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About The Merchant Tavern
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.
St. John's, NF A1C 5C2
Comfort Food, Seafood, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Monday : Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 1130 am to 2pm / 530pm to 1030pm
Tuesday to Saturday 1130 am to Late
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Public Parking lot on Harbour Drive
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Merchant Tavern Ratings and Reviews
It was very good and I love the atmosphere. I came alone and I went from sitting by myself to a great MCP adventure. In the next few days I will post some awesome pictures from the Merchant #foodie and #chef come and check out exclusive pictures tomorrow. @mcpexploratriceurbaine. Thank you to the awesome staff and amazing food!!!!
Merchant Tavern very nice atmosphere. Tables are small and close together. Not very professional in my opinion!!
Service was great!
Food selection was average but the prices are very high for what you are getting. 22 to 34 $$ for a hamburger 🍔 that comes with enough fries for four people!! No one can eat that many fries 🍟 so it’s very poor value for the $$
Would not recommend it as things are there now!!
Went there recently for dinner with a few girl friends. The food was fine, menu is small which is kinda nice. Service lacked though. We had to constantly flag our server for drinks, bills, etc. One friend ordered 3 oysters and he gave her 6 (which she paid for), and he kept telling us it would be a second for food but 10 mins later still nothing. Overall maybe not the experience I expected.
Our third visit to Merchant and food has yet to disappoint.
Pasta & ceasar salad appetizers followed by melt in your mouth striploin, compound herb butter served with the best frites (fries) on the planet. Superb chocolate Brownie & Madelaines for dessert.
Please update online menu as changes occur due to availability of seasonal ingredients. Significantly different & smaller menu available on arrival with several personal favorites not available. Mussels on current also were not available.
See you again soon!
The experience at merchants was fantastic, we took advantage of the online reservation and had 0 wait when we arrived. The salmon and cod were very fresh and the "wise jack" was unreal! I have been to Merchants on several occasions and will continue to support his fine establishment.
Ate at Merchant twice in the past week, once for business, once for pleasure. Service was great both times, with knowledgeable and suitably attentive staff.
I was ever so slightly disappointed in the quality however. For example both seafood (tuna) and beef entrées were not prepared as requested (medium served when medium rare requested). The beef could have been interpreted as medium-well.
I have eaten there in the past with much more impressive results. Hopefully these were anomalies, and not a trend.
Mind you I do still highly recommend it, and I will be coming back!
Enjoyed the food so much our first night in St. John's, we decided to return. It was very busy, so service was a bit on the slow side. It was worth the wait however. Everything was delicious--tomato salad, green curry mussels, smoked chicken cavatelli and yellowfin tuna were all perfectly prepared and flavourful.
My wife and I ate at the Merchant Tavern for supper and were delights with our meal and service. It is a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere. Our service was fantastic. We had halibut done perfectly. The food is fresh, tasty and amble. I cannot wait to go again!!
My girlfriend and I did the tasting menu and were blown away with not just the taste and presentation but the creativity of the dishes. Each dish was delicious and while we were both stuffed still managed to eat it all. Our server was super friendly and knowledgeable about each course. Highly recommend this restaurant and go the tasting menu route, you will not be disappointed!!!!
The menu is extensive offering creative presentation of great food. The food was delicious and presented with flair. The servers are fantastic, knowledgable, friendly, courteous and fast. Even the wine server knew all about the wines. We loved the noise and bussel and will certainly be there every time we are in town.
A highly recommended restaurant on our first visit to St. John's - the food was good but the overall experience was impacted by less than optimal customer service. 1. Our reservation was made at least a month ago and we were provided a table with a view of the wall and we weren't able to move even though it was still relatively early and the restaurant wasn't busy. 2. All pastas are offered as full or smaller portions - except the special of the day which was absolutely only available as a full portion. 3. There was a food allergy restriction and I couldn't eat the potatoes and vegetables that came with the steak - and the only possible substitute was French fries - not quite the dining experience expected and a rather expensive disappointment.
The Merchant was rated very well and so I expected good things. Our server was highly attentive and endured that we felt looked after when our food took longer than anticipated. Still, after having been to some rural restaurants in Newfoundland, I was beginning to expect slow food and wasn't too bothered by the time for the food.
The bread was tasty, as were our mussels, but the main left something to be desired. I ordered the ribeye and was very disappointed with the quality of the steak, plating and the accompaniments. The steak was seasoned with a wild leek salsa Verde, which was primarily chopped parsley and put me off. My first bite of steak was met with a bit of bone and the fat was still fatty and not rendered well. The steak was to be accompanied by mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, new onions and peas. I ended up with chunks of boiled potatoes, mushy peas that tasted like they were frozen and overboiled and boiled mushrooms. It was very disappointing, aside from the just that was on the plate. It was not what I was expecting from a restaurant with its reputation.
The cocktails and dessert were tasty, with a fantastic buttermilk strawberry ice cream.
Food was delicious!
Our waiter wasn't the friendliest. Seemed to spend her entire time with the couple next to us. So much so that other servers were coming to us and trying to take care of us.
She wasn't friendly of accommodating at all.
Everyone else was super friendly and great !! We love the merchant tavern and have been there a few times now.
We will be back for our reservation on the 9th with my parents ! Their first time here to NL! Looking forward to it :)
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