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The Merchant Tavern

4.5
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1010 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1010 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RebeccaH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Enjoyed our meals which were perfectly paired with our wine by the very patient and talented Sommelier! Great service

JN
JillN
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eat here! Expertly prepared cocktails (thanks Brandon!) , interestingly delicious food paired with wine from a very knowledgeable sommelier and served by friendly, attentive staff made our night out most memorable! Try the tasting menu, but I'm confident that you will be happy with any choice!

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Not a huge selection on the menu. Unfortunately 2 menu items were not available

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Jenna
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience1

Not following any covid restrictions, felt very unsafe and uncomfortable the entire time. Bartender brought out all drinks by placing hands around the rims. Masks around servers necks the whole night . No one wearing PPE in the kitchen.

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PaulaC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time back at a restaurant after the lockdown and what a wonderful experience it was! Staff was professional and adherence to the restrictions were followed and well explained. The service and food were exceptional! The appetizer salad - baba ganoush with charred brussel sprouts - was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten! A sommelier chose and delivered wine for me and the bartender visited our table to discuss cocktail options with my husband. Our server was very attentive and fun. We had a delightful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just nice to get out again after a long isolation

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MarleneV
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Please see the attached note. I started to write a review and feel it is only fair to do it privately. Typically this is our favourite dine out spot in St Johns

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DavidS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service and an excellent time all around!

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall1food2service4ambience2

carbonara was too spicy to eat, sent it back and was served another plate that was so salty, I couldn't eat it! doesn't say much for the cook,

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MatthewH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Great location and atmosphere. Service also great!

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Ally
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

It's just ok. Very overpriced for the quality of food. Service is good. Beer selection is terrible.

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KimberlyG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic, I would highly recommend.

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SusanT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eggs Benedict was delicious. Serving was very generous. Our server was exceptionally friendly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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NicoleD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful. Treated myself to their Merchant Caesar as part of brunch and it was delicious. Make a reservation even for brunch.

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KevinE
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Overall good. My favourite dish was not the same, taste and texture. Disappointed.

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RebeccaH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I left a note that this was a reservation for my wedding anniversary. It would have been nice for it to be acknowledged in some way.

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Rose
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The steak frites was tough even though I requested it be cooked medium well, chimichurri sauce was over the steak when requested to be on the side, and was charged for roasted vegetables that were to replace the fries.

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Seethelake
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The best vegetarian eggs benedict, great service and pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the merchant! Always a pleasurable experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as usual.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was fabulous! Food was amazing, great atmosphere. Favourite spot downtown.

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sten
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Scott, was great and he had a lot of tables to take care of. Very friendly staff all around, service was great, food delicious. Fun, lively atmosphere.

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JamieG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall very well cooked and presented exceptional taste, salmon was excellent the pork also was excellent but I feel a bit small proportioned, yes I highly recommend this restaurant

JA
JenA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great care goes into everything they do. Mindful dining at its best.
Be sure to try Sophie's cappuccinos.

DM
DanM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grand spot. One the best restaurants pound for pound in Canada.

SM
SarahM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I named the moose Alexander. The food was excellent and for how lovely it was, the price was actually very reasonable. Cool environment. Went for a one year anniversary meal; server was kind and the food came very quickly.

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vipGlenF
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to provide an awesome dining experience. Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere

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BillyB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Food was absolutely incredible and arrived fairly quickly for a busy time of night. Service staff was very accommodating and friendly. Loved the whole set up and decor of the restaurant, felt like a super unique experience. 10/10 stars, definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good date night restaurant!

JM
JM709
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The cod tacos and homemade burger were the best I’ve ever tasted. And dedicating dishes to raise money for a local child battling cancer warms my heart. Way to go!

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, amazing food! The brunch menu is affordable and delicious

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KellyP
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, service and atmosphere. Best brunch in town! And the specials - like the donuts - are AMAZING!

JB
JenniferB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. The duck dish was amazing. Love the ambience of this place! Will definitely go back !

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carolj
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Noisy. Expensive, Although my pasta dish was very good, my husband's cod was dry and overcooked- in retrospect he should have sent it back.

JM
JaneMF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our meals were great - chicken and waffles were so good! Service was outstanding - gave us the pickle!

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NickG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was dandy...drinks were as good or better. Our server was top shelf, all around terrific experience.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 everytime

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thebossyone
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and lovely service - a very lively spot but still able to hold a conversation. It’s alive with people having a good time - not blaring music.

LD
LizD
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's become our favorite place to go for date night! Food is always great and service is outstanding.

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 1010 OpenTable diners.

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