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Merchant

4.6
832 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Good for a Date
Reservation policy: We accept reservations for Dinner and Brunch services. We save some tables for walk-in parties on Friday and Saturday night.

For reservations, we generally allow 1.5 hours for parties of 2 and 2 hours for parties of 3-8. If you feel that your party will need more time than this, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your group.

We can’t wait to share our passion for quality ingredients, honest and simple cooking, and this American craft of bartending. We welcome you to come in, relax, have fun, eat and drink well, and leave the worries of a stressful day at the door…Welcome and Cheers!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Happy Hour
M-Sat 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Dinner & Late Night
Every Night 5:00 PM - BARTIME

Brunch
Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Phone number
(608) 259-9799
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We have limited private dining available. Please call (608) 259-9799 to speak to management.
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Private party contact
Joshua Berkson: (608) 259-9799
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Catering
Please call if interested.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E. Doty Street
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Parking details
Streetside and Parking ramp available across the street
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Public transit
Downtown bus lines are one block away.
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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 at
http://www.merchantmadison.com/entertainment/
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Special events & promotions
Please call us to arrange a special event, happy hour, or party.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 832 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

The waiter forgot about us after we weren’t immediately ready to order drinks the minute we sat down. We finally caught her eye after 15 minutes. Then she put one order in wrong that was identical to 2 other orders, simple omelettes. Another 15 minute delay while we ate so our food didn’t get cold... and then trying to check out took forever. I’m not sure what’s happened at the Merchant, but I’m not sure I’ll return and we always go when we’re in Madison. Such a disappointment. I’m glad the food tasted good. Oh yeah we were sweating through the second half of our meal.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Was in Madison with college roommates
Enjoyed food, wonderful efficient courteous staff

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent overall experience. Good food, excellent service, nice ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Our waitress was very attentive, patient, and helpful with questions we had. The brunch cocktails were unique. Was a great place for bunch with a group of friends.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Megan was our server. She was wonderful. Professional, friendly and very knowledgeable.
Food was delicious and cooked to order. My gin and tonic hit the spot-twice.
Celebrated an anniversary and we we had a great time.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great date night. Food was amazing! I would recommend to anyone!

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Other than the fact that they did not have a record of my Open Table reservation, it was fun for a birthday light supper and drinks. Food was small plates and pricey for what you got. The crab cake sandwich was very good but I was hungry when I left.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Always enjoy Merchant, fun vibe, friendly staff and overall really good cuisine. It's a perfect place to stop in after the Farmers Market

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We love Merchant. Great, dependably wonderful cocktails. Inventive menu and consistently well prepared. Could up the quality of the dessert on cheap date night.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food and service was top-notch. We will definitely be going back for another excellent dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great overall experience! Excellent food, good wines, attentive service, and nice ambiance. Will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great spot

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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).

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, fun atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Exceptional as always. Great menu, amazing and vast cocktail menu, and stellar service. A must in Madison.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Per usual the meal was well prepared and attractively presented.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Visiting Madison for a getaway.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent service. Special drink and dessert for my birthday.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Very enjoyable, great service from Trent! Craft cocktails were excellent as well as the cheese and meat board. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Best part was that they had very nice vegetarian dinner option on the menu

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great Cocktails!
Best cheese curds in town!
At times, a little loud but a fun place to meet for cocktails, appetizers and dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic food & drink in a cool place off the square, top notch!

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Went here for brunch and the food was amazing! It is on the pricier side but definitely worth it!

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

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!

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