- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Butcher's Cut Steak
charred broccoli, broken red potatoes, smoked paprika, feta cheese, anchovy herb butter
sarvecchio parmesan, moroccan argan oil, black pepper aioli
Cedar Grove Cheese Curds
buttermilk fried cheese curds, served classic or buffalo-style
Friendly staff, great atmosphere. Recommend their brunch.
Great service and excellent coffee. Best potatoes we have had in a long time, needed a bit more feta.
Great service! Great outdoor patio. We felt safe and the tables were well spaced out.
Great service, great food, always a wonderful relaxing time.
Thank you so much for your review, Jim! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your food and service when recently dining with us! We hope you'll join us again very soon :) Cheers!
Merchant is a must stop whenever I'm in town. The seasonal cocktails always impress and the quality of the food is superb.
Thank you so much for your review, Steven! We're thrilled to hear you consistently visit us when in Madison and that we deliver with our cocktails and food menu :) We're very much looking forward to your next visit and hope it's soon!!
Dan was a great server. The curds are the best we have ever had. The chicken sandwich was delicious. Will definitely be going back.
Thank you so much for your review! We are so excited to hear you loved your food and our curds were the best you've ever had! We're also thrilled to hear you were well taken care of by Dan, he's such great member of our Team! We hope you'll join us again soon, we're looking forward to it!
This was the first time I’ve had dinner here, the food was amazing! The service was good equally as wonderful. Looking forward to coming back.
Thank you so much for your review! We're so excited to hear you enjoyed your food and service when recently visiting! We're also looking forward to your return and hope it's very soon! Cheers!
Food: Small menu to choose from but our dishes were prepared well and delectable. Served timely and as described. This is what you go for in the first place and expect, great food. Well done to the Chef's.
Setting: Nicely laid out casual open setting. It was too cold in the restaurant on this occasion (VDay dinner) as every guest was sitting with their coats on. Additionally, the lighting was so dark that it was impossible to see the menu without turning on the light from the phone. (everyone was doing it)
Service: Our server, while nice, was self admittedly not well versed on the evening specials. She checked in a couple of times which was fine. At the end of our dinner, when we asked for a Bailey's and coffee, we were told the bar did not have Bailey's which seems like a miss. Although we were rung up for two Bailey's on our tab and had I not checked the bill, I would have been overcharged.
Overall, we enjoyed the food tremendously. Improve upon the simple everyday things
as suggested and you'll have a world class establishment. I realize that you are highly rated, and I am not trying to be overly critical. Just being real and telling it like it happened.
Dear Eric, thanks for your review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your food & our menu selection when dining with us for Valentine's Day! And thanks for your feedback on ambience & service. We'll make sure to continue training our team so that we can better please our guests. As for the temperature, unfortunately due to the age & setup of the building this can be hard to manage when temperatures dip well below zero, stay tuned for new exciting updates on building renovations very soon to come!
Christmas Date night calendar
Thank you so much for your review! We hope you'll join us again soon! :)
Excellent menu, food and drinks were delicious. Service was also great, as were covid policies.
Thank you so much for your review, Nate! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your food, drinks, and service while recently joining us! We're also super happy to hear you felt comfortable and safe with our covid protocols. We hope you'll join us again soon, we're looking forward to it! Cheers!
The only problem was the homeless people coming up to us while we were trying to enjoy a nice night out.
Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention and we're so very sorry to hear these encounters negatively impacted your night with us. Our staff will continue to do our best to monitor this situation to keep the experiences on our streatery peaceful. We appreciate your feedback and hope you'll consider joining us again soon!
Love how creative they are with the outdoor space. The mules wine hit the spot!
Thank you so much for your review, Laura! We're so happy to hear you got a chance to join us on our outdoor winter streatery and enjoyed your mulled wine! We hope you'll join us again soon, we're looking forward to it!
Thank you so much for a needed date night. We both had two delicious drinks and then placed a to-go order. The salad, roasted veggies, fish fry, and chicken were all so good. We are already planning our next visit to Merchant. Also, the host was beyond friendly and just perfect!!
