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About Merchant's Oyster Bar
Merchant�s Oyster Bar is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, is open for lunch and dinner and specializes in creative small plates. The menu features a wide variety of seafood, burgers and sandwiches. Merchant�s Oyster Bar offers happy hour oysters.
The menu at Merchant�s Oyster bar offers baked oysters, bee tartare, pork terrine, capellini, crispy chicken skin, gazpacho toast, caprese salad, Fraser valley duck, a cheese plate, solefood salad and the merch burger. The Sunday football menu offers diners a choice between one to three different meats and sides. Some of the options include fried chicken, bacon wrapped meatloaf and fried cod. Choice of sides include creamed corn, mac and cheese and coleslaw.
Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y2
Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Merchants is open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm until close
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street meter and 4 cars parking lot behind restaurant
Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
Private Party Facilities:
Enquire with Sam Jonnery at the restaurant for details.
Private Party Contact:
Samuel Jonnery: (604) 512-3358
Special Events & Promotions:
Merchants is available for your private event needs up to 30 seats sit down and 40 for a stand up cocktail reception.
Merchant's Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
This small, quaint restaurant has trendy decor and food. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and the food is as well. I highly recommend the oysters... especially during November since they are "on special" all month. The tuna tartare is amazing and the crab and shrimp roll was incredibly delicious. The other people in my party got the crab pasta which was really yummy but a tad salty. I dont know if it was unusually salty or if its always like that?? Overall, I highly recommend Merchants for its overall experience - Food, service, and atmosphere. I would definitely go back :)
What can I say - I love love love Merchant's. The service is always fantastic, the food is fresh, local & delicious, and they always have some great bottles (or cans) of craft beer on hand, not to mention awesome cocktails. It's my favourite brunch spot (2 words. Lobster+Benny) and the perfect dinner place as well. Just pure <3.
The food was fabulous, carefully prepared and beautifully presented. The oysters were, of course, the main show, and everyone seemed genuinely happy to be presenting us with our fare. The serving staff was friendly and attentive, without being overbearing. The owner came to our table several times, always with a beaming smile. They looked after our special birthday requests, and lead the whole room in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. As we were preparing to leave, the owner came to our table again, thanking us sincerely for 'bringing great energy' to the room. All in all a terrific experience.
Nice enough restaurant. The charcuterie plate (large) was large in terms of the size of the board but woefully bare. Also why give five slices of bread for 6 people? And make us ask for more? Should accept yelp offers no matter even if it's happy hour. The coupon doesn't state any blackout times?!
Our party was quite disappointed by the experience. Food was mediocre, overpriced, and the portions were absurdly small. I have no problem with small portions, but the food was pretty uninspiring. If you order the flank steak, you will literally get a few small cubes of steak. They also do not have any draught beer. Strange in a city with such a thriving beer scene. Service was fine, but we did not appreciate so many interruptions. Please don't pour my bottle of beer into the glass for me – I can do that on my own, thank you. They could probably use some blinds that actually block the sun; had the sun in my eyes for most of the evening. With so so much affordable and delicious food and drinks on the Drive, there is no need to settle for such an underwhelming and overpriced dining experience. Won't be returning.
Despite the BC Oyster ban, the imported PEI oysters were lovely and delicious. Our server(s) was/were delightful and took care of us. The patio is small, but still good to check out. It is a smaller menu, but still lovely and delightful. The cocktails that are invented in house are also great to sample (a few times over) as well. We will be back.
I think service was pretty poor. Our server didn't really pay attention to us at all. We asked for a few minutes to look at wine. He didn't come back for 20 minutes. Our food was super slow in coming out. Five tapas took close to two hours! The restaurant wasn't even 50% full, I would hate to think what the wait time for food would be if it were full. We asked for extra crackers for the oysters mousse, they didn't come until we reminded him. We had to ask for our server twice, otherwise he never came. He seemed really spaced out, like he was somewhere else. After seeing the menu and the reviews online, we had high expectations. We won't be coming back.
ive never been this in love with my food for a while. I'm very picky at what I eat. Merchants delivery the same high quality in food a five star resturant offer, eve better. Staff is friendly and professional. The owner came by to introduce some food and ask if food was up to our likings. Their menu changes according to season. Wish the portion was bigger because it was too good!!!
Disappointed by the service and food.
No wonder it was half empty on a Friday night...
Waitress was not paying attention, and busy making out with her boyfriend sitting at the bar.
Food was OK. I guess the service was so off-putting that the food tasted bland.
Based on the price points for food and drink, this establishment misses the mark. When paying above average prices, especially for the neighbourhood, it's expected to receive above average food, service or experience. This ceertainly isn't the case. The food is not bad, but also nothing to write home about.
We had oysters and scallops on the half shell, roast cauliflower, and specialty cocktails. Nothing was particularly wowing. The minonette for the oysters was flavourless and we had to ask multiple times for tabasco sauce. The roast cauliflower was exactly what one would expect, which in some cases is certainly a positive. The $12 cocktails were far from being worth the money.
