Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
10:30 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 19 times today

The Merchant

4.5
457 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Contemporary American
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(617) 482-6060
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Ignacio Lopez
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Arch St
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Validated parking available at 33 Arch Street parking garage. Entrance to garage on Hawley St
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_entertainmentCreated with Sketch.
Entertainment
Live Jazz Brunch on Sundays 11am-3pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 457 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
4.0Dined 2 days ago

Before theatre dinner on a weeknight. Very loud bar scene. Food is creative and cocktails are delicious but our server was very distracted.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 3 days ago

Efficient and attentive. Highest recommendation.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great menu choices, excellent service, every plate was prepared with love and care

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Server was neither friendly or helpful. Delivered appetizers to be shared with plates but no serving spoons. Wine list non existent, menu lacking. Apps seemed pre-made as did some of the entrees as they were served within 10 mins of ordering. Burger and frites were good but Seared cod blah and very small portion along with soggy vegtables. Wouldn't go back for food, maybe drinks.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great drinks and atmosphere. Menu seemed limited and concise.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Delicious food at prices you'd expect for downtown, i.e., $10 for soup. Had special of lobster quiche and frisee salad, both delicious and the quiche was a hefty portion 2" thick. General ambience is old school bar, think heavy wood and mirrors. Waitstaff was efficient and personalable. Noise level is loud at lunch, not the place to have an intimate conversation.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

great creative food takes pub food up multiple levels, excellent service

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was mediocre, the steak and burger okay but the half chicken was dry and the gnocchi was without texture or taste. Service was ok.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Glad we were in a quiet corner!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Nice spot for post work meet up but the food and service were nothing memorable. I had the roasted chicken with kale and fingerling potatoes. It’s was average at best...something my Mom would of prepared. Potatoes showed signs of heat-lamp exposure and chicken could have been more juicy.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Perfect dinner experience. Food was delectable; staff was engaging and attentive.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Overall the food was interesting and flavorful, portion sizes just right. Service was excellent. I enjoyed the noisy, happy hour ambiance. My only less than favorable comment is about the roasted beet salad. The presentation was lovely but the beets tasted like they had been boiled instead of roasted.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Came here for a drink and apps with coworkers after worker.. while drinks were good they could be a little stronger. I asked the waitress if they measured and they do.
Chicken wings were delicious and the gnocchi was very good. Artichokes were just ok and not worth the price at all... service was great, they accommodated our group of 6 as we made the reservations for a group of 4.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

The martinis were a bit strange and served in a champagne glass, which kind of ruined things. The food was good, the service was excellent, and I liked the atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

They put us by the open windows on a beautiful day. It was a great spot. Food was solid, liked the option of green beans as a side for a sandwich. Definitely recommend

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great find for lunch before Sunday show at Opera House. Great spot for large parties too! Nice bar. Live jazz brunch.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

A convenient place to eat when you're downtown and forgot to make a reservation for Pabu.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

First time at Merchant; the food was yummy, the service was terrific and we will definitely visit again... and recommend!!!

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The last two times I came, the food was amazing and I kept talking to friends about it, but this last time the food wasn't that great even though I ordered the same thing. Even my drink was watery. I'm not sure I'll be back, which is sad because I was really excited about this place. They must have inconsistent chefs or something.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

I had never been to The Merchant before, but was looking for a place to dine before the theater and thought I'd try it out. I liked the look of the place when I walked in. The bar area was packed with an after work crowd. Kristina M., the server I had, was great. She was very attentive. Dining alone, I appreciated that.

I had the Butternut Squash Salad which was delicious. Also loved he Jean Luc Columbo Rose - thought it was excellent. I tried the burger, but that was a mistake. The inside of the roll was burnt as was the bacon. The burger was way too well done, but that may have been my fault as I ordered it medium well; I always order it medium well, but this one seemed overcooked.

Would I return? Maybe.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Our waiter Tom was very attentive yet not intrusive. The food was fresh and the ambiance was fun and relaxing.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Two of us ate there on a Saturday night. Waitstaff and hosts were great and attentive. Enjoyed the charcuterie and cheese plate as an appraiser. Also had a few oysters which were delicious and reasonably priced. For dinner had the mixed green salad and the pork ribs. The pork rib serving was larger than I was expecting and delicious. The salad was mixed greens tossed with a vinaigrette with some fried onion on top, and was also large and delicious (you would only need one to split between two, or probably even four people). My wife had the gnocchi w/out mushrooms and the warm artichoke hearts which were both also quite tasty without being super heavy. This place would be great to go to with a medium sized group and eat "family style" from their appraiser, small plate, and salad menu. The beer selection was also spectacular (Lawson's Sip of Sunshine on draft when I was there). Overall it was the perfect start to a great evening.

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is absolutely terrible. We ordered a charcuterie board and it was legit spam on a plate w two pieces of bread. The chessboard was also sooo dry

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service and food. Came here for Valentines Dinner with my boyfriend and had a fantastic time. Would recommend!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

the day boat scallops were cooked to perfection - many restaurants will over cook them - these were delicious! waiter was very pleasant - we'll come back for sure

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

This was my second visit to The Merchant and just as good, if not better than, the first. The food here is delicious, the drinks creative and yummy, and the atmosphere fun. The gnocchi melts in your mouth.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on February 5, 2018

You know, the food is generally better ... I had a Cobb Salad ... and, really, what can you do with that? But, it was just average. Usually the food is "fit for foodies." But the service was really quite good!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

My mother and I had brunch at the Merchant before seeing Love Never Dies at the Boston Opera House. We both loved it! The service was excellent and the food was incredibly delicious. The atmosphere could not have been nicer with a jazz band playing in the background. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant and will be returning on my next trip to Boston!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The food was fantastic and a great way to introduce a friend to local New England food.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great beer list. Food was outstanding and came out quickly.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Terrific atmosphere with great food and drinks

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Kale salad with chicken was great, service was quick, and friendly

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was decent but the service was terrible. The hostess and our waiter were both extremely rude and unfriendly.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We were there on a quite Saturday. They were very nice to us and the food was good too. Our waitress was very willing to give us specific recommendations which we really appreciated. And, we both remarked at how incredibly clean the bathrooms were. We surely will be back.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Outstanding service and food was excellent!

Report
Helpful
2.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Waitress seemed completely uninterested in us all night. Really no attempt to help us with the menu etc. Overpriced and mediocre menu for Overpriced food

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 18, 2018

It gets super loud here. Be ready to yell across your table! Food is always very fresh and everything is tasty on the menu, especially the burger.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Excellent service, food, and beverage selection.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Very tasty food at very good prices. All things are made in-house, like bacon, charcuterie, etc.
Recommend trying specials as they are on point with food in season.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

We were there for our daughter’s birthday lunch. She works a short distance away and only had a limited amount of time. Two of us ordered the burger, one the croque madame and one Greek wrap. NO LEFTOVERS!
Also a lovely chocolate mousse with a candle was brought out and that was a lovely touch and finish to a great lunch.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
12

Tweets by The Merchant