The Merchant Tavern

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CAN$30 and under
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Bistro
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  • Local Ingredients
  • Bar Seating
  • Fit for Foodies
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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IL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and awesome service!!

OT
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always the food was good. Live music is always a bonus. Server is friendly and helpful.

a
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant in St. John's with an interesting menu of food and drink. Very large setting. We could only get reservation at 5:30 (did it too late) and within 15 minutes, the place was starting to get very busy. By the time we left, after delicious meal and great service, it was jammed. Only objection was level of music, which we found too loud. Definitely go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food and atmosphere!

CO
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Made a reservation for Sunday brunch. When we arrived, there was a note on the door from the previous night saying that the restaurant's dinner service would be cancelled for that night because of a "system failure". The message contained no information/update for those customers arriving for brunch. NOR WERE WE NOTIFIED BY A PHONE CALL OR TEXT. My husband and I wasted the time getting there, and then were further inconvenienced by having to find another place to eat. This is not the way that a so-called high-end restaurant should operate - with no respect and appreciation for the valuable time of their customers, or in our case, EX-customers.

OT
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The red headed server was so positive. The food was amazing. Can’t wait to go back

C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Second visit for me. Definite must when travelling to St John's.

LC
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

We were late due to parking. I called ahead to let them know. It was our anniversary. They gave our table away. We showed up and couldn't stay. We were extremely disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was excellent but the noise
Level was a bit much

LW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the food. Server was great as well. Will definitely be back again

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited the Merchant Tavern for brunch. The overall experience was fantastic. The food with great as always👍

KP
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We go to brunch every 2 weeks at the Merchant, myself and my son, and it always makes our day extra special.

OT
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Bacon was thin and almost cold. Plate was filled with fries!
Buttermilk biscuits were a little soft in the middle.
Poached eggs were ordered medium to hard and the egg white was runny!
I have had better experiences at Merchant Tavern. This was not great.

NV
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It was a wonderful meal, our server was amazing! It isn't a restaurant with a quiet cozy feeling, but the atmosphere is fun and the service amazing

JR
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing meal as usual. The duck is superb. The staff know their wine pairings. Espresso was delightful. I'm always pleased with everything!

JD
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Had the chicken burger taste and spice level was very good but too much oil/grease the plate was covered in it after and the bottom bun was soggy other than that the experience was great server was friendly and prompt

MB
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food scene in St Johns as a whole is greatly under appreciated, at least as far as my experience goes. This restaurant in particular would be a destination in any major city.

AG
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved everything about this place. We named the moose head mounted at the entrance so when you go there for a meal--and you really should --say hello to Spencer.

KO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Service was a bit weird. Waitress was talking to every table around us about how busy and crazy the night was and it sort of makes you feel like you’re getting a lesser experience when it’s like that. Asked for our leftover food to be packed up and we never got it. Pasta took “al dente” to a new level - understanding that fresh pasta is meant to be served al dente, this was actually a bit undercooked.

RH
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Second time for dinner at The Merchant, and not disappointed with the food and ambiance.

What did disappoint slightly was the constant apologizing from the server for keeping us waiting on initial and refill drinks (it's like someone once told them to apologize to avoid any conflict, without telling them that too much is overkill and meaningless), and OH MY GOD STOP TAKING (EMPTY) PLATES FROM THE TABLE BEFORE THE WHOLE TABLE HAS FINISHED - such poor manners, making those still eating feel rushed!

These are the only negatives, and are hardly worthy of avoiding the place (and make me seem VERY picky) - great food (recommend the Steak Frites - juicy steak and INCREDIBLE fries!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Server continued to mess pup orders for food and drink. Waited for drink service a long time. Served food without cutlery and had to ask another server for cutlery. Food ordered was subpar. We expected far better from what we had heard about the place. Appetizers where okay. The pickled mussels would prob be the only positive experience out of this meal.

BH
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Took almost 20-25 minutes to get our drinks after ordering them 3 times. My pasta was good but my wife had the special (a hamburger) and it was over cooked and dry. When we got our meals we didn’t see our server again until we waved her down for our bill, which we had to ask for twice. The most attention we got from her was when she hovered as I was putting in the tip; although she was very friendly.

I would go there again to sit at the bar and have an appetizer and a drink but not again for a meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Food was cold and duck had raw fat, not cooked properly

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fresh, hot and delicious!

AG
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The best place to socialize friendly and super atmosphere.
Very recommendable

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Incredible food coming out of the kitchens and great cocktails. Classy joint.

f
Milwaukee
42 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate appetizers and had drinks and dessert. The drinks we’re tasty and actually mixed not poured out of a premix box. Loved dessert

ST
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent meal and service as usual. Relaxed atmosphere and staff very pleasant.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Efficient service, delicious food, great space and atmosphere.

C
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Bonne bouffe dans une belle ambiance! Service attentionné

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RW
Atlantic Canada
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good restaurant. It is always a must do when I am in town.
Great presentation, super flavours and excellent menu choices.

l
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Always enjoy eating at Merchant Tavern but this trip, the service could have been better. Did not get exactly what I ordered and had to ask for a coffee refill.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This is our "go to" when we have visitors in town and want to entertain or be entertained. The atmosphere is energetic and we like that diners are a varied range of ages. The food was fantastic the flavors were well balanced and everything was cooked to perfection. We shared the mussels to start, had the pork, steak and duck for mains. Everyone was very happy. Service is friendly and professional. A wonderful night out with a friend from overseas.

MA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I wish i could go back again and again so as to be able to try all the delicious sounding dishes😁 The Merchant is a good reason to come back to St. John's.

HH
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been there several times. Never been disappointed. Another great evening in all respects

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Food was a little salty but overall was a good experience

DH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The seafood soup was the best I’ve ever had. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

D
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Upscale modern restaurant, great bar and cocktails
The food beautifully presented and perfectly cooked

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The tetley cream we come for was very bad. Not at all the same as a few months before. And we had to order it on a not so tasty vinegar pie. My cod was good but quite salty. Server was overworked but she did a great job. Service is excellent, but food had something to be desired especially for the price

LM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Make sure to book a table in advance. We were happy to finally get a time to eat here during our stay in St Johns. The food was excellent. The appetizer fish taco was the best I ever had. Everything else we ordered was very good too but I will never forget that fish taco. Delicious.

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