The Merchant Tavern

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839 reviews
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Bistro
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Good for a Date
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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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1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Merchant is one of my favourite restaurants, always amazing. But tonight was not a good experience. Extremely slow service for drinks and food.

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D
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Worth the trip if you’re in or near Saint John’s!
Fresh, unique flavour combos. Had the Fish & Chips and Montreal Smoked Meat.

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RP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had trouble finding the The Merchant Tavern (city map had the incorrect location), and although we were nearly 30 minutes later than our reservation time, the staff went out of their way to find us a table in a crowded restaurant. We both had Pork Tenderloin and it was delicious. The server was also excellent. Great experience. I would highly recommend the restaurant.

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food and service as always!

Noisy but in a good way so wouldn’t recommend for a for al business dinner.

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EA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The staff were wonderful and accommodated my request for a table, not a high chair. The food was very good. I was there early in the evening and it was getting very hectic and noisy. A great place to meet friends; not a good place if you want to have a quiet conversation. But I would most definitely go back — just early!

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

This restaurant is overpriced. When I asked for some bread for the table, it appeared on our bill as a $4.00 charge. A small Caesar salad is $17.00. A burger with fries is $25.00. When I asked for a refill on my coffee, J wasn’t told their would be a charge. Usually you can have a second cup at no charge, but no, my 2 coffee cost $8.00. If you are paying top prices for your food you should at least be given a little bread and a second coffee at no extra charge. Our server was very nice, and the food was well prepared and tasty but those little things are a big turnoff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friends birthday

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MC
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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B
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We switch dinner locations for that evening that afternoon upon a referral from a local of St John's. Funky and cool place. Very busy and lots to look at. Kitchen is an open space so cooks and servers everywhere. We ordered the lane and mix seafood dishes. It was slow, about 45 min to come. Other then that everything was wonderful.

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MZ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. Server explained the local food and helped us with the local ale choice.

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KP
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our experience at The Merchant. Will definitely be back again soon for another awesome meal!

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AW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was very good. The chicken sandwich was amazing.
The french fries and gravy were perfect.
The music was way too loud. We asked our sever if it could be turned down but it never was turned down. With the number of people there was alot of talking noise but the music on top of that made it hard to hear each other.
While the service was good our server was rushed off her feet and see forgot to bring my friends win and I couldnt get her attention to get more tartar sauce.
I would definitely recommend the food tho $109 for lunch for 3 people, with no alcohol, it was very expensive.

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MD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Our waitress was very pleasant and helpful assisting us to make our menu selections. We loved the ambiance despite a somewhat noisy environment because of the full house, high ceiling and hard surfaces. We enjoyed the fish soup, fish taco, linguine and rhubarb custard tart.

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OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was excellent, the service was friendly and professional.

We found The Merchant Tavern a refreshing surprise and we intend to return. I must try the vinegar pie.

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JC
Atlantic Canada
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing brunch and atmosphere.

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MQ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Excellent food if you don’t mind waiting for it. Service for entree was especially slow. Don’t go if you’re in a rush.

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JH
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

After reading an article in a magazine on this restaurant I thought we would check it out. Truly disappointed by it. The food was very lack lustre in taste, prep and overall execution. There was literally a bunch of chopped garlic that looked thrown in to the dish but wasn’t stirred in. For the price points being charged would I wouldn’t recommend. I expect much more when paying 150$ for dinner for two. St John’s has much better options.

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RC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was remarkable, delicious and nice sized portions. Service was also really good

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was our second time eating at Merchant Tavern and it has yet to disappoint. The food is fantastic and you can never go wrong with any of their pasta dishes. Servers are quick, friendly and attentive. We will be back!

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MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The appetizers we ordered were great (oysters and beef tartar), but the main dish (fish and chips) had a lot to improve. The fries were almost cold, and the fish was missing salt.

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TB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The casual atmosphere and professional staff make The Merchant Tavern my favourite place to take visitors to St. John's. The food is delectable, the wine list has something for every palate, and meals never feel rushed even when the room is full and bustling. I recommend it to anyone who asks where to eat downtown!

