The Merchant Tavern

The Merchant Tavern, St. John's 291 Water St - St. John's

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• Seafood
• Canadian

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Last update on 07/06/2023
4,0
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Last update on 09/08/2023
4,0
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Last update on 12/01/2024
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Last update on 09/08/2023
4,0
344 Reviews

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Last update on 05/08/2020
4,0
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Last update on 31/03/2021
3,5
4 Reviews

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Lori Power
+5
Another incredible meal last night. I had oysters, cod special ( melt in your mouth and pork belly and peas pudding flavour was incredible), and vinegar pie,with teltley tea ice cream.....yum! Every bite was delicious. Was with party of 7 and there wasn’t a bit left on any plate. Incredible service to top it off. Very knowledgeable about everything on the menu.
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Denise Paré-Watson
+5
We had an amazing experience at The Merchant Tavern. It was recommended to us by a culinary chef and friend, Simon Dunn. Despite the tourist map having an incorrect address, we persisted and found it and we are so glad that we did! We spent a few hours mid afternoon sitting At the bar with the attentive young lads Jeremy and Jake entertaining us. And, what a kitchen! As a chef, it was a joy for me to watch the staff in the open kitchen prep for the evening service. They flowed like music as they efficiently went about their mise-en-place tasks. The charcuterie platter with in-house mustard, pickles and pate was excellent, as was the honey lime wings that we tried. The local beer was outstanding! I would highly recommend The Merchant Tavern.
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Nik Shenoy
+4
Solid restaurant with a good tasting menu. Could improve with some slightly more experienced staff, but they were able to maintain the atmosphere. The sommelier made some good pairings, and the food was generally well prepared and tasty. Would have liked some non-menu surprises. The carrot cake was great.
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Deep Puri
+5
This was the 1st place we visited in St. Johns, turns out it was one of the best. The snow crab was the best I've ever had ! Fantastic, friendly service! Great food and ambiance.
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Isobel Gale
+5
The food was amazing and there was such a wide variety, from steak to pasta to crab. The overall restaurant had a lovely ambience. I ordered the spaghetti carbonara and it was extremely delicious, with lots of cheese, creaminess and flavor. The Artic Char was incredibly delicious and tasted almost like salmon. Overall, a great option for a night out!
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Mateo Botero
+5
Surely it was luck, but we share the restaurant with a Prime Minister, a rock star, and a billionaire!! Not bad 😉 The food was fine, but the atmosphere and the service are the big points of this place. No doubts.
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Nadine Lovell
+5
This was our first time visiting Merchant Tavern but it definitely won’t be our last! The service was great and I loved the atmosphere, we especially enjoyed the open kitchen! The food was amazing, 10/10! We had the mussels as an appetizer, and had scallop risotto and steak frites as our mains.. they were all delicious!
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Chris QN
+5
This place is AMAZING! After having been here twice now I can say this is my current favorite restaurant in St. John's and my family agreed. The pictures are from my most recent time there. Halibut on a bed of potato puree, lobster linguine, and my dish which was the carbonara. Now - I've had a lot of carbonara in my life that includes having had it in Italy and also making it myself. This was a fantastic pasta dish from this restaurant. As you can see, it is clearly not a traditional Italian carbonara which is traditionally just parmesan and/or pecorino, guanciale (Italian pancetta), pasta water, and egg yolk. However, I actually enjoyed this just as much if not more (in some ways) than times I have had traditional carbonara, including in Italy. The other guests with me agreed that this was their favorite meal from our many outings in St. John's. We had a shrimp ceviche for our appetizer - it was great. Large fresh shrimp and brilliantly balanced citrus notes. Our dessert was a creme brulee - probbaly one of my top creme brulee dishes. The atmosphere is also really great here - it is industrial but cozy. We really enjoyed that the kitchen and prep areas were fully open so we spent lots of time watching the cooks work. Our server was friendly and professional. All around a great experience and one that I highly recommend. Update: went again and it was another amazing experience. I had a rack of lamb and it was the best lamb Iv ever had. The sauce was a great combination of umami and sweet - I dislike when it's JUST sweet so this was great. The best! Pic attached.
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John Geha
+5
I wish there were 10 stars...Absolutely one of the finest meals we have had! Flavor/Savoury, Service, Ambiance, Experience...all 10 stars! This is a must visit in St. John's NF. Mussels, Oysters, Artic Char, roasted peaches with diplomat cream and a wonderful surprise from Brad a fabulous Creme Brulee!! Everything excellent! Thank you Brad!
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Peggy
+5
Had supper at the Merch yesterday - first time in a while. Happy to say I think it's still the best restaurant in town. Love the atmosphere, great food and perfect service yesterday - friendly, professional, attentive, but not stuffy in any way. Also - the best pasta dishes in the city.
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Pat Lam
+5
Meal was phenomenal. Perfect seasoning and serving size. Wasn’t as busy as I expected so not sure why it was so hard to get a reservation, but glad we got in. A must stop every time I’m in St.John’s!! So good are here twice in a row!
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Katherine Neil
+5
Absolutely gorgeous place. Servers are knowledgeable and passionate. The food and cocktails were excellent, and I had the best cup of Darjeeling I've had in years. I'll definitely be back to sample more of the menu. They aren't the cheapest but the quality is well with it. Fantastic spot.

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Now Open
Monday:
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday:
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday:
05:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday:
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday:
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday:
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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