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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

The Merchant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Live Sports (5)
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Cozy (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
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Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Excellent service, food, and beverage selection.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This place felt far more expensive than it was. Nice decor, friendly staff, and good food at a very reasonable price.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Service was great. Food was great. Can not find anything bad to say. Always a great choice for a dinner out!

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great place for pre-show brunch, lunch or dinner!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Had a very good meal at The Merchant last night. I didn't know much about it going in but the quality of the food exceeded my expectations, and the menu had a lot of variety. Great beer list as well. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was good, but the service was lacking. Our waitress was rude and inattentive.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food & service. Jazz band was playing for brunch and it was lovely back ground music while still allowing for a catch up with friends. We stayed there for quite some time chatting and we never felt rushed by the staff. Would recommend for brunch.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Exceeded expectations! Will recommend and return!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I always go for the burger and add a fried egg. Never disappoints.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Small plates were fantastic and cocktails outstanding!!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Business Meals, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

A great find for the downtown financial district area. Lots of food options and vibrant atmosphere. Good for all ages, with a sweet spot for the 20-30 something crowd

Tags: Casual, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great cocktails!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

A special place with an excellent ambiance and a great atmosphere for a special occasion. We went there for a Thanksgiving dinner and the 3 course dinner was excellent

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Soup was warm ... waiter not around for 10 minutes when wanted check.

Cobb Salad and pulled pork special were excellent

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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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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