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Merchant, Madison, WI

Merchant

4.2
4.2
1179 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Merchant is currently closed for renovations and looking to reopen in June 2022.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Oyster Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Late Night Wed, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (608) 259-9799

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Matt Schieble

  • Private party facilities

    We have semi-private dining available. Please call (608) 259-9799 to speak to management.

  • Private party contact

    Joshua Berkson: (608) 259-9799

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Cross street

    E. Doty Street

  • Parking details

    Streetside and Parking ramp available across the street

  • Public transit

    Downtown bus lines are one block away.

  • Entertainment

    We have Madison's finest DJs late night on Friday and Saturday nights and live bands on Thursdays at 9:30. Please check the entertainment schedule athttp://www.merchantmadison.com/entertainment/

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,179 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Wisconsin

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Madison

    Great for Brunch

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  • Madison

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  • Madison

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Madison

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was a big fan of the pre-COVID Merchant, and I was delighted my first visit to the Merchant re-boot. Our servers were attentive and accommodating. The summer cocktail menu is whimsical and tasty, and the menu is crafted from the best of summer’s bounty in Dane County. The new decor retains the best parts of the old ambience and gives it a fresh lift. We had a magical dining experience. Thank you! I’ll be back next week for my son’s birthday. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the fresh menu.
  2. PW

    PatrickW

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Cheese curds greasy and the burger was pretty bland. Grilled eggplant dish was also bland. The best dish was the pickled vegetables. Really good with those.

    MerchantResponded todayThank you for the feedback Patrick. We are sorry to hear your meal fell below the standards we strive to provide our guests. We want to make sure all of our guests are feeling satisfied and have addressed your comments with our team. Please feel free to reach out to us directly so that we can encourage you to return and remediate your recent visit.

  3. DN

    DecadeinNaples

    Naples

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely meal eating outside at Merchant. The menu is not super extensive but we found just what we wanted : preserved vegetable platter, cheese board, and crispy skinned salmon --everything was absolutely delicious! The craft cocktail menu is creative and enticing. I ordered a Velveteen Rabbit and it was so good. Our server was Tori and she was super: friendly and 'just right' attentive. Excellent dinner all around.

    MerchantResponded todayThank you for the kind words. Our team works very hard and takes a lot of pride in what we provide our guests, so it never gets old hearing from guests that enjoyed their experience. We will make sure to share the love with Tori!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Ordered the garden cocktail, italicus spritz, scallop and salmon crudo, herbed dumplings, and the grilled eggplant. Both drinks were great, perfect for a humid summer evening. The food was phenomenal. Both the crudo and the dumplings exceeded expectations; the eggplant was also delicious, but the star of the current menu is the herbed dumplings. Truly exceptional. Can’t wait to go back!

    MerchantResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you for the kind words - we will be sure to share them with our team. We hope to see you again soon!

  5. D

    Danny

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was fantastic. A bit pricy for what you get. Waiter forgot about us twice, meals came out before appetizers, etc. The quality of food nearly made up for the downsides. Hopefully they'll get things figured out soon.

    MerchantResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you for the feedback Danny, and we're glad to hear you enjoyed the food. We are sorry to hear that your server wasn't present enough during your meal and we will be sure to discuss the importance of checking-in with tables and guests as a team so that this won't happen on your next visit. We hope to see you again soon.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was top notch. Remodeled space was gorgeous, and the windows are amazing. Food was pretty great except, note the farmers market omelette comes with lavender in the cheese! 😞

    MerchantResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you for the feedback and glad to hear you enjoyed everything. We will discuss as a team about the importance of informing guests about the lavender in the cheese.

  7. LA

    LuciaA

    Atlantic City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This is a little great spot, great food and location was perfect.

    MerchantResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you Lucia!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Was super cute!

    MerchantResponded 1 day agoThank you!

  9. MM

    MaureenM

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful patio on a summer night. Fantastic food and lots of accommodations for restricted diets. Excellent service too!

    MerchantResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you Maureen, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

  10. AR

    AdamR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I've been to Merchant quite a few times in the last few weeks, primarily because they take reservations for outdoor seating. The service has varied from excellent to quite inattentive. The menu is small, but the small plates are very good. The entrees are more mixed in quality. The drinks at Merchant used to be outstanding. After their renovation, it seems that the quality and variety is a little lower -- although that may just be that things get watered down if they wait at the bar too long before making it to the table. The prices are quite high. For some of the dishes that is reasonable. For others (and for some of the drinks) they seem a little too steep. Definitely a place worth going to for a nice evening eating outdoors, but not a place I want to frequent in the long run.

