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About The Merchant

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 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.

60 Franklin St
Boston, MA 02110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: Brunch 10:30am-3pm, Dinner 3pm-10pm, Late Night 10pm-12am
Monday - Wednesday: Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-10pm, Late Night 10pm-12am
Thursday-Friday: Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-11pm, Late Night 11pm-1am
Saturday: Brunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 3pm-11pm, Late Night 11pm-1am

Drinks until 2am every day

Cross Street:
Arch St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 482-6060

Website:
http://www.themerchantboston.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz Brunch on Sundays 11am-3pm

Parking Details:
Validated parking available at 33 Arch Street parking garage. Entrance to garage on Hawley St

Public Transit:
We are a short walk from the Downtown Crossing T stop on the red and orange lines. We are a slightly longer walk from Park Street station on the green line or State Street on the blue line. And we are close to all bus lines that service Downtown Crossing.

Executive Chef:
Matt Foley

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

We will be open from 12pm-8pm serving a pre-fixe 3 course menu for $55/person. Menu includes a Roasted Turkey Dinner.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We will be open normal business hours 10:30am-2am. 3-course pre-fixe dinner menu being offered from 3pm-12am in place of our regular dinner menu.

The Merchant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (10)
Good for a Date (9)
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Fun (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Great Beer (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Music (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Cozy (2)
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Late-night Find (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always walked by this place and it has been on my list to places to go for lunch for quite some time. Very nice place, customer service was great, food was great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a solid scene here. Been here for lunch and dinner and usually have no problem getting a table but there's plenty of people in there to give it energy. Food isn't mind blowing, but it's pretty solid and not over priced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice casual atmosphere and excellent food for the price point.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great business lunch with wonderful wait staff and nice menu options. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Enjoyed a good bite to eat with the wife. She had the scallops, but substituted the sweet potatoes w/regular. Just not into sweet potatoes w/scallops. I had the Cod, it was delicious.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great place to have a drink with a friend, and to enjoy excellent small plates. Surprisingly creative menu with really interesting dishes and flavors. The check can add up quickly (particularly with the small plates), but the tastes are worth it!

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We both ordered the pan seared cod. The entrees were delicious, but the portion is more "European". When I can finish an entree easily, most people would be disappointed with the portion. This is especially true because it is $26. Our server was wonderful! I wish I remembered his name. There are too many restaurants who are in the same price range, but give you more.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food but loud restaurant. It was Friday night at 6pm, so the happy hour crowd was very noisy. Also the view of the bar from the restaurant is a bit annoying as there are a half dozen TV screens. The food was excellent and worth it but not the quiet romantic spot I was looking for.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I went for business lunch and food and service very good. We were easily finished in an hour. I would definitely return.
My only issue is that they will not seat you until your whole party arrives which means by 12:05 it is a confused mob-scene at the door and reception. I don't know any other restaurant around town that does this and I wish they would change that policy.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great convenient place in downtown to meet up with friends.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Lovely setting and good service, but the noise level and acoustics prevented conversation, so we left before dinner and went elsewhere. (The menu did look good, but company and conversation were primary. )

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

First time here and a total surprise. While it was noisy and bar-like the food itself was SUPERB. Some of the best we've had in Boston. The wait-staff were friendly, but not overly useful. But I'll take the former over useful but stand-offish. Food was delivered quickly, plates were removed quickly but there was no pressure to move on. All-in-all a delightful place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The restaurant was nice and not crowded for a Saturday evening. The food was adequate. I thought the service was slightly lacking in quality but nothing that would keep me from returning. The waiter did not seem to know the specials and I had to ask about them.
I thought the menu was limited but the overall evening was fine.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent and creative food with fresh ingredients. We had a Tom Yum soup special that was outstanding, though it was a stunning $13 a bowl. Atmosphere and cocktails are top notch. The bar does get a crowded because there's not a lot of space between the bar seats and the high-top tables.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Cool place. Food was good. Ambiance was cool

