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“Creative, delicious food, comfortable setting, but service updates needed” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Merge Restaurant - CLOSED

Merge Restaurant
510 S. 8th Street, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034
904-2778797
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Newly opened about two months ago. Dinners nightly plus Brunch on Sunday.
Alexandria, VA
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65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Creative, delicious food, comfortable setting, but service updates needed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Our dinner here was the best we had in a five day vacation that included meals at the Jekykll Island Club Hotel and in the restaurant with the #1 TA rated restaurant on Amelia Island.
It began with a basket of rolls served with an amazing compound butter (roasted leeks, pulverized porcini mushrooms and herbs mixed with sweet butter) and continued through wonderful entrees of very fresh fish, cooked perfectly, and presented beautifully.

What kept this from being a perfect 5:
1) no website listing menu with prices and the difficulty of making a reservation: not possible online, and five calls with busy signals were required before being able to book a table;
2) the need for more servers: Our server was friendly and very helpful about wine, but she seemed to be the only person serving the entire restaurant which meant that she was gone for long periods of time (when we would have liked to have had our bottle of wine at our table instead of at a distant, unknown location that depended on her presence to fill our glasses when needed).

When my beautiful plate of food appeared with lobster ravioli, shrimp, mushrooms and tomatoes - but without the grouper medallions meant to be the star of the show, we had to flag her down and wait for the missing fish to appear from the kitchen.

Would we come again? Absolutely - but the owner/chef should know that not everyone will be as persistent as we were or as forgiving of the lapses in service, which were not the fault of the server, but seemed to be the under-staffing of the restaurant for dinner service.

We want this restaurant to succeed because we think it's top notch. If you are patient with the shortcomings, you will be rewarded by the quality of the food and the pleasant ambiance of the setting: totally unpretentious, affordable, comfortable and welcoming.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
chester county
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40 restaurant reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Merge is on the edge of big success”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

A smallish restaurant in an old ( massively redone gas station) Merge does ambitious meals. Menu is varied and very well executed, though just on the salty side. They have beer and wine..no booze, and the wine list is fairly priced. Prices are more than fair. We just had three courses and wine for three for $150. Only negative is that there's no website and no open table reservations. In my opinion this is a big mistake. The place isn't filled every night.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Northern Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Go for the food, not the decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A group of us ate here while in town for the car auctions. It was hard to get a reservation because of the crowds in town for the event, but well worth juggling our schedule to make it work. The food was terrific and the service excellent. The restaurant is in a small, unassuming building and the decor inside is strictly functional. We sat on what seemed like a former back porch that had been enclosed, and it was actually cozier than the main room. The only place I would not recommend sitting is at the table near the one restroom.

The waiter gave us good wine recommendations and, after the meal, the self-described owner/chef/busboy introduced himself and talked for a while. We lingered for a long time after dessert and coffee and did not feel pressured to leave. All in all, we had a terrific evening. We would all definitely eat here again on another visit.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“My Merge Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Great food, good atmosphere, service impeccable and the owner hands on means as much as anything I could write.

Visited March 2014
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A top flight choice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We eat here several times a yearand the meals are always top drawer. A little different in a brutally competitive market and always well executed. No bar and limited but adequate wine choices

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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