Thank you so much for your review! We are so excited to hear you enjoyed your drinks & takeout when recently celebrating date night with us! We're also so happy to hear our host took great care of you :) We hope you'll stop in again soon, we're very much looking forward to it!
The good was good the service was good and the air quality was good
Sat outside at a fire pit - lovely evening! Excellent drinks.
Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy to hear you got the chance to enjoy drinks by our new outdoor firepits :) We hope you'll join us again soon! Cheers!
Great food. Great service. Wonderful atmosphere. Perfect place to have dinner around a "fire." We really loved being able to sit outside with the fire pit to keep us warm. I would love to go back soon.
Thank you so much for your review! We're so excited you got the opportunity to enjoy your dinner around our new firepits! They'll be operating all winter long so we hope you'll stop by again soon :) Cheers!
Had a great relaxing time at the Merchant the other night. With half the tables removed there wasn't a huge crowd but made it nice to carry on a conversation. Had a bunch of different cocktails and every single one was on point. The hot chicken sandwich was legit as well.
Thank you so much for your review, Travis! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your cocktails and your hot chicken sandwich when recently visiting! We hope you'll join us again soon, we're looking forward to it! Cheers!
Everything was great. The chicken under a brick was outstanding. The house wine was excellent. Service was very good. Only comment is that it's very dark and it was difficult to read the menu.
Thank you so much for your review, Bob! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your chicken entree, wine, and service during your recent visit! And thank you for your feedback on lighting, we'll continue to find the right balance with our ambience :) We hope you'll join us again in the near future!
The menu and drinks are original, unique and delicious! The Merchant is impeccably clean, quaint and inviting.
Thank you so much for your review, Crystal! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our space and your drinks :) We hope you'll join us again in the near future, we're looking forward to it!
Great food and beautiful ambiance. We sat outside near one of the fire pits and enjoyed our wine and risotto!
Thank you so much for your review, Sara! We're so happy to hear you've gotten a chance to experience our new fire pits and enjoyed your risotto by the fire! We hope you'll visit us again soon, cheers!
The outdoor dining experience was festive and comfortable.
Thank you so much for your review, Rae! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your outdoor experience by our heaters/fire pits! We hope you'll join us again very soon :) Cheers!
This is the place to go! Steak was delish, fish and chips was to die for! Drinks were also great. The Merchant is a great date night spot! I miss it being packed, but during this pandemic I felt 100% safe!
Thank you so much for your review, Elaine! We're so happy to hear you loved your fish n chips, steak, and drinks when recently visiting! We also miss the days when we were at 100% capacity and our lively atmosphere, but we're so happy to hear you felt comfortable & safe in our environment. We're definitely looking towards things going back to normal, but until then, we hope to see you again! :) Cheers!
best fries i’ve ever had. the black pepper aioli was amazing. also had the fried chicken sandwich and it was AWESOME - perfect compliment of flavor and melted in my mouth. this place is perfect for date night and our waitress was so so nice. :-)
Thank you so much for your review, Emma! We are so excited to hear you loved your food and service when you were recently visiting! We hope you'll join us again very soon, we're definitely looking forward to it!
This was my girlfriend and I’s first time at Merchant and it was all around awesome!
Thank you so much for your review, Erin! We are so happy to hear you and your girlfriend had a great experience on your first visit with us! We surely hope it won't be your last and hope to see you in again soon :) Cheers!
Visit to see daughter at college. We went there last winter and really enjoyed it. Great ambience!!
Thank you so much for your review, Dan! We are so happy to hear you and your daughter chose to visit us when you were visiting town and that you enjoyed our ambience! We hope to see you both soon again, cheers!
We had. 7:45pm reso for 3. I stood by the host stand for a good 5 minutes before being greeted which was a bit frustrating. We were eventually seated outside. As the evening cooled down we requested that a heater be turned on which took a reminder or two. Our waiter was very kind and professional. The tofu sandwiches that my daughter and I had were delicious! Another had the lamb sliders which he really enjoyed as well. The Merchant is doing a great job considering all they are to deal with during this time.
