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“Very Friendly” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Merchants Restaurant

Merchants Restaurant
Ranked #844 of 2,437 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $72 - $72
Cuisines: British, Scottish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Old Town
somerset,uk
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115 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Very Friendly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

After meeting our friends for a surprise meal, we sat down to lovely meal, served by friendly attentive staff.A very enjoyable evening and great food

Visited June 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Average”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

Quiet, food very poor and the cost of food slightly expensive..
Can't say I've enjoyed, toilets in clean and used a baby wipe to clean area first.. Poor

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank fbgolfing2005
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Begging to differ!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

I visited Merchants again on Saturday 20 April, having been several times while my son was a student at Edinburgh University. I found the food and service as impeccable as ever, and despite a large coach party at the same time we were made to feel special. We think their steaks are the best we've had in Edinburgh! Thank you to the charming owner Susie and her team! Woody and Mary Cawley

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank mary c
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Cheshire
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Ditto - not as good second time around”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

I have visited Merchants twice. Once as part of a large group on NYE 2011 when the meal and service was excellent. On the strength of that visit I went again this weekend with my other half. Unfortunately this recent visit was a disappointment as far as the food was concerned.

Shortly after arriving a large coach party left and there were just the two of us in the restaurant on a Saturday evening so there wasn't any atmosphere. I ordered steak as a main, which was cooked rare as requested. However, OH ordered lamb shank, which was chewy and dry. We sent this back and he was asked to choose an alternative. He opted for steak, cooked medium rare. This was slightly overcooked, but OK. We were offered a free drink as compensation. Overall the food was disappointing and with the exception of the steaks did not seem freshly prepared to order.

I feel as though the restaurant is catering for coach parties rather than individual diners and on that basis of our recent experience would not visit again.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JacquelineJawa
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Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Not quite as good second time around”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Visited for a work end of term lunch. Starter of fish cake was mainly potato and a bit bland. Pud of lemon tart again lacked flavour. Chicken main was tasty though and overall it was good value at £12.50 for 3 courses incl coffee

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank gillk65
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