The Merchant Tavern

4.5
1209 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
Welcome to The Merchant Tavern



The Merchant Tavern pays homage to hard-working people who appreciate fine fare and spirits. Using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and some inspiration, we create dishes that will make you feel sated.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1209 people are saying
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MWandco
Calgary
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a 1:00 booking and got in a bit early on a Friday lunchtime. Service friendly but time for food to arrive was a bit slow - kitchen seemed to be taking a bit of a break after a hectic lunch hour. When food did arrive it was delicious - the smashburger was juicy and cooked perfectly, the fish and chips fresh and moist.

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MariC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, excellent service. Loved sitting in the vault.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal for my girlfriends bday and Shona was our amazing server !

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MelissaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a great experience, beautiful fresh seafood.

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Dani
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I emailed ahead to confirm that the restaurant offered a vegetarian version of their tasting menu. After the restaurant confirmed, I made my reservation. But, when we arrived and ordered -- we were told the vegetarian tasting menu was not available. And, there is only one vegetarian dish on the menu. So, our evening out became much less special than planned.

I wish Merchant would offer more vegetarian options.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We ordered the $85 tasting menu that includes 1 appetizer, 1 pasta, 1 seafood, 1 meat, and 1 dessert. The served the cheapest ingredients on the menu, meaning salmon (instead of) cod for the seafood dish, and pork (instead of steak or duck) for the meat dish. Although they taste okay, but def not worth the $. I would say it probably worth $50 ish.
If you have 2 or more people, you are better off ordering from the regular menu and share.

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NomNom
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Appetizer biscuits were never brought out. Sever was pretty absent and had to be reminded to bring the second round of drinks as they had also been neglected. Our mains were delicious and the spirit smash cocktail was tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our elopement here. Food was delicious. Service was great. Enjoyed a lobster starter, amazing pork and cod and a delicious chocolate mousse profiterole. Will return when we are next in St. John’s.

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BrennanT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Incredible meal, great service (albeit they initially wanted to seat us at a kitchen countertop in a half-empty restaurant but after declining the location, they did eventually accomodate us at one of the 5 open, two-person tables.

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RobertZ
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had made a reservation for 5 PM on a Thursday. We were seated within a few moments and our server was there shortly. Service was friendly and efficient. Finished items were cleared in a timely manner. No question that the food was excellent and portion size was good.

On the whole a great place!

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ChrisC
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great tasting menu if you're up for it. Not the cheapest way to go, but very enjoyable with excellent wine pairings.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To say this was outstanding does not do justice to the phenomenal experience we enjoyed at The Merchant Tavern. We treated ourselves to the five-course Chef’s Tasting Menu with wine pairings. The variety of flavours, textures and colours were extraordinary and the service we received from Jeremy and his team was superlative. My only regret is that my home in Vancouver is so very far from this amazing restaurant.

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vipBeenThere
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This food here has always been good but this meal has kicked it up a notch. Someone in the kitchen has been paying attention and it shows. Thanks all, and thanks to Bridget for great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We heard amazing things about the Merchant Tavern. My partner has celiacs disease and we contacted the restaurant prior to visiting to confirm if they could accommodate. They mentioned that most items on the menu could be made gluten free. I ordered the Ragu Rigatoni (which was delicious), however way overpriced at $28. My partner had a hard time finding a good option. The fryer is not dedicated and has cross contamination so fries weren’t an option. The sandwich bread replacement was the sad grocery store Gf option, which is not worth paying $18+ for a sandwich. So he was left with salad or expensive pasta (they do make GF pasta, but it’s all $29 at lunch). He opted for a salad, got the Caesar, which looked and tasted fantastic. However, the $14 salad was TINY, just a wedge of lettuce, and they had no safe GF protein options to make it into a meal. Quite disappointed they couldn’t better accommodate GF and the prices for lunch were too expensive. Service however was fantastic. Our server was so friendly and attentive.

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UncleAl
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made a reservation two months in advance but given a high table next to the bar backs area that made us feel as if we were on show…. Not a great first impression but remedied very quickly.
Our server Bridget was amazing and made us feel very comfortable.
Food was outstanding!
The beer selection was good example of local microbrew offerings… which we’re not fussy on but, not your fault.
Thanks for a great evening.

JC
JaniceC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Food was amazing. We’ll be back

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LynnB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious and the service was wonderful. I will be back again.. hopefully soon!

