Merchant House Dallas

4.3
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127 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
A trendy dining room with an intimate upstairs lounge, and a sexy patio featuring great downtown views. Join us for craft cocktails and small plates like our Lollipop Lamb Chops, Local IPA Battered Fish and Chips, and Crispy Devilish Eggs.

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Happy Hour at Merchant House!

Starting Jun 19, 2020·Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

Join us for $5 glasses of wine, $4 drafts, and food specials! Mon-Fri 4 to 7pm!

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vipJimB
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The wait staff was disorganized and the waitress kept getting my drink order wrong. Food was good. Will try again once the Covid requirements ease up.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had am awesome experience- the food was fabulous, service was great! Highly recommend!!!

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AKABaby
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Service needs some work. It took a lot time for the food to come out, which would be understandable if it was more crowded in the restaurant. Drinks also took a very long time to make.

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vipOpenTableDiner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Pros:
- The food was pretty good, and the bartender and several others who brought the food out were great. They even stepped in when our waitress didn't know how to pour wine, but you could tell they didn't want to overstep.

- Well designed space with a unique vibe.

Cons:
- Our waitress was awful. She was nice, but we had to ask her to clear plates/fill water glasses/clear empty drinks multiple times, it took 30 minutes to get our drinks or more each round, and she didn't know anything about the food or drink selection. Remember that it is at a reduced capacity, so she only had 2 other tables. For example, she came back 4 times to get a scotch order. We even spelled it for her and counted how many from the left on the shelf. She finally grabbed someone else because she still couldn't get it right. We finally started going up to the bar, and it took less than 5 minutes to get our drinks. He was nice, knowledgeable and made great drinks.

- Even if our waitress was new, the manager should not have her waiting tables by herself. She needs training... badly.

- They had the news channels on the two TVs we faced which is unpleasant and not what most people want at a nice restaurant.

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vipKshdmwkdhb
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Very cute restaurant. We came for brunch.The food was very good, but portions were on the smaller side. The service was not very good. The waiter seemed to be confused and frazzled. Food and drinks took quite some time to come out. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to them experiencing reopening issues post Covid. I would go back.

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vipHW2876
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived the restaurant was closed even though we had a confirmation from OpenTable. They could have at least emailed us.

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vipDavidT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Service was great, food was good if a bit overpriced ($8.00 for eight tiny donut “holes”). But music was out of control loud, especially for Sunday brunch. We literally could not hear the people across the table from us.

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vipNancy
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I would probably recommend but the service was really sub-par. This could be a great restaurant if the servers were better trained and attentive.

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Dallas66
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice first time experience. Service was excellent and food was good. I’m sure we will be back.

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Anne
Amarillo
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good menu, wouldn’t recommend taking kids, food took awhile to get served.

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vipdineout27
Dallas
71 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was not particularly good, with the exception of the lamb lollipops. They were delicious! My friend and I both ordered an Asian noodle salad that was absolutely tasteless. We asked for more dressing and that did help some. I think they had actually forgotten the dressing , but it still was mediocre compared to many delicious salads I have had around town.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, with a fun atmosphere. We will be back!

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FromDallas
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Valentine's day spent here. We went for the prix fixe menu. It was tasty and well portioned (not large). We had a lovely cabernet with this menu. The wine menu is light but we liked what we got. We were recommended this place by some regulars. It is in the hood and we will add to our rotation. The main menu looks fun with many shareable plates.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience2

For Valentine’s Day, I was picturing a bit calmer music. We walked in with Nikki Minaj playing for a sit down dinner. I think they need to figure out if they want more of a nice dinner experience or bar scene experience.
Our waiter was incredible though, and the food was incredible.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time here me and my girlfriend came for Valentine’s Day. Very cool place, great music and food. Will definitely come back.

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vipcskgreen
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Sunday Brunch. Yummy mimosas. The French Toast bites were delicious. The egg frittata was so good. Service quick. Cozy ambiance reminiscent of a boat house.will be back.

JH
vipJustinH
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Sat downstairs, great atmosphere, great drinks, great service!

SM
vipSheenaMarie
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was there for my birthday brunch celebration, it was absolutely perfect! Great service — and that alone makes the difference.

Thank you Merchant House.

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vipGSexperience
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Date night after being away on business for two weeks. Love the food, drinks and atmosphere. The service is always excellent.

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vipDFWDiner
Dallas
48 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Was fine for a one-time-only visit. Nothing impressed me enough to lead me to believe I’ll ever return. Had the fish and chips as the recommended “best thing on the menu”. Aside from the way too many “chips” and too little “fish” it just didn’t have a great taste. Atmosphere was best part of the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really like brunch or late lunch here. The cocktails are awesome. Good service and tasty food.

