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The Mercantile Social, Halifax, NS

The Mercantile Social

4.4
4.4
245 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
The Mercantile Social is a Kitchen + Bar that is the focal point of the city and offers a one-of-a-kind casual fine dining experience. From our 30+ seater marble top bar to our open concept dining room and state of the art design, guests are leaving with a unique impression and has easily been a "go-to" place.

From social plates to fresh seafood and signature dishes we stand on the corner of Hollis and Sackville, and sit at the crossroads of historic Halifax’s first garrison and the modern undertones of downtown. Hearkening back to our mercantile history, The Mercantile Social takes inspiration from European and Latin American influences, and a sense of adventure that opens up our part of the world to taste and influences from around the globe. For a memorable experience, drop by and make a little history of your own!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (902) 425-8682
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Calvin Tempen
  • Private party facilities
    for inquiries, contact guestservices@themercantilesocial.ca
  • Neighbourhood
    Halifax
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine

What 245 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for fine wines

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Nova Scotia

    Hot spot

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for fine wines

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Nova Scotia

    Great for scenic views

  • Nova Scotia

    Good for special occasions

  • Nova Scotia

    Vegetarian-friendly

245 Reviews
  1. Chelseatrahan

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic and the service was excellent!! Always been my favourite place 😊

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  2. MyaB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved how quiet it was, you didn't have to shout to be heard yet the vibe was still downtown nightlife. It was amazing!

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  3. Love

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rather disappointed. I’ve been there many times, but not lately. Took a group of 4 and booked 7-10 days in advance. I request a water view table only to arrive there and a private party that was occuping the space and we ended up in a private room—- boring!! The food and service was good. But the portions “ shrunk” Very disappointing

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  4. Romaine

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Girlfriend said the best brussel sprouts shes ever had and she’s picky with her sprouts!

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  5. KenG

    Atlantic Canada

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the branzino which is a whole dish presentation. It was excellent. My dining partner had a pasta dish that although was flavourful, it was bordering on cool. Almost as if the pasta was plated well before the dish was ready to be served. Service was excellent. The ambiance is fun and lively. It truly is a must go, and this was the first time we have had any issue with a dish.

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  6. MadisonL

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group really enjoyed this place! The waitress was so nice, and took the time to tell us about the gluten free options/alternatives, and there were so many! Vibes were good, and I liked the privacy we had

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  7. SueW

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was seated at the bar despite having made a reservation, turned out to be a good time with convivial neighbors and an attentive bartender.

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  8. Alexis

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steven and Marcus went above and beyond! We love it here so much

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  9. JulieO

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Was there for special dinner last night. Reservations made 2 weeks ahead. Got seated in a cramped busy place by the bar. Menu is fine. Drinks are overpriced. I prefer the ambiance during the day.

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  10. SharonL

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent attentive service in a relaxed atmosphere, with delicious seafood offerings and a scrumptious pistachio cheesecake to finish.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing staff and amazing service. We are never disappointed and always treated like royalty. Steve and Marcus are killing it with this place!

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  12. SidN

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the food was great and the service was great. Everyone was super kind and very accommodating to allergies.

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  13. Kevin

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Decor was fantastic, food was excellent. Wine was a little expensive for the value, I don't mind spending twice the value on a good bottle at a restaurant, but 3 and half time is a little much ($85 for a $25 bottle)

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  14. hgmm

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    There was a mouse running around underneath people's feet at the bar and under our table for the majority of the time we were there. We ended up having our feet up on the bench because we were scared/grossed out. I would not go back after that.

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  15. KenB

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Unfortunately, there is a mouse problem. We saw 5-7 mice in the dining room at closing time.

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  16. hailey

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely night! Such great service and gorgeous view.

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  17. jd01

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Went for a birthday celebration with three guests on a Saturday night. We had had a business lunch several years ago under the old management(?) and the food was expensive and rather disappointing. So we were excited to give the Merc a second try once we had heard the restaurant and menu were overhauled. We took business clients for a Friday dinner and enjoyed our dishes; Miso fish, wings, trout ... Other than the place being very, very noisy (the space with many people talking is very loud to start with but they also play very loud intrusive music to add to the cacophony) the food was good for the price, and we were satisfied. However, we recently went for a birthday celebration. We had the tuna tartare and wings to start, with gnocchi, pesto pasta and tandoori. Cocktails were good, had a bottle of white ($75 versus $27 retail). Wings good. Tuna tartare oddly tasteless, it was served with three sauces, one seemed like Ranch dressing and two others were overpowering (Dijon mustard), just a bad combo to the tuna. Tandoori ok, nice but nothing special. Pesto stuffed pasta had a nice tasting interior, but the sauce was somewhat tasteless and greasy despite all the parmesan cheese. The dish also presented as messy. Finally, the gnocchi was tough and completely tasteless! Had to ask for salt but to no avail, my guest could not finish it. Same for the pasta, half the serving was left. All the while being overwhelmed by a noisy environment (the Merc is a large space, perhaps a section could be made into a more quite and intimate space). No dessert menu offered despite it being a birthday celebration. Service times seemed slow, but it was busy. So inconsistent food plus an uncomfortable environment, and not in-expensive. We would go back for wings and the miso fish if it were quieter, but probably not given many other dining choices - if you want superior tuna tartar and gnocchi at the same price point go to the Bicycle Thief.

