The Merchant Kitchen

4.5
925 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
EXCITING. FLAVOURFUL. SHARED.

The Merchant Kitchen is an idea conceptualized by travel and adventure. Honouring the traditional ingredients, flavours, and techniques of Asia and Latin America, while incorporating the freshest local ingredients possible is our mantra.

Exploring cities and towns along the equator, tasting their food carts, and visiting the local markets have allowed us to bring that to the table an experience that enables guests to escape routine and enjoy flavours with friends and family.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 925 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Generally the food and service were good. One dish was listed as a large plate and seemed much more appetizer size. That at was disappointing and took away from the rest of the experience which was very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service was not the best…

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Northytrekker
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food, great staff, lovely place to dine

DK
DebK
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. The Korean chicken was superb!

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Zippy14
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

Menu is very small. Some items that were on the website, and previous visit, were no longer available. Some items completely different than previous visits, same name, but completely different presentation.

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AlexNB
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food. Very lively energy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

My meal never came.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was incredible but it was so loud hard to enjoy dinner

JN
JulieN
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food, good service. Was confused by the screen in the dining room playing a western movie. Have the corn. Amazing.

DH
DaveH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food is very good
Noise level very loud!
Staff excellent

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Thor
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect spot for a business lunch. Will definitely book again.

DR
DebbieR
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

First time visitor and was disappointed. Concept is good but food was hit and miss, drinks were mostly a solid miss. Service was good, but we waited for half an hour for drinks because they ran out of glasses. The maragarita was watery and tasteless and for $18, expected a lot better. The rum cocktail was okay. Korean chicken was excellent but the beef tacos were dry. Dan Dan noodles have very good flavour but also on the dry side. I feel like the menu has potential but overall did not deliver, and for the prices charged for cocktails we expected a drink that would make us want more, and they did not.

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CarrieL
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is easily one of my favorite restaurants in Winnipeg. The menu is amazing, and unique and authentic to its own dish. The service is always great and our bartender Sam was excellent. We will be back soon.

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Alainc55
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food we ordered tasted delicious and our waitress was great.

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CatherineK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unfortunately, 3 of our party had to stay home due to children being sick (covid restrictions). The party of 5 who attended had a great time! Food was perfect, service was great, ambience is amazing. All 5 had nothing but great things to say about the whole experience. Thank you for a wonderful evening for some health care workers who really needed it!

BZ
BrandiZ
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drink are always amazing. My favourite place to go before events.

JB
JenniferB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing and our servers were really great! Drinks were delicious as always. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Winnipeg!

AK
AnjaliK
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and excellent food, can’t go wrong. One of my favourite places!

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Merchant kitchen doesn't disappoint with the food, but the last time I went we had not the best service. Previously I have never had even remotely a bad experience there and last night just disappointed. Our waitress was very standoffish and my group and I felt as if she was kind of judgy? And just overall felt uncomfortable. It was very strange and put a damper on our night unfortunately

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OliverB
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

This was my first time at Merchant Kitchen. It was more like a pub than I expected (movies playing silently on large screens, bright acoustics, high noise level, simple food), but the food was decent and the service very good. I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner or for an intimate, conversational occasion, but it was overall a good experience. The food was a bit ordinary for my taste, but it was all well prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was outstanding and we shared A LOT of it! From the variety of chicken wings and tacos to the Superfood Salad, the scallop ceviche, chips and dip, to the grilled corn - we didn’t hit a single disappointment. We were there for a business meeting - a face-to-face after months of Zoom calls and while it was far too loud to talk business, we all had a fantastic time. You should go! Bring your friends!

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MelissaP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and a really nice atmosphere. Our server was lovely and I will definitely be going back!

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Mark
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

I've been to the Merchant Kitchen once before a few years ago and I have been wanting to go back ever since because that first experience was SO good. My recent experience, however, was poor.

The noise level was so loud due to music and other diners that our table could barely communicate with each other, and we certainly could not hear our waitress through her mask.

A beer was spilled on our table and no one would come clean it. We had to ask three times for help and each time we were just given a few napkins, not nearly enough to soak up a full beer. We eventually had to ask for a cloth so we could clean it up ourselves, which in my experience is someone else's job when eating at a restaurant.

The food was good but in my opinion very overpriced for the serving sizes.

The service was just so-so. The most attention our table was paid was after dinner was done and the waitress wanted to get us out.

I think that the change in experience might have been due to new hires still getting a feel for working in a restaurant. That's what it felt like at least. I'll likely go back but I would not bring a large group again, and I won't be raving about it like I used to.

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SuzanneT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance & amazing food! Would recommend for a date night or a fun place for a group of friends.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time out to an eat in restaurant… we were a group of 7 and we had so much fun! Our host was incredible and on top of it! We were lots of work ordering drinks & food constantly!

Definitely will return!

CC
vipCanadianCari
Manitoba
66 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

Just ordered takeout last week and the food was outstanding! We were excited for this visit to dine-in but food (identical order) was only ok. My old favorite cocktail had a definite recipe change and is no longer my fave.

Still, it MUST have just been an off night. We will be back.

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AlwaysEating
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Shared communal style concept. Food was outstanding, food came super quick. One dish after another. So everyone tried one dish before the next one came out. Drink service was a little slow. Very friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our 10 year wedding anniversary and the merch pulled all the stops - fm amazing service, time to talk and enjoy ourselves & the surprise glasses of bubbly! Great night - thanks for everything, always

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KarenT
Manitoba
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience4

Usually have good service, but unfortunately not this time. Server left us for long periods of time and then totally failed to bring us one of our ordered dishes until we asked when we would see it. And then it came with egg, which we had asked not to have. Didn’t do much afterwards to make up for it either.

We love it here and the food is so good, so it won’t keep me from coming back, but was disappointing.

Cheers!

GK
GordK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Good food. So loud that very hard to hear serving staff

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Kiaaf
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing. Loved the Korean chicken and the fried rice was outstanding.
Would recommend this to my family and friends.

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Mark24
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and specialty drinks as always. Great service!

Will be back ASAP.

DM
vipDavidM
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience2

The food was delicious, but the portion sizes were very small.

With a reservation, we were firstly seated at a very small table for two. The restaurant probably seats 100+. There was one other table occupied. I requested a change. They wanted us to sit in a dark corner, senior citizens, out of sight please.

The noise level was excessive from the background music, there were no diners, empty room. No problem with the type of music, but it did not have to be at 95 decibels as measured on my iPhone app.

The food and drink service was good. The hostess experience adequate at best.

I would not recommend this restaurant for a dining experience.

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TLOCO
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always a good choice! Have been here many times and never hesitate to go back.

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ErinC
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first outing to a restaurant since the pandemic started and it exceeded my expectations. I am so appreciative of the mask and vaccination mandate set in place and it made me feel so much safer and secure. I didn't find the restaurant overcrowded, yet it was nice to see other customers there. Our serving staff was amazing and gave great recommendations and details on the menu items. It was Taco Week so we got to try the featured taco. We ended up ordering a second order of the corn and chips because it is so delicious! We also all tried the cake with peaches which was amazing. I will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Food was just bad. Menu resticted.

JJ
JuanJ
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elevated street food that taste delicious! I highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place! Always great food!

TM
ToddM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome experience as is the case everytime we go there. Food very good as was the service. Always clean and even with Covid one always feels safe being there.

FB
FrankB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

A great place to enjoy delicious, eclectic cuisine. My wife and I had a very good, all-around experience.

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You can order delivery directly from The Merchant Kitchen using the Order Online button. The Merchant Kitchen also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (204) 615-2278.

The Merchant Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 925 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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