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All 39 Oamaru Restaurants

Loan and Merc - CLOSED

14 Habour Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
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Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations

37 reviews from our community

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English first
Nelson, New Zealand
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85 reviews 85 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Restaurant looked abandoned. Chatting with locals it appears that it will remain closed. Cannot rate!! Note that the Facebook site for the restaurant has not been updated since 1 July 2012.

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Brisbane, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We arranged to meet friends in Oamaru and the Loan & Merc was one restaurant we wanted to try. Sunday markets across the road, so it would be a great place to have breakfast. No, not open yet the web site says that it is open for breakfast. No explanation on the door or window. Okay back for dinner. No,... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The building itself is pretty nifty and being set in the historic part of town made it ideal for taking a wander after lunch. I ordered the rissoles which were basically boiled sausage meat served with mustard so it was incredibly bland and I didn't eat much at all, would want more flavour in the meat I feed my dog!... More 

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New Zealand
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75 reviews 75 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

The Loan and Merc became the bar-restaurant of choice during our conference. They went out of their way to provide good food and good service. Recommended

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Christchurch, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

No - not the food, which by the way was fortunately piping hot! But, sadly, the place is huge and has a cold atmosphere, as well as cold temperature. There are few things worse than being chilled to the bone, while trying to socialise and enjoy a night out. The first area where you enter The Loan and Merc was... More 

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Bulli, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

The menu and food here is fantastic. We wish we could have stayed in Oamaru annother night to try the carvery. The service was also great.

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Christchurch, NZ
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

Was pretty hyped to get here - maybe I just had the wrong idea in my head. Didn't find the atmosphere inviting - glad it wasn't full and I didn't have to whack elbows with people I don't know. Service was pretty good. The 'while you are waiting' bits - very disappointed in the thai fish cakes - quite rubbery.... More 

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Comet, Qld
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169 reviews 169 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Ended up here on a rainy Tuesday at lunch time. We were looking for a warming pub lunch. This isn't a pub but the meal was excellent. Mr G had the soup of the day (oxtail) to start, followed by Colonial Goose - lamb leg stuffed with apricots, herbs & spices, marinated in red wine and slicedin a port and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

Loan & Merc is a fantastic venue. The interior is fantastic and the staff are very friendly. The only downside for me was that they don't cater very well for (semi) vegetarians nor dairy free problem children! Luckily I do eat fish. After much harrassment of our waiter he produced a bowl of fish for me to "sniff" to check... More 

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South Canterbury
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

The restaurant is on the old historic part of town. We had the ploughmans platter which was very tasty. The rest of the menu looked interesting but at approx $30 per main was a bit pricey.

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Additional Information about Loan and Merc

Address: 14 Habour Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Contemporary

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