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JK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really good experience. Food was pleasing, not outstanding but very good.

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SK
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great dining experience! Only negative is that this restaurant is very loud.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience was great with the exception of the food being a little salty.

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TB
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

I thought it odd that the water glasses were small. Water given was lukewarm and we had to ask for ice. Server game with a small glass of ice. When I ordered ice tea given a slim glass with ice. So basically if you buy a beverage you get ice. It was Thursday lunch time - surely everyone an be given a big glass of ice water.

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

As a frequent traveler in the travel and hospitality industry, I look for interesting places with friendly staff and great cuisine with ingredients that are sourced locally that showcase local flavours. I chose the Merchant Tavern for this reason and I had dinner guests. The place was bustling with patrons but upon arrival, I looked forward to being seated in the ‘Vault’ (aptly named as the building was a bank before being converted into a restaurant) and the restaurant called me ahead of time to ask if I’d be ok with it, Loved it as it provided us the privacy to chat audibly with attentive service.

Try the chef’s recommendations, the local mussels and any dessert with Newfoundland berries (or Patridge berries). Exquisite!

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OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My husband’s birthday. It was lovely, but he is a meat and potatoes man, so he felt there wasn’t enough on his plate.

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SM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

I was expecting more from the food and the service, expected from the wine specialist who was on point. My dish was too salty and the server didn’t really pay attention to my boyfriend and I even if the restaurant wasn’t very busy.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food and great service. There’s something on the menu for everyone but the specials really are - especially the fresh seafood. A bit noisy bit lively and fun

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KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service; unique dining experience and the food was amazing

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OT
Ottawa
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What an absolutely fantastic experience! The food was simply delicious, the cocktails and wine matched beautifully, the service was professional and friendly, and we’re definitely going to visit again...next time for brunch! Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner!!

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OT
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another fantastic meal at the Merchant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The server was rude and pushy. Reminded us three times that we needed to leave by 8pm for the next reservation. We felt rushed and our business was unwanted. $350 meal deserves better service. We did not have dessert or after drinks .. time was up.
We had a 5:45 reservation and waited a long time to get our appetizers.
It was embarrassing to take my visiting family from Ontario to experience this .

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OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Scotch egg wrapped in crab cake was beautifully done.

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OT
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Late Mother’s Day brunch. Eggs Benedict were INCREDIBLE. Servers were fabulous. We will be back

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KS
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for an early dinner, I can not recommend this place enough! We started with the beef tartare, it was amazing. I had the pork, it was cooked perfectly and the sides complemented the meat perfectly. The price was fair for the quality of the meal. It is a must when in St John’s!

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CF
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Nice Mother’s Day brunch but need to consider more options for children, especially on these types of special occasions. My meal was delicious but the kids don’t enjoy anything too fancy..Server was fabulous!

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LA
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We got there at opening and got a perfect table with outdoor and kitchen view. Love the open concept kitchen. The food was spot on and all the plates looked amazing.

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B
Atlantic Canada
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not disappointed! Bring the sister restaurant to Raymonds I had high expectations that were fully met ! Great food and service, a bit noisy when the place is full but to be expected . A sure bet!

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AP
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Other reviews were mixed but we were willing to give it a go, as “overly spicy” and “too salty” can be subjective.

The evening started fine with tasty appetizers and great drinks. The mains were a little too salty (the chef should likely take that feedback as it’s mentioned on Yelp, Trip Advisor, etc).

It went downhill when my lobster meal was very over cooked and rubbery (at the table we agreed the other one was fine). I expressed this to the server and he took the meal away.

At bill time, I was charged $46 for the meal the server took away! After discussion with the waiter (and there was no management on site at 10:00 pm) he discounted the meal so I paid $23 for a meal that he agreed “was untouched” (it was indeed “touched” as I tasted it to discover the lobster was over cooked).

There are other spots in town - Fish Exchange, Exile and great little spots along Water Street.

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