We love Merchant. Great, dependably wonderful cocktails. Inventive menu and consistently well prepared. Could up the quality of the dessert on cheap date night.
I come to merchant often and always have a great time. The service is great, the food is amazing and you vacant to wrong with any of their specialty cocktails.
Sunday brunch was phenomenal. Food was delicious as were the cocktails. The service we received from our waiter wasn’t the greatest (he was pretty cold and not the most attentive given that the restaurant was pretty empty) but the food made up for it.
The food and service was top-notch. We will definitely be going back for another excellent dining experience.
My wife and I went to Merchant for their "Cheap Date Night" (Tuesdays). It was fantastic! Our waitress was very kind and accommodating to us as it was our first time at Merchant. All in all, I highly recommend Merchant, as well as the Cheap Date Night.
Great overall experience! Excellent food, good wines, attentive service, and nice ambiance. Will definitely be back.
My enter, scallops, was good but cold. We were too big a group to start fussing with sending food back, so I had to suffer through it. Otherwise, it was a solid four-star restaurant. Limited menu choices and limited wine list, too.
Everything was very good with the exception of the Black Magic Woman cocktail which I thought tasted very medicinal; reminded me of Cepacol throat lozenges. The wait staff was very friendly and the food was delicious.
Went for brunch last week but have been meaning to try the Merchant for a while now. Limited menu for brunch as most places have but enough there for everyone to find something. Service was slow but food was very good. I will go back but maybe for dinner next time.
The service was good. The food was ok. The ambiance is a strange hipster-industrial-modern motif. The experience was ok until they turned on the air conditioning and the fans full blast: this made eating and staying for a drink unpleasant. We left as quickly as we could (which was thier goal).
Excellent food, excellent service, fun atmosphere!
Exceptional as always. Great menu, amazing and vast cocktail menu, and stellar service. A must in Madison.
Per usual the meal was well prepared and attractively presented.
Visiting Madison for a getaway.
Excellent service. Special drink and dessert for my birthday.
My husband and I chose Merchants to celebrate our 30 anniversary. The specialty drink menu was fun and our meals were outstanding! The locally sourced beef and chicken were perfectly prepared and seasoned. (My mouth is watering now as I think of my meal.) Our dinner was topped off with a complimentary dessert and glasses of champagne. Thank you to Merchants and Anna, our server, for a wonderful evening!
Merchant is always a good place. Our server was amazing. We had fondue which was good but not great. Too much wine and we probably would have preferred some cheddar or gruyere mixed in. Other than that, it is no small thing to feel cared for and taken care of. Thanks to the entire team.
Very enjoyable, great service from Trent! Craft cocktails were excellent as well as the cheese and meat board. Will be back!
Best part was that they had very nice vegetarian dinner option on the menu
Food is always great service really lacked this time. Steak and eggs . Steak underdone- eggs overdone. Server never checked after serving till we were done. Yes comped off bill but would of rather eaten it. Scotch eggs are always amazing, and French toast is to die for.
We had a celebratory dinner at Merchant, and as I had indicated on the reservation it was a celebration they gave our table a complimentary Prosecco toast, which was a lovely touch. The cocktails are inventive and delicious, the food was amazing (especially the buffalo cheese curds). I would definitely recommend Merchant, and would dine there again if I happen to be in Madison.
Best cheese curds in town!
At times, a little loud but a fun place to meet for cocktails, appetizers and dinner.
Fantastic food & drink in a cool place off the square, top notch!
This place did not disappoint! It was even better in person. I love the creativity of the drink menu and the cocktail and food were amazing!
Great cocktails as always. Fondue was good too. The server took good care of us, and made sure to explain the menu when we were confused.
Outstanding food. We had scallops, chicken and lamp sausage dinners. All were great. Specialty craft cocktails. Super friendly and efficient wait staff and front of house. Will go back.
We visited Merchant during Chef's Week for the Whiskey Brunch. Service was excellent and quick, even though they were very busy. The menu creatively incorporated Whiskey or bourbon into traditional brunch items.
Went here for brunch and the food was amazing! It is on the pricier side but definitely worth it!
If you want to hear each other in the restaurant, you need to sit in a back hallway which faces the restrooms and the ATM machine, i.e. negative ambience. On the positive side, the food was delicious, and my birthday "cake" was a wonderful flourless chocolate cake.
Food was great, their boards are really delicious. Pricier than what we are used to but you get what you pay for. Artisan meats all the way.
Invited friends to join me for cocktails and dinner. Everyone loved their meal. Best burger ever! Still love the squash dumplings. It's hard to try new places in Madison when I love Merchant so much!
Drinks were amazing as always and food was good. Waitstaff was friendly but kitchen was slow.
Love the food and service it gets a bit loud. Overall great place to dine.
Met friends for brunch. They had not been there before. He had eggs benedict, she had French toast; and barely a crumb was left. My husband loved the Pozole. I liked my omelet a lot, but I loved the crispy potatoes that came with it. The server was very nice and quick to accommodate when asked, but there were some long waits in between check-ins to see if we needed anything. Not crazy about the 80s music playing in the background; too loud, too energetic for a Sunday morning.
Wonderful craft cocktails and food. I could have stayed longer to just read the stories in the menu book.
Love the craft cocktails and yummy grassfed burgers
French toast was so good, eggs were cooked perfect server was top notch
Delicious overall meal before the symphony. Friendly, attentive staff helped create a fun atmosphere. Cocktail was delicious, as expected, and the red wine was also tasty. Lamb and pork sliders were a yummy flavor combo along with the garlic aioli and cranberry relish if my tastebuds remember correctly. The smokey califlower soup was surprisingly flavorful and everyone in my party loved it. Buttermilk salad was disappointingly gloppy and bland, but everything else was spot on. I will be back!
One of my favorite Madison restaurants! I have never had a bad meal here, and would recommend for small groups or date night. The ploughman's board is a must have!