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Merchants Bar & Restaurant

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Ironside House, Southampton SO14 3TN, England
442380333221
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Wed 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: We are a family ran Restaurant and Bar, offering a section of Steak and...
We are a family ran Restaurant and Bar, offering a section of Steak and Seafood menus. Based in Ocean Village Marina, Southampton. Check out our web site to see the latest offers and events. Thank you for your interest John & Mandy
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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food, limited choice

The lunch time special was well priced, especially if you had 2 or 3 courses. Unfortunately they ad run out of the chicken and lamb which just left pork, beef or fish. The fish came in a very creamy sauce and was a bit too rich for my taste. The portion size of the the beef and the cheese and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Nickyhants
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lunch time special was well priced, especially if you had 2 or 3 courses. Unfortunately they ad run out of the chicken and lamb which just left pork, beef or fish. The fish came in a very creamy sauce and was a bit too rich for my taste. The portion size of the the beef and the cheese and... More 

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Thank Nickyhants
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant may look quiet from the outside but don't be fooled the food is superb and the staff are friendly , during the week they offer 2 4 1 on main meals and on Sunday's they do amazing Sunday roasts . Try the soup of the day or mussels for starter and the pork belly is lovely for the... More 

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Thank mark_robertsh
Southampton, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

We were a group of 12 for a NYE bash. We had a really good time. The food was good, the place was sold out but they still managed to get all the food out in a really short time. The food was good. The waiting staff were excellent. They even provided jugs of cold water all evening. The singer,... More 

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Thank Collos58
Southampton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We were at Merchant's for our works Christmas meal, we were a party of 18. It was a set menu but the food was excellent; as it was a full house the service was good. Mandy made sure all had everything we needed even down to a Birthday request where the whole restaurant sang Happy Birthday to a colleague. The... More 

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Thank Clare H
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday night to meet with friends over a bottle of wine and some food. We had all been to this venue on several previous occasions, and have never been disappointed. The quality of meals does not deteriorate despite the high volume of covers provided, and the service is both attentive and efficient. The live singer had everyone... More 

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Thank Dave H
Southampton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

This is our third time of visiting merchants, one again the food was beautiful, the 4 off us had steaks on the buy one get one free offer they were all cooked to perfection. The staff were lovely and very friendly. I just cannot understand why this place isn't busier as its one of the best restaurants around this area.

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Thank Tina B
High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Great meal last week, I have the fish platter & Sue had lemon sole, couldn't fault in any way. Great location, great staff, great food, great beer/wine. Everything you need in a restaurant. See you again very soon. Roy

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Thank Roy K
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Visited with our two kids aged 15 -16. Arrived on a Saturday evening at 6.30 the weather was a bit miserable but we were the only people there which didn't seem to bode well. The staff were very helpful but several items on the menu were not available. Eventually settled for a steak which was tough and gristly. I wish... More 

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Thank Adrian B
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

After receiving Merchants lastest e-mail regarding USDA Prime and Japanese Wagyu steaks now available as specials, I just had to book a table! My wife and I visit 5 or 6 times a year, we have always had an excellent Meal with excellent service for the owners John and Mandy and the waiting staff, Last Saturday we both had our... More 

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Thank Graham M
southampton
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This restaurant is one of the best in Southampton. I have been going here for a number of years and the food is always excellent. The steaks are perfect and the service received is always spot on. Well worth a visit.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ironside House, Southampton SO14 3TN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hampshire  >  Southampton
  • Phone Number: 442380333221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 33
  • Cuisine: British

Description

We are a family ran Restaurant and Bar, offering a section of Steak and Seafood menus. Based in Ocean Village Marina, Southampton. Check out our web site to see the latest offers and events. Thank you for your interest John & Mandy
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 1:00 am

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