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Merchants Cafe and Saloon

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Delicatessen
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109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104-3473
+1 206-467-5070
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Wenatchee, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed in the haunted hotel above the Merchants Cafe. It was a good experience. I swore that we had a night visitor at 2am in the kitchen. Lots of clanging going on. We enjoyed the stay.

Thank Donnie S
Vancouver, WA
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108 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very historic restaurant and bar in an excellent location on Pioneer Square. It is the oldest eating place in Seattle. Unfortunately, this gem is mismanaged. The menu is pathetic. We ordered meat loaf but they were "Out" so we ordered Salmon and they were "Out". Then we ordered Mac and Cheese and yes, you guessed it, they... More 

Thank mrob1515
Seattle, Washington, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Located in a cool old building, it's Seattle' oldest restaurant with an even better Underground Saloon. The food is good, but nothing special.

Thank Justin G
Avon, Connecticut
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148 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

It may have history and nostalgia but what it doesn't have is good food or service. The cheese curds were good but it went downhill from there. Clam chowder was bland, grilled cheese tasteless, Klondike Mac and cheese just plain gross. Service was beyond poor..there are way too many places in Seattle that deserve your money. Don't waste your time... More 

1 Thank travelgalAvon
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217 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

This is a very old bar / cafe / saloon - perhaps the oldest in Seattle - so there is a lot of history in the walls, although not a lot to call attention to it and not much in the way of modern atmosphere. I like to get a bourbon and read my book in the afternoon as there... More 

1 Thank Degan W
Seattle, Washington
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364 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is a good casual spot to grab a drink. It doesn't hurt that it's the oldest restaurant in Seattle either so a lot of history here, and they do a good job of making it look historic but not old and grimy. La Barra Fuerza Verde comes here before Sounders matches and give it an incredibly welcoming vibe.

1 Thank liquidmj
Everett, Washington
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Popped in for a quick burger before catching the ferry nearby. It seemed nice at first. Cozy and the saloon these is very appropriate and well done. But I overheard the bartender/server bragging about tricking tourists into paying more. And we as well as other guests got overcharged so read your bill/receipt. Furthermore, we had to go outside where the... More 

Thank makingrestorations
Bothell, Washington
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Went on my lunch hour to join my wife. The inside is cool, especially the bar. The young woman server was by herself being both bar tender and waiting tables. The restaurant wasn't particularly crowded, but it took a long to get waited on. Once the food came if was very tasty, no complaints about that. The server seemed easily... More 

Thank lsokanoff
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

We were actually staying in one of the suites above the cafe, so decided to eat there our first night. I had the salmon with spinach/kale and potatoes - for $14! Unreal! It was FABULOUS. Great service there from Alec - the bartender/jack of all trades. I did go into the ladies room, which is reported to have two child... More 

Thank Lynn R
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268 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2016

While this wasn't my favorite bar in Seattle, the Man Friend and I really enjoyed it. After we ducked out of our boring tour of the underground, we camped out here while he got some work done. The drinks weren't anything fancy but the bartender was a lot of fun. Definitely worth a stop for a drink.

Thank WineBooksWanderlust

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Pub, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Television, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104-3473
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 206-467-5070

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?