The Merchant Tavern

4.5
1262 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 & 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
  • 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 1262 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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CatherineL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came to Merchant for a special dinner with our oldest son to celebrate him turning 10. The service was impeccable as always and the staff was so kind to our son who was out for a very rare “fancy” dinner. Our food was excellent and it was such a fun experience sharing one of our favorite restaurants with our son.

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REGINAV
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely service! Highly recommended the lemon tart :)

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Magja
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, excellent service, nice atmosphere. Enjoyed the music selections but found it was loud.

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Night0ut
Atlantic Canada
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Excellent service and food. Was a bit noisy. Good value.

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Marco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Duck breast tasted amazing
So did the calamari,

Was first time there. Will deffently return and recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never had a bad experience at the Merchant - food and service always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

The restaurant was cold. Needed a jacket on to eat. The food was PHENOMENAL! Wait staff were excellent!
The mugs and forks and plates looked well worn and used.
It’s an expensive brunch, but it’s worth it. The product is worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional meal once again! The wagyu appetizer was amazing, as was the pork belly main. Paired with the bustling atmosphere and great cocktails, it was a fantastic experience. Hats off to Chef Nick Walters and the whole Merchant Team. Can’t wait until next time.

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KeithC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good meal, the chef made cod for us which was not on the menu. all enjoyed, will definitely be back

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KeithC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

It was great

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TedG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food and wine was excellent! Andrew our server provided excellent attention to us and Tracy the Sommelier was very knowledgeable. Tracy recommended the perfect wines for us. Every bite from Amuse Bouche to dessert was delicious!

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ScottP
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always exceeds expectations, great night out!!

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vipNL1travel
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience again. The five course tasting menu with wine pairings was fantastic.

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ElizabethJ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of our favourite restaurants in St. John's. The atmosphere is great as is the service and food quality. We loved the new menu items and enjoyed the onion rings, moose burger and fries and especially the won ton soup.

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AmandaG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an awesome meal. Food was great and the service was great! Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Good place great food and drinks but a bit pricey

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Kmc734
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very tasty food and top-notch service!! Will go again for food and drinks.

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ColinT
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Overall good, salmon was not hot enough . Need condiments with Caesar’s. olives, pickles.

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Kat3310
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. We loved our meal selections and the atmosphere.

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Bak123
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I have eaten at Merchant several times over the last few years, and it is always consistent and good. The menu does not change a lot, but there are always specials.
I was disappointed this time, as were others in our party, that they have taken Madeleines off the menu. These were always excellent and I do not know of any other restaurant here that have or had them.
Nonetheless, a good place to eat and I will be going back.

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PatrickT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service on point. Visiting from Toronto. Worth it.

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Phyllis
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Drinks were great!
Food was delicious!
Our server Bridget was so great!
Fabulous night out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good service and great food.

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Kristina
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The beef tartare was a bit different than usual - the usual is better! :) not sure what was different

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dustinc
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

What a great atmosphere, service, and unique menu! Everything was awesome.

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TomB
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent moose burger special of the day with generous delicious fries and aoli, nice selection of beer including Quidi Vidi Calm Tom on draught; good range of wines by the glass; excellent selection of single malts; friendly, professional, welcoming service staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious as always and great service. Only negative thing I will say is the snow crab platter was not worth the money. Hardly any crab, $30. Definitely not worth it. Wouldn’t recommend. Otherwise the steak and fries is the best in town.

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MikeandJill
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed a fantastic evening at Merchant's Tavern. Scallop and Tuna Crudos were thoughtfully composed, super fresh and delicious. Our table of 6 enjoyed a wide variety of entrees including a burger, duck and cod. The cod was served with a crispy skin and fall vegetables all swimming in a light but warming pork broth. I am not from the island but this dish really felt authentically Newfoundland. The suggested wine pairings were spot on. I can not wait for my next visit to the beautiful part of the world and this gem of a restaurant!

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Jgel
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and nice atmosphere. Food was good but not outstanding. It was definitely expensive for brunch.

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SherriO
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. Great brunch cocktails. Best eggs benny in town.

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AlainaK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food, & great atmosphere! Definitely will be back

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LauraM
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was fantastic. Highly recommend

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Lizm
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Food was terrible. Had a great experience before, but this was the absolute worst and the pasta came out undercooked twice.

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vipMarcele
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always great. Lunch menu variety was more limited than I anticipated

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NatalieP
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The one very surprising occurrence was when we asked if there was an extended wine list. The waiter said he would send over a sommelier. The “sommelier” gave me a taste of the wine he was proposing. I indicated that it was good. He placed bottle on the table and walked away. Gotta admit I have never had a “sommelier” at that point not pour the wine for us. Not the service I would expect at this caliber of restaurant.
For the food the tuna and scallop special of the day were quite good. However, the cod was not up to par when compared to the quality at Mallards Cottage.

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ScottP
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food were amazing, staff went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied. Great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellente soirée à St.Johns

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MoniqueD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved it. The food was superb. It was nice to connect with Jeremy.

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FoodieFriends
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Service and cocktails were wonderful as they have been in the past.
Food did not met expectations set by previous visits.

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RollyC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary. The meal was very good well proportioned and prepared to our order. Service from our server was excellent as was the wait time to be seated and the wait time for our appetiser and entrée servings . He was very attentive and kept coming back to see if we were satisfied with everything or needed anything further. Presentation of our meal was excellent. I have couple bits worth noting: Your menu is very limited. While our reservation was booked well in advance the lady on reception greeted us with "we are overbooked so you will have to set at the bar", however, that was quickly resolved and we were seated at a table. In the meantime there were open tables all the while we were in the restaurant. Your prices are higher than expected. We had no drinks, shared an appetiser and a desert and had 2 entrees. Total all in cost $145.00.

FAQs

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

The Merchant Tavern is rated 4.5 stars by 1262 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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