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The Merchant Tavern

291 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1B9, Canada
+1 709-722-5050
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good26%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
291 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1B9, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As soon as you walk in you immediately take in the ambiance of an open space chock full of activity and organized chaos! The restaurant is inside an old bank building, high ceiling and open spaces. The kitchen is at the back open for all...More

1  Thank Smoltman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This a great spot to have a few drinks or stay for the evening. Interesting and varied menu. Easy parking in front of the restaurant or on Water Street. This restaurant appears to source most of ingredients locally as we witnessed beautiful root vegetables delivered....More

1  Thank chloe070
Reviewed October 10, 2018

Wonderful food. Fresh and local. Innovative preparations. Knowledgeable service, with a story about every dish. Good selection of local beer on tap. The oysters were magnificent - from Bay of Fundy and PEI. The cod soup was excellent, as was the cod preparation entree. Vinegar...More

1  Thank EagleEyeBoston
Reviewed October 3, 2018

This is run by the same people who do Raymond's and it's delicious. The food is very tasty and unique. The atmosphere is nice, not too fancy and it's in an old bank so it's got a cool vault you can eat in. Try the...More

1  Thank Nipun G
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We had a lovely lunch at Merchant Tavern before leaving St. John's to fly home. I started with their special Caesar (complete with a raw oyster - almost a meal in itself!), then the daily special of pan roasted halibut with squash and Brussels sprouts,...More

1  Thank SBJEinToronto
Reviewed September 29, 2018 via mobile

Had the duck breast and chocolate cheesecake for desert. It was absolutely amazing! Would highly recommend.

1  Thank Amy D
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Went to The Mechant after hearing other travellers talk about how good it was. Great looking room with a large u-shaped bar with high top stools around the bar, open kitchen and a raw bar. Didn’t have a booking and had to sit at the...More

1  Thank Canucks-down-under
Reviewed September 17, 2018

Dined yesterday for brunch left my breakfast burger in pieces on the plate, server didn't ask if it was ok or not. The sausage was so salty I figure I won't need sodium for weeks! The last time I was there was for dinner which...More

Thank Rhonda C
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

We came here,as it was recommended by locals. The pub had a nice decor and vibe.Service was attentive. Would go back.

1  Thank Landrys05
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Lively restaurant with personable staff. Great selection of upscale pub food. Deserts are decadent. Always leave satisfied.

1  Thank MaxwellWade
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 291 Water St, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1C 1B9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Newfoundland and Labrador  >  Newfoundland  >  St. John's
  • Phone Number: +1 709-722-5050
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