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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

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (16)
Good for a Date (15)
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Creative Cuisine (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Casual (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Healthy (8)
Seasonal (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great Beer (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Romantic (6)
Authentic (5)
Organic (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Vegan (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Kansas City)·Dined 2 days ago

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 11, 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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (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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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We drove 45 minutes to dine at Merchant's Pub and Plate. All the food we have eaten there is excellent!! The Sunday brunch is delicious and a great value.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We enjoyed our dining experience. Had great service.

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 (Mobile)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great to find a restaurant that values and support local growers

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always a great menu with great service. Expect to pay a little more then average but well worth it. Great flavors.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Never disappoints. great variety. Exceptional service.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The mixed salad was outstanding with local ingredients and the entree was as good as I have ever had for Shrimp and Grits. It rates with those in Charleston and Savannah. We will make the drive from Lenexa to trey other dishes.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had not been to Merchants in some time. It was our anniversary and thought we go back after looking at the online menu (which appeared interesting). We had the house wine (a label with which we were very familiar), flat bread appetizer, salmon and a duck special. The presentation was acceptable. The flat bread had a primary taste of pumpkin seeds - interesting but the seeds took out any subtlety. The online menu wrote that the salmon was King Salmon. The table menu did not. Nevertheless, this was properly cooked, moist with good flavor. The duck special listed 'braised' to which I expected moist. The duck was dry and overcooked. The confit was spicy (the waitress warned of this). I actually could not tell what was in the confit because of the over the top spice. The mushrooms were deep fried with the principal taste of breading. We like the setting now and when it was Teller's. But, the food just wasn't compelling at $25/entrée.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Brunch on Sunday was very tasty: crab cakes, roasted Brussel sprouts, kale Caesar salad were especially nice. The bread pudding could have used a sauce. It had good flavor but a bit dry without the sauce. Very enjoyable brunch experience. Do not expect a huge variety of fare--but what they do provide is more than adequate and tastes great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food & service were wonderful! The atmosphere was a little loud considering it is one large open space with all hard surfaces, but a cool vibe nonetheless.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Merchants Is the best restaurant in Lawrence all around, hands down, for any occasion. It is always our 1st choice.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This establishment is in an old bank, so it's a fun environment. The farm to table is a nice touch and the service was spot on.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service and food was great as always! Went for a family get together and we had a toddler that was being a goober. Our server (I'm sorry I don't remember her name) was wonderful in bringing out the fruit with his meal prior to when she usually would to chill the little guy out.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 1, 2017

One of my favourites in Lawrence. Great food, great owners, and my go to to impress visitors and friends.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Very good food (like usual), I found a new favorite beer because of the flight!

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Our waitress Bridget was charming and very helpful!
She answered all of our questions about the different menu options and made sure we felt very special. Food was very good and atmosphere is lovely.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

It was a little better than average but wasn't as classy as we hoped. The table was sticky and we strongly feel that they should use tablecloths to help the dining experience improve.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Casual, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Live Sports
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Delicious food served by friendly and professional staff. A bit loud and moderately decorated, but overall we liked it and will certainly return.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The food was average and the food selection was very limited. It is not worth the money. The restaurant is also quite dated.

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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Excellent service as always. The food selection here is hit or miss for me but the burgers and mac & cheese are good fallbacks.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Had the best waitress we have ever had--thank you Erin for a fantastic experience with our out-of-town visitors! They LOVED it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

Overall really enjoyed our dinner. Great draft beer list and farm to table fresh food. Had the lamb sausage and pasta special and it was fantastic. Will be back on a future visit to Lawrence.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on August 12, 2017

First time in Merchant and we loved it! We tried everything and loved it all. Bison burger and homemade fettuccini with salmon were excellent. Great beer and drink selection. Fun atmosphere. Definitely will come again!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Healthy, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

The macaroni and cheese with bacon on top was excellent. The steak sandwich special was a little fatty.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We took my folks for their anniversary. They had enjoyed the Sunday brunch before and wanted to go back. This time we made reservations, which worked out perfectly. The food was delicious and of a really nice variety. We really enjoyed the Carmel Apple bread pudding!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were so happy with our visit to this restaurant! The food was so fresh and prepared in such novel ways, and a lot of effort was made to make the menu full of nutritious, allergy-free food. We will be back!

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food! The staff was very attentive!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 31, 2017

It's been a while since our last stop at Merchant's and the good news is that it remains a great stop for our visits to Lawrence. THe service is great and super nice staff. The food is good to great and the selection of craft beers is an added plus. Our 2 favorite items for this night were the pork belly ap and the Short Ribs and Gnochi. But everything was good.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great food and service. Very noisy, and the host at door was a bit surly.
That said, didn't take away from our visit. We will return.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Merchants is my favorite restaurant at the moment. Their Sunday brunch is excellent - love the veggie biscuits and gravy. Appreciate all of the vegetarian and vegan options. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Brunch, Vegan
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great as usual. One of the best in all of LFK

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·Dined on July 22, 2017

My fiance and our two girls decided to drive from Topeka to Lawrence and dine at Merchants Pub and Plate. It had really great reviews and the online menu looked great! I made the reservation on Open Table. We were seated right away. Our server was nice but she forgot to order our appetizers - she didn't come back to the table until our actual entrees were delivered. When we told her we didn't get our appetizers, she said "oh sorry, I forgot to put them in." She did give us two desserts on the house, which was nice but we would have rather had our appetizers. The food was good. We ordered the bison burger - it was good but overcooked. The salmon was great and the seared scallops were ok but overpriced. All in all the food was good, the service was ok, and the atmosphere was nice - it was really busy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We only come to Lawrence once a year and always come to Merchants. The door is always great and fresh. My favorite it the Brussel Sprouts.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 2, 2017

I generally am not a fan of brunch buffets but Merchants provided an excellent assortment of foods not typically found on a buffet. The dishes, including the brussel sprouts were amazing. The food was replaced on a regular basis.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Had a nice lunch with some friends before attending a relatives wedding. Overall it was a great meal with prompt service. All the starters we tried were wonderful, as was the dessert. My Vietnamese pork chop, while cooked perfectly, wasn't what I'd describe as Vietnamese. The lamb burger was delicious though and several great beers were available. Would dine again.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Service and food is absolutely incredible. We have been twice now and have been happy from start to finish. Love that the menu changes so we always get to try something new. Seafood tastes fresh and nothing is overdone, seasonings and sauces are just right.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Hot Spot
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