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Merchant Bar, Wilmington, DE

Merchant Bar

4.9
4.9
71 Reviews
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Merchant Bar is an elevated gastrobar that infuses a chef-driven menu with an original hand-crafted cocktail menu focused on high-quality ingredients, aiming to bring you a unique bar and dining experience. Both for intimate dining or for a large group, Merchant Bar's dynamic space is perfect for any occasion.

For parties of 7 or more, please call the restaurant at 302-502-3385.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tuesday - Friday: 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Saturday: 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 502-3385

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Bryan Sikora

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Cross street

    5th Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 71 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Gastro Pub

  • Delaware

    Best Overall

  • Delaware

    Best Food

  • Delaware

    Best Service

  • Delaware

    Best Ambiance

  • Delaware

    Best Value

  • Delaware

    Fit for Foodies

  • Delaware

    Good for Groups

  • Delaware

    Hot Spot

  • Delaware

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Delaware

    Scenic View

  • Delaware

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. CA

    CASWilmington

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been here a couple of times. The food is very good. The menu is a minimal twist on comfort food.
  2. RP

    RobP

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening. Our server was awesome. As was the food. First time back since covid
  3. a

    analytic

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent service, very good food, pricey wine, needs noise reduction panels on ceiling and above windows.
  4. n

    nephron

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience all around. Menu is very compact, but interesting. Chef does some very creative things within the Mexican theme, not conventional Tex-Mex fare! Everything was well presented, with unique or unusual flavor combinations. Service prompt, friendly. Prices very reasonable. This has become one of our regular "go to " downtown pre-show dinner spots. Quick, friendly, casual, delicious, convenient, and affordable. What's not to love?
  5. JR

    JanetR

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time here. Dinner before a show at the Queen. You can't get more convenient than that! Right across the street. Our table of 4 enjoyed all the food and drinks. The dishes we ordered were plentiful and delicious - fish tacos, short rib quesadillas, and short rib sandwich. Our service was efficient, with our server mindful that we were catching a show. We each had one drink and the bill total was quite reasonable, just slightly north of $100 without tip. Hard to do better than that for the same quality. Highly recommend!
  6. BM

    BillM

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved it. Albert's service was excellent - prompt, friendly, full of personality. His recommendations re their interesting menu were excellent, from the original cocktails (try Off the Wagon) to the fun I enjoyed the Tacos Campechanos, a delish mix of steak and chorizo and a fabulous Smoked Morita Salsa. Bonus: everything was hot. These dishes weren't sitting around. The food did come out more quickly than we'd hoped for; I would recommend holding off on the entree orders until you're well into your first drink. Very minor quibble. This was great service, great food and we'll be back.
  7. AS

    AllyssaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to share a few apps before shows at The Grand or The Playhouse. Will return for date nights as well.
  8. KM

    KristiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner. This place is the whole package - good food, service, decor and drinks! We will definitely be back soon!
  9. NP

    NickP

    Atlantic City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good time with good friends! 😊👍🏻
  10. T

    Taylor

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, drinks, service, and ambiance all good.
  11. JS

    JoelS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was great and the beer list was excellent. There were 2 Other Half IPAs on tap.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merchant Bar was awesome! It’s so cute inside, and the food and cocktails were awesome! Don’t skip the spicy garlic shrimp or the Korean fried chicken bao buns!
  13. CS

    CaseyS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and ambiance. Give it a try. Friendly staff.
  14. JR

    JRCho

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails and food were very good! Service was excellent as our server was very knowledgeable and informative about everything on the menu. Definitely recommend!
  15. D

    Dawn

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us shared the meat and cheese board and then ordered separate entrees. It was amazing! I had the crab pad Thai. The drink menu is fun. The service was perfect.
  16. C

    Caroline

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, unique dishes that were executed well. Our server was so personable and was great with our timing, making sure our needs were met, and overall giving a great atmosphere to the restaurant. 5/5 Would recommend to anyone! I would say get a reservation if you're dead set on a day/time, not too much seating - which made the dining experience better but if we hadn't made a reservation it may have been a wait - although there were still seats at the bar!
  17. G