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food was good and the ambiance was good, but the acoustics made it hard to carry on a normal conversation. I would recommend this to a friend, but I would have to caution then that it is VERY LOUD.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Food was just okay - spare ribs were overcooked and unflavorful. Service was great.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I chose The Merchant because it was within walking distance to the Opera House. The Brunch menu satisfied the vegetarian, the foodie, and my taste. It opened at 10:30 am giving us ample time to have a leisurely meal before the show. They validated parking at a nearby garage.
It was a brilliant choice on my part.
I will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Merchant has a great feel to the restaurant. They have a nice variety of beers and a top shelf liquor selection. The food was fantastic and everyone at the table wound up sharing with each other. I'll defiantly be going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had a family dinner there, it was a bit pricey but the food and service were good.

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 (Bath)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We visited on our first night in Boston as it was one of the closest bar/restaurants to our hotel. We had swordfish tacos and a salad which were very good. Happy to recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Live Sports
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Overall The Merchant was okay. The restaraunt had a nice feel and was pretty quiet for a Friday night. There was a good sized drink menu, I ordered the Sangria but they got me an iced tea instead. When I mentioned the mistake, the waiter quickly corrected it and got me a free drink which was nice. I ordered two of the small plates, the ribs and the gnocchi. The ribs were dry but the gnocchi was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Enjoyed the drinks with a group of friends. The small plates were not very small!

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

I had friends visit from Florida and one of my co-workers recommended The Merchant.
I am so happy that she did - the food was FANTASTIC!!! The service was Fantastic as well. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant for any occasion. I give The Merchant a FIVE+ rating!!! Very satisfied customer!!

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Organic, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Was so excited to try the crispy cereal covered French Toast but really wasn't a fan of it. The homemade breakfast sausage had no flavor to it and the homemade bacon was okay.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Absolutely atrocious. I've been here before and liked it in the past but this time it was terrible. We got wings as an appetizer and the 2 of the wings were not cooked thoroughly. For dinner, I got the chicken with roasted potatoes. The potatoes came out completely burnt and the chicken was horribly dry. This was not worth the $24 I paid to eat it, frankly, it wouldn't be worth $5. Don't go here.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fun place close to downtown crossing. We had a reasonably priced but good meal there. My husband had cod and I had the burger. The house wine was good and reasonable.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Good food and service. It was surprisingly crowded on a Tuesday night.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Brunch was awesome. Best scrambled eggs I e had in a long time!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

The chef did such a great job plating the food--truly a masterpiece. I personally had pan seared scallops and they were probably one of the best I have ever had. My other three friends had steak frites and they all looked like they were cooked to perfection. I also appreciate that the Merchant validates parking after 3:30. The difference in parking was $6 vs $42. Thank you for that as well.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Despite what I hope was merely a rookie misstep with the steak frites order, we would definitely return. The steak was served raw, then sent back; instead of grilling further or trying again with a fresh steak, it was microwaved, turning it into shoe leather. Having said that, the artichoke app was excellent, as was the cod entree. We would definitely return, avoiding the steak frites main.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Way too expensive. Paid $26 for a steak w fries and the course wasnt anything out of this world.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Overpriced mediocre food; not fresh/ lovely ambiance, probably good for a drink, but dont eat there

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I'd never been but friends said it was good and they were right. The fish and chips were really lovely (the "chips" weren't the regular shoe string ones, but tasty anyway).

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Very busy at lunch time. Nice place to go with friends and for casual business. My waitress was not discreet when I asked to put it on my tab. I assume they will get used to it as more people use Apple Pay in advance.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Everyone enjoyed the fish and chips.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 19, 2017

It offers a nice bar and food scene with TVs and a reasonable good menu of options

Tags: Happy Hour, Great Beer
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great lunch menu, especially! I had the trout, which was probably the best cooked piece of fish I'd had in a long time. Everything's just done well and absolutely delicious. I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Arrived for lunch but we had an option just for brunch and we decided to sit. The menu won't fit to everyone

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2017

The food was horrible. The charcuterie plate was disgusting and misleading based on the menu description. The cheese plate was sharp cheddar and very generic. It was not cut. The bread was moldy.

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