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495 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
+613 9614 7688
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Ranked #86 of 4,092 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Rome, Italy
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had polenta with funghi porcini which was excellent. A friend had bigoli pasta with duck which was excellent also. Then we ordered arancine (which are Sicilian) and they were very disappointing. No ragu` inside and they tasted of nothing. For dessert we had the tiramisu` which was good but lacked a bit of sugar and coffee.

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Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We really only stumbled into this place while staying overnight in the city. Funky, authentic Venetian food, delicious and unusual. Terrific service and ambience!

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Howlong, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Must be my 6th visit to the Merchant and it is such a welcoming environment. The staff are efficient and friendly, the food choice amazing (not a Lygon St pasta style at all). If there's too much choice then the St Marco feast is ideal with great choices from the chef.

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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My wife recommended this restaurant for my birthday and it was a real winner. The arancini balls were my favourite but all five of us loved our meals and we are looking for an excuse to go back. Highly recommended.

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Sydney Australia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Given it's part of the Intercontinental hotel building you would expect a certain standard and it does not disappoint. Very authentic food and extensive wine list. Friendly staff . If the weather is good you can eat/drink outside under cover which is quite pleasant.

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Brisbane
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Set into the side of the Rialto Towers, this relaxed, little osteria/restaurant was a great find. Friendly staff, a great menu and everything we chose was a delight. We had arancini balls, veal meatballs and 2 different risottos - all scrumptious and flavoursome. Lovely wine (with helpful suggestions from staff), and we managed to squeeze in some of their house-made... More 

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Grossi_Restaurants, Manager at Merchant, responded to this review

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39 reviews 39 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Good Italian Food is hard to find ? If you travel to Italy you know what good Italian food ? Plus if you are an Italian, you would consider yourself an expert ? Well this restaurant is just missing sitting on the grand canal in Venice. It is sensational And authentic food the salumi is well keep and the cheese... More 

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Grossi_Restaurants, Manager at Merchant, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We enjoy our little piece of Venice. We hope to see you again soon. More 

San Diego, California
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Great food and service. The prawns (giant!) and the snapper were both outstanding. The polenta, eh, was the recommendation by the waiter but a bit lacking for me. Nice cocktail selection. Connected to the Intercontinental hotel, very nice ambiance.

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Newcastle, Australia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I dined at Merchant with a friend/colleague and we decided to attempt the degustation, designated on the menu as the "San Marco Feast". It purported to be a four course meal..... but it didn't say that the first three "courses" each had several dishes. The food was magnificent (a word I rarely use in a review) and ranged from a... More 

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kiwi_kevin_15
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We were staying at the Intercontinental so this was very convenient for us and we decided to give it a go. Quite a different, but excellent menu with lots of interesting choices. We judge had mains with 3 sides, which you really need as the main we had were not that large. However the quality of the food was excellent,... More 

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Additional Information about Merchant

Address: 495 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone Number: +613 9614 7688
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Melbourne CBD
Open Hours:
Monday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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