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Merchants Pub and Plate

4.7
344 reviews
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$30 and under
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Gastro Pub
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, Beer Garden
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Hours of operation
Monday – Saturday: 11:00am – 12:00am, Sunday: 10:00am – 12:00am
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Phone number
(785) 843-4111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
TK Peterson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
8th & Massachusettes
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
What 344 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

We tried the father's day brunch and it was good. I am not a big fan of brunch buffets, but my husband was wanting to try it so we did. We would go back.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Birthday celebration and they were amazing! Brought a dessert with a candle!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Make reservations, or you'll have a wait. They have a varied, not common and tasteful menu. Service is good. Very good bar selection.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

great food and service. We had family in form out of town and all had a wonderful evening

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Friend and I celebrated our summer birthdays. Merchants has a fabulous Sunday Brunch. It was a first time for the brunch. Great food and selection at a great price of $15.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great Sunday brunch with a wide variety of breakfast and luncheon options. The vegetables are especially well done.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I was there with two guests from out of town and one from in town. We wined and dined with great service from our waiter, Conner. I have a great deal of respect for the chef who manages to come up with new and interesting appetizers and entrees on a regular basis. I enjoy that many of the foods are locally sourced. Overall a delightful experience.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Merchants never disappoints! We took friends from out of town & it was a perfect dining evening. The food was locally sourced, in season & prepared beautifully. We recommend Merchants- The dining space is wonderful in an old bank-hence the name Merchants.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Probably the best Sunday brunch in Lawrence. The food is unusual, delicious, plentiful, and the staff makes sure the buffet stays fresh, hot, and well-stocked. Excellent experience all around.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Excellent food, great service

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Ordered the herb roasted chicken fettuccini special. The fettuccini and morel mushrooms were delicious although a bit dry, the chicken was horrible. Not at all edible, tasted like rubber.
Our server, Austin, offered to make it right by bringing a fresh chicken breast but I declined. He surprised us with the chef prepared menu crab cakes which were absolutely wonderful!! Thank you to you both! That gesture and the crab cake deliciousness will get me back in the door as well as Austin’s genuine concern for us having a great experience!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary with Marissa and Merchant’s! They were so fantastic! We always enjoy our nights we get to spend with them!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The Merchant Pub & Plate has a unique location with specialty menu items. The wait staff was friendly and pleasant. The food was quick to arrive at the table and quite tasty. We had an enjoyable experience!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We eat at Merchant's regularly, as often as twice a week. We can count on excellent food with a local origin focus, creative menus, and reliably good, friendly service. Both food and bar menus change frequently enough to keep things interesting. It's our favorite restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

We live an hour from this restaurant. Love everything about it. We had an exceptional waitress.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Merchant’s is hands-down the best restaurant in Lawrence. The food is outstanding, the menu changes regularly with the seasons, and Chef TK Peterson and Sous Chef Nathan Desetti create the most marvelous creative dishes. The wait staff is tremendous - they stay with the restaurant so you have people dedicated to its success; friendly, courteous, attentive, and professional. The small wine list is good and the house wines are top notch. There are 30 craft beer taps featuring regional brews as well as brews from around the country. The noise level is such that you can actually carry on a conversation at your table. Merchant’s is the best!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Kimberly was an amazing server!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fun it was so good. Going back for sure

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent Easter Sunday Brunch! Hot food was hot and cold was cold. This place does an incredible job on it vegetables. Yes I eat meat but the kale, brussel sprouts and carrots are fabulous. Smoked salmon with all the appropriate topping available. Good food and good coffee, usually hard to find together.

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food is novel, mostly tasty; but over-priced. 2 salads with protein added (1 vegetarian), 2 cocktails=$50+ before the tip. This is not sustainable for 2 friends who have white-collar jobs in Lawrence. I could justify this maybe every 2 months; unless I find someplace better that is a bit pricey and worth it.
It would be good to state clearly which cocktails are savory (not at all sweet) and vice-versa. It is a bit hard to tell from the menu. The vegetarian burger will be better if fully "cooked" through.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My husband and I came from KC while some friends drove in from Topeka. We always like to meet in Lawrence and explore dining spots. The Mercantile Pub and Plate did not disappoint. I'm sure we'll visit there again soon. Excellent menu and beer selections, and great, friendly service. Thanks !

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The waitress was very knowledgeable about gluten-free versus Celiac requirements and made sure that my husband's plate that did not have to be Celiac friendly was prepared in the Celiac friendly part of the kitchen because his dish was naturally gluten free.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

First time there, food was excellent and choices offered were unique.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Pickle martini is the best thing!!!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic experience all around. Food was amazing, and the waiter was knowledgeable about wines.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

The service was very slow, but the food was great.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

This was a first time dining experience at Merchant's Pub & Plate. We booked at early reservation mid-week for a special occasion and found the restaurant had a busy bar for Happy Hour and moderately full dining area that was not too noisy. Our server was excellent, providing the daily specials, keeping tabs on drinks and carefully watching to see if we needed anything. The food was prepared perfectly and paired with interesting accompaniments that brought out the full flavor of the food. We shared a small plate of crab cakes which were very flavorful and garnished with pickled red onions and three aioli's. My wife ordered the pan-seared salmon served with black rice and a cucumber dressing. The salmon was perfectly cooked. I ordered the NY strip steak, with grilled asparagus and roasted potatoes. The steak was cooked to order and was hand cut. We shared the carrot cake for dessert, which is the best carrot cake we have had anywhere! The presentation and use of real raisins in an orange sauce put the dessert over the top.

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3.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Service was excellent. The food was hit or miss. The side salad was delicious, the Mac n cheese phenomenal. The crispy chicken lacked flavor and the breast portion was very dry. The burger was over done and again not a lot of flavor. I don’t see us returning.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I wished we lived closer to it because we’d go more often. It was delicious and our server was excellent. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food, overall waa great. Staff was very attentive and accomodating. Their brussels sprout sharing plate was phenomenal - makes sense that it won awards!
Really impressed by how much they strive to accommodate special diets and mobility (taking care to seat you where you're most comfortable).
The dining room was moderately noisy but, I think the very high ceilings helped to diffuse the noise so we didn't have to yell to carry a conversation.
The only issue we had was that our scallops were overcooked on one side and a bit undercooked on the other. But, management quickly apologized and took them off the bill. Everything else was very tasty - all the way to the coffee creme brulee. We'll definitely be back!

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Completely disappointing. The pork chop was rubbery and tasteless. Service was impersonal and random. The bison burger that my friend had seemed to be barely ok. And the prices were OK; but too high given the lack of quality. The tomato basil soup was very good. I would absolutely avoid going back there and recommend that you find somewhere else to eat.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Very pleasant.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Always a great experience. I really like this place. Dependable excellence!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very good food these days, creative cuisine but not overly extravagant. Reasonable prices and excellent serving staff. We were four ‘oldies’, worried about loudness, as we wanted to do a lot of talking and catching up. As the night went on, it got louder & louder, whereas earlier on, 7-8pm, it was more quiet. Still, we never got too uncomfortable in our conversation. Had a good time!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Staff was very accommodating!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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