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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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sea trout was excellent. Scallops were sparse but tasty.

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

WP
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service excellent

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My mean was delicious. Choosing it was hard because the menu is really well suited to my palate. The service was a bit slow, but that said, the restaurant was absolutely jammed. I will happily eat here again.

BB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Yes as it looks like the best place around the area.

JD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

S
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Took 4 colleagues for a quick business lunch. Very load / too loud. My chicken was a bit overdone. Relatively cheap so with no booze, on the whole fair value

FL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff and the food were very good but it was hard to hear conversation with the noise level so high.

S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you are going to watch a game, this has multiple tvs in a nice atmosphere, a bit more upscale than a sports bar

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great lighting just a bit dark in the back

OT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great time

CD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for brunch with a group of 6. Made a reservation with no issues and were seated right away. Hostess was very friendly as well as the bartender who I grabbed a drink from while waiting for my friends to arrive. Food, service and ambience were all outstanding. Will definitely be back.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding for our group of 12! We came from out of state and would absolutely go back. Highly recommend

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Cod was raw. Server never came back to check to see if the food was prepared correctly.

F
New England
85 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trout with moroccan spices was fantastic. 2nd visit for that meal. Very good service.

MS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

food was good quite a large crowd and loud for a Thursday afternoon.

MK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Chicken was stale and old. And my salad with chicken on it ended up costing like... 22 dollars.

d
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, reasonable prices, but you have to be ready for a loud environment.

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was incredible.

a
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent restaurant for downtown lunch. Pleasant and efficient wait staff. Good food reasonably priced.

AW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Merchant is my Go To spot for a casual business lunch. It's busy without being crowded. The food always comes out without delay and fresh. I always order the Cobb Salad which is plentiful and delicious. I highly recommend.

RO
New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good restaurant in convenient location. Good menu options. It is relatively loud at lunch time

B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Merchant is a nice casual spot for drinks with a nice mix of healthy and interesting small plates and entrees.

They say they are an American style bistro which is a description that is right on the money...But the food was WELL above "bar food"

Food was great

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great evening.

M
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing!! Party of 5 and everyone raved about the food. Very noisy-as always. Service was friendly but rushed.

CR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a little warm in there, but otherwise, lovely food and drink, good service. We were going to a show and it's just enough away from the Opera House that we were able to get a last minute reservation prior to the musical.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in great location! Food is delicious at very reasonable price. Be sure to go before/after a show!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Recommend the steak frites meal!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Go-to classy brunch spot in Boston.

c
New England
35 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good selection of food. Great service and attention.

B
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

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