We had such a blast at the Merchant – Seattle’s oldest restaurant. From the attentive, friendly service from our fantastic waitress Illiana (sp?), (who remembered us from our visit the previous day) and the history lesson and ghost stories from the restaurant / pub’s delightful owner, Darcy, it was the perfect way to spend an evening out with friends. We immediately felt at home and like we’d been coming there for years.
The room itself is fantastic – one of the oldest restaurants on the west coast, and a former brothel, it certainly looks the part. Old dark wood, mismatched red table linens, and old pictures made you feel like you were drinking in a bit of history as well as beer.
We had only appetizers, but they were delicious, and the food coming out to the other tables looked fantastic. Try the deep-fried cheese curds with the honey dip.
Pints of local, craft beer for $4.00 has to be among the best deals in the city. Darcy features local beer and wine, and locally sourced ingredients wherever she can, and one feels she really cares about making the place the Seattle landmark it deserves to be. The Merchant also offers a free shuttle to the stadium on Seahawks game days.
Great building, great staff, great value, and a warm welcoming atmosphere. We can’t wait for our next visit.
Well done, Darcy!
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