    MerchantResponded on July 29, 2022Hello Adam, thank you for your review. We take a lot of pride in providing the best experience possible for guests and appreciate feedback from them. We work hard to provide competitive pricing for downtown Madison while also supporting local farmers, offering ample benefits for our staff, and sustainable wages. However, we always want to make sure guests are leaving satisfied. We would appreciate the opportunity to discuss your next visit with us by reaching out directly.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing meal at Merchant. So much attention to the flavor and consistency of the dishes. We sat outside again. The inside is awesome but it's hard to beat 78 degrees in late afternoon sun on the Merchant patio sipping a signature cocktail. Try the Frog and Toad cocktail and the beet salad appetizer. Curds are some the best in Madison and served with a ranch dip and a spicy honey type dip that was outstanding. Chicken with the white beans is insane. The chef knows what they are doing and the team delivers every time. Will be back on numerous occasions.

    MerchantResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic cocktails - so much thought to the presentation right down to monogrammed ice. Food is so nicely prepared. Great service and patio seating - fantastic weather was a plus.

    MerchantResponded on July 29, 2022Thank you! We put a lot of care and thought into our food and service, and are always happy to hear when guests enjoy their visit.

  13. C

    Chloe

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our server (Dottie) was incredible. We were celebrating a family member's birthday, which she made sure went seamlessly. The brunch menu was relatively selective, we miss the challah french toast. However, we (almost) ordered one of everything off of the menu and all 6 of us gave our meals 5 stars. Extra kudos for the thoughtfully crafted mocktail menu. The newly renovated space is an absolute vibe for a special meal out and again the service (Dottie) was 10/10. We'll be back!

    MerchantResponded on July 26, 2022Thanks so much Chloe! We'll let your server know how much you enjoyed your visit.

  14. LR

    LauraR

    Kansas City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was spectacular! The $13 dollar mimosa the size of a thimble was a bit ridiculous, though…

    MerchantResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you Laura, we're glad to hear you enjoyed the food, and for the feedback about the mimosa - it helps us make sure we're providing the best experience possible for guests.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is great and the cocktails were amazing. Loved the ambiance, everything was great!

    MerchantResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you!

  16. M

    Marstev

    Milwaukee

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was delicious! Service was a little slow but we didn’t mind. Our server had a lot of tables & was doing his best to keep everyone happy.

    MerchantResponded on July 26, 2022Thank you, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  17. M

    Moose

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The fish fry was excellent. There is a allergy menu.

    MerchantResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you, we're glad to hear you enjoyed the fish fry.

  18. P

    Petunia

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Disappointing that merchant's kitchen said the grill was shut off (it was 9pm) when we ordered an appetizer vegetable to accompany our entree, and that all they offered was lettuce instead.

    MerchantResponded on July 27, 2022Hello Petunia and thank you for the review. We are sorry that you were informed our kitchen was closed at the time of your visit when our hours state differently. This is something we will address with our team. If you reach out to us directly we would be happy to coordinate your next visit and to make up for the inconvenience of the confusion with the hours.

  19. SD

    SueD

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merchant is an excellent contemporary restaurant with a fun and diverse menu and amazing drink and wine selection. The setting and ambiance are casual chic and the service was excellent. We will return to Merchant.

    MerchantResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you for the kind words Sue. We're glad you enjoyed the new space and drink and wine selection. We've had a lot of fun putting that together for our guests and take a lot of pride in it! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  20. LA

    LANoel

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    We have loved Merchant for years…we were seated outside at the corner of Doty and Pinckney, and were being blown away. It was also incredibly loud with proximity to traffic. We asked to be moved to a table further from the road, and were refused. The tables we’d asked to be moved to remained open for our entire meal, which was unpleasantly cold and windy. It was a bummer. Uncharacteristically poor customer service.

    MerchantResponded on July 19, 2022Hello and thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that we let you down on your most recent visit. Obviously we can't control the weather but we certainly can control our seating and there is no excuse for not accommodating your request to move tables. This is something we will be addressing with our team. In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate the opportunity to make it up to you and coordinate your next visit. Please reach out to us directly at your convenience.

  21. BD

    BeckyD

    Milwaukee

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and our server was the best. Sitting outside on a lovely day!

    MerchantResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Becky, thank you for the kind words. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the food and service.

  22. L

    Lindsay

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was fine. Service was very poor. Seems they may need some more time together things together since reopening.

    MerchantResponded on July 19, 2022Hello Lindsay and thank you for your review. If a guest had an underwhelming experience with us, we'd like to know what we can do to improve upon it. If you are willing to message us directly with more details about our service we would greatly appreciate it, and we'd be happy to help remediate your last visit.