Thank you so much for your review, Suzanne! We are so happy to hear you and your daughter enjoyed your tofu sandwiches and received prompt & friendly service from your server when visiting us this past weekend :) we do apologize it took us a few minutes to greet you and get your heater turned on. We were especially busy with the nice weather this weekend and we very much appreciate your understanding! Thank you so much again for your feedback and we hope you'll join us again very soon!
Anniversary Brunch Date, 1st OG what we hope are many visits to Merchant. Great food, service, and atmosphere!
Thank you so much for your review! We are so excited that you chose to celebrate your anniversary with us and enjoyed your food, service, and our atmosphere! We're very much looking forward to your return and hope it's very soon :) Cheers!
Dan was amazing
Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear you received great service from Dan, we're very lucky to have him! We hope you'll join us again in the near future, cheers!
Great for an outdoor brunch option. The food was fantastic. The ambiance wasn't ideal, as the seating area was in re-purposed parking spaces rather than a more permanent configuration, but considering the circumstances it was great. Highly recommend.
Thank you so much for your review, Lana! We are so happy to hear you loved your food when last joining us for brunch! We're doing our best to maximize what outdoor space we have during the current times, we're looking to make improvements to this space and hope to have some upgrades coming soon! Stay tuned!
Dan was great. drinks great. safety circles for covid. nice music
Thank you so much for your review, William! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your drinks and our atmosphere when you were last joining us. We're also glad to hear Dan took great care of you, we're very lucky to have him on our Team here at Merchant :) We hope you'll join us again very soon, we're looking forward to it!
Cheese curds were $10 and super greasy. Food overpriced for amount you get
Excellent staff, enjoyed the brunch, great cocktails, social distancing conscious!
Thank you so much for your review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your brunch experience and cocktails when you were last in! We're also happy to hear our staff took good care of you and you felt comfortable in our environment :) We're very much looking forward to your next visit, cheers!
Food and service were top notch. Creative and accessible menu items for brunch. Service was friendly, attentive and accommodating. Looking forward to returning!!
Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your food and service when joining us recently for brunch! We're looking forward to your return as well and hope it's very soon :) Cheers!
Our server was wonderful! Super friendly and helpful.
Thank you so much for your review! We are so excited to hear you received great service on our new Streatery and that you enjoyed your food! We hope you'll join us again very soon and hopefully your server will be working again when you stop in :) Cheers!
Craft cocktails, excellent food, ambience. The Merchant has it all.
Thank you so much for your review, Thomas! We hope you join us again soon for some more cocktails and food! Cheers!
They are working hard to stay alive. The street is blocked off so you are eating at tables on the street or sidewalk. Felt 100% comfortable with the distance. Andrea was our server and is was good to see her again. Took good care of us.
Thank you so much for your review, Michael! We're happy to hear chose to dine with us on our outdoor Streatery and that you felt totally comfortable :) We're also super glad to hear Andrea took good care of you, we hope you'll plan to visit us again very soon! Cheers!
Went for Sunday brunch. Service was slow and they were out of the dish that inspired me to visit. Coffee was bitter.
The food was great! The tables were well spaced. I felt very comfortable that all COVID-19 safety precautions were adhered to. Kudos for making the dining experience feel as normal as possible! On top of all of that, the food was great!
Thank you so much for your review, Molly! We're so happy to hear you felt comfortable on our Streatery and that you enjoyed your meal! We hope you'll join us again in the very near future :) Cheers!
Merchant was good. The food was interesting but the menu was limited. The service was fine, not great. To be fair, it is covid days, it had just rained so the outdoor tables and chairs had to be dried. With that said, i saw potential but probably wouldn’t go back.
Another outstanding meal! The weekly menu and cocktail program changes things up and keeps it interesting. Highly recommend!
Thank you so much for your review, Erik! We are so excited to hear you enjoyed your meal and our cocktail selection! We very much appreciate your recommendation and are looking forward to your next visit :) Cheers!
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 4.8 stars by 1142 OpenTable diners.
Merchant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/merchant-madison/giftcards.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.