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The Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar excels in seafood and local favourites while offering a warm and inviting atmosphere. If it's oysters you're after, look no further - our raw bar has a wide selection of local oysters from Malpeque Bay to Colville Bay and everywhere in between. The next time you're looking for a great evening out, be sure to stop by the Merchantman! Hours Sunday- Wednesday 11-9pm (kitchen) 12am (bar) Thursday-Saturday 11-10pm (kitchen) 1am (bar)
PRICE RANGE
C$11 - C$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, Seafood, Canadian
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed December 6, 2023

Fourth stop on my taste test adventure. Second favorite. 4 stars Seated quickly for lunch at noon. They had about a dozen or so people dining. Seafood chowder: tasty, with nice olive oil on top…first time I used Tabasco. Lobster roll: packed with lobster. Some...mayo and veggies & spices mixed in but really good. Bread was grilled but most like a hotdog bunMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Guest Services Team, Other at Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2024

Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind words, we will make sure to pass them along to the rest of the team! We're so glad you enjoyed the service, food, and overall experience. We hope to see you again soon! Merchantman Guest Services

Reviewed November 11, 2023 via mobile

We had been here twice before. The service was great but the food was unremarkable. A bit of a disappointment this time. We will try again to see if there is a difference. It could have been a bad night.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 3, 2023

Thit s spot offers local PEI food. The fish and chips were excellent and the seafood chowder was pretty good, but not much fish/seafood in with the veggies. And the chowder comes with a chive "biscuit" but it was not full-sized, just a two-bite biscuit,...which was very disappointing. I like to think that any sea-faring sailor coming in for a hearty bowl of chowder would have liked a basket of biscuits, or at least a full-sized one! The beers were local and very good. The service was okay. One thing that is changing in today's food service is that we no longer use the term "guys" for everyone. It can lead to mis-gendering folks, and can be very insulting to those who identify as women. Instead, drop the gendered reference, and greet us with something like "hello folks!" and "what would you like to drink" and "You have a great evening" - no guys or other misgendering required. Other than that, it was a very good experience.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Guest Services Team, Other at Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2023

Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience, we always appreciate hearing from our guests! We are so sorry for the experience you had and we would love to talk with you further if you'd like to send us...More

Reviewed October 29, 2023

Arrived in Charlottetown on the MSC Meraviglia. Pre booked this restaurant before leaving Australia, which was a great idea, as we saw a few people turned away at lunch. Seems this restaurant is also very popular with the locals. Ally was our server, and her...service was excellent. Very prompt and the individual meals came out at a nice pace. I would certainly recommend the oysters, particularly the oysters with iced sorbet, the lobster roll was good, and the fish n chips were also very nice. Definitely worth a stop here, but I would book a table to avoid disappointment.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Guest Services Team, Other at Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2023

Hi there, Thank you so much for your kind words, we will make sure to pass them along to the rest of the team! We're so glad you enjoyed the service, food, atmosphere, and overall experience. We hope to see you again soon! Merchantman Guest...More

Reviewed October 15, 2023 via mobile

We went to this restaurant to catch up with family and we stood at the counter to be seated for 10 minutes and we were not attended to. I wonder if it is because we are colored! Felt pretty awful! This restaurant is not inclusive...and does not cater well to people of color it seems.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Guest Services Team, Other at Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2023

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate hearing from our guests as it allows us to continue to learn and improve. It certainly sounds like your experiences did not meet the premium standards we pride ourselves on and...More

Reviewed October 9, 2023 via mobile

When I first walked into this restaurant I lived it. The atmosphere , the decor, the staff were all impressive. This was the first time I had tried seafood Chowder and I absolutely loved it so whatever I try from now on has a lot...to live up to. The wait staff was very friendly and helpful and helped make a great night.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 30, 2023 via mobile

Fantastic atmosphere and food. The oysters are fantastic and my favourite both times I’ve been is the pork belly. The tuna poke bowl is a flavour explosion so if you like a lot of flavour that is yours for sure. It was just a little...too much for us but the contents of it were amazing. A lot of tuna so maybe ask for it to be light on the sauce. The wine was good, our server Cody was great and we will be back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 17, 2023

This restaurant is located in downtown Charlottetown. Decor is very nice and the service was very good. The smoked salmon naan and the Nashville chicken sandwich were very good. A good choice for dinner!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kiel Vessey, General Manager at Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2023

Hi Davigeta, Thank you so much for visiting! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the decor, location, and food, especially the smoked salmon naan and the chicken sandwich. We hope to see you again soon! Merchantman Guest Services

Reviewed September 9, 2023 via mobile

When we arrived at the restaurant, it was about 30% full at 7:00pm and we were told there were no tables available but we could try their patio around the corner. We didn’t have a reservation, so OK, we went to the patio. Once there,...we were greeted and sat. Again, it was not busy. The serving staff completely ignored us for 15 minutes, and when my wife confronted one of the servers, they asked where we were sitting (hint…..right in front of them!). We left. Wish I could tell you if the food was any good, be the treatment was so bad, we didn’t want to stay. Do better!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed August 29, 2023 via mobile

I eat gluten free and found lots of great choices. The surf and turf appetizer was amazing. We enjoyed the large serving of seafood chowder very much. Probably the best seafood chowder on the island. As I could not have the biscuit that came with...the chowder, I ordered the whipped feta that was served with a gluten free bun. Yum.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kiel Vessey, General Manager at Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2023

Hi there, Thank you so much for leaving us a review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the gluten-free choices including the appetizers, seafood chowder, and whipped feta. We hope to see you again soon! Merchantman Guest Services

Reviewed August 24, 2023

The main Merchantman Restaurant had a big wait as we did not have a reservation so we went around the back to Next Door which is their partner outdoor restaurant space which has the same menu. A casual area for dining with live music. We...both had lobster rolls one with salad and one with fries both were amazing. Lots of fresh lobster. Might try to get here again and try lunch during our stay.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 21, 2023

Despite the good food the dinner was rushed. Not only our meal but other we noticed had their main meals served before we had finished our appetizer of half a dozen oysters. When I complained I was told that the kitchen was separate from the...section doing the oysters and couldn’t get the timing right!!! Well you would think after being in business and specializing in oysters - which were excellent - there would be coordination between the various parts of the restaurant. This was upsetting and not the right way to enjoy an expensive meal.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 16, 2023

We were seated on the patio and received drinks fairly promptly. It took a bit long for the appetizer. We have been waiting over an hour for simple spinach salads and fish tacos. The server was inattentive and unapologetic for the delay.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 16, 2023 via mobile

We've been sitting here an hour and have yet to receive our entrees! The server was less than apologetic! We'll hope the food comes soon and lives up to expectations!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed August 11, 2023 via mobile

10/10 recommend. I’m so glad we stopped in for lunch, maybe the best tuna poke bowl I’ve ever had. Flavours were distinct and perfectly balanced. Everyone at the table raved, and those who did not have the Poké bowl also loved their meals. The only...suggestion I would have is that they would have chopsticks available.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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I did not have fries so I cannot make a comment. I would go back to this restaurant again
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Merchantman Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4