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Merchant

4.5
808 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Local Ingredients
Reservation policy: We accept reservations for Dinner and Brunch services. We save some tables for walk-in parties on Friday and Saturday night.

As Merchants, we consider ourselves stewards of great ingredients. We source the freshest and finest local and international products that we can get our hands on, and feature and sell these ingredients in our dining room in order to achieve complete transparency of our operations.

It is our goal to bring you enjoyment through method-driven food, cocktails using only the best liquors and the freshest ingredients, and a place for you to blow off the rigors of a stressful day.
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 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Farmer's Market Season)
Sunday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Year Round)
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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, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 808 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Drinks were amazing as always and food was good. Waitstaff was friendly but kitchen was slow.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Love the food and service it gets a bit loud. Overall great place to dine.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Wonderful craft cocktails and food. I could have stayed longer to just read the stories in the menu book.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Love the craft cocktails and yummy grassfed burgers

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

French toast was so good, eggs were cooked perfect server was top notch

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

locally sourced, seasonal food. great atmosphere, and they have their own liquor store. What's not to like?!

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

For the price, there should not have been so many simple under/overseasoning missteps in the entrees. Appetizers (cheese curds and brussels sprouts) were tasty but much less quantity than you'd recieve elsewhere, and wouldn't rank on my own top 10 in Madison list for either dish. Our server was excellent though! Very attentive, although there was difficulty communicating at times with how incredibly noisy it is here.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waitress was outstanding - incredibly attentive and took my food allergies very seriously (since it's something that can be in a lot of dishes). She went above and beyond. It was Valentine's Day so it was a price fixed three course menu. We were unimpressed with the dinner entree selection for the price comparison. While the lamb was great, the pasta and fish dishes were nothing special and the pasta portion plating looked incredibly small in comparison to the lamb entree. It just made things look off balanced. Wine pairs were a nice touch, but a $3 different isn't much to make it a nicety.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Over priced, lacked flavor and too loud.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We love Merchant. We had a great waiter and the food and drinks were fantastic as usual. Love the atmosphere too!

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3.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Ate at Merchant w/my two college age children, ordered papardelle & two burgers, cheese curds. papardlle was a small portion of heavily tomato flavored unidimensional dish that was mostly noodles ($22) and the burgers were average. I've been to Merchant twice before both times for drinks. I'd summarize that this is a good place to go for a specialty cocktail and munchies but not for the food.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

The service was a little slow waiting for our entrees. And while most of the entrees were a decent price, it seemed that $30 for 3 scallops was too high-we were expecting more.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Celebrated a birthday but no acknowledgement by wait staff.
Food was ok... not terribly hot.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service food and craft cocktails

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

We were there early about 5 o’clock before a badger game. It worked out great and was a nice alternative to unload busy bar. Loved The brussels sprouts, lamb sliders in Port proper deal. Honey cinnamon cake was a bit dry for our liking but everything else was great. Thanks

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

We love Merchant! The cocktail menu is the best, and the food is the same! Never disappointed!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

We went this place for restaurant week. Second course menu came out little late, but besides that, everything else were beyond expectation.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food and drink were amazing. Will likely return to try more of the drinks and small plates.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We recently visited Merchant for Restaurant Week in Madison. We love the vibe, and had dinner right before the DJ started (he came on at 10:30pm). After dinner, the dance scene was a lot of fun, too. Make sure to try the different cocktails when you visit!

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Our first experience with Merchant and we went late on Friday, last night of restaurant week . . . . . and was disappointed given the generally very good reviews. Had a 15 minute wait at the bar for our table which did provided some excellent craft cocktails. We did order from the Restaurant Week Menu ($30 ea for 3 courses.) The Pear Salad was very good by my wife's comments, my field greens with house made "buttermilk ranch" was very so . . so, think a Dole bag salad. For the main courses; I had the Chicken Breast on couscous/butternut squash which again was very good. My wife on the other had the steak friets, which seamed to be a lower quality steak (by texture primarily and taste) and was over cooked. Course 3, desserts . . . . again a hit and miss. The wife had the dark chocolate and cherry custard which was very good, I selected the Honey Cinnamon Cake to have something different; bad choice. The cake was as if it had been cut/plated 3 hours earlier; everything about it was dried out. Service throughout the night was just ok and seemed a bit rushed. I would think for Restaurant Week a restaurant would offer a skinny'd down menu with a few specialty items (check), and items that they would be great at preparing (no-check.) Restaurant Week is about getting people into your establishment that might not otherwise give it a try and then wow'ing them with your food and service. In my opinion Merchant is a pass.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I reserved a table on open table a week in advance. Without knowing, I was assigned bar stool seating. The seats were uncomfortable and left our backs hurting (we tried to move and were given an excuse). With the exception of the brussels sprouts, the food was mediocre at best. Dry cake for dessert. Wish I had spent my money in a place that would have appreciated it more; it seems they are catering to a certain clientele.

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