The Merchant Tavern

4.7
1135 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 1135 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoPo
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

First off this review does not reflect my normal review of this restaurant. I love this place and everything I've eaten. I was underwhelmed for the Mexican pop up for a few reasons. Food was OK. We liked everything but I am used to being wowed at this restaurant. The food also came out all at once and super fast. If there is a such thing as too fast this was. We wanted an evening out and we could have been in and out in 30 minutes if we wanted to. I wished our chips and salsa came out as an appetizer and then the rest came out after that to give us some time to enjoy a proper timed meal. I do LOVE this restaurant usually.

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Kevin
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We have dined at MT many times and have the same dishes. Last night, we had duck and steak. The duck was so bad that we returned it. The steak was marginally better but we were hungry and shared. The service was fantastic and the appetizers were delicious. Very disappointed with the mains

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MariaP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall was good. I based it according to what I have ordered which was a little disappointing. Breakfast bun. Sausage was too dry and salty. But would love to try what’s on the menu next. It was brunch and at 12 pm reservation on a weekend, choices were limited. The hash browns however was the best one I’ve tasted in my experience. Service was impeccable . Would still recommend the restaurant.

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AndyO
Montreal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood and cocktails. Would recommend for a date, or dinner with friends / family.

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SherrilynnL
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were super excited to be seated in the vault. Service was awesome! Our waitress was very accommodating, friendly and attentive.

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Alessandro
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Nice environment, good beers, good food. The live music was too loud though.

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HeatherQ
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Bailey was the best! Service was awesome, food was great !

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Foodlover
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot, always great food and different drink options!
the pasta is always fresh and delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience, from the food to the ambience! Best restaurant in the city.

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Julian
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I’ve had for sure. Solid experience all around.

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JoanneF
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food, the cocktails and the atmosphere were outstanding! Currently my favorite restaurant in St. John's.

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Edmond
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was excellent- it always is.

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BRCLNightout
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Very limited menu. The choice we both made ( out of 6 items) lacked flavour. Been there before for lunch and menu was much better, very disappointing and poor value on this occasion.

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MegH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in the city!! Always an excellent experience.

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Cathy
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for the Chef’s Choice menu and it was fabulous! It was a great opportunity to try several different things.

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DanielF
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The steak (steak frites) was overly salty. As in - it was borderline irritating on my tongue it was so salty.

Obviously restaurant food will be salty but this was unpleasantly so.

This was not mentioned to the server at the time. But we would not order that again.

Everything else was great.

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GenDow
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Waitress was amazing! Provided excellence service. Food was absolutely delicious. Would’ve given 5 stars if the environment wasn’t so loud. Gorgeous restaurant, just extremely noisy which made it hard to hear the person across from you. Will dine here for sure again.

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Bobby
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good food and service. Ambiance really nice. Would recommend.

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Karen
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and great music! Can't wait to go back

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megan
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our mothers day brunch. The staff were amazing and very attentive. The kitchen staff accommodated my daughters request of boiled eggs. The music was a wonderful touch. Everything was first class.

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Anon
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I love going here as it’s one of my favourite local restaurants. Only issue I had was that they were somehow overbooked and we had to sit at the bar. I understand things like this can happen but it would have been good to know this in advance instead of showing up and being told there are no tables available, only bar seats.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner

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DanielM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I specifically requested a more secluded, quieter area of the restaurant if possible, we were sat directly next to the front door which was the exact opposite of what I requested. though they did move us when I requested, but irritating seeing I requested such in the first place. Service was a little more on the slow paced side, the food was good but not what I had hoped. My steak and frites was a 7/10 at best and my fiancée’s pasta was about a 6/10. Disappointed as I was hoping for a nice dinner for her first Mother’s Day, will return someday I’m sure but for a nice quiet dinner, this is not the place.

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CynthiaP
Atlantic Canada
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pimm cocktail was good. Service was prompt, but not rushed. The favourite entree was the salmon, which was a generous portion. The restaurant was busy, as it usually is.

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JMB2000
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks, and service! I can’t wait to go back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant meal !

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch - Anniversary

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vipNatashaR
Atlantic Canada
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous anniversary meal. Sommelier was lovely - great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food, perfect atmosphere. Service was wonderful. Never disappoints.

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W94kpw
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were given a time limit on our table which was awkward

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KarenH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there. Everything was great. Unfortunately we tried to get in for dinner but it was fully booked for over a week. We did have a wonderful lunch and great service. We will definitely be back. We will make sure we give lots of time for booking.
Thank you so much.

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MoniqueT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent delicious delicately prepared beautiful and flavourful food

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BernardineS
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, lovely food, great vibes. It's the perfect place for a treat or just for a regular day.

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vipPaulB
Ottawa
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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Glen
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Merchant Tavern never disappoints. Always great food and service.

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LAB2021
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal. We got there just as the happy hour crowd was leaving which was nice as we wanted a quiet dinner and they were anything but quiet especially the drunk women sitting at the bar. Our server was awesome and the food was excellent.

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BarbaraS
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, friendly helpful staff, would recommend dining at the Merchant Tavern

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Jeff
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was very friendly and prompt, great atmosphere.

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AnneM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely lunch. Great service. Limited menu. A little more choice would have good. I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A++ as usual. My favorite St.John’s restaurant.

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FAQs

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

The Merchant Tavern is rated 4.7 stars by 1135 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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