The Merchant Kitchen

4.6
566 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Global, International
Top tags:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Fun
Welcome to The Merchant Kitchen! Experience an adventure of elevated street food and globally influenced cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Global, International, Latin American, Asian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Wednesday: 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 5:00pm-11:00pm

Lunch open through to Dinner: Thursday-Friday 11:30-late

Saturday: 5:00pm-late

Sunday - Closed
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Phone number
(204) 615-2278
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We offer full catering at The Alt Hotel located beside us at 310 Donald St, as well as off-site catering upon request.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Portage Ave
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Parking Details
Attached parkade with heated, secured, and covered walk way with direct access to The Merchant. Street parking. Additional parkades on surrounding streets.
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Special Events & Promotions
With a large and flexible space, we can cater to a wide variety of special events! Please contact us to discuss your event, we wold love to have you.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 566 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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4.3
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TA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience. The cocktails were amazing, the food was incredible and the service was perfect. My boyfriend doesn’t usually like corn but your grilled corn is all he can talk about! We’ll definitely be back!

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k
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such great food and atmosphere. A go to for date night.

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T
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely meal. The food was incredibly fresh and flavourful. Our server was friendly and helped us with the menu and our selections. A great place

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was oddly off. Usually it’s great, but, this time we got our drinks and didn’t a server for over 20 minutes after that.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Could use a few more vegan or vegetarian dishes ,

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GE
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I were at Merchant Kitchen on Nov. 27, 2018 for his birthday. We had never been before and decided to go because we wanted a place close to the MTS Centre before the Jets game. We arrived at 4:30 and were seated promptly. The tables are a little close together, but that was fine for us as the restaurant was not overly busy and we are smaller people. Our waiter was EXCELLENT and served us VERY well and was friendly and attentive all evening, even as the pace in the restaurant picked up drastically closer to game time.

We had delicious drinks (pineapple coconut daiquiris) and tasty food (he had the smoked jerk chicken tacos and I had the DanDan Noodles) then the outstanding finale:Pistachio Tart for dessert. The tacos were a bit on the smaller side (about a 4-5" diameter) but good flavour: nice smoke and good heat from the jerk spice. I would definitely recommend ordering these with the Yuca fries if you have a larger appetite, otherwise these are a nice meal for a smaller appetite. The DanDan Noodles were fabulous: great portion size, great spice and flavour, and very fresh tasting soft noodles with crisp peanuts. The tart was unreal: a thick pudding-like chocolate filling in a dark chocolate crumb shell with a fresh vibrant green mint syrup, salty pistachios and a sprinkling of white chocolate shavings...like I said, unreal.

The ambiance and decor were very pleasant and eye-catching. To us, it has a bit of a Moroccan or Middle Eastern-style loungy feel with dark floors and walls and bright crimson accents. We found it to be a very relaxing and comfortable setting.

Our only recommendations are to not bring those who are hard of hearing, as even with our younger ears we were finding it harder to hear as the space filled up with people near game time, and the portions on some plates are smaller, so order a bit extra food if you have a large appetite. Other than that, we had a very very nice evening at Merchant Kitchen.

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DS
Manitoba
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, good drinks. Sat at the bar for dinner with a great server. Very loud in there tho

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Merchant Kitchen is one of my fave places to eat. Everything’s so good. The street corn though. It’s a must.

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E
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food nice ambiance service was very friendly and genuine be it a little slow at times. Front door needs to be shielded from the cold as it did get quit drafty with the cold weather. Overall excellent food and planning on returning in the near future.

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PS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This was our first time there. Our server was friendly. We had the Dan Dan noodles and the carnitas. Just the perfect spice level and so tasty! It was a Jets game night so the noise level was very high, not suitable for an intimate dining experience, more of a party atmosphere. I would definitely go again ( but I’d check the Jets schedule first).

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great, drinks were great, a

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R
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Great as always. Only complaint is the super cold draft that pours in through the door. An air curtain or heaters in the vestibule would make it better.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I've been wanting to try Merchant Kitchen for awhile and so glad I finally did! They did not disappoint - be sure to try at least one of their infamous tacos. Delicious!!

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AU
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable dinner. The food was very good and so was the service. Our server was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends and acquaintances.

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JK
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the Merchant for a quick bite before a jets game, or a night out with friends. The food and cocktail menus are terrific and there's always creative features as well.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went in for food and drinks prior to the Jets game. Both food and drinks were excellent and perfectly timed for getting to an event.

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NB
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Before a hockey game with my daughter from Toronto. She thought it was great!

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Food was good to great. Super noisy and our table was next to the kitchen in a high traffic area, even when we had a reservation.

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B
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious meal that never disappoints. Very flexible with menu options for vegetarians but I do wish they’d dream up something for veggies that’s as big a hit as the Korean fried chicken (which my table-mates always rave about)!

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delish! You can never go wrong with the DanDan noodles!!!

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MM
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and high energy. Good place for after theatre dining.

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KD
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I wasn’t comfortable sitting that close to other patrons. It also doesn’t make sense to have the tacos that are meant to be shared come in threes; they should be either 2 or 4, with the option to add more. It was pretty good, but would I go back? Not likely.

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P
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We had a very nice experience dining at Merchant Kitchen. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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M
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

The food was great, the service was excellent however, the night was slightly tarnished due to an occurrence outside. Although no fault of the restaurant, watching someone be physically sick directly outside your table took away my appetite and somewhat spoiled the experience.

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BS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. The food, atmosphere and service were excellent. Parking was the only tricky part.

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TH
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We have been here multiple times and the service and food are always consistently great!

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p
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Great place to eat prior to a Jets game. Food was good. You will need to make a reservation. Its gets busy fast.

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n
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Went before Mellencamp. Server was fab. New there just from Vancouver. She’s a keeper great tacos.

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RS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love the Merchant Kitchen. Best spot in Winnipeg for great food and awesome drinks. Our go to every time we are down town for an event or a night out.

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SK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife & I took a friend & his wife to the Merchant before the Jets game. Didn't quite know what to expect but we were all very happy with the experience. A variety of beers we have never heard of, spicy food that did not get too hot & just plain tasty food! Looking forward to going back again!

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JH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pam our server was wonderful, the food was delicious (especially the Dan dan noodles) and cocktails were well worth the higher price. Had the chocolate torte as a birthday dessert and it was deliciously rich and decadent!

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PS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place....great food, atmosphere and service!

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PV
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Merchant Kitchen was one of the most unique and flavour filled food experiences of my life. Try it for yourself. That is all that needs to be said.

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c
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Half price wine bottles on Thursdays! Beside MTS Centre. Excellent food. Very happy!

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MM
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Tapas style. Good for pregame and post theatre dining. Food and service are good. Noise level sometimes high

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SF
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Normally we love the Merchant kitchen but they have changed their menu and have less healthy vegetable-rich options. Also when we asked to move tables, as there was approx 12 inches of room between seat back and table, the server gave us attitude. Then she was not attentive and did not check on us after our food came or even offer us more water. A disappointing visit and probably our last for a while.

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TB
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great restaurant...one of my favs! Very loud though on Jets game nights due to the wide open room!!

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GK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was great. Korean chicken outstanding, as were the taco chips, the super food salad and the stir fried rice dish....

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BC
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was interesting and flavourful with lots of variety. Designed for sharing which added a fun element to our get together. Good value for money. Only downside was the extreme noise level where we were sitting ... Made conversation difficult. Not sure if there are quieter areas, but something to keep in mnd especially on Jets game nights when the restaurant is full.

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Winnipeg. The food is incredible.

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