Merchant

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$30 and under
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Merchant offers casual American dining with seasonal, regional and from scratch ingredients. The neighborhood parlor is a popular hangout for locals and tourist a like who seek fresh, quality food & beverage in an approachable environment.
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.2
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pepster78
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch on a Sunday. The food was fantastic, our waiter was friendly and helpful and there was a live band. Will definitely go back.

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Foodie
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! Definitely get the brussel sprouts. The Jalepeno poppers were the only thing we didn't love because they were just a big fried cheese ball with a little jalepeno. But other than that we loved everything else we had! Plus they have a great cocktail selection.

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vipGizzellie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The burgers are amazing but you need to make sure you get the proper “cheese skirt” that makes it extra tasty.

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vipMeaghan
Chicago
186 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best newer restaurants in the city! Amazing for brunch as even the brunch menu has inventive cuisine. The chef is always trying out new, delicious, innovative dishes. The tried and true SMASHBURGER is sooo good though and is a menu mainstay.

JM
vipJohnM
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I took my 28 yr old son to Merchant for dinner. It was our first time there and we were very happy with our experience. The ambience was nice with a mostly 30-something crowd, the service was superior with the very friendly staff working their butts off, and the food was spectacular! We started off with an appetizer of Shishito peppers that were very different from the usual fare. They were quite tasty and had a nice spicy zing to them. My wife and son had burgers while I was a little more adventurous by going with the Brava Burrito. They loved their burgers saying at one point they may be the best they've ever had. My Burrito was not what I expected, it was actually better! It had a combination of eggs and potatoes with 2 delicious dipping sauces. We all left full and happy! Try it, you may just love it!

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kellys
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

There wasn’t but two tables full when we walked in with reservations on a Saturday night. We were mostly ignored at first and once we did place our orders, it took quite awhile for the food to arrive. I had heard good things, but the menu was not very extensive and the food was just mediocre. I had hoped to be wowed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. We will be back!

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vipjpilz411
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my daughter to lunch on a cold February day. Our server was friendly, made great suggestions, and made our lunch experience memorable. We enjoyed our food, we’ll be back.

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vipMichaelF
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place!!! Amazing food, great service, and awesome atmosphere.

We had the smash burger which had an amazing taste, loved the cheese on it.

I had the burrito with chorizo, AMAZING and filling, definitely recommend.

Remedy was an awesome server, very attentive, funny, and nice.

Absolutely recommend.

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vipKellyW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brunch! Have been for dinner too and was really good. Cocktails were yummy and there were great selections for my kid too!

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vipnomad
Chicago
113 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and her suggestions were great. The jalapeño poppers were so decadently delicious I could have just eaten those! And the chicken and quinoa dish was very unique and tasty. I loved my old fashioned too. There were a lot of other things on the menu I look forward to returning to try!

Merchant
Responded on January 16, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We look forward to seeing you again soon and please say hi on your next visit! -Chris 608.469.0451

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elena was such a good server. She really took care of us and so friendly.

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vipGeemoney
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous wait staff. Cool vibe in the restaurant and very easy to talk to your table mates. I’d highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shout out to Chris for making it a wonderful experience—congrats on opening an awesome place!

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vipSarahE81
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Going to echo other reviews that I've seen- is this place trying to be a night club, sports bar, gastropub? Loved the decor, not so much a fan of the big screen tvs on either side of the room. Our reservation was at 8:15 on a Friday night and the music was already loud enough that I had to ask our server to repeat herself on multiple occasions. By 9 there was a DJ and the music was even louder, made worse by the fact that the DJ seemed to be playing only 30 seconds of each song before losing interest and changing to something else. The food and drinks were good, but not outstanding. Our server was friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, the atmosphere was unpleasant enough that we were eager to leave. For 4 drinks, an appetizer, a burger, and a salmon entree, $100 already seemed bordering on steep. But leaving $100+tip at a restaurant where you can't wait to leave feels kind of terrible. Won't be going back.

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vipDanN
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mark the manager was super accommodating and friendly. Will be back.

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Manon
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I was meeting friends I hadn’t seen for a while. The place is very dark. Forget about reading the menu without your phone flashlight. Our waitress was very pleasant and checked in frequently on us. The food choices are somewhat limited and the portions on the small side, but everything was tasty. The noise level was annoying, especially around 9pm when they really cranked it up. I think Merchant is undecided if it wants to be a dining spot or a club.

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Merchant does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Merchant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (773) 687-8822.

Merchant is rated 4.4 stars by 17 OpenTable diners.