The Merchant Tavern

4.6
1043 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 1043 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the service was great and the wine pairings were outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved it

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900msm
Yukon
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I had a pasta dish that was outstanding, and my friend really enjoyed the salmon.

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MontyS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful dinner as usual. However, I had the fish soup and found that the codfish in the soup was old and tasted that way. We are regular visitors and take friends there whenever we have visitors.

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vipJerryW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As per normal, The Merchant delivered the expected standard of great food and service.

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Maggie112
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our party consisted a couple in their 50s and a couple in their 20s. We all had a great evening. The starter, marinated mussels and Rockefeller oysters were delicious. The home made pasta dish was outstanding and the burgers sumptuous.

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elizabethm
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, amazing cocktails and excellent service. We were here twice while visiting St. John’s!

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ArlyM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We always enjoy dining at the Merchant for special occasions. Ordered the Steak Frites. A high quality cut of steak (but was a little overcooked).

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Tracy
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive staff, excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favs!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to Merchant to celebrate my birthday, everything was amazing! They did forget about one of our drinks but were quick to bring it when we asked about it. Food was delicious as always. Overall a good experience. We have eaten at The Merchant Tavern several times, and it is still our favourite spot to go for a meal.

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ChristinaO
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service!

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MarleneV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our server Jenny provided excellent service and the foods as always was top notch

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JESSICAK
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

There should be more options for side other then fries and caser salad

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend here for here birthday and had an amazing time, the meal (cod and the pork tenderloin) was one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten in the city and our server Lyndon was excellent with good vibes all around. Will be back !

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Liam was a great server. It seemed over crowded... not sure what rules are now for covid. Tuna was Amazing. Will return

MV
MarleneV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a top notch experience. Our fave St Johns restaurant.

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ShawnR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chef, great food, great drinks, fresh ingredients and touches

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VincentN
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant one of my favorites. We took our 10 and 12 year old kids for a Friday before school start treat. The staff made them feel extra special. Brandon was fantastic assisting picking wine with dinner.
Always looking forward to the next visit.

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GeoffreyH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the meal, had appetizers, mains, desserts and drinks. Everything was delicious and the portion size was perfect.

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ElaineD
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoying family. Food was delicious, great service and our server, Alan, was exceptional!

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SheilaW
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was great and the service was fantastic! I would recommend.

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mpbl
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is superb and the service is excellent. I prefer Raymond's (same owners) as it is quieter and slightly more refined. But Merchants is upbeat and fun and it was deservedly crowded even on a Tuesday night.

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TimG
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent by the Gm that came by and guided us with the wine list.
She was absolutely fantastic.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous. Food was delicious and portions were large. Not one complaint. Really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary.

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vipNL1travel
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu was fantastic. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Tina2
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service is really quite good at The Merchant. The restaurant offers a somewhat limited menu but great quality. There are few vegetarian options which is my only criticism. Very experienced and knowledgeable staff.
I enjoy the casual vibe.

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Barb
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Our server and the bartender provided us with great detail on the drink options. We chose spicey cocktails and they were delicious.

Never disappoints!

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SimonA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

As ever the food was excellent, but the music was extremely loud and jarring, not very pleasant for an early evening family meal

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LeeP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great atmosphere and food. Our table was in the main flow of traffic and felt abit in the middle of the traffic flow. Other than that, everything was great.

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Helen
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and enjoyable

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RebeccaH
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
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

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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
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just nice to get out again after a long isolation

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MarleneV
New York Area
3 reviews
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

FAQs

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

The Merchant Tavern is rated 4.6 stars by 1043 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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