In terms of ambiance, we sat out on the patio and it was very quiet. If you're looking for a nice place to take a date, this would be a hit. If you're looking to have a fun afternoon with some friends, the Charlatan across the street would be a better venue. The service is friendly, but not memorable. Considering that the competition for oysters includes Rodney's, Chewies and Joe Forte's, the exerience at Merchant's seems to fall pretty flat.
All in all, if you're craving oysters on the drive this place has the market cornered. If you're craving oysters and you're willing to go anywhere else. I would.
This is my favorite restaurant on the Drive. These guys know their food. They try to promote local ingredients; they choose foods that are in season. And they prepare them so so well. The servers are really pleasant and answer all questions about the wine list - they've made really excellent recommendations. This isn't really a place to bring kids, but they worked off the menu to accommodate my daughter. The restaurant's tragic flaw: the music. The rating system above makes it seem like "LOUD" is "ENERGETIC" is "GOOD." Uh uh. I don't mind a good, hip restaurant feel, but I don't want to eat in a loud bar. If they toned down the music, they'd probably get a perfect score from me.
Everything was great except for the food variety. For lunch most of their menu is breakfast/brunch items. The only items that weren't breakfast food was banh mi (Viet subs). It's kind of strange having Vietnamese food at an oyster bar so it would've been so great if their dinner menu was available as well for lunch. I was told of a great mushroom salad and was looking forward to that but discovered it was only on their dinner menu.
Perhaps an off night?
Relatively small menu is ambitious, but , other than Oysters, ( which were fine), food was only "ok" on this, my first visit. In addition to Oysters, which were properly shucked and tasty, we had the appetizer sampler. - Chicken skins, tuna tartar, and beef tartar.
First off, full marks to the kitchen for the food presentation.
Chicken skins were unusual and not recommended.;- a bit greasy for my taste. Similar to oily potato chips ( tasting of chicken skin), with dollops of what seemed like un-tasty liver on them.
The Tuna Tartar mixture used medium quality tuna ( in my view). While the mixture was nice and the taste was fine, the accompanying avocado sauce was bland and unappealing.
The Beef tartar was flavourful and worth considering.
Restaurant was very busy, and while server was very polite,there were unreasonable delays between the act of ordering our to receiving the order. ( About 45 minutes-hour.) There was even a 20-30 minute wait for a bottle of beer.
If our server did forget to put our order in -- which, based on the look on her face when we asked where our food was may have be a possibility , -- she should have owned up to it. Instead we were left with the impression that such delays were the norm.
I appreciate and enjoy a relaxed and romantic dining pace, but 2.5 hours for a dozen Oysters and appetizer plates is excessive. Might give it one more try for the Oysters alone, -- if they are not too busy.
A friend and I went here for a special occasion night out. The food was delicious, but it being a Saturday night, it was quite noisy. It is a small space with a lot of reflective surfaces, so it makes sense that it would be noisy. The food was great though. I love oysters and their evolving menu, so I will be back. Service could be a tad more involved.
Overall we had a great meal. Like other reviewers have said, the portion sizes are small. Our server was very good and attentive. I do have a beef with this restaurant calling themselves an oyster bar when they only two kinds of fresh oysters. In my opinion that is false advertising. Rodney's or Oyster Express are much better choices for oysters. But a great place to have dinner on the drive.
I personally found the space too noisy for conversations. However, it's one of those neighbourhood joints that's suppose to be loud, casual and fun. (For some reason, people like yelling at each other over the music.)
Anyways, the food is really good. Oysters - fresh, fresh, fresh! Sandwiches we ordered - creative and delicious! Must try the pulled pork sandwich. It comes with a great pickled purple slaw right in with the meat.
A group of five of us went to Merchant's for Dineout Vancouver. The service there is absolutely incredible. The food is delicious and the oysters are really fresh! Their entrees are still on the tiny side (and way too expensive if purchasing by themselves) but really tasty. I've been once before and I would go again and I would recommend to friends.
We had a great meal with some innovative presentations. The short rib was very tender well seasoned with a rich sauce although a bit small on the serving size. The pork belly was great, moist, crisp, and flavourful. The ling cod was a tad over cooked and the purple potatoes were uninventive very starchy with little seasoning, certainly not as inventive as the sides on the other dishes, a tasty roast carrot puree and a parsnip puree with the rib and a celeriac puree and cubes with clams and fennel with the pork belly. Overall a very good meal and a great Dine Out.
they were obviously overwhelmed by their full booking that night (dine-out - monday) so it took quite some time before each plate could arrive at our table. it would've have been ok with us except that the table next to us' (a party of 4 who had arrived and ordered waaaaay after us - i was with my husband) third course arrived more than 15 minutes before ours. i made inquiries and our server simply said, the kitchen was busy (duh - this is dine-out, welcome to the food industry. also maybe this is the first time they've ever been busy?) and just slinked away, avoiding our table the whole night. the manager approached my husband and apologized profusely. he comped us a dessert in apology but my night was ruined by then.
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