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Food was overprices for portions served. Was mediocre at best. Took almost 40 mins for our dinner to arrive
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little place
    krissyc
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Had dinner at Merchant's on Sunday. The buckashuck was fabulous; super fresh, local oysters at $1 each, you can't lose. Our meals were really tasty, but definitely on the smaller size as some other reviewers have noted. I like the fact that they use local and fresh ingredients. Service was great. I would love to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Group of friends were there for brunch and it absolutely amazing. Lobster Benny and steak & eggs were beyond what we expected. Eggs were done to perfection. $1.50 per shuck during brunch. Sever was very nice and gave us an extra free half dozen of fresh oyster because our food was taking longer than usual. Will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some fantastic flavours. Very
    ehkolie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Some fantastic flavours. Very intimate, only 12 tables. A very enjoyable dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.