The Merchant

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Merchant is a big space that served for more than a century as a leather store. We've brought in high-top tables near the windows ... a 40-foot bar on one side of the room … and more formal dining spots on the opposite side. We have a semi-private dining room in back, and another private dining room downstairs. For our menu, we make almost all of our fare from scratch. Executive chef Ignacio Lopez previously worked at both Beat Hotel in Cambridge and Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington. Chef Lopez cures and smokes all the meat in house. Our burger is top-notch, as are other dishes like Parisian gnocchi, Slow Roasted Chicken Breast, and Steak Frites. The Merchant serves salads, sandwiches ($10-$15), and more for the lunch rush. And for dinner, we are a full-service brasserie (with most entrees ranging from $22-$28). The bar has 36 beers on tap, many of them locally brewed, plus a full selection of craft cocktails to serve our patrons, especially the after-work crowd.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are offering a Pre-Fix 3 course menu all day. This will include a Turkey dinner entree. We do offer discounted parking at the 33 Arch Street garage.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The service was terrible. Should not have to ask for the rest of the order. Should not have to ask twice for a cup of coffee, or bread for the table. And it wasn’t even that busy!!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a quick lunch during work hours.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been to the Merchant several times and have never eaten something that wasn't good. That's quite a record!

s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Great lunch spot, but a weekend dinner there was disappointing.

p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience. Prior to going there, I reached out about gluten free options. They promptly responded and even gave a few of their favorite gf options. We were running 10 min late due to traffic and I called to let them know and they let us know it wasnt a problem. Our meals were amazing and our waiter couldn't have been nicer. Overall a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to go back again!!

H
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food and drinks were good. Service for drinks was very slow. We did not get side plates until the apps already arrived. A lot of waiting. Would service didn't match the food or the prices.

RL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant with variety of Food.

MM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited brunch menu. The live music was really nice. Overall would rate as average. The jumbo shrimp cocktail was way overpriced for four shrimp.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Went for lunch at 1. It took a long time to order and two salads took 45 min to come out. Almost no checkin. Pretty silly. Definitely not good if you want to get out in under 90 minutes.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really terrific. Food was excellent with a very nice presentation.

FF
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to the Merchange b/f a concert at the Orpheum. Short walk which was good. Food was fine (3 had cod, 1 salmon). Our server (Brandon?) was terrific and super fast. Mixed drinks were weak. Good value. Fine for a casual dinner, I'd say. Atmosphere was very noisy. I might go back again.

MD
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and generous servings. The charcuterie board is a great starter and the pork ribs fell off the bones. Pair all that with your choice of beer from a list as long as your arm. Yup, that works.

OT
Dublin
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The three of us sat in a booth near the back which was perfect to catch-up. Servings were ample, fresh and tasty. Server was friendly and efficient (didn’t catch her name!) We’ll return for another “nice” lunch!

JD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always great for lunch. Make a reservation though if you're eating close to noon.

LV
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I was sad to see the pesto chicken sandwich gone. The pear chicken sandwich is similar but not nearly as good.

SF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A trendy restaurant with a good vibe. The food was delicious. We tried a few appetizers and small plates everything was good our favorites were the gnocchi and the tuna carpaccio. The cocktails were excellent as was the service. A great choice for a dinner out or a pre-theater snack.

CT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal and service at this establishment. A great place to go if your in the area. The food was really good, particularly the Mahi Mahi tacos. The apps were so good my group opted for those instead of an entre. Strongly recommend this restaurant for its ambience, value and proximity to the key features of the city in this district - Shopping, Theater etc. Oh yeah, they validate at the 33 Arch St garage. Cant be beat!

B
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience1

The restaurant was loud and crowded. Could not carry on a good conversation!! Chicken was dry and tasteless.

MJ
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great for lunch

JT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. You cant go wrong for after work drinks either. Might not go there for romantic dinner though as it’s just too busy.

MS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Very disappointing. We were a group of 5 and the quality of the food was poor. Really more lacking in taste. One of ordered scallops and the portion size was small (3 scallops) for $30. They were aware of this and when we complained they did provide 2 more but really should warn patrons as they’ve obviously heard complaints about this before. Many other good restaurants in Boston to choose from.

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very creative and delicious. It was pretty hard to make a decision because everything looked yummy. The cocktails were also very good!

A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food,fun atmosphere, Will definitely go back again and again!

EJ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Probably one of the worst meals I have ever had. Everything was tasteless and watery — the artichokes, gnocchi, and chicken wings were inedible. The burger, whole cooked to perfection, was bland as well.

RS
New England
43 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Merchant never fails. Have been here for lunch many times but not dinner, and this was a Friday evening. The service was efficient and friendly. Salads and the Wild Mushroom Paparadelle where both well-executed. The Blueberry and Ginger Crumble dessert was really a cut-above and in unexpected presentation, more like a tart-compote but terrific. It's a lively place and very loud with the muzak in the background, be prepared.

CZ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I made a reservation for Friday lunch. This place is quite popular and a little bit crowded. When we arrived there, there were lots of people waiting at the reception place. We felt lucky to use OpenTable to reserve a table already. The food and service is very good, but the noisy level was beyond our expectation. It's a good place for a meal with friends, not for a business meal...

OT
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great ambience. Good food. Low service. No straw on my drink. Teenager at the host stand.
Been here twice. First time was quite n nice. Second was ok.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, the environment was quiet and modern.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went before the Lion King and it was wonderful. Food and drinks were delicious and everything came out in a very timely manner. There was a jazz band playing which was a great and a lovely surprise.

p
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sea trout was excellent. Scallops were sparse but tasty.

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. We went before a show and the waiter applied a discount for attending pre theater!!! We will be back!

AT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Good food. Good service. Good drinks. Will definitely go back.

WP
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was awful from hosting to waitstaff. Table wasn't ready, waiter didn't greet us for 5+ minutes, one person's order was completely wrong and the whole table waited to eat while the kitchen re-made the order. No apology from management.

C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a nice Sunday brunch -- good service, great selection of entrees, and a solid beer list. The live jazz music was a nice bonus. Would definitely come back.

SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Vibe was terrific. A great place for a pint and nibbles or a light brunch.

MA
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely spot for Sunday brunch before the ballet. Had a great meal. Service was outstanding. Jazz musician was a tad loud, but added to the overall atmosphere.

J
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best gnocchi I've ever had with creamy sauce and breadcrumbs - yum! The waitstaff was attentive and kept refilling our carafe of water, which I loved. Great spot for a date night or dinner before a show!

MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great experience there. and the beer selection is the best around. Great for beer snobs like me!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Tom was very attentive without being overpresent. Someone came to refill our waters! So nice in the new world of do it yourself service. Food was very delicious and filling! We were heading to a show and didn't have the ability to linger, but I genuinely wanted to take home the rest of my meal. Everything really was very enjoyable, the only possible obstacle to a perfect evening was the noise-level, its it's a big echoey room and it gets pretty loud. My husband and I just whispered to each other under the noise and enjoyed ourselves anyway!

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service excellent

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