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Merchants Oyster Bar

1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y2, Canada
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Ranked #388 of 2,801 restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Tapas
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Graveley
Transit: Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
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82% Recommend
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English first
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

A good selection of beers to start I like that. Our server had to explain the menu as to what (Set + $2 or $3 dollars meant). I suggest a rethinking on the part of the management - KISS. The service was excellent and the selections we ordered were tasty, flavour full and filling.

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vancouver bc
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Four of us ate here lady night and were utterly impressed - from oysters of impeccable freshness, first class yet relaxed service, unique flavours (sweet potato burbon pâté - so absolutely wonderful we ordered a second) and carefully prepared salmon and pork main dishes. You will not do better than this eatery.

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Excellent oysters, cleanly shucked retaining their liquor, with simple and very fresh condiments. This is so much more than oysters though. The small plate portions of prepared cauliflower, gnocchi with black garlic, and main of cod with chard, absolutely first class and so perfectly cooked and presented. Veggies were so fresh.Then the fabulous blood orange dessert. Nice small but well... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I'm a HUGE fan of fresh oysters so naturally, Merchant's was on my radar. We came here one Sunday evening with a few other oyster enthusiasts. Food: There oysters are fresh and delicious - definitely among some of the best I've had. At a buck-a-shuck, I ended up downing 5 dozen. Yes. That's 60. To myself. I also had the... More

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North Vancouver, British Columbia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Was tempted to visit this place for the first time when browsing the Dine Out Vancouver menus online! Good choice! Excellent and friendly service from Doug, who I believe is the owner. Oysters were fresh and delicious. We chose 3 different main courses from the dine out menu - sweetbreads - yummy; lightly smoked beautifully cooked steak and vegetarian pasta... More

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Oshawa, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Went with family for appetizers . Waitress chose our wine based on our orders of mussels and oysters . Oysters and mussels were great and there was no long wait in receiving our orders . Restaurant has nice ambience ,friendly staff and price range to suit all budgets . Will definitely return on our next visit .

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Calgary, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Me and my friends went to this nice little place for brunch on a Saturday, and while I was very excited about the $1 oysters and was completely satisfied, my friends are not big fans of oysters and were hoping to get something else off the menu and were surprised to see that there is not much to choose from... More

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

In truth I went here as I had seen ceviche on the menu as I walked by one day and when I took my young daughter there for our father\daughter day I was not disappointed. It's a pretty small place with fairly tight quarters, so you may end up chatting with a neighbour, but I still liked the atmosphere. The... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

It was a good restaurant overall. The place was busy for a buck a shuck. ($1.5) Service could be better, they could fill up your water more frequently and pay more attention to their table. After all there aren't that many restaurants. Sometimes slow to prep food but it's still a good time to chill and relax in a good... More

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

My wife and i are repeat customers and this restaurant delivers a great night over and over. It's been great with a large group of friends, just a couple of guys getting together for and drink and for a date night. The oysters are a highlight but I've never been disappointed with the Ling Cod. They also have one of... More

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