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  18. Bbbbb

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was okay! Food was delicious! I had requested a server and was told I would get them, but that didn’t end up happening, bummer!

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  19. PatrickL

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service by Beverly was outstanding and the food was so delicious. It was our 50th celebration and we were treated royally at the "Anniversary Table". Complimentary mock-tales were an added touch to our beautiful evening and we will definitely go back real soon. Thank you!

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  20. StephJoeyJ

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place, food and service. Always enjoy visiting the Mercantile. It never disappoints. 🥰

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating a birthday and it was wonderful: the service, food and cocktails were perfection. My favourite: oysters (raw) and the roasted Brussels sprouts.

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  22. Giggawatt

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was lovely but a definitely overpriced for what you are getting. I was the DD and I've never heard of a Shirley Temple being called a mocktail or being charged almost as much as a cocktail for it. The actual cocktails in the party were described as really good. Bathrooms could be a little cleaner but overall ambiance was lovely and great location. Had a great night.

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  23. MillieA

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance and seating perfect. There were 8 of us and all the meals were delicious. Great experience!

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  24. Cameron

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu, great service, great vibe! We thought we were going for just a few drinks, but we were happily surprised that they a great food menu as well!

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  25. CourtneuD

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Mice running around the restaurant, under tables and across the floor was incredibly unappealing and disgusting. There were at least 4 active mice that we saw, other patrons also noticed and were appalled. For the price of the food and drinks absolutely something needs to be done to prevent mice from running around the restaurant. The server was incredibly apologetic and understanding, nothing against her whatsoever.

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  26. EmilieB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was very nice but had too much on their plate, our waiter barely got to us. Portions were small for cost and overall not great. Drinks were very good however!

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  27. LeahG

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The pork bao buns were delicious! And the espresso martinis were spectacular. I will definitely be back again!

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  28. Boyds

    Atlantic Canada

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a delicious dinner with excellent service. The atmosphere is very comfortable & hip!

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  29. JennaW

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a quiet Sunday evening, but everything was delicious! Such a great selection of appetizers, so we opted to try a handful en lieu of mains. Scallops, tacos, chowder, bao buns... all incredible. Excellent drinks menu as well.

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  30. Sandturtle

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating an anniversary. The restaurant and staff made additional effort to ensure that we had a special and memorable experience. Highly recommend the Mercantile Social.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Been here many times. This was a family Friday night meal around 7.30. It was -7C outside and the air conditioners near the huge glass frontage were pumping out warm ish air against the glass which when it made its way down to the tables, it was cold. We also sensed that there wasn’t enough staff for the number of tables as we waited around 30-40 mins for food and the drinks delivered were wrong (all fine) but the replacement didn’t arrive. That said the food quality was good and the ambience of this place is really good. Staff are friendly and whilst the prices are higher than others. - it is worth it and we will be back.

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  32. LisaR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great especially the oysters, the venue is well decorated and they were able to accommodate a large group on NYE!

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  33. Nancy

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was excellent and most of the food was very good. The apple tart dessert was burnt though.

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  34. MelissaR

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was absolutely amazing, could have had better service though. It seemed that our server either forgot about us half the time or was too busy with a table that she personally knew. We waited and watched after we ordered a bottle of wine for it to sit at the bar for almost 10 minutes before she finally came to serve it. Would definitely come back for the food and atmosphere alone.

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  35. AngieF

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Meal was OK, but service was way below expectation. It should not take 30 minutes to take your food order, one hour to be served one appetiser and 97 minutes to be served five mains, one of which had to be sent back because it was overcooked under the heating lamps. If, underdstandably, you don't have enough staff due to the holidays or sickness, then you should limit the number of patrons, so they don't have to wait over one and a half hours for service. Be better!

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  36. Logan

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great and the food did not disappoint. Great selection of wine and server was able to make some solid recommendations on which appetizers we should try. Had a great night out.

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  37. AlbertC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue a nice menu and really good cocktails!

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  38. AbbeyD

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this Restaurant, first time trying this restaurant and loved the atmosphere, the drinks and food were all amazing with a great variety to choose from. I was celebrating an anniversary and they gave us a drink on the house, which was very lovely. Only thing I would comment on was the noise level was quite loud, We were sat between two very large parties which affected the noise. Other than the noise it was an amazing time and I would definitely be going again.

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  39. JeffS

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and fantastic service with a great atmosphere.

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  40. KathyB

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Beverley our server was fantastic! She ensured that we were looked after and her suggestions were excellent. The food was exquisite especially the halibut.

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FAQs

The Mercantile Social offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (902) 425-8682.

The Mercantile Social is rated 4.4 stars by 245 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Mercantile Social

1579 Hollis St, Halifax, NS B3J 1V3

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Halifax
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Calvin Tempen
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wine
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