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The Merchant Tavern

4.4
4.4
1460 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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Seafood, Contemporary Canadian

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (709) 722-5050

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jeremy Charles

  • Private party facilities

    Weddings, large scale corporate functions, to wedding dinners, private parties.Contact our events manager Sarah Wong for further information swong@themerchanttavern.ca

  • Private party contact

    Steve Doussis : (709) 722-5050

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Cross Street

    Beck's Cove

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking lot on Harbour Drive

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,460 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Overall

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Food

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Ambience

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Value

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Fit for Foodies

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Healthy

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot Spot

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Lunch

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Romance

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Special Occasion

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Bhb92

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb exper
  2. CS

    ChristieS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    My three companions enjoyed their meals but mine was mediocre at best (beef ragu). The service was unacceptably slow. We waited more than an hour to receive any food. I would be hard pressed to recommend this restaurant.
  3. m

    michaeld

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great restaurant overall. Good drinks. Good vibe.
  4. LV

    LucV

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our dinner at The Merchant Tavern ! We both had cod as the main course which was very fresh and cooked perfectly. We were amazed to see how it was served, on top of white beans, chorizo bits and pieces and a mirepoix in a similar fashion as a cassoulet. Very original ! Service was also excellent. Longue vie à votre restaurant! Merci pour le bel accueil ! Vacationers from Montreal Québec, Louise & Luc Reference : Short documentary in French
  5. AP

    AtlanticPickem

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience5
    The issue that we experienced was that the food was not cooked. The majority of the mussels were not open, fries were cool, the sandwich was average at best and it took over an hour for food to arrive. As well the reservation that I made over 6 weeks ago was not what we expected. When we arrived promptly at our reservation time the table was given to a walk in group just ahead of us. Had this been our first visit we would not be back. We had said The Merchant was not to be missed to our friends visiting from out of town. The waitress while apologetic was only waiting for us to leave. We were not pleased.
  6. JE

    JoyE

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience.
  7. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Smash burger was AMAZING! So was the creme brûlée- best I ever had. Five stars! This time the music was turned down so lunch conversation was easy. Great service, excellent food!
  8. LM

    LMarieT

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    We ordered the Arugula Caesar Salad (amazing), and the Smash Burger with fries (burger was great, sadly the fries were cold). Service at the Merchant should improve greatly, both our server and bartender simply seemed like they did not want to be at work, nor did they want to running food or drinks to guests.
  9. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Always an amazing time at the merchant. The server was not as on the go as our previous servers…
  10. SM

    SusanM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent, food was delicious and service was great - except the music was far too loud for a business lunch. (hard to hear your lunch mate across even a small table).
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Service was really slow. We were there for almost 3 hours mostly just waiting on the food. Each person at table only had one cocktail so we weren’t hanging around to drink. Strange situation happened when we asked for the mussels that were supposed to come with our seafood platter. Server said they just don’t have any mussels in the building but we were finished our meal when we inquired about it. She then asked if we wanted a tartare to replace it but at that point meal was finished and we had been waiting quite a while for her to even come to our table. In the future I would recommend if the menu item does not come with something that is listed, it should be stated when being ordered and offer a replacement at that time. I would return and give it another chance though as I was looking forward to finally checking out this restaurant, I believe it was just an isolated incident.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are first-time visitors to Newfoundland. My husband was eager to try oysters, but when we arrived at the restaurant, we realized that they were only on the evening menu. The kitchen was unbelievably accommodating and made an exception for us (and the oysters were fabulous). I had the fish cake, and it was the best yet. Everyone else raves about their meals as well. We will certainly spread the word back in Ontario, and we look forward to returning to Newfoundland and The Merchant Tavern.
  13. ET

    EmmaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful place, our service was great and we enjoyed a peaceful, delicious brunch!
  14. CC

    ChrisC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining/supper meeting experience. awesome service, great food. and love the atmosphere & energy at MT!
  15. GR

    GeoffR

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service was fantastic
  16. D

    Dgreen

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Great food. Good atmosphere.. Waiter could have been a bit more attentive, but overall great dining experience.
  17. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Worst experience here ever. Very slow service. Started with the charcuterie board which turned out to be dreadful. We flagged the issue with the server who only then, after almost a half hour, noticed the Board was missing a number of items that were supposed to have been included. We expected better for Merchant. Paid our bill and left.
  18. NG

    NadiaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was great! Good place🤩 The lamb was excellent. Greats cocktails. The service was very good
  19. N

    Nick

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Menu has changed and not diverse enough. Used to be our go to restaurant but I think we will move along. The pricing is high for the meal we had. Although the meal was tasty and the service was great, we missed seeing our favourite dishes
  20. MI

    MarkI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice Restaurant. I had the steak tartare. It was outstanding. I also had the steak and frites. The steak was awesome. The mound of frites was a little overwhelming. Would recommend adding a vegetable to the dish and a more modest portion of fries. My wife had a pasta dish that was outstanding as was the pound cake we shared. Great service and nice atmosphere. Would recommend.
  21. GB

