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Merchants Oyster Bar

$$$$
Seafood, Spanish, Tapas
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1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y2, Canada (Graveley)
Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
604-258-0005
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10:30 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 10:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Interesting and fun

The menu is small and consists of small plates. Each dish was innovative, well-presented, and made with high-quality ingredients. They focus on locally-sourced and organic food. I particularly enjoyed the potatoes with a 63-degree egg and local crab. They also had a few cocktails I have not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
sfs1966
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The menu is small and consists of small plates. Each dish was innovative, well-presented, and made with high-quality ingredients. They focus on locally-sourced and organic food. I particularly enjoyed the potatoes with a 63-degree egg and local crab. They also had a few cocktails I have not seen before. The kitchen was a bit slow, but the server was efficient... More 

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Coquitlam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I was at Merchants Oyster Bar with my wife and daughter. This is the first time as I had a craving for fresh oysters. Hence we chose this restaurant to try. Service was great! set down and made our order. It just happened that happy hour starts between 5 - 6pm and we were there at 5:15. I was happily... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

My out of town guest & I ordered Caprese Salads, advertised with 'heirloom tomatoes'. I asked the waitress if the tomatoes were good and she described the 'heirloom' tomatoes as delicious. We waited a long time for our orders. Once they arrived, we were shocked at what was presented. NO 'heirloom tomatoes, replaced with 4 yellow & red cherry tomatoes,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Worst $150 I have ever spent. Oysters were not detached from their shell and the shuck took 45 minutes for a dozen. The steak was chewy, dry, and cold at $25. Overall the serves was slow and smiless.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The Oyster Bar just started serving brunch I heard. It was quiet during our visit, which was nice, but most importantly, excellent Egg Bennies. The 4 of us all had a different one and we all agreed it was great. I had the Lobster Bennie for $14... Told our server, they should up the price as it was a good... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We went to Merchants for the first time last night. They were doing one of their monthly special suppers with drink parings to honour their sous chef who is leaving. The sous chef had designed and executed a super interesting and delicious twelve-course meal. Our servers, the kitchen staff, the owner and our fellow eaters all had a great time... More 

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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Craving oysters and they hit the mark. Great food great service and very gluten free friendly. Highly recommend. Our server was friendly and understood gluten free. Will come back for sure. Yes the portions aren't huge but that was a plus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I brought my gf here for her bday dinner as she loves oysters and truffles and we weren't disappointed. We started with oysters which were plump and juicy.The chef then came out to greet us and wish her happy bday and recommend a few things. They had fresh white truffle so we opted for that with beef tartar. The pork... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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66 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were all very impressed with the food. Everything tasted exquisite. However, we left and went straight to the pizza place down the street. I got short rib, emphasis on rib and not rib"s" as advertised. We were not expecting American portions by any stretch, but walking out hungry left us with a bad taste in our mouths.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Went here for the fist time last week and it was great! The oysters are delicious and the wine is good. Service was quick and efficient, very friendly staff and the overall atmosphere is very nice. Cant wait to go back,

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y2, Canada
    (Graveley)
  • Public Transportation: Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: 604-258-0005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 to 50
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Spanish, Tapas

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:30 am - 12:00 am

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