Merchant's Oyster Bar
1590 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y2Neighborhood:
SeafoodPrice: CAN$30 and under
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.
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.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
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Merchant's Oyster Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 5, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (22)great for outdoor dining (13)special occasion (10)romantic (9)hot spot (9)good for groups (9)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (4)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (3)Show More
- TTTerrieVIPDined on 8/30/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Horrible experienceCKDKDined on 8/24/2014Was 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:
- Oysters' in the name!foodie4everVIPDined on 8/16/2014A great neighborhood gem on busy Commercial. Service was great and the oysters were phenomenal. Benedicts were also great :)Special Features:
- PefectionDianaDined on 7/26/2014Thank 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great ChoicesimpleNdeliciousDined on 7/21/2014I 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:
- Great Place for Oysters!mookDined on 7/5/2014Food 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:
- Oysters were not freshLilyDined on 7/4/2014Oysters 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:
- Merchants on Monday niteOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/23/2014Popped 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:
- Oyster and MoreOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 6/14/2014This 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:
- DisappointingRealeatersVIPDined on 6/14/2014Wine 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:
- AveragedddeDined on 6/7/2014Mediocre 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.
- Slow service, noisy & pricey.ChirykDined on 6/5/2014Arrived 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:
- Oysters on Commercial DrivehungrybearVIPDined on 5/30/2014Merchant'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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Oysters!!TinkerbarbellDined on 5/28/2014Went here for my birthday. Food was so so good and fairly priced. Will definitely be back soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just Awesome!JustOneMoreBiteDined on 5/16/2014Everything 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:
- VicleeDined on 5/8/2014There'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.
- Great oystersmerchantdinerDined on 5/7/2014Merchant'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:
- The following 164 reviews are from the Merchant's Oyster Bar reviews archive.
- Don't waste your timeNotimpressedDined on 5/4/2014Went 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!
- Never Going BackQAMAXVIPDined on 5/2/2014Ordered 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.
- A gemOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/27/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good Eats, personable ownerAshumDined on 4/25/2014Oysters were well prepared, and trying the cauliflower dish is a must, was delicious.Special Features:
- Average oyster barMelb26Dined on 4/16/2014Went 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.
- Girls' nightMrsJonesDined on 4/11/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Really enjoyed our experience!FoodieKDined on 4/5/2014Really 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service was outstanding!PickyEaterDined on 4/3/2014Nice 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great experience but service slowNumero36Dined on 3/28/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing on all frontsKeendinerDined 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."
- Great Food, Great ExperienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 3/15/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- a little disappointeddisappointedDined on 3/11/2014was 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.
- Great flavour & service!TravellingFoodieDined on 3/9/2014Everything 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.
- Fantastic service!AllieDined on 3/8/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Kiddie mealRobinalixDined on 3/8/2014ford is vey good but not big enough portions so if your hungry this isn't the place for you.Special Features:
- MediocreGRODDined on 2/18/2014Food was overprices for portions served. Was mediocre at best. Took almost 40 mins for our dinner to arrive
- Great little placekrissycDined on 2/16/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- delicious brunch!OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 2/15/2014Group 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Some fantastic flavours. VeryehkolieDined on 2/14/2014Some fantastic flavours. Very intimate, only 12 tables. A very enjoyable dinner!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing foodMasmarDined on 2/13/2014Had a wonderful birthday dinner - the food was interesting, delicious and subtle. The charcuterie is particularly notable. The kitchen was slammed the night we were there so took wel over an hour to receive the first course but after that service was greatSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was good but a bit noisyKerayDined on 2/9/2014We took my daughter for her birthday. The restaurant was full and as a result was quite noisy. It was difficult to hear even across the table. The food was good, service was a bit slow but could have been that they were super busy with only 2 servers.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Creative Menu for Commercial DriveMickeyDined on 2/7/2014Reservation for 6 (recommended for larger group). Everyone enjoyed the food. I would not say it was outstanding but quite decent. If an option for 3.5 stars that would be my choice for food. Different, slightly nicer, menu than usual pubish/pizza/casual menus on the drive. I had 1/2 dozen raw oysters & they were delicious. The others at the table were not big oyster eaters and were happy with their menu choices. Some of the dishes were on the smaller side but that works perfect if you order the one of their various set menus - otherwise you'd be too full. Big thumbs up to our server, she was great. The dessert (apple sort of pie) was the only thing that did disappoint - perhaps more apples and some ice cream/whip cream would improve it.Special Features:
- Every BitePickyPerhapsDined on 2/1/2014Good service and great food make this an enjoyable find. I will make an effort to tell friends and go back again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.