    GabrielleB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Bons plats mais un peu déçu car j'avais de très hautes attentes. Le service était impeccable, l'entrée de thon était excellente malgré la petite portion et l'assiette de poulet de mon conjoint était bien équilibré au niveau des saveurs. Par contre, mon plat de pâtes manquait de cuisson( plus que al dente). Nous avons eu dans l'ensemble une bonne expérience mais malheureusement, mon coup de coeur culinaire va au restaurant café Terre. Le menu y était plus créatif, plus raffiner et tout simplement exquis.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  23. RD

    RebeccaD

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful and met all expectations. Our server was helpful and friendly. Food was phenomenal and we enjoyed sharing our dishes amongst our party of three. Thank- you!
  24. LG

    LesleyG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I was visiting from New York and would rate Merchant Tavern right along with some of my favorites there. I love this type of decor and the high industrial ceiling is especially well done. Our party of four, with three locals, greatly enjoyed all the food, each of us making a different choice of entree by personal choice, not design. I would have preferred the cod but switched to chicken as the best combination as sadly I wasn’t in the least bit enthusiastic about the vegetable accompaniment to the cod. This was my only disappointment but the chicken was great. The others all enjoyed their lamb, cod and sundried tomato pasta. The beet salad was wonderful, as were the desserts, cocktails and cappuccinos. The service was top notch.
  25. KC

    KeithC

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    TMT is our go to restaurant for special and not special occasions!
  26. CE

    CoryE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely a gem in St. John’s! Delicious and always worth the visit
  27. B

    Brilor

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our evening at the Merchant Tavern. My husband loved his fresh oysters. I had a strawberry daiquiri that was a nice summery drink, in fact I had two! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We had to wait quite awhile for our drinks. The desserts we had were absolutely delicious - a strawberry panacotte and a chocolate mousse with blueberries. Both were to die for!!!
  28. ER

    ERDNYC

    New Orleans

    37 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience5
    Food had to be sent back the fish cake was not well Done and raw The cheese and bacon scone was fluffy and nice the strawberry wa inedible Everyone tries hard. Yet the food and the service could improved
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We arrived at 1150 for brunch. Group of 8. Took 15 minutes just to get coffee. It took an hour to get our food. The last plate was and extra 7-8 minutes later. Probably won’t go back anytime soon. The place had lots of staff and it was only 30-40 % full. Not a great experience:(
  30. MI

    MICHELLES

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Saturday brunch….limited menu, very few patrons but service extremely slow, one meal finally arrived cold, very loud rock music blasting…table beside us left without ordering. Had dinner there which was much better
  31. LD

    LoveDiningNL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I usually love the merchant but this was a bad experience. The taco birria had no flavour and no accompanying presentation, the drinks came after the meal and the coffees came after the dessert. We had to ask for everything, including cutlery and water.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Katie, our server was pleasant but not an engaging person. She did a satisfactory job but not what is expected at Merchant Tavern. She didn’t seem to be very pleased to be working. My friend had a pasta dish which was amazing!!! I had the smash burger and was disappointed. I wasn’t really thinking about my selection as I have often enjoyed the burger at the Merchant Tavern in the past. I didn’t realize that it wasn’t the same as the original burger. It was absolutely nothing special.
  33. RD

    RogerD

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The fresh seafood was delicious, the staff very good and we had a great dining experience.
  34. AB

    AnoukB

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    De passage à St.John, nous avions entendu parler du restaurant par Martin Picard, chef québécois. Nous n’avons pas été déçus.
  35. AB

    AndrewB

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Eggs were cooked incorrectly twice for one that came. Otherwise food was excellent.
  36. R

    Rico

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had lunch there one day and brunch two days letter. Service is excellent and the food is delicious. Would have like to do dinner there, but pretty well booked for dinner. Could get a table at 4pm or 9pm most days. Too early or too late for us. Rule - book well ahead. Their smashburger is one of the best burgers I have had anywhere.
  37. d

    dgillard709

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great drinks and great food, would definitely recommend the beef tartare.
  38. R

    Rico

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good and staff were great. Very attentive.
  39. s

    stephenj

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun place with high energy and great food. Good people watching.
  40. G

    Geocore

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good as always, ambiance also. Service was a bit off. Maybe it was just a busy night, but I swear all the staff would smile when they came up to speak to you, but there smiles fell off their faces as soon as they took half a step away. Not convincing but seemed to me the staff in general were not enjoying their evening, it kind of takes away from the mood.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

The Merchant Tavern is rated 4.4 stars by 1460 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 25 times today
Google Map for The Merchant Tavern

291 Water Street, St. John's, NL A1C 5C2

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Beck's Cove

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Seafood, Contemporary Canadian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking lot on Harbour Drive

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jeremy Charles

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (709) 722-5050

  • Private party facilities

    Weddings, large scale corporate functions, to wedding dinners, private parties.Contact our events manager Sarah Wong for further information swong@themerchanttavern.ca

  • Private party contact

    Steve Doussis : (709) 722-5050

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