The Merchant

4.4
684 reviews
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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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MK
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

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

AA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was incredible.

a
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

AW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
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
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Great evening.

M
New England
15 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
33 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!

SK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were running late for our reservation due to traffic & The Merchant was very accommodating. Food & service were excellent! It was noisy but the energy was good!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great drinks good food and service. Would go again.

KC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Restuarant for business meetings and great options for beer.

AG
New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Well-prepared / upscale comfort food with good quality relative to price. This is great for a business lunch or after-work cocktails.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Excellent food.

HA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

the only issue is just that it is a little dark in there at some of the tables in the back! the food and service is amazing, though.

LW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good downtown location, and bustling at lunchtime. Tasty food and friendly service.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Cobb salad was over dressed with way too much cheese to even be enjoyable. Also, they got my drink order wrong.

AA
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Quiet lunch July 5th. Service good, food OK...my wife’s tuna tartar seemed much better than my seared tuna on unspoiled frisée.

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

Consistently great food and service

e
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch at The Merchant on a summer Saturday. Went relatively early, so it wasn't crowded or noisy, but appeared to be picking up as we were leaving. Food and drinks were great. Decently priced

MM
New England
52 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was dark, and the decor was old but it was a lively scene and it was a great start to the night. The waitress was lovely, and although my food hit the spot, I had food envy every time a dish was placed down. I would definitely return to try something new.

E
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have had two really good meals at Merchant - good restaurant, good ambiance.

SP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid as always

N
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Because of a busy lunch, our orders took more than an hour to come out from the kitchen. The server apologized once, however, the restaurant did nothing for the lunch party for more than an hour beside refill our water glasses. The staff should be empowered to do better the experience and do something for the clients when nothing arrives for over an hour. (bring an appetizer, bread, offer a drink, something!)

M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to stop in the Financial District.

TP
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to dinner before seeing a show at the Opera House. It was a nice day and we sat by the open window. We had the Spinach Wantons, Pan Seared Cod and Sea Trout. Everything was very good. The waiter was OK. I think he was the only waiter on duty as other than taking our order and bringing our meals, didn't come back to check on us. Will go back

MW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went here for Sunday brunch and it was just what we wanted! It wasn't crowded or too loud, the perfect setting for a casual brunch. Food was good and service was excellent. There was even a jazz duo there adding to the atmosphere. Would definitely recommend it for brunch!

GM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch foods and great atmosphere! It wasn’t as busy as I thought it might be on a Saturday afternoon but it was great for my friend and I that got a seat right at the window! Highly recommend.

E
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drink were both excellent, and the server who sat us down and brought us water even brought a shim to fix the table, which was rocking back and forth! Excellent service, and lovely ambiance.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant brunch

MV
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing fish tacos. I was just a little surprised when the meal portion (3 tacos) was $24 (not on the menu) which was a lot for lunch but they were big enough I could have just gotten the appetizers portion and been satisfied.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! It was a little loud but it was not an issue.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and great food!

L
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was very slow. It took a long.time to get food, drinks, and our checks. Food was fantastic though.

C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I ordered trout but the fish that came on the plate wasn’t trout. Looked like salmon.

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