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Merchant's Oyster Bar

252 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Merchants is open Monday through Saturday from 5:00 pm until close
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Phone number
(604) 258-0005
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Neirmann
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Private party facilities
Enquire with Sam Jonnery at the restaurant for details.
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Private party contact
Samuel Jonnery: (604) 512-3358
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street meter and 4 cars parking lot behind restaurant
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Public transit
Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
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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.
What 252 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kari (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2015

Had a wonderful time, the food was lovely! The food was fresh, menu inventive and the ambience was cozy. Perfect setting for my birthday dinner. Thanks for making it special!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

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 :)

PacificRhum (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

Dinner for four - attentive service but not intrusive, nice atmosphere of nieghbourhood restaurant but clearly more than locals here! All enjoyed their meals from tender, flavourful beef to pasta to delicious fish.

vipBaNaNaBoy69 (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

Went here on a first date for brunch and buck-a-shuck oyster specials. Good service, food and neighbourhood charm. Sister restaurant to Cork & Fin in Gastown.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 15, 2015

Love this place. Super cute

Beetleything (Vancouver)
2.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

Wine is pricey for The Drive - The food was OK - small portions.
The oysters where ok - but all 12 had bits of shell in them, i have shucked my own oysters and made a better job of it.

OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 9, 2015

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2015

Amazing service, exceptional food. Can't wait to go back.

Birthdayparty (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2015

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.

EatVan (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on October 1, 2015

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?!

IrisEggwhites (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

Really great, friendly atmosphere. Fantastic service. I feel like they take a lot of pride in how they operate and there's no "try-hard" going on. Just earnest and love what they do. I love this restaurant. Fantastic bar too..

Eastsider (Vancouver)
1.0  Dined on September 4, 2015

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.

MarianG (Vancouver)
4.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on August 18, 2015

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.

Poohbear (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2015

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!!!