    Geoff

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was perfect for bar food…creative, beautifully cooked and DELICIOUS! The service was attentive but not overly so, friendly, welcoming. Even the water was ice cold. A great addition to the LaFia family We’ll be back
  18. GD

    GiselliD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is such a vibe, the drinks are delicious as well as the food. Our waiter Andrew made excellent recommendations!
  19. CG

    CharlesG

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff and food were all great. Recommended!
  20. C

    Charles

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fantastic experience at Merchant! The food is sensational and the cocktails are superb. The bartenders are the best (Greg rocks)!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there and we had a great time! The wait staff and bartender were very friendly and the food was delicious. In particular the fried chicken bai buns were excellent.
  22. KB

    KimberlyB

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening! We will be back
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I highly recommend this place. The guacamole and chips and crab dip and Korean chicken bao buns were amazing. The French dip was a bit too sweet and salty and the hamburger was okay. But my daughter ordered that and I would recommend being a bit more adventurous. But this place is still amazing with great ambiance, service, and style.
  24. MA

    MichaelA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good place to visit for a drink and light meal. Pick your time carefully, place gets busy as the day gets late. We had a 6:30 reservation and the resturant tables were all taken. By 7:30 any walk in was directed to the bar area
  25. H

    Hannahd1

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service in casual gastropub environment
  26. TM

    TerrieM

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to Wilmington for a concert. Had dinner at Merchant before the show. A perfect start to a perfect night. Everything was on point. The food, the drinks and the staff. A must repeat when I come back.
  27. M

    Mikanngo

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our second visit to Merchant Bar. The menu has some interesting offerings. I had the pork Belly Reuben that was very good. My wife likes their burgers. The wait staff is very good. I especially liked Albert, he was very engaging and friendly. They are proximate to entertainment venues we frequent. We will certainly return.
  28. m

    matthewf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was awesome and food/drink recommendations were on point. I’m pretty sure the bar tenders cannot make a bad drink. Great experience and I would not hesitate to go back.
  29. JI

    JazzmanInPA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Among other things we ordered a "Mamacita" cocktail on the basis of a strong recommendation we read online. But didn't like it, because we didn't realize that we didn't like mezcal, which adds a pretty smoky flavor. The waitress offered to bring something else kindly, but we stuck with it because we ordered. We also tried the Jameson Smash, which was amazingly refreshing.
  30. u

    urbanyetti

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This is a great spot. So great to get out finally. It looks like Wilmington's Market street got hit pretty hard by Covid. I'm glad to be able to get out for a tasty meal. This corner restaurant is great: large windows, great light. Feels like an old school, Manhattan bar. The staff were great. The food was excellent and savory. Good mix of ideas and new twists on old standards (the burger was excellent, as were the korean chicken buns). Good wine selection.
  31. JW

    JWes

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was great. We had a party of 10 and we only had an hour before a music show across the street. He did a terrific job of taking our orders & getting the food out right away. We loved the cheese board & garlic shrimp.
  32. NP

    NickP

    Atlantic City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good and great spot that is awesome in Downtown Wilmington!! 😊👍🏻
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome appetizers
  34. TS

    TammyS

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small but great menu! We ordered several small plate dishes and they were all delicious!
  35. J

    Jewels

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Small, but the staff was very friendly; food was delicious, and the drinks were very good.
  36. DS

    DeanS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice places for dinner. Nice view and lots of room.
  37. AF

    AshleighF

    Wilmington

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time!! Would definitely go back. The drinks were strong and delicious.
  38. PG

    PGSBest

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    If you want to have a nice romantic yet casual dinner please give them a try. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I plan on returning very very soon. Good food, good drinks, great ambience.
  39. P

    heatherP

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & Drinks were good as always. Waitstaff are always so nice and friendly.
  40. K

    Kristen

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Merchant Bar is one of my favorite spots, great food and drinks and the staff is excellent:)

FAQs

Merchant Bar is rated 4.9 stars by 71 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Google Map for Merchant Bar

426 N Market St Wilmington, DE 19801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tuesday - Friday: 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Saturday: 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Bryan Sikora

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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