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“Just pub food - nothing special worth mention!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Merchant Bar and Kitchen

The Merchant Bar and Kitchen
219 Don McKinnon Drive, Albany, New Zealand
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Ranked #4 of 16 Restaurants in Albany
Cuisines: European
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Adjacent to Westfield Shopping Mall, Albany
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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100 reviews 100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Just pub food - nothing special worth mention!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Hubby and I stopped here for lunch today both had salt and pepper squid, very small portions the sweetest aloli have every tasted and thats not a compliment! It was nice to sit outside under an umbrella! Out waitress had a lovely smile but had to work hard to get service! As I said its just pub food and average at that!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Went for a relaxing lunch & was pleasantly surprised with the level of service (pleasant and prompt) & good food. We had a seafood platter which was ample for 2 people. There was good selection which was all very tasty.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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new york
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3 restaurant reviews
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“good for 12.5”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

i had to meet someone for a date here, bit tight on the pocket that day so thought to try merchant lunch special. it was ok but what else can you aspect from a bar, service was great, will be back

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“I like this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The atmosphere in a beautiful day is great! People outside, sunshine, cold drinks! The staff is young and enthusiastic.

We go a lot the the Merchant Bar as a family. It is a family friendly place. Only problem is if you seat outside you must remember it is a smoking area too.

We tried many foods from the menu. Our favourite is the Burger and least favourite the Cesar Salad - it is awful.

We like this place and recommend if you are not over fussy.

  • Visited November 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Pleasantly Surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We recently stopped into the Merchant for lunch on a whim, and were very pleasantly surprised at just how good it was. The sheer number of people there for lunch was a good sign, as the neighbouring restaurants were completely empty!

There is a good balance between pub/restaurant here, with proper sit down dining or traditional bar style high tables, plenty of screens with sky sport channels and friendly service. I ordered the calamari salad from the main menu, whilst my partner ordered a pulled pork sandwich from the cheaper lunch menu......both were brilliant.

Would definitely pop in for lunch again!

  • Visited November 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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