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About Merchants Pub and Plate

A Midwestern pub focused on fresh, local ingredients and 30 craft beers on tap.

Join us on Sundays for our brunch buffet, half price beers, $5 bloody mary & mimosas & $5 select glasses of wine!

746 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, Beer Garden

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am, Sunday: 10:00am – 12:00am

Cross Street:
8th & Massachusettes

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(785) 843-4111

Website:
http://merchantsonmass.com/

Executive Chef:
TK Peterson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Merchants Pub and Plate Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Special Occasion (13)
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Good for a Date (12)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Romantic (9)
Business Meals (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Healthy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Authentic (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Vegan (4)
Great Beer (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Seasonal (2)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined 4 hours ago

Great food and great value! Big beer selection. My husband was wowed by the meatloaf sandwich special.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was really good and so was our service for the most part. The only part that took away from the evening a bit was having a server who wanted to share too much of his own personal taste of wine, food, etc. When I asked about one particular bottle of wine I received a very lengthy explanation that was not necessary. But over all was a wonderful experience and we will return.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Enjoyed the casual, up-beat vibe. Service was attentive and friendly. We had several sharable plates and all were executed extremely well. Delicious and fun lunch!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 3 days ago

Staff was very accommodating!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

Merchant's is a terrific place to have a drink, some appetizers, and stick around for a fabulous dinner. The food is consistently both creative and great and seems to get better each time I eat there. Friendly and efficient wait staff, nice atmosphere, and wonderful food. What more could you ask for? Definitely one of Lawrence's best.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (New Zealand)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fantastic Sunday brunch! My family from out of town loved it. This is the place I would bring anyone and everyone for an enjoyable and tasty brunch!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always amazing food and drinks!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our go place for monthly power meeting. Great staff, great food. Just great

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Service was perfect. Food not so good. Short rib gnocchi - ick. Tons of fat not so much meat. Salad and buffalo meatballs good.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We had a great meal! And our server was a riot. Definitely will be heading back the next time I'm in Lawrence.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

It is rare to see a restaurant offer steaks (or anything else) prepared sous vide. Imagine my delight! Everything was superb and the steak, of course, was melt-in-your mouth tender. The combination of good food and good friends will make this indelible visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Absolutely love this place, where the service matches the upscaleness of the food and venue.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The food was awesome! We had to wait too long for our table, but it was worth the wait!

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I always prefer having a menu option when there is a brunch buffet, but the buffet was delicious.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service were both top notch.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We loved the food and will return!

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 (Austin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This was a birthday gathering and we were there for brunch. Unfortunately, everything was lukewarm; crab cakes were cold and overcooked. One of the group ordered a bloody mary and it wasn't tasty either. On the upside, the waiter was quite nice and brought some bread pudding with a candle in it to help celebrate our sister's birthday.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Merchant's was highly rated and my wife had dined here with family previously with great results. It seemed a fitting place for our 23rd anniversary but I was wrong. Made reservations and ensured they knew it was a special occasion. Showed up on time to be greeted by a hostess going the extra mile for a potential customer on the phone. The hostess never put the call on hold, or checked us in for our reservation, and after 10 min of standing there... waiting... a waitress attempted to seat us next to the noisy kitchen. The restaurant was approximately at 30% capacity on a Wednesday evening and they could have seated us anywhere. We requested better seating and they sat us next to a window near the front door (wife kept her coat on). The waitress was very pleasant and attentive and the crab cakes we're phenomenal. However, our scallops were undercooked, seasoned oddly and not seared well. The ambiance was nice but the wine was over priced and we regretted not having gone to the Basil Leaf on 6th instead, or just having stayed home to cook our own special meal. Not sure why the restaurant was so highly rated but it wasn't worth the 30 min drive and I would not recommend to friends, nor will I return any time soon!

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The atmosphere was great, our waiter was wonderful, the food was very good and delivered in a timely manner!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My date and I were looking forward to enjoying Merchants Four Course 'Chef Table' Menu with wine pairings, and while the food was up to expectations, our somewhat inept waiter substantially diminished the experience.
In addition to several smaller blunders, the waiter served the wrong wines with one of the courses, ruining the wine and food pairing sequence, as we had to wait an inordinate amount of time before he could retrieve the correct wines from the bar. We finished the course before the appropriate wine choices showed up, then we were immediately served the next course. "Great, so where are the wine pairings for *this* course?" I queried. More waiting while our server consulted the bartenders to figure it out.
While Merchants did not appear to be unusually busy, the waiter generally made us feel rushed, grabbing our plates without warning in one instance, and before we had finished the desert course asked if we were ready for the check, without the offer of anything else such as coffee or tea. Coffee would have been nice, but rather than continue to suffer the poorly trained waiter I paid the $150 tab and we left in search of coffee and better service.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this place. Gorgeous and delicious with excellent top quality service!!

Tags: Great Beer, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Disabled Access
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Incredible service. Set menu and or limited menu for New Years Eve. Our party ate off both and some had the wine pairings. Everyone very happy with all that was served. Dessert donuts very good.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Waiter was excellent! Food was very good. Loved the wine and the Limoncello.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food is not only delicious but there are so many allergy friendly options. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly. A great dining experience.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Merchants is a great place to take friends from out of town. The atmosphere is unique and the staff is always professional and pleasant. There’s something for everyone on the interesting menu.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food is always good at Merchants. They label their GF items. Excellent variety of beers.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 15, 2017

As always Merchants is wonderful!

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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I chose this spot to meet up with friends after a KU basketball game. I would recommend reservations, which we did have, and we were seated right away. Our group had 2 diners with food allergies (gluten and peanut) and we were VERY impressed with the menu options and with the wait staff. My son has Celiac Disease and is very sensitive to gluten and he absolutely LOVED the mac and cheese w/bacon added (for FREE!). That doesn't happen at most restaurants, and it was a big deal for him. We had two kids under 11 dining with us as well, and the waitress was super helpful when working with the menu. The kids cleaned their plates! The next time we are in Lawrence, we will be eating here again.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had an excellent brunch with a variety of good foods including fresh fruit and salad! The mimosa was excellent as well.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went for Sunday brunch. I was seated in the area to the right when you walk in. A waitress came to me and asked if I’d like something to drink. I told her I’d like to wait a moment, that I was still waiting for my husband. She said okay, looked around and said (I believe she said Matthew) would be our server. After my husband arrived we sat there for 20 minutes watching this waitress help everyone surrounding us (some odd reason we were excluded from her area) Finally I asked her if our server could come and take our drink orders. By this time we had already helped ourselves to the buffet one at a time because we didn’t want to miss our server. He came over and apologized because he didn’t realize we were his table, which we couldn’t understand why we would be either considering she was all the tables around us server. He was very kind and apologized sincerely at least 4 times. We didn’t feel he was at fault. She saw that we had been sitting there the whole time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We enjoyed our quick dinner before the KU basketball game... we appreciate the opportunity to make a reservation... a good experience

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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Tags: Romantic
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food special tonight was perfect, the oddity wine feature was really good. Brought my own wine for the main course but there selection is very good. Monique is a great server even though we are pretty biased because we always want her as a server.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 20, 2017

My food was amazing. Service was excellent. I love the farm to table dining and I was definitely impressed. So many gluten free options and the staff was knowledgeable.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our group of 7 enjoyed a delicious lunch in a comfortable yet upscale setting. The noise level allowed us to visit without yelling across the table. Everyone enjoyed their meal, with many locally -sourced ingredients. We plan to return!

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We needed to grab a bite before a concert we were in town for (from Overland Park), and Merchant's seemed to have a lovely menu, so I booked us a reservation.

They have an extensive drink menu, so we had some time to review that, and also decided on our dinner choices while the server gave us time to look over the menus. We all had drinks (seemed like the Old Fashioned was a good choice for a couple of us, while I had wine), and also ordered a starter, dinners, and dessert.

All food was stellar, served in a timely fashion, and well-priced.

If I lived in Lawrence, I'd probably be eating a meal at Merchant's at least once a month. Cool place, looked like they had a lovely bar, too (which is where my husband and I usually sit when dining out alone), and seriously...no complaints. I really liked this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Merchants has made our short list of reliable eateries in Lawrence. A varied menu that doesn't break the bank but delights the palate.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Not long wait at all with a reservation (and on game night). Service was excellent and the specials were definitely special!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I was dubious about this as it used to be the Teller House and I loved that restaurant, but my worries were not founded. I had not been to Lawrence in 4 years, and the new restaurant - Merchants - is an amazing “farm to table” restaurant with great prices and amazing food. My beet salad was wonderful and a roasted chicken with butternut squash risotto was wonderful - chutney accompanied the dish as did sausage???? It was all wonderful. Helpful wait staff and great ambiance. Don’t miss this.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always love going to Merchants! Kid-friendly with an adult vibe.

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