The Merchant Tavern

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721 reviews
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Comfort Food
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.
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PH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family brunch and the food was excellent. The kids really enjoyed the pancake stack and hash browns and both the Eggs Benedict and Chicken and waffles were superb.

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p
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love the brunch at Merchant Tavern. The biscuits were superb and I love the addition of oatmeal to the brunch menu!

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EB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a delicious squash sauce pasta with seafood soup. Also enjoyed a wonderful French wine😊

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CC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of five of us dined here on New Years Eve. Food was fabulous. Service super attentive. Affordable, and so much more. Highly recommend.

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SP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always incredible, the design, ambience and most of all the food is out of this world.

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e
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were absolutely blown away by the food. The “From Eden” cocktail was just fabulous, as were the mussels, the burger, the duck...and the madeleines were mind-boggling. Just wow.

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FB
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service on this particular Saturday was extremely slow; definable not their usual. Just the two of us but wine at table about 15 min after order and my beer was another 5 minutes late. The crispy chicken burger was overcooked and in fact “burned to a crisp” on one side yet the fries were cold. Way below usual level of service. Will go again as it has been much better than this on many previous occasions. This visit was definitely a miss.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Very poor fish and chips. Reheated and burnt. Tartar sauce badly spiced

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MA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was above and beyond. Food was excellent!!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Evening meal with work colleagues. Great food and service in a lovely downtown setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and cocktails were amazing as always. Loved the new squash vegetarian addition!

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T
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a meal there Saturday night past, the food was excellent, the atmosphere was lively, and the service was great! We shared the mussels and fries for an appetizer, then both had the scallops special for entrees, and a chocolate dessert. It was the perfect amount of food, and everything tasted exceptionally good. It's a treat to be able to watch the hustle and bustle of the open kitchen while you eat, and I love the central bar as well. It's always a great experience and a treat to dine at Merchant.

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V
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

There was no gluten free options, did not have potato or rice as a side option. Prices were high and I had to make a reservation. Then left without ordering anything. I was disappointed!

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AW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent time and excellent service !!!
We had a group sitting and had the best time ! 2 weeks in a row

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AW
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening out for our work Christmas party and ended up getting the Vault last minute ! It was fabulous and our server did an amazing job!

We are booked for another visit Wednesday with a big group and can not wait !!

Thanks you guys :)
Ashley

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R
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the food was delicious, I had the Cod dish, it was fantastic

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E
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Saturday morning brunch with two of us ordering the quiche and two ordering the pancakes. Everyone enjoyed their meals very much. Our server was very nice and checked on us frequently and brought hot refills of our drinks regularly. A really nice dining experience. We’ll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly professional staff

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F
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Never a fan of a waiter that snatched my visa from my hand without me actually presenting it to him. Our waiter was good at his job, but a little arrogant. Food was very good and restaurant was nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The menu was sub-par. A lot of great choices were removed since the last time we ate at Merchant. The server also dropped an entire drink on my lap, hardly without apologizing only to say “we’ll get you another one”. Hopefully this was just a one off. For a $220 dining experience this was not enjoyable at all.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beef tartare was the best we’ve had anywhere. Snow crab was fresh & delicious. Tried two pastas - one lamb & one sausage truffle - both were fabulous. Service & atmosphere were awesome. Best meal of our trip to St.John’s.

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p
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another delicious meal. Food here is consistently great. Only down side is that the noise level goes up significantly when they are at capacity and makes it difficult to hear others when more than 4 people at a table.

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SP
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Bon restaurant .produits frais.une bonne table a st jean

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S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant so much we went back the next day for our last dinner in St. John’s NL!

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S
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, this wasn’t firet time coming and wasn’t disappointed! Would be a bit better with just a few more options on the menu but the menu selection was good!

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Everything they had prepared ahead of time was excellent. Everything cooked to order was overcooked.

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CD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Fish and chips was terrible, fish was thin and over battered and the shoestring fries over cooked. This was the first bad meal there. Stick with the pasta dishes!!!

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SH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Egg Benedict ordered eggs soft. They were raw. Hash browns were over cooked. Ate it anyways as didn't want to make experience negative for family. Food is becoming inconsistent. Not acceptable when charging $100 for 2 adults and 2 children (no alcohol).

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LG
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and good service. We went for brunch and had the pancake stack which was really good although a little overpriced for pancakes unless it included a small serving of fresh fruit. Toutons was good but again $6.00 for a small toutons would like to see a more substantial size for the price.
We have been here a few times and will be back again. A very nice unique restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I made a reservation for 6:30 on a Friday. We got there a bit early but we're still seated right away. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu's (Both food and drinks). The Cod tacos were amazing. The entrees we had were great and the desserts were also very good. Overall the experience was one of the best I've had at any restaurant. I highly recommend eating here.

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N
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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B
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Great food and great staff. Very friendly.

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L
Atlantic Canada
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been at Merchant for a birthday celebration just a few weeks ago and thought maybe we ought to go somewhere else for our anniversary. We mulled it over and ultimately decided that we were pretty sure we'd be happy at Merchant. We were not disappointed! The meals were delicious and creative, the wine recommendations were perfect and the service and ambiance are the finishing touch. It's our fave!

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OL
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food tasted great. The cocktails were very innovative. The whole restaurant was very elegant and I thoroughly enjoyed the open kitchen concept. There was a good variety of food options, in terms of dietary restrictions. We had a blast and would visit again when are are out east.

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CL
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely date night at the Merchant Tavern, it’s an energetic vibe, but not so loud that we were unable to comfortable talk during our meal. We enjoyed the cellar salad, seafood soup, and oysters to start before splitting the shrimp and mussels linguine. All the food was delicious, with the seafood soup being the favorite of the night. My husband ordered a scotch (which came as a shockingly short pour) and I had the beet cocktail to start. We would skip those next time and stick with the wine list. We took the sommeliers recommendation to pair with our pasta and it was excellent. This is a great date night spot and we look forward to returning!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My wife and I had the cod and salmon. The meals were not very flavourful. The burgers seemed to be a very popular dish as there appear to be quite a lot being served that night. We would go back and try another dish. We had the creme brûlée for dessert and it was great.

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L
Atlantic Canada
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Merchant is one of my favourite places to eat. The vibe is casual and friendly, the service is great and the food is always creative and delicious.

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F
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent cocktails, great atmosphere, service, and food was amazing (as always).

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C
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent recommendations from our Server. Very attentive service overall.
The recommendation to have the lamb pasta was perfect for me since I love lamb. The meal was delicious.
My husband had the cod dish which was excellent but not great value at the price.

Overall, great place to dine out in St John's.

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p
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A birthday brunch for multi ages and we all loved it!

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