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KareW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great every time I visit! I look forward to my next meal at Merchant.

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DarrenC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious,as usual! The oysters were so fresh I swear they were right from the sea. We had the cod as our main. It was an innovative take on traditional fish and potato. The gnocchi and pork lardons were the perfect accompaniment to a perfectly cooked and generously sized portion of cod. The pesto just put the flavour over the top! Love the whole environment here. Never disappoints.

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JosephK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The usual A level service dropped to a B last night. We had a reservation and were asked to leave so the next reservation could have the table, we were never given a time limit. Service staff were not of the usual standard. Please remember this was good just not their good. Food was their good and I will recommend you try The Merchant Tavern.

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Mjjb
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was bland and the service was the worst I've had in recent years at any restaurant. Turns out it was a pop-up taco night which was nice, but maybe that means "take the night off" for Merchant? All of the food was cold, the lamb taco was bland with no seasoning, tasted like cardboard and we could have got a better one from a frozen costco pack (the complimentary tortilla chips were from there I believe).

The server didn't bring sharing plates when the food was coupled onto plates together, brought one drink and another arrived later, and they forgot the order of one person and the drink of another. Extra food also arrived which we didn't order.

The server was not around for the majority of the meal, and the bills were also wrong. I don't blame the server since it all starts at the top, but from start to finish, the worst meal I've had and won't be going back any time soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family outing.

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MelissaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food for a special occasion. A bit expensive but worth it!

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Reenie
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Would have been nice to have salad options or soup as it was 1:00

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PeterP
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Eggs Benedict were delicious, service was great. Price point was on the high side but worthwhile for the level of quality.

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LaurenG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went there for my 60TH birthday. Had a fabulous dinner.
Great server, great cocktails, great ambience and great food.
A perfect special dinner, to end a wonderful day.
Tuna Tartare, steak frites and creme brûlée were excellent.

RH
RebeccaH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service. A varied menu with lots of choice. The chicken liver appetizer is outstanding, and I really enjoyed the steak frites.

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DanielM
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as always. Enormous amount of food!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cod was AMAZING

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Annes
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

The food was very good. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and friendly. However, as was noted by another reviewer, when we arrived for our 6 pm reservation, we were told there was another reservation at 8 pm. Fair enough. At 7:30 we were given our bill. At 7:40, without being given another opportunity to order coffee or more wine, we were required to settle up our bill. This is not a cheap restaurant so to be rushed out really took away from the experience. There are many good restaurant options in town, where you can enjoy a relaxed dining experience. We will not be returning or recommending this restaurant.

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve yet to have a bad experience!
Look forward to seeing you soon!

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JesseD
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had the chefs tasting, over all it was quite tasty. However, the pasta was undercooked and the dessert would have been better if we had been given a knife with it as a spoon did not suffice. Service was generally pleasant and although difficult to flag down at times. Seeing how busy it was i think they did a great job as well. The server who presented the dessert did an outstanding job. Over all i would recommend this to anyone to try atleast once.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We felt a little rushed since we arrived a little date due to parking. The staff member who checked us in said we had a time limited since the table had another sitting.
I go to Merchant a lot and this was the first time I had this warning. I also called ahead to say we were running late and I told the same thing.
The restaurant wasn’t packed so I’m not sure why she she felt she had to say anything. It started the evening off on the wrong foot.
Food was overall good. Dessert was a bit of a miss. We were just a party of 2 and the bill was over $200. We should not of felt rushed.

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LucyF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a great meal with old friends!

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Simon
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great experience, very knowledgeable and friendly server. Lunch was light and tasty. Great use of locally sourced foods.

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Marc
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ordered the 5 course table with wine pairing, it was fantastic!!! Wine pairing was one of the best we’ve had. Good service nice restaurant

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Mabsy
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Merchant always delivers on food, service and atmosphere. It’s one of my must go to places when I’m back in Newfoundland. On my latest visit, I had the mussel and pasta specials. Mussels in the beer-coconut-curry sauce were delicious. So fresh and flavourful - they melted in your mouth. The pasta was equally yummy. Surf clams, chanterelles with tarragon and capers. And, of course, the bartenders made lovely cocktails and the wine recommendation paired perfectly with the pasta. Can’t wait for my next visit!

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Chantal6
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great! Was a bit expensive for brunch but understandable with Covid.

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Kathleen
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent.

FAQs

The Merchant Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (709) 722-5050.

The Merchant Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 1209 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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