The Merchant Tavern

4.5
747 reviews
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Bistro
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
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.
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Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Craig was awesome. Will ask to be seated in his area section in May when we come back.

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DD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food was excellent! Delicious. Music bit too loud. Highly recommend

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AT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was amazing... I can’t say enough good things about it or the atmosphere. However, the service left a lot to be desired... which distracted from our experience. We waited for an extremely long time between our plates being cleared and the waitress checking back on us. Once she returned we opted to ask for the bill instead of investing more time in dessert and more drinks as we originally planned.

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Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and knowledgeable server. A great brunch!

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SB
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Spent $125 for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 10. My husband and I ordered eggs Benedict. We ordered our eggs medium, since last time we ordered them the eggs were practically rare. This time our eggs were over cooked. When paying over $100 for eggs and coffee I would expect that they are prepared properly. The waitress never asked us how our meal was. When she first saw us sitting st our table she mouthed “oh my god”. She has served us before, but I’m not sure why she said this. It was uncomfortable. We are regular customers, but our last few experiences have been underwhelming.

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CM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience was good - we had fun! But our food was really disappointing.

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious brunch. My partner had the Eggs Benny (really good) and I had the Chicken and Waffles special (also really good). Our reservation was at 10:30, when it opens. Great timing to beat the rush and have first grabs at everything.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

The food was amazing. Wait times weren’t bad. Service wasn’t overly friendly from the waitress- I requested a table change which I felt wasn’t appreciated. The tables themselves are tiny. The cooking staff didn’t appear to be wearing any hair or beard nets (as most of the chefs were bearded). The menu online wasn’t the same as in restaurant. Although I really enjoyed the food, I probably won’t return anytime soon.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal. Fabulous atmosphere.

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. The portions are fair for cost.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food, wine & service. Always enjoyable.

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HR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome service! Food was absolutely delicious! Can’t wait to go again!

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MP
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great vibe. Fabulous servers. Reasonably priced. Spicy Caesar is a great brunch beverage.

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NC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I had the eggs benedict and it was delicious. My husband had the Newfoundland breakfast but didn't enjoy it as much. The beef sausage was more of a pudding and the fish cake didn't seem to contain much fish. He wanted to substitute the touton for toast but was told he had to add the toast instead which, of course, meant an extra cost. The price of his breakfast seemed a bit overpriced whereas the other features seemed reasonable - $28.00 is a bit expensive for breakfast. We've gone to other restaurants and received the same for roughly $15-$20.

Overall, I would return and order the eggs benedict again but my husband would definitely pass.

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall it was a fabulous evening. the food was awesome and the service was great.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Alex, was extremely professional! The food was amazing (as always)! Would definitely recommend their Burger Battle entry!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great experience and amazing food! Can’t wait to return !

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KP
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yes - and I do all the time! Food is always amazing and the menu additions are always so creative.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service was excellent

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, great ambience. A little pricey, but probably worth the price.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome
Great meal and service

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MP
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place to meet up with friends for fab locally sourced food and interesting cocktails (or just good wine) in upbeat surroundings with staff that are clearly chosen for their interpersonal skills (and collegiality with their coworkers....I like watching how well they interact with one another - the recipe works! It gives the place an overall positive vibe.)

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KI
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

During our visit to your restaurant i will say that the staff were amazing, really friendly, knowledgeable and they strive to make your experience good. However, there were some issues i did find upon our first visit at this location:
1. We found this restaurant very noisy and loud, it was very hard to have a conversation with my date, as it almost felt as if you were yelling at each other.
2. I found all the food to be extremely salty, i do not know if this is by design, however it was a turn off. We have two appetizers, and two mains and deserts, and all of them were very salty. Some of which could not be finished due to high salt taste.
3. The cost is very high for what we did receive. I have found that other locations around the city, offer the same quality of food, at a fraction of the cost.
4. The tables for two are two small or your serving dishes are too large. I found our table was overcome with dishes, with no room to enjoy the meal. I felt as with every movement something was going to fall off of the table, and it was very awkward to eat, having no room. I would either increase the table size, or make the serving dishes smaller.

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CJ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always pleased with our meal at Merchant!! Delicious and fun place!

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LL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 1

The seating is too close together. It was like dining with people you don’t know. The food was okay. We had heard a lot of good things about this place. We were disappointed. Apart from the good, the service was excellent.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Brunch my first time being there and was blown away with how amazing it all was. Great food, great service and a great atmosphere!

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PH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a family brunch and the food was excellent. The kids really enjoyed the pancake stack and hash browns and both the Eggs Benedict and Chicken and waffles were superb.

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p
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely love the brunch at Merchant Tavern. The biscuits were superb and I love the addition of oatmeal to the brunch menu!

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EB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had a delicious squash sauce pasta with seafood soup. Also enjoyed a wonderful French wine😊

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CC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A group of five of us dined here on New Years Eve. Food was fabulous. Service super attentive. Affordable, and so much more. Highly recommend.

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SP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always incredible, the design, ambience and most of all the food is out of this world.

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e
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were absolutely blown away by the food. The “From Eden” cocktail was just fabulous, as were the mussels, the burger, the duck...and the madeleines were mind-boggling. Just wow.

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FB
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Service on this particular Saturday was extremely slow; definable not their usual. Just the two of us but wine at table about 15 min after order and my beer was another 5 minutes late. The crispy chicken burger was overcooked and in fact “burned to a crisp” on one side yet the fries were cold. Way below usual level of service. Will go again as it has been much better than this on many previous occasions. This visit was definitely a miss.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Very poor fish and chips. Reheated and burnt. Tartar sauce badly spiced

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MA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was above and beyond. Food was excellent!!!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Evening meal with work colleagues. Great food and service in a lovely downtown setting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food and cocktails were amazing as always. Loved the new squash vegetarian addition!

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T
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a meal there Saturday night past, the food was excellent, the atmosphere was lively, and the service was great! We shared the mussels and fries for an appetizer, then both had the scallops special for entrees, and a chocolate dessert. It was the perfect amount of food, and everything tasted exceptionally good. It's a treat to be able to watch the hustle and bustle of the open kitchen while you eat, and I love the central bar as well. It's always a great experience and a treat to dine at Merchant.

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V
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

There was no gluten free options, did not have potato or rice as a side option. Prices were high and I had to make a reservation. Then left without ordering anything. I was disappointed!

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AW
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent time and excellent service !!!
We had a group sitting and had the best time ! 2 weeks in a row

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