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“Would be a winner even in New York City”
Review of Mercer

Mercer
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Ranked #16 of 134 Restaurants in Stratford
Price range: $4 - $22
Cuisines: Bar, Canadian, American, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: One of Ontario's Largest Craft Beer Selections accompany a delicious "from scratch" menu and 14 modern and centrally located Hotel Rooms!
New York
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“Would be a winner even in New York City”
Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Sour cream ice cream over cilantro cake with black olive caramel. BLACK OLIVE CARAMEL. Who thinks of things like this, or the "Holy Hog," a ham-bacon-sausage feast? Mercer Hall's chef and pastry cook do, and it works. Beautifully. Even the humble veggie burger is transformed -- the best one I ever ate, with a real burger - like char on the outside. The beers are great but even if you don't drink beer this place is more than a gastro pub. They're doing really creative things with food at Mercer Hall, and we recommend it highly. Excellent, informed servers too. Go!

  • Visited August 2014
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great food and ambiance for a pre-show meal!”
Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was a real treat to find in a small town like Stratford. With some trepidation I ordered the Veggie Burger, which turned out to be a juicy and delicious combination of mushrooms and tofu, plus cheese, tomato and lettuce, all of which was a really refreshing change from the usual dry and dull veggie burgers I have often left half-eaten elsewhere. It's hard to get away from the ubiquitous fries in North American restaurants but these were quite good.

My dining partner had the smoked salmon salad, which was very original, healthy and tasty. I would get that next time, if I ever get to return!

Portions are huge, and drinks are too cold and with too much ice, but this is as hard to avoid as the fries virtually anywhere in Canada or the US. Can we have a choice about portion size and ice, please?! Cut back people! The waste and excess is off-putting.

  • Visited August 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
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“Excellent food”
Reviewed August 30, 2014

Wonderful food but a little pricey. Too many meat dishes, some of which were very heavy especially for Summer fare (pork belly). The cucumber soup and lemon curd dessert were heavenly. Didn't like the fact that the minimum cost of a meal ( choice is 2- or 3-course, with no choice of having one dish only) is 48.00.

Visited August 2014
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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“One of the great local eateries”
Reviewed August 30, 2014

We ate a pre-theater dinner here. The local restaurants have this coordination down pat. The food and wine were first quality. Their in-house baked sour dough rye bread was great. Don't take a loaf home because it is best eaten very fresh.

Visited August 2014
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“Simply the Beat”
Reviewed August 30, 2014

Our 10th visit and this place continues to be superb. As close as we can find to a New York Restaurant in our area. The manager has a grace and confidence that is second to none. We are frequently served by Adam who is as good a server as you will find in North America. The chefs in the open kitchen are an amazing creative crew. Hats off to whoever owns this place, you employ some of the finest in the business.

  • Visited August 2014
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