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vipKoreyS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We made reservations for 9pm on NYE. I was called the night before and reminded of the prefix menu for the evening. We arrived a little before 9pm and it was as if no one knew we were coming. They added some chairs to a booth to accommodate us. We then found out all menu options were available which we were happy with. We placed our order at approximately 9:30 and did not receive one food item until 10:30. The restaurant was not overly busy by any stretch of the imagination. All staff was very friendly, just very ill-prepared it seemed. At 10:30 when we received our food, we sent several dishes back because they were not warm. The atmosphere has SO much potential for this to be an outstanding place, but unfortunately was not a good first impression at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here with my best friend for New Years and I was not disappointed. Amazing drinks and awesome food. Tyler took great care of us and was professional all night!!!

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vipEatsoutoften
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Sadly this restaurant is missing the mark. Had potential, but lacks structure, organized service and kitchen and an overall level of experience and thoughtful delivery and identity.
Our poor waiter was bussing, serving, taking orders, filling water glasses all by himself
On New Year’s Eve?
No sign of a manager, no sign of experience in food service, now ownership and very flustered staff.
Food was average. The Salad looked and tasted like a spring mix from Whole Foods and the quail was frozen, thawed and doused in some sauce.
I’m sorry that what could have been a great concept will probably not survive, unless attention to aggressively turn on the details that matter occur .
The ambience and look and feel were great and welcoming!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is becoming on of my favorite restaurants. Every time I come I am always blown away.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Staff so lovely - food forgettable

DG
DalGal
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just happened upon this place on Saturday and LOVED it! Such a cute and relaxed atmosphere. Great wine and delicious food. Can't wait to go back again soon and try another dish!

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vipFlyMeAway
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Absolutely terrible service. Hostess was awful. Table not ready even though restaurant not full. Waited long time for drinks. Then waited longer to order meals. When drinks and food arrived, servers had no idea who received what. Then asked if we wanted new silverware after we had used what we had for appetizers. Menu is limited at dinner. Overall just a terrible experience. We will never return. The sooner Merchant House goes out of business, the better. Thanks.

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vipArkitekton
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not a lot of food selections but enough for a dining experience. Attentive service, nice interior with vaulted 2 story space.
Parking is nearby.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The staff was attentive but did not pressure or rush us.

MG
MsGLove
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is now our favorite restaurant, and we will be back often.

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vipNevaFindsFood
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Totally disappointed in this super cute place!! I had such high expectations and they were not met. The drinks were good, the service was mediocre, the apps were yummy but our entrees were terrible.

Drinks- Try the Shipwreck (prepare to wait for drinks- they were super slow and not super busy)
Apps- Donuts 👍🏽, Mac and Crab fritters 👍🏽, candied bacon 👍🏽👍🏽
Meals- Chicken and Waffles 👎🏽👎🏽 The chicken was good but the waffles were burnt. I sent them back, they came back cold, hard, and still burnt- Crab Benedict 👎🏽👎🏽 Nothing on this plate is fresh besides the avocado- everything was frozen, fried, and still cold.
Ambience- 😍👍🏽 Super cute old house redone into a restaurant. Love that they have their own parking! I’d come back for a happy hour, but never again for a meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great local joint with unique options.

KJ
KendraJC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited on a cold rainy Monday night. Parking was easy and there were not many people dining upon our 8 pm arrival. Waitress was pleasant and made suggestions that were spot on. Atmosphere was cozy and we thoroughly enjoyed the music that was being played. We were able to watch the game on the large tv screens, vibe to the music and still have conversation.

We ordered the Goguchang Shrimp, Fish and Chips, and a couple drinks (Vodka Orchard—tasty and the others lips my memory). THE BEST Fish & Chips in Dallas, hands down! Shrimp was served over polenta and was also very flavorful.

After dinner we took a stroll upstairs to check out the moody uniqueness of the “house”. We found a spacious patio and charming layout, with several conversation pits and another bar just off-center of the room. Since our visit, we’ve been trying to come up with an occasion to rent the place—very neat spot!

We were so enjoying ourselves that we forgot to take photos, but we will definitely be returning!

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rkshaddix
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was great, ambiance was good, food was fine. Maybe we didn’t pick the right food items- we had Mac and crab fritters, salmon salad, crab queso, and caprese salad. The caprese salad was my favorite thing! Maybe it was lobster and not crab. You would think i would remember that from the taste...

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great crab cakes, superb burger (IKR), and rib eye.

SG
SarahG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ask for the catbird box. You get a private balcony overlooking the downstairs portion of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great!! Will definitely be back with friends and family!

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vipCDRTB
Dallas
47 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met friends for brunch and basically worked our way down the left side of the menu, sharing plates. Add the Bloody Mary sampler and I was full for about six hours. Awesome playlist, great service and over the top interesting and yummy food. I’m so happy I found this place on Open Table!!!

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jeffb
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic. You could tell everyone was excited about the food! The food itself was very unique and very tasty, and our cocktail was unlike anything I had tried before. A great way to end a work trip!

FAQs

Merchant House Dallas offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (972) 807-2174.

Merchant House Dallas is rated 4.3 stars by 127 OpenTable diners.

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