  23. BG

    BernardG

    St. Louis

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Our waiter Lauren was a pleasant and welcoming person and she tried her best to make our dinner a nice experience but unfortunately the bar service was beyond disappointing. I believe the bar was significantly understaffed since my guests didn’t receive their drink order for over fifteen minutes but that paled in comparison to my drink order which didn’t arrive until after our dinner was served. It was 40 minutes after we were seated.

    MerchantResponded on July 24, 2022Thank you for your feedback Bernard. We take a lot of pride in preparing and serving our craft cocktails, and because we put so much care into their preparation there are times when it will take a few extra minutes to serve a full bar and restaurant. However, 40 minutes is far beyond what we believe as acceptable for your drink to arrive and we would appreciate it if you could reach out directly so we can make sure you're enjoying your next round at Merchant.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The seats were soaking wet in outdoor dining. After going to ladies room to dry off (pants still wet to knees) the manager came out, apologized and bought our first round of drinks. Very professionally handled. Next time I hope staff with place towels on chairs before seating guests!

    MerchantResponded on July 19, 2022Hello and thank you for your feedback. I believe this was the first time we were open on a day it rained since our renovation, and unfortunately that means we were unaware of the seats retaining so much water. We apologize that you got so wet, but glad to hear you were still able to enjoy your experience with us. Next time we will be ready for the rain!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Came early for a drink and ended up sitting at the bar for dinner. Food was cold when it arrived. Service was slow.

    MerchantResponded on July 11, 2022Hello and thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear your experience was below our standards and that your food was cold when it arrived. That should never happen and we will be working hard this week with our team to address this issue. We would appreciate the opportunity to make this right for you and plan your next visit.

  26. JH

    JoeH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The overall ambiance was lovely and Merchant is a beautiful restaurant. We had a reservation for brunch and our server was very nice however the timing was way too long. It took 20 minutes to receive our drinks and once we ordered, eggs and bacon for brunch, we did not receive our food for well over an hour. It was not a staffing issue and the restaurant was not even close to full. The server and manager did apologize more than once for the delay and ultimately ended up comping our meal which was greatly appreciated. The food, when it finally arrived, was cold. It was disappointing overall and while we certainly appreciate the manager paying for our cold meal, there wasn't a legitimate explanation for the extreme delay or poor food quality. In general, we are very flexible and understanding given the current staffing environment but that was clearly not the case in this situation. Restaurants have bad days just like people do but we would have liked an explanation.

    MerchantResponded on July 11, 2022Hello Joe, and thank you for the feedback. We take a lot of pride and joy in sharing what we do with guests and so we are disheartened when a guest leaves anything less than satisfied. This Saturday was our busiest brunch since reopening in June, but there's no excuse for sending cold food, especially after the wait. If you could please reach out to us directly, we would appreciate the opportunity to make it up to you and to help plan your next visit.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and we loved the environment and low noise level for outdoor seating!

    MerchantResponded on July 12, 2022So glad to hear this! Thank you for visiting!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merchant was one of our favorites before their renovation and we’re so glad to have it back. The food is even better than before. Their beef tartare is second only behind L’etoile, the lamb was mild and not gamey, and the herbed dumplings are so much better with sheep’s cheese rather than goat cheese. The new design also makes the space less cluttered and quieter than before. The seating is more comfortable as well now that there’s no high top spots. The only thing we miss from the old Merchant is the buffalo cheese curds and the pozole at brunch, maybe those can make a reappearance in the future.

    MerchantResponded on July 11, 2022Hello and thank you for the thoughtful and kind comments! We hope to see you again soon.

  29. A

    Annie

    New Orleans

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Was looking forward to trying this place, but so bummed at the quality of food

    MerchantResponded on July 11, 2022Hello Annie, and thank you for the feedback. If you could message us directly to let us know how we can improve and what you specifically didn't enjoy about your food we would greatly appreciate it. We are continually striving to improve and grow, and it is often feedback from guests that can be the most impactful. We never want guests leaving unsatisfied and we would like to do what we can to ameliorate this experience for you.

  30. TT

    TerriT

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you have not eaten here, you should! All the dishes were on point and very well prepared. The drinks were well balanced and creative. The service was great, even on a busy Friday night! Our table tried a little of everything, but the lamb shank stole the show. Everything was great, but that lamb shank dish will have a place in my heart.

    MerchantResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you for the feedback and kind words Terri. We really enjoy when our guests share about their experiences and celebrations. That's the sort of energy we thrive on and it brightens our day to hear you enjoyed your visit with us this past Friday. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

  31. MJ

    MichaelJ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Bartender didn’t know how to make drinks, would take one drink from our group then move to another group. Then would always come back and jokingly ask us if we wanted jager shot. For the four of us it took 30 minutes to get a round. Disappointed as we used to love the old Merchant.

