Went here for brunch with a friend. The owner, or main server at the bar shucking, was extremely nice. Their digger cocktails were a bit pricy, and didn't taste all that, but oysters and food are on par. Unlike most 'a buck a shuck' that oyster joints do, they have at least two choices for you to choose from which is great. Defiantly come back for dinner, since I saw some pretty good things listed.
3/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time visit. Was craving
Second time visit. Was craving for oyster and this place popped up in my mind as they have $1 oyster! Yum. Had 36 between me and my fd. The hot plates r good too. Chorizo curled scallop, the corn is yummy.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing! Had oysters (of course),
Amazing! Had oysters (of course), tuna poke, beet salad, scallops. Everything was so good. Was missing the hot olives. Bring them back!
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love the oysters. However
Love the oysters. However the other items were quite pricey for the size.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had brunch there for the buck
Had brunch there for the buck a shuck oysters, which is a great deal. Portions of the other food are on the small side, though tasty. Restaurant had one highchair only.
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great oyster special @ pricey joint
Tasty oysters. Buck-a-shuck special is the best on the menu, available all day Sunday and Tuesday and before 6pm or after 9pm the rest of the week. I enjoyed all of what we ate--a cheese and charcuterie platter, dessert.
I really enjoyed our meal, but I was separated from a substantial amount of money for very good but not world-beating food. I'd go again, but I think I'd skip the expensive wine and cheese. Those are things I can probably do myself at the store and be just as satisfied.
4/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, I enjoyed my experience
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Merchant's Oyster Bar. The food was great and the service even better!
The quantity of food was quite small, though.
4/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food... Awesome service!
Great food... Awesome service! The perfect spot for a girl's night out or romantic dinner. Perfect addition to the drive!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service.
Excellent food and service. Definitely recommend the brunch. Dinner is also great. Buck a shuck oysters were amazing with the house cocktail sauce.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best on the Drive!
Excellent food and service. Menu has improved with more choices and a great prix fixe. Will definitely return. Staff very friendly and accommodating with requests.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like the variety of food and
Like the variety of food and execution of the food. Great staff. -P
5/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food, well presented
excellent food, well presented by a cheerful staff. music a little too loud for a dining area that is all hard surface - echo. Will definitely return.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
best buck a shuck ever.
I love going to a place where you can feel that the staff LOVE where they are working and they believe in their product and services. What a great experience. Ambience music was awesome too.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
excellent food and a great value
We had the Lobster Benedict, Veggie Benedict and the Cheese Biscuits. It was all delicious and the service is great - they are very accommodating . I had previously been there for oysters very fresh and wonderful mignonette with fresh horseradish.
Great goto place with very reasonable prices for the quality and experience!
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oysters on The Drive? Yes, please!
My husband and I came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We only had an hour and a half to dine while our kids were taking an evening class. We received complimentary glasses of sparkling wine and dessert. the oysters was wonderful! The charcuterie platter was delicious. We managed to have a wonderful meal and leave in time to pick up our kids at 8 pm. The service was very attentive and the dining experience was top notch! Merchant's is not only a great restaurant for The Drive, it's a great restaurant, period! The prices are very reasonable too. Forget about going downtown or to the Westside, The Drive is where the good food is happening now. What a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. I highly recommend Merchant's Oyster Bar.
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ordered two dozen oysters, the bone marrow and scalloped potatos. All were delicious. The service was perfect. Will definitly return.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was unexpectedly good,
Food was unexpectedly good, but we'd been waiting for the food for quite a long while..
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally gave it a try!
We live in the neighborhood and walk past Merchant's regularly, but had never been in. This week we wanted something a little classier and different for a date night, so finally tried it out. So glad we did! Delicious tasting menu. Fantastic service and we sat on the patio watching Commercial Drive roll by. A lovely meal. I'd definitely go again.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great experience, oysters were top notch, will return. our server was awesome she went above and beyond and made us a custom cocktail sauce. bar tender was friendly and a good shuck-er
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful restaurant, service
Wonderful restaurant, service is the best. The staff are friendly and accommodating, and food delicious. Great atmosphere, highly recommend.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
The oysters were a bit briney but that was the only disappointment of the evening. We ordered most of the menu and were there for 4 hours. Attentive but not overly pushy service--very nice. Great atmosphere and lots of fun. A great way to celebrate an engagement.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
They were fantastic! Not only did they manage to accommodate a late addition of 6 people to our 3 person reservation, they were super friendly and gracious throughout when working with our unwieldy group. Everyone one love the food!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, relaxed atmosphere.
Great food, relaxed atmosphere. Our server, Dave, was awesome.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighbourhood spot
We quite enjoyed our first visit to Merchant's last week. Great list of cocktails and wines by the glass. Their prix-fixe is a good deal that allows sampling of quite a bit of their menu. We enjoyed some oysters, bison tartare, ceviche, pork belly, a panzanella salad, and the steak. The dishes all came with some creative accompaniments. The salted caramel chocolate terrine and apricot panna cotta was a great way to finish the meal. Service was a bit slow but friendly. Busy, buzzy spot that was a lot of fun.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Limited menu but good food!
Limited brunch menu and me use posted on the wall that you can't order from unless you come back for dinner...
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The server was excellent -
The server was excellent - personable, knowledgable, and efficient! The food was delicious - perfect in all repsects.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, interesting
Wonderful food, interesting menu and very reasonably priced. Great service and atmosphere.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had fantastic Service, great wine, music and FOOD!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place, a bit hidden,
Great place, a bit hidden, staff were very accommodating! Definitely will return.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went for dinner before; it was excellent. Then we came for brunch again; it was very good. We will definitely come again!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love to sit at the window tables and watch the Commercial Drive pedestrians while enjoying Merchants' creative and reliable menu and wine selections.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place to unwind with
Great place to unwind with a friend. Cozy and friendly atmosphere. Outstanding food & drinks.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM