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Merchant

#156 of 4,199 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne CBD
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495 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+613 9614 7688
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice italian fare

Upon entering the restaurant we were slightly disappointed by the lack of ambience of the restaurant given it is situated inside of a hotel so minimal natural light and buzz. Wine selection was quite large with a nice amount of italian wines. The appetisers came out quite quickly, the arancini one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Upon entering the restaurant we were slightly disappointed by the lack of ambience of the restaurant given it is situated inside of a hotel so minimal natural light and buzz. Wine selection was quite large with a nice amount of italian wines. The appetisers came out quite quickly, the arancini one of our selections was lovely but hadn't been heated... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Friendly staff help to make this a real experience. The menu allows you to eat as you want. Lots of sharing plates starting with snacks all the way through pasta, seafood, mains and deserts. No fuss food done well. Starts off with great bread and oil with balsamic. My best plate was the risotto with cuttlefish and ink. Had to... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have been going to merchant for over 2 years and have never had a bad meal. Always been great and goid service even when busy

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Melbourne
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We stopped here for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed the salted cod and octopus tasting plates. The veal tagliatelle was superb albeit small but a great size for lunch. Service was friendly, a bit slow but we were not in any hurry. Next time I will definitely try the salamis and dried meats.

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Senior Contributor
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We had a dinner booking in a booth before the theatre- traffic was terrible & we ran half an hour late. The staff were really good about this which we appreciated & our sweet Italian waitress was informative & attentive. The entree sardine special was recommended with some buffalo mozzarella & complimentary bread & was a good start with Bellinis... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We have eaten at the Merchant a few times now (as we regularly stay at the Intercontinental) and I have to say each time the food can only be described as superb. And such friendly and helpful staff. And if you go a definite must try is the Tiramisu - it's heavenly.

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Paris, France
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Came here for drinks and a bit of dinner a couple of weeks and expected a lot more for price paid, recommendations, and reputation. We ordered wine and pasta with a couple of salads. The wine was lovely however the food left us disappointed considering this was supposed to be a good Italian food restaurant in Melbourne and the fact... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

When we first were seated, it took the waitress 7 minutes to come to us and this restaurant was not even packed and then her tone of voice was so rude. I saw her walk pass our table with her head turned around and she did not even make eye contact in the hour we were sitting there. We lost... More 

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Brisbane
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Iv never tried polenta that melted in your mouth like this one did (clearly I haven't ordered it from somewhere that knows how to cook it!!) My partner had an amazing rabbit special and I ordered the crab pasta. Lovely restaurant where the waiters don't hound, but are always on hand to top up your wine glass. Would recommend the... More 

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146 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

In Melbourne so stopped in for a quick dinner. Loved the spiced pork sausage risotto and a glass of Italian Cab Merlot. Reasonably priced - efficient service (my server seemed a bit disappointed I wasn't going the 3 courses) - will come again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 495 Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Melbourne CBD
  • Neighborhood: Melbourne CBD
  • Phone Number: +613 9614 7688

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
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

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