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“Great new Seafood restaurant in Vancouver” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Merchants Oyster Bar

Merchants Oyster Bar
1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y2, Canada
604-258-0005
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Ranked #269 of 2,775 Restaurants in Vancouver
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Tapas
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Graveley
Transit: Bus #20 and Broadway Skytrain within walking distance
Toronto
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140 restaurant reviews
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Great new Seafood restaurant in Vancouver”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Merchant's is a nice small fresh seafood restaurant in Vancouver. A small menu but well done with creative touches. Fresh oysters are always good. The dishes are fun to share. Try the bone marrow (very interesting) and the scallops are excellent, a little small but maybe that's the time of year. The desserts change but if they have the salty chocolate, it's a must. Nice friendly service without being overbearing and the manager makes sure you are happy and well taken care of.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Good food that takes forever to come”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant gets mixed reviews from us. We waited close to twenty minutes between dishes. It wasn't very busy when we visited. There were empty tables, so there was really no excuse why the food should take so long.
The roasted beet was rather disappointing. It tasted rather home cooked and non descript. The presentation was sloppy. The olives dish was served warm. You are expected to eat with your hands. The waitress saw that we didn't want to do that, so she handed us each a single toothpick. For the kind of restaurant this is I expected some type of utensil (or at least toothpicks that come in a container).
What redeems this restaurant for me is the other dishes. The roasted squash soup was creamy and delicate. The tuna poke was nicely flavored. The parpadelle is home made and tasted light. The confit pork belly was absolutely delicious. We had a salted chocolate terrine for desert. It was salted just enough and very tasty. My husband was turned off salted desert after a particularly fouled experience years ago and now he is a convert.
The owner came up and asked us personally how the food was . That was a nice touch. Our waitress and waiter were friendly and attentive. The food is not expensive.
It is a fairly new restaurant. All of the flaws may be just due to inexperience.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Love this place, Quality everything”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This place is awesome, a fantastic menu, incredible service and great drinks! Go and sit at the bar and sample one of the best places on commercial drive.

Oyster happy hour from 5-6pm daily...do it!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, service...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

A few friends and I just had brunch there today and I overall, the restaurant was quite good. The food was fresh and delicious, albeit the chef was seen running over to buy more groceries a few time during our stay.

The menu was nice and simple, a few of my friends had the various egg benedicts and did not have anything bad to say about it.

The oysters were fresh and tasty with homemade cocktail sauce to boot!

The ambience was nice and quaint; its a small restaurant newly opened up on Commercial Drive.

My only suggestion for improvement would be the service. Don't get me wrong, the staff was friendly, but I thought we could have been waited on a bit more. It didn't seem busy in the restaurant at the time, with only 3 or 4 other parties, but the server never followed up on us after our initial drinks were served, or after our meals were served. For example, the server didn't offer us more tea, water or coffee. In fact, we had to ask each time in order to get our refills. It may not seem like much, but when you see the server standing by the bar eating and not waiting on tables...

Overall, I would go back for the food, not so much for the service.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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