I'm a HUGE fan of fresh oysters so naturally, Merchant's was on my radar. We came here one Sunday evening with a few other oyster enthusiasts.
Food: There oysters are fresh and delicious - definitely among some of the best I've had. At a buck-a-shuck, I ended up downing 5 dozen. Yes. That's 60. To myself. I also had the beef tartare to start and the Pork belly as a main. Both were delicious but a little on the small side. Between the 6 of us, we ended up having 25 dozen oysters. I joked with the waitress asking if they had run out - not even close. I was informed that some guy came in once and had 18 dozen (216) to himself with 2 chocolate cake slices in between. Nice.
Service: Right from the time we made a reservation till the end of dinner, the servers were very nice and accomodating.
Ambience: Cool laid back little place. We were seated at the front corner of the restaurant surrounded by floor to ceiling windows which would have been great if it weren't at the corner of an intersection with a few sketchy looking dudes outside gawking at our meals.
Final thoughts: Great little place for fresh oyster fans. I believe the buck a shuck occurs on certain days/times only. Be sure to make a reservation as the place isn't that big.
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