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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.
Boston, MA 02110
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
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz Brunch on Sundays 11am-3pm
Validated parking available at 33 Arch Street parking garage. Entrance to garage on Hawley St
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Merchant Ratings and Reviews
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.
Food was great! Staff accommodated my food allergies; one big downer was I was charged for coffee refills at brunch. I would have gone to Starbucks en route and paid $3 for a large verses close to $9 for coffee that was refilled twice. It’s brunch consider offering at least one free coffee refill!
We came here after seeing the nutcracker, and likely won't be back. The restaurant wasn't very busy, but we were sat next to the door in an uncomfortable booth. It was freezing. The beer selection is good, but beyond that the food isn't very good. We had the charcuterie plate, which was very underwhelming, but ok. I ordered the pork shank, which was super dry, and not very flavorful. My wife ordered the scallops, which were also nothing special. For the two of us, the bill was $130 with two beers each. Way more than what it was worth.
I went for brunch with my family because it was conveniently located to the Opera House and was listed as “good for brunch”. The restaurant was quite cold. We were seated in the back of the restaurant where the lighting was minimal. Service was reasonably prompt. The food was tasty—French toast, omelet, home fries, scrambled eggs, and house made sausage and bacon—but all of it was lukewarm. It wasn’t worth complaining about because we didn’t have a lot of time.
Service was relatively attentive, but came with ZERO personality. Ordered charcuterie plate, which was presented with zero explanation as to what I was eating. What kind of pate? What kind of terrine? Are these olives or figs? Also, whatever ham was presented was literally flavorless and thickly cut for some reason. Nicely curated beer and drink list.
Met a friend here for lunch. It is a fun place with a nice variety of food for all appetites. I had the potato leek soup which was okay. It was a special of the day and not particularly hot. The other thing was that it came immediately which was a bit of a surprise but I think they are used to people meeting for lunch so they most likely assumed we were in a hurry.
My colleague had the chicken breast and mashed potatoes which looked very good. Our waiter was excellent balancing our needs and not being in our face. I'd definitely go back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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