    MerchantResponded on July 11, 2022Hello Michael, and thank you for the feedback. I am sorry to hear you recently had a disappointing experience with us. We are continually working on our service and knowledge at the bar, but you should not have had to wait that long for a round. We would appreciate the opportunity to help make things right with your last visit, and encourage you to come back to enjoy some drinks again. Please reach out to us directly so we can help make this happen.

  32. NC

    NatalieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor patio at Merchant has a cozy atmosphere and the food was outstanding. Our server, Grant, was also really wonderful and overall made the experience really great.

    MerchantResponded on July 11, 2022Hi Natalie, thank you so much for the kind words. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the food and atmosphere. We also think Grant is great!

  33. m

    marcyd1

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal. The restaurant is lovely inside, the food was great and the drinks menu was fantastic. The menu is a bit limited but everything we tried, we liked.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food was cold
  35. S

    Stever

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    Ordered a Vodka, Lemonade...no lemonade? No citrus vodka at all in the bar!

    MerchantResponded on June 28, 2022Thanks for your review, we're sorry to hear you were let down by our vodka selection and mixers. We typically don't carry artificially flavored or concentrated products to keep our menu selection as fresh and natural as possible! We hope you'll be willing to give us another shot in the future, thanks again for your feedback!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Limited menu but really good food. Clearly they focus on what they do amazingly well. Server was kind and attentive. Raspberry dessert was amazing!!!! The “reggae in a glass” red wine was superb. Would dine here again.

    MerchantResponded on June 28, 2022Thank you so much for your review! We are absolutely thrilled to hear you loved your raspberry napoleon, red wine, and attentive service. Thank you so much for stopping in and we hope to see you in again very soon! We're looking forward to it :)

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    rudu

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was excellent and the new menu made it hard to choose! The inside is much brighter and more opened up but still very loud, even at 6 pm. I tried a new cocktail which was as unique and delicious as the Old Merchant. Service was poor. Server could not answer basic questions: "what is in the crab cakes?" "Shredded crab meat and some spices I think? maybe paprika?" Never offered to go back to kitchen to verify. Courses and plates came out late and then at different times. Also- How can you not get a chardonnay by the glass. Hoping service improves as young staff becomes more experienced.

    MerchantResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you so much for visiting us upon our reopen and for all your feedback! We're so happy to hear you loved your cocktail and your dinner selections. We appreciate your comments on your service as we continue to undergo extensive training with our new staff. We'll continue to work on this and hope you'll give our service team another shot in the near future!

  38. OF

    OperaFoodie

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. There is a reason this place has been around for 20 years.

    MerchantResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you so much for your review, we're so happy to hear you loved your food! We've actually been open for 10 years now, and are so excited for the next 10 to make it 20! Hope to see you often over the next decade :)

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic as were the drinks we had. It wasn’t too busy and service was quick and efficient.

    MerchantResponded on June 21, 2022Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your food, drinks, and service during your recent experience with us. We hope to have you in again and hope it's soon!

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    Jessica

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    I was excited to dine at Merchant after its recent remodel, but left feeling disappointed. While the food was good overall (aside from the steak frites being lukewarm at best), the service was lacking. I know that will improve with time and training, of course. The most frustrating portion of the evening was the lack of ability to accommodate a vegan friend we were dining with. We asked if any of the plates could be modified and were met with the suggestion from the chef of a "grilled veggie platter." Instead, she opted for two appetizers as her meal, which she was fine with -- and the waiter understood to be her entree. And yet, they were the first things to come out -- even before the other appetizers we ordered to split. It made for an awkward dining experience as she basically ate her meal early. Drinks also took a long time to come out. Our first round was great, but my second drink was *tiny* and not worth the $15 price tag. I really wanted to love Merchant's return. The space is beautiful and the layout is so much better than it was in the past, but it really missed the mark. And, goodness, it's a lot pricier than it used to be -- and the overall experience just wasn't worth it. I'll go again in a few months and hopefully it'll be better.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Merchant using the Order Online button. Merchant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (608) 259-9799.

Merchant is rated 4.2 stars by 1179 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 46 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Merchant

121 S Pinckney St, Madison, WI 50703

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E. Doty Street

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Late Night Wed, Thu, Sun 10:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 11:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Oyster Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Streetside and Parking ramp available across the street

  • Public transit

    Downtown bus lines are one block away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Matt Schieble

  • Entertainment

    We have Madison's finest DJs late night on Friday and Saturday nights and live bands on Thursdays at 9:30. Please check the entertainment schedule athttp://www.merchantmadison.com/entertainment/

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (608) 259-9799

  • Private party facilities

    We have semi-private dining available. Please call (608) 259-9799 to speak to management.

  • Private party contact

    Joshua Berkson